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U.K: Sue Perkins Reveals She Was Victim Of A Homophobic Attack

Former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has revealed that she was victim to a homophobic attack that left her in tears.

The presenter and comedian says she “burst into tears” after a man verbally assaulted her on Hampstead Heath in North London. Speaking on an episode of the Homo Sapiens podcast, Perkins revealed: “I did have my first homophobic insult in 20 years recently … I was on the heath and this guy, I think he said, ‘You f***ing dyke.'”

The 51-year-old TV personality told podcast hosts Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney that she feared the altercation might turn physical. “At the time, I sort of went right up to him and went: ‘What did you say?'” she recalled, “and he sort of postured a bit almost as if he was going to hit me, almost like an intimation of something physical.”

Fearful of the situation, Perkins kept her space: “I thought ‘I’m going to just stand here.’ I remember my hand was out because I wanted to keep that distance. Like if you come within the length of my arm I know that something really bad is going to happen.”

Perkins told Cumming and Sweeney that she maintained her composure before asking him again what he had said. “He just sort of buckled a bit and he went, ‘I just mean you’ve got a nice face, why would you…’ I just thought, ‘What’s my face got to do with you?'”

Not wanting to escalate the situation, Perkins said she “didn’t want to replace knee jerk unkindness with knee jerk unkindness,” and she told the man :I’m just walking my dog and I’m quiet and I’m in a good mood and I’ve got love for everyone here and you’ve destroyed that and you can’t take that back today” before leaving and bursting into tears.

Continue reading: https://www.bustle.com/entertainment/sue-perkins-victim-of-homophobic-attack (source)

U.K: Lesbian quits after finding homophobic note in work locker

A shop worker said she was “mortified” when she opened her locker and discovered a homophobic note.

The offensive message was found by Pammie Clinton during her shift at Wilko in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, on 9 September.

It directed a homophobic slur at her and implored her to quit. She handed in her notice a few days later.

Wilko said discrimination of any kind was not accepted and it was looking into the situation “very seriously”.

Ms Clinton, who is a lesbian, said the message had been pushed into her locker through a small hole.”I was absolutely disgusted with what I was reading – I felt like my heart had sunk to the pit of my stomach,” she said.

“I went straight to the bathroom and sat and cried.

“The incident was reported to management but the culprit was never found – and Ms Clinton said she felt compelled to resign.

She said: “I was filled with anxiety and found myself looking at everyone at work thinking ‘was it you?’, which was mentally and emotionally unhealthy.”

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-54183746 (source)

UK: crowdfunding removed for lesbian lawyer suing Stonewall and law firm

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My name is Allison Bailey. I am a criminal defence barrister, a feminist, a lesbian, a lifelong campaigner for racial equality, lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights, and a survivor of child sexual abuse.  …

In 2019, I helped to set up the LGB Alliance with other campaigners and activists who felt, like me, that organisations such as Stonewall had seriously lost their way in recent years: they had conflated sex with gender, meaning that same sex attraction – the fundamental basis of lesbian and gay attraction, and therefore the fundamental basis of lesbian and gay rights – was no longer recognised.  The impacts of this have been several and severe, and in order to campaign properly for gay and lesbian rights, we felt that a new organisation was required. …

A person may identify as they identify, and they should be protected and respected for their identity. However, a person’s identity is not a license to cause distress or intimidation to others, and can never legitimately be used to put others to harm. There are necessary exceptions to the acceptance of males in female spaces, and those exceptions are necessary to protect women.

These injustices arise as a result of the misguided insistence that gender has somehow replaced sex as a fundamental aspect of human identity.  It is for that reason that I am gender critical.  This is not to say that gender is not a genuine aspect of identity for some people.  But it is separate and does not (and cannot) replace sex.

The result of Stonewall’s “acceptance without exception” mantra is to put women at risk of harm. …

Perhaps most specifically from my point of view, that Stonewall unilaterally and without any mandate whatsoever, and to further its lobbying ambitions, redefined homosexuality as same-gender and not same-sex attraction was an especially egregious betrayal of LGB people, especially lesbians. The inclusion of male-bodied people into the class of lesbian women means that lesbians are excoriated for bigotry and transphobia simply for being same-sex attracted.  This is base homophobia.

It was because of these injustices – and the role as I and others saw of it of Stonewall in promoting these injustices – that the LGB Alliance was set up, in order to fill the void in LGB campaigning that Stonewall had left when they decided to campaign for “acceptance without exception”.

Continue reading at: https://filia.org.uk/news/2020/6/27/allison-bailey-i-am-suing-stonewall-to-stop-them-policing-free-speech (Source)

UK: couple fight back against lesbophobic racist abuse

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Retired boxer Nicola Adams and her girlfriend, beauty blogger Ella Baig, have hit back at trolls criticising their relationship.

The pair, who have been dating since 2018, appeared in a video on Nicola’s TikTok page posted on Monday (June 1), in which the pair appear alongside the hurtful comments they have to endure online since getting together.

Adams appeared next to comments such as “you’re too manly” and “you’re too black”, while Baig appeared next to criticisms saying, among other things, “you wear to much makeup” and “slut”.

When shown hugging each other, criticisms of the pair that appear on screen in the video include “don’t you want a family?” and “you don’t look gay”.

Other comments include ones attacking them for being a biracial couple.

Continue reading at: https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/news/celebs-tv/nicola-adams-takes-racist-homophobic-18354711 (Source)

UK: Dundee teen calls for help after lesbophobic attack

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Kourtney Grant was left with injuries to her face and arms after she was tackled by the woman while she walking home.

The woman pushed Kourtney to the ground and hit her, leaving her bleeding and covered in bruises. Kourtney’s face has now been left in scratches, along with a large cut where her elbow hit the ground.

The teen was also subjected to homophobic abuse by the attacker during the horrifying episode. … Kourtney, who says that it isn’t the first time she has been targeted for her sexuality, isn’t sure who the attacker was, however she is described as having dark hair and was wearing a blue jumper.

The 16-year-old added: “I just want her to own up because the entire incident has stressed me out – I just feel a bit messed up by it all.

“People have said things about my sexuality before and they never really got to me – but this time it was obviously physical as well.”

Continue reading at: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/i-just-feel-a-bit-messed-up-by-it-all-teenager-appeals-for-help-after-homophobic-attack-in-dundee/ (Source)

A third of UK lesbian mothers experience homophobia from other parents

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One in three lesbian mothers in Britain has experienced homophobia from other parents, while the same proportion have children who have been bullied for having two mums, according to a rare study of LGBT+ women published on Monday.

The online survey by research firm Kantar of more than 1400 LGBT+ women – one of the largest of its kind – found 37% of lesbian mothers suffered discrimination from other parents, while the same number’s children were victimised.

The study offers a rare look at the plight of lesbian mothers in the country, where reported homophobic hate crimes rose 25% in England and Wales in the year to March 2019 and three-fold since same-sex marriage was legalised in 2013.

Continue reading: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-lgbt-education-trfn/third-of-uk-lesbian-mothers-experience-homophobia-from-other-parents-idUSKBN2220YW (source)

U.K: Man attacks paramedic and calls her a “dirty dyke”

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A man was given community service after he confessed to attacking a paramedic who was trying to help him while shouting anti-gay slurs at her.

Dean Stevens, 28, of Shoreham in southern England collapsed one day this past August. Paramedic Rose Waller showed up to help him and get him to a hospital, the Argus reports.

But instead of gratitude, she got homophobic abuse. Stevens called Waller a “c**t” and a “dirty dy*e,” according to prosecutor Suzanne Soros.

“I’m going to kill you,” he allegedly told her.

“He brought his face close to hers to make her feel intimidated and caused damage to the glass inside the ambulance when he kicked out,” Soros said.

He kicked Waller on her shoulders and neck. She tried to hide from him in the ambulance, but he still injured her.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2020/03/man-attacks-paramedic-trying-help-calls-dirty-dye/
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U.K: Lesbian sisters given temporary reprieve from being returned to Pakistan

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Two sisters say they are “relieved but worried” after they narrowly avoided being deported to Pakistan where they say they face the threat of LGBT-based violence.

Samina, 52, and Nazia Iqbal, 48, from Stockport, were scheduled to be taken out of the country on Saturday night from Manchester airport after a judge said it was not “credible” that they are gay [sic], despite the sisters being publicly out for 20 years.

The pair were due to leave on a flight at 9pm on Saturday back to Pakistan but after being questioned by Sky News the Home Office appeared to make a U-turn on the decision as the sisters were not put on the plane.

When contacted by Sky News to ask why the sisters were being deported a spokesperson said that “each case is considered on its merits”.

The Iqbal sisters were not told they would not be put on the flight and only realised they were not leaving when Sky News informed them that the plane had taken off.

The following day the pair were moved to the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, which has been criticised over treatment of detainees, something the Home Office has previously said has been improved upon.

The pair are now in limbo awaiting a bail hearing on Tuesday.

Continue reading: https://news.sky.com/story/scared-gay-sisters-given-temporary-reprieve-from-being-returned-to-pakistan-11943744 (source)

U.K: ‘How do I convince the Home Office I’m a lesbian?’

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Angel fled Zimbabwe in fear of her life after police found her in bed with another woman five years ago. It’s taken most of the time since then for her to convince the Home Office that she is gay and will be persecuted if she returns. But how do you prove something you spent your life trying to hide?

In 2015, Angel found herself in an interview room in the north of England with a Home Office official whose job was to work out whether she was lying.

“How do I know I am a lesbian? How old was I when I knew? Who did I tell?” Angel recalls being asked.

“It is as if the Home Office expect a date and time.”

For seven hours, the interviewer picked at the threads of her life story.

The secret relationship with a girl at high-school and the betrayal of a family member she confided in about it.

Her forced marriage to an abusive husband in her 20s and the young daughter she had left behind in Zimbabwe.

Being raped by two men in her 30s who intended to “straighten her up”. And then, a few years later, the brutality from police when they discovered her in bed with a woman at a house-party.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-51636642 (source)

U.K. study – sounding lesbian affects employment

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New research provides evidence that having a gay- or lesbian-sounding voice can have tangible consequences on a person’s job prospects. The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, indicates that discrimination based on one’s voice may be particularly harmful for women perceived as lesbian.

“Voice is a minimal cue that people use, consciously or unconsciously, to make inferences about others. Stereotypes about voice exist too. I am therefore interested in examining how minimal cues such as voice can affect listeners’ perception and discrimination,” said study author Fabio Fasoli, a lecturer in social psychology at the University of Surrey.

“Gaydar is usually defined as the ability to correctly guess who is gay and who is heterosexual from such minimal clues. As a consequence of gaydar, discrimination can occur when sexual orientation is inferred from a person’s behavior during the hiring process,” the researchers wrote in their study.

The researchers found that gay-sounding men and especially lesbian-sounding women were viewed as less competent than their heterosexual-sounding counterparts, which in turn was associated with them being rated as less suitable for jobs and ranked lower in employability. Contrary to expectations, lesbian-sounding women did not have an advantage when applying to stereotypically masculine job positions.

“A stereotype about ‘gay voice’ exists and affects people’s impression and reactions. Voice can thus lead to subtle forms of discrimination in the hiring process. Although there is not a shared stereotype about the ‘lesbian voice,’ women who sound ‘lesbian’ are at higher risk of discrimination,” Fasoli told PsyPost.

Continue reading at: https://www.psypost.org/2020/02/study-suggests-lesbian-sounding-women-face-greater-gaydar-discrimination-in-hiring-than-men-55454? (Source)

Study: A Leader Doesn’t Sound Lesbian!: The Impact of Sexual Orientation Vocal Cues on Heterosexual Persons’ First Impression and Hiring Decision

U.K.: Man accused of raping lesbian on beach

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A woman who says was raped on Cleethorpes beach has told a court that she is a lesbian who would never willingly have sex with a man.

The woman told the trial of the Indian restaurant owner accused of raping her: “I can’t stand a man touching me. I am not attracted to men.”

She said she had not called restaurant owner Mohammed Uddin down from the Promenade and initiated sex.

She also denied that she was disappointed with his poor sexual performance and that she had pestered him for sex, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

Uddin, 45, of Augusta Street, Grimsby, denies rape and an alternative charge of sexual assault on August 21.

The prosecution at Crown Court claims that the 36-year-old woman was drinking by herself on Cleethorpes beach after 11.45pm when Uddin asked her for sex.

She was a lesbian and would not have wanted sex with him because of that, claims the prosecution, but Uddin is said to have raped her.

Continue reading at: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/woman-raped-cleethorpes-beach-tells-3791220 (Source)

U.K: Lesbian beaten in horrific lesbophobic attack

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A lesbian has been left traumatised after being punched in the head from behind and thrown to the ground.

Charlie Graham was left battered and covered in blood after the terrifying and cowardly attack by two homophobic thugs.

Police are treating the beating as a hate crime, Daily Star Online reports, and 20-year-old Charlie wants everyone to see her shocking injuries in a bid to track down her attacker.

Charlie said: “I got hit from behind by a fist to the back of my head, then I hit the ground, hurting my legs and face.

“I tried to get back up, but they pushed me back to the ground and the two guys ran off.

“I was left bleeding and scared.”

Continue reading: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lesbian-covered-blood-homophobic-attack-21296793 (source)

U.K: Men screamed homophobic slurs at lesbian couple on busy train

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Two Les Miserables actresses claim a group of men mocked them for being lesbians on a busy London train.

Josie Kemp and Lauren Soley stood up to the group as they screamed offensive and sexist chants.

The pair were on a busy London Marylebone to Banbury train and were allegedly swigging from cans of cider.

The men came to her attention when they were allegedly heard mocking an Indian man by copying his accent.

But after the woman boarded, the group apparently turned their attention to Miss Kemp and Miss Soley.

It is alleged the group sang a song about breasts before the women asked them to think their sisters, mothers and girlfriends.

Continue reading: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/lesbian-couple-claims-men-screamed-21076980 (source)

Update: Video of attack on lesbians released as perpetrators plead guilty

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A video released by police shows the moment a lesbian couple were brutally attacked on a London bus.

Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, had been travelling on the double-decker bus from West Hampstead to Camden when they were set upon.

The two women were harassed and had sexual gestures made towards them, which can be seen in the video.

The incident left both women bloodied and they were taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.

Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to Public Order Act and other offences following a police investigation into the homophobic incident on the N31 bus route.

Continue reading: https://www.mylondon.news
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Original article:  U.K: Lesbian couple beaten up because they refused to kiss

Editor’s note: The video on the linked URL may be distressing to some viewers. Caution is advised.

U.K: Lesbian kicked unconscious in a spate of homophobic attacks in Birmingham

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A gay woman has told how she was kicked unconscious in Birmingham’s Gay Village after confronting a straight couple for ‘touching her inappropriately’.

Rebecca Tebbett was enjoying a night out in the city ‘safe space’ with her friends as she had done many times before when she says the pair approached her.

The 39-year-old lesbian claims the strangers began touching her inappropriately in a pub, but when she made it clear that she wasn’t interested the situation turned violent.

Rebecca said: “I was dancing with my friends, like I have done a million times before when I was approached by a straight couple.

“They started touching me inappropriately and making me feel very uncomfortable. But when I told them to stop, the woman threw her drink over me.

“I then threw the last of the drink I had over her but that was when the man pushed me to the ground shouting homophobic comments at me.

“His friends started kicking me and I ended off unconscious for a few seconds.”

Continue reading: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/
news/midlands-news/i-kicked-unconscious-being-gay-16758149
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Lesbians Are a Target of Male Violence the World Over

by Julie Bindel

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Lesbians in the U.K. have fought for and achieved legislative equality with heterosexuals. We can marry, adopt and foster children, and have next-of-kin rights with a same-sex partner. It is now illegal to fire us from our jobs or refuse goods and services on the grounds of our sexuality.

These changes also are prevalent across the majority of states in the U.S. and in numerous other countries around the world. But there are still plenty of places that have either rolled back the rights of lesbians, such as Russia under President Vladimir Putin, or, under the influence of religious fundamentalists, have introduced archaic and extremely punitive legislation affecting LGBTQ people.

Continue reading: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/lesbians-are-a-target-of-male-violence-the-world-over/ (source)

U.K: Lesbian couple ‘jeered at by takeaway staff’

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A lesbian couple say they were jeered at by staff for kissing in a takeaway.

While waiting for their food to arrive they kissed on the lips, at which point they said they heard jeers from staff members directed at them.

Miss Metcalfe said: “I was shocked. I asked if they would react like that to a man and a woman kissing and they said, ‘No, because that’s normal’.

“It was nothing outrageous, just a normal kiss – like any couple would do on a night out.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-49497387 (source)

Update: Nigerian lesbian activist wins UK asylum claim after 13-year battle

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The Home Office has granted refugee status to a prominent Nigerian LGBT activist, ending a 13-year battle over her right to remain in the UK.

Aderonke Apata, 50, says she knew she was gay from the age of 16 and was persecuted in Nigeria. She has been recognised internationally for her human rights work, and recently received Attitude magazine’s Pride award.

Apata arrived in the UK in 2004 but did not immediately claim asylum on the grounds of her sexuality. Until 2010, lesbian, gay and bisexual asylum seekers were often forcibly removed to their home countries if it was deemed safe for them to “live discreetly”.

In 2012 she filed an asylum claim but was considered by the Home Office to be lying about being in a lesbian relationship. Apata appealed, but was told by the judge: “What is believed is that you have presented yourself as a lesbian solely to establish a claim for international protection in an attempt to thwart your removal … It is considered that your actions are not genuine and simply a cynical way of gaining status in the UK.”

Continue reading: https://www.theguardian.com/
world/2017/aug/14/nigerian-gay-rights-activist-aderonke-apata-wins-uk-asylum-claim-13-year-battle?CMP=share_btn_fb
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Original post: UK lesbophobia endangers asylum seeker

Lesbian Mother, Natalie Crichlow, Dies After Being Set Alight In Barbados

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The family of a British mother who died after being doused with a flammable substance and set alight as she lay in bed in Barbados say they are “shocked and devastated” by her death.

Luton-born Natalie Crichlow, 44, was visiting family in the West Indies when she was attacked by an unknown intruder in a bedroom.

The mother-of-three, who had survived cancer twice and had two strokes in the past decade, was on a trip to help look after her disabled brother when she was attacked at his home in Christ Church on July 28.

Continue reading: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
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U.K: Lesbian actor is scared to hold partner’s hand in public

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Actor said that while she received praise for her portrayal of a same-sex relationship on the popular soap, being in one in real life was a different experience.

Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick has said she sometimes feels scared to hold her partner’s hand in public for fear of a homophobic attack.

Hardwick, who plays vet Vanessa Woodfield, told the Sunday Mirror that she and show producer Kate Brooks sometimes “instinctively let go of each other’s hands” if they see a group of young men “because we’re scared they’ll turn on us”.

“We live with that fear every day,” she said, later adding: “I feel like we’re going backwards in society with our attitudes.”

“So people who say, ‘Gay Pride? Why isn’t there a Straight Pride?’ I’ll tell you why, because you don’t need it. Because luckily for you, you’re able to be affectionate with your partner in public and you won’t be abused for it. It’s absolutely vile what goes on.”

Continue reading: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/michelle-hardwick-emmerdale-gay-character-lgbt-homophobia-pride-a9039246.html (source)