Ugandan lesbian Awori was forced to leave her homeland after being called ‘evil’ and beaten for being gay.
The 37-year-old said she was detained for four hours the first time she put her first asylum application in.
“This Home Office guy asked me to change. He told me to go to a church and repent and then I will stop claiming I am a lesbian.”
Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/16/uk-immigration-official-told-lesbian-to-find-religion-and-get-cured-7547511/ (source)
A video blogger from YouTube’s hugely popular ‘Singing Lesbian Duo’ has won a huge compensation payout after her ex-boyfriend put revenge pornography of her online.
Continue reading at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5279927/Lesbian-blogger-wins-damages-revenge-porn-case.html (Source)
During an eight-week spell working as a security guard at Co-op, Chloe Louise, who lives in west Hull, was forced to confront the gang.
The 21-year-old says she was called a “fat lesbian” and had mouldy bread thrown at her during her seven-hour shifts.
“It was absolute hell,” she said. “I would have to stand outside the door and they would throw things at it for hours until the store closed.
Continue reading at: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/they-called-fat-lesbian-hurled-1001999 (Source)
A former Commonwealth Games athlete who feared she would lose her life if she was deported back to her native Uganda is now instead looking forward to sharing her first Christmas in Britain with her partner.
Continue reading at: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/
The former partner of travel agent [Cassie Hayes] killed in a TUI shop has described the heart-wrenching moment she told their four-year-old daughter her mother had died. Cassie Hayes, 28, was killed on Saturday in Southport, Merseyside, at the branch of Tui where she was assistant manager.
Andrew Burke, 30, from St Helens, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today charged with her murder. A post-mortem examination showed Miss Hayes’ cause of death was shock and haemorrhaging as a result of the wound.
Continue reading at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5270817/Man-charged-murder-Cassie-Hayes-appears-court.html (Source)
Lazia Nabbanja had claimed asylum in the UK on the grounds that she would face oppression in her home country, but her bid was rejected by the Home Office last year. Despite her providing evidence of her sexuality, Ms Nabbanja’s lawyers told The Independent that Home Office officials used alleged inconsistencies in the details of her relationships to suggest they did not believe she is gay. Photos and videos of her attending gay pride marches have been widely shared on social media and she has been featured in Ugandan newspapers, prompting fears she could be arrested or attacked as soon as she returns to her home country.
Continue reading at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lesbian-uganda-women-deportation-home-office-lazia-nabbanja-gay-laws-a8123581.html (Source)
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A school has been blasted by a former student after placing ‘censored’ stickers over her GCSE artwork which showed two women kissing. Megan Angus accused Laurence Jackson school in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, of being ‘homophobic’, but education chiefs defended their actions saying it was done because they were ‘mindful of the impact the sexually explicit drawing may have on younger students’. However, the school has apologised, admitting it may have been ‘overzealous’.
Continue reading at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5262503/Guisborough-school-apologises-censoring-LGBT-artwork.html#ixzz544OxmpTl (Source)
Little Griffin was then born in August after the newlywed couple’s third IVF attempt was successful.
But only Holly, 31, was marked as his mum on the birth cert — with Katie, 34, from Gweedore, Co Donegal, put as a generic “parent”.
However, Irish laws from 1956 define a parent as only a child’s “mother” or “father” and the Passport Office refused Katie’s application for 11-week-old Griffin.
Continue reading at: https://www.thesun.ie/news/1770531/donegal-lesbian-ivf-mum-is-denied-irish-passport-for-her-son-as-1956-law-states-shes-not-the-little-tots-mother/ (Source)
Following her divorce, Forster embraced her gay identity. She moved in with her girlfriend in the mid-1960s, although she would not officially “come out” until 1969. When she did, it was in spectacular style, The Independent recalled in her 1998 obituary, “announcing to the world at Speaker’s Corner: ‘You are looking at a roaring dyke!’”.
Continue reading at: http://www.theweek.co.uk/89514/who-was-jackie-forster-google-doodle-pays-tribute-to-lesbian-pioneer (Source)
Ashleigh, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, said: ‘I can’t believe that TUI would discriminate against us like this. They knew we wanted a beach wedding and that we were a same-sex couple. ‘I don’t want to book the beach they have offered us as it means that we wouldn’t be able to have all our friends and family there.
Continue reading at: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/03/tui-ruins-lesbian-couples-nuptials-by-saying-same-sex-wedding-isnt-allowed-7052324/?ito=cbshare (Source)
Zayna says she was beaten, humiliated and threatened because of her sexuality – but throughout her tormented formative years she refused to deny who she truly was.
Growing up as a young Muslim lesbian in Pakistan, the graduate says she came up against both physical and mental abuse from those that she believes had misinterpreted the messages of the Qur’an.
Continue reading at: What it’s like to live life as a Muslim lesbian – Manchester Evening News (Source)
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A lesbian asylum seeker attempted to take her own life in order to stop herself being deported from the UK.
Nneka Obazee, 34, was meant to be flown on a charter flight to her home country of Nigeria but she overdosed on pain medication which led to her hospitalisation, according to activist group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants.
Continue reading at: Lesbian woman from Nigeria attempts suicide shortly before Home Office tries to deport her | The Independent (Source)
A court jailed a man for viciously kicking a lesbian couple in the head while they walked down the street holding hands.
Ross Paterson, 29, from Carluke, Lanarkshire in Scotland attacked the pair after they ignored his homophobic abuse. The incident occurred in Penrith, Cumbria in England in August last year.
Continue reading at: Man jailed for kicking lesbian couple in the head simply for holding hands (Source)
A British lesbian has been granted a dependent visa in Hong Kong in what is being seen as a landmark judgement in a city which does not recognise same-sex marriage.
Dependent visas, which allow the holder to live and work in Hong Kong, are normally only granted for husbands or wives of those who move to the city for employment.
The woman, who was named as QT in court filings, entered into a civil partnership in the UK in 2011.
Continue Reading at: British lesbian wins landmark spousal visa case in Hong Kong (Source)
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“Lesbian sexual identity and choice is being eroded, erased and elided. This is being done by the literal obliteration of lesbians by state-sponsored violence, by the “corrective rape of lesbians” (imagine the 12 year old Pearl Mali being given the worst sort of reparative therapy by her very own mother), by the harassment and violence, by the firings (lesbians face more job discrimination than any other group within the LGBT alliance), by the enforced and compulsory heterosexuality of every society on earth. Aderonke Apata has been forced, by men, to provide not just spoken testimony and a pending marriage license, but also a sex tape of her having sexual relations with her partner to “prove” her lesbianism to the men who want to erase that aspect of her identity–the very identity that puts her and millions of other lesbians at risk of imprisonment and/or death.”
Continue reading Victoria Brownworth and other contributors to A Room of Our Own at: Erasure: The New Normal for Lesbians by @VABVOX – A Room of Our Own (Source)
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A strong show of solidarity from 12 leading international financial institutions in support of an expatriate lesbian spouse was rejected by a Hong Kong court on Thursday on the grounds they would be unlikely to offer new arguments.
Continue reading at: Pro-LGBT banks offering support to expat lesbian couple would not offer any new argument, Hong Kong court rules | South China Morning Post (Source)
A lesbian has demanded the Conservative candidate for Hove confirm whether she thinks homosexuality is a sin. It comes as Tory Kristy Adams failed for a third time to provide a clear statement on the subject.
Angela Paterson, a care worker from Hove, said that when she attended a church to which Mrs Adams has links, parishioners prayed to rid her of the “demonic stronghold” of her homosexual thoughts. Miss Paterson, 46, said the experience had been deeply emotionally damaging and when she discovered Mrs Adams was standing in Hove she had immediate concerns over her beliefs about homosexuality.
Continue reading at: Gay woman tells Tory: give me a clear answer (From The Argus) (Source)
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‘I thought we were not going to get out of [prison],’ said Rico. ‘They told me I could leave but she had to stay, and I said I wasn’t going without her.’
She described the treatment they received in jail as ‘unexpected, inhumane and horrible.’
She said that she hopes to marry Ismail, who is staying with her under a temporary visa issued by the Spanish government.
Continue reading at: Lesbian couple reveal more about their Turkey detainment (Source)
Paradzai Nkomo’s emailed description of her situation is succinct and shocking. She is Zimbabwean and has been in Britain for 15 years. First her application for asylum was rejected and then her request to be deported home was also refused, leaving her stuck in limbo.“It’s difficult to integrate as I am not permitted to work. Conversation becomes repetitive because of not doing anything apart from looking out of a damp, drenched window day after day. Hiding malnutrition under borrowed clothes,” she writes. “A quest for freedom has now turned into a hellish nightmare. I feel as though death may be the only way out of this.”
Continue reading at: Asylum limbo: the woman who can’t stay in Britain, but can’t leave either | World news | The Guardian (Source)