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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
/entry/british-mother-dies-barbados_uk_5d545ac9e4b0cfeed1a7a92d
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Gofundme to get Natalie’s body home to Britain: https://www.gofundme.com/
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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)

Lesbian unlawfully deported from UK was ‘gang-raped and fearing for her life’ after removal to Uganda

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A gay woman who was unlawfully deported from the UK has described how she was gang-raped and has lived in perpetual fear since being sent back to Uganda six years ago.

The British government was ordered by the High Court this month to help the 26-year-old return to the UK on the grounds that its decision to reject her asylum claim was unlawful. The landmark ruling could open the door to thousands of similar challenges.

The Ugandan national, who is set to return on Monday, has also talked about the trauma of getting pregnant and having a child, who is now four months old, as a result of the sexual assault she suffered.

Continue reading: https://www.independent.co.uk/
news/uk/home-news/home-office-uganda-woman-deported-home-office-gang-rape-a9019356.html
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U.K: Teenager severely beaten by women who screamed ‘f–king lesbian’ while they hit her

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A teenager was left bleeding and bruised after she was beaten up by two other women from her school.

Ellie-Mae Mulholland, 18, of Hull, UK, said that she confronted “one of her friends” yesterday afternoon over some money that the friend owed her.

“She had seen a couple of her friends, who are usually her friends, and one of them owed her a tenner and Ellie asked about it,” Mulholland’s sister Stevie-Leigh Ansell told Hull Live. “The lass said she never had it. Then they both beat [Ellie-Mae] black and blue.”

“Because she is gay they called her a ‘F–king lesbian, you and your girlfriend are going to get it ten times worse next time,’” Ansell said.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/07/
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U.K: Lesbian verbally harassed on Ryanair flight ‘and crew did nothing’

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Laura Muldoon tweeted a photograph of a group of men she alleges called her ‘lesbo’, ‘dyke’ and ‘miserable bitch’ as she boarded her flight from Stansted to Seville, Spain, on Wednesday.

Laura, who works as the social media manager at the Museum of London, sarcastically tweeted:
‘First holiday snap!
‘Of this bunch of lads who chanted that I was a “miserable bitch”, “dyke” and “lesbo” (very well observed!) on @Ryanair flight 12.27 from Stansted to Seville today.
‘Oh yeah, flight crew did nothing.’

Continue reading: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/20/woman-called-lesbo-bh-rowdy-men-ryanair-flight-crew-nothing-10016694/ (source)

Update: Update: “No prosecution” for men who hurled lesbophobic verbal abuse at passenger on Ryanair

U.K: Bus driver called lesbian cyclist a ‘f**king d*ke’

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30-year-old Natalie Lewendon was riding her bicycle home from work in Bristol on Tuesday (11 June) just after 4pm.

As she was heading east on Church road through Lawrence Hill, the traffic slowed down and ‘without warning’, the car she was cycling alongside swung into her path, causing her to brake suddenly.

‘I began to tell the driver off for not looking,’ Lewendon exclusively told Gay Star News. ‘She completely owned that it was her fault and was instantly apologizing to me through the window.’

However, a First Bus bus driver approaching from the opposite direction stopped his bus — holding up traffic — to yell at Lewendon for being in the wrong.

‘I told him that he had no idea what he was talking about and to keep driving,’ Lewendon explained. ‘He continued, leaning out of his window, to berate me at full volume, telling me I was wrong.’

At this point, Lewendon put her bike on the pavement ground and approached the vehicle to get the bus driver’s name and badge number.

‘He continued to abuse me and gave me that “gab gab gab” hand gesture and then finally drove away,’ she said. ‘But not before leering at me and calling me a “fucking dyke”.

‘He dropped his voice while he did it. He knew it was wrong. Lots of people had stopped to watch,’ she said.

Continue reading: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
first-bus-sorry-driver-cyclist-slur/#gs.jafuyu
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Update: Five teens arrested in lesbophobic attack

A lesbian couple was attacked on a douple-decker London bus late last month.

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with a homophobic attack on a London bus late last month, London police say.

Melania Geymonat posted about the violent incident on her Facebook page last week, describing what began as a date night with her partner Chris. On the way home, a group of young men began harassing them. “They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions,” she wrote. The couple was beaten and bloodied by the group, who allegedly stole their belongings.

Continue reading: https://www.wgbh.org/news/international-news/2019/06/09/five-teens-arrested-in-homophobic-attack-on-london-bus (source)

Original article:  U.K: Lesbian couple beaten up because they refused to kiss

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

U.K: Lesbian actors targeted in ‘homophobic’ attack

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Two actors were attacked on their way to a theatre performance in what was described as a “cowardly homophobic hate crime”.
Lucy Jane Parkinson and Rebecca Banatvala were starring in Rotterdam, which tells the story of a young gay woman, at Southampton’s NST Campus.
The London-based couple said they were walking to the theatre for the matinee performance on Saturday when Ms Parkinson was hit by an object – possibly “stones”, according to police – apparently thrown from a passing car.
The final two performances of the Olivier Award-winning play by Jon Brittain were cancelled as a result.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-48572800 (source)