Tag Archives: Lesbians in the U.S.

U.S: Alaskan lesbian activist slashed and beaten at home after she received threatening note

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An LGBTQ activist on the Kenai Peninsula says she was slashed with a knife and beaten in her home this month within a few weeks of two threatening incidents.

Tammie Willis said she found a note crammed under her pickup’s windshield wiper in mid-November: “Dumb Ass Dyke We don’t want your gay libtard ass shit here so take it some where else before you get hurt!!!”

A little over a week later, Willis says, she was driving before dawn to Kenai Peninsula College, where she is associate director of residence life, when she glimpsed someone standing in the bed of a pickup at the side of the road. That person threw something that broke her windshield.

Police this week said they found a rock with the word “dyke” written on it at the spot.

On Dec. 9, the power in Willis’ Sterling neighborhood went out, she said. She went to see if other houses were dark, and when she opened the door leading from her garage, someone pushed her back inside and began to slash her with a knife.

Continue reading: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2019/12/27/kenai-peninsula-lgbtq-activist-reports-being-slashed-and-beaten-at-home-after-she-received-threatening-note/ (source)

U.S: Lesbian Kiss On Hallmark Channel Sparks Backlash

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A TV network that is known for its heartwarming movies and not for its rabble-rousing, Hallmark Channel has recently managed to rouse some rabble thanks to a commercial featuring two women sharing a kiss. The ad has sparked a negative reaction from the vocal advocacy group One Million Moms, which is now petitioning Hallmark Channel to reverse course and stop airing LGBTQ-related content.

Continue reading: https://www.cinemablend.com/
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U.S: Catholic diocese denies lesbian judge communion

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A church in Michigan denied Holy Communion to a state district court judge because she is married to a woman.

Judge Sara Smolenski, the chief judge of Michigan’s 63rd District Court, received a call from the priest at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, requesting she not attend communion.

Judge Sara Smolenski was told she could no longer receive communion at her Catholic Church because she is married to a woman.

“This is not about me against the priest, and it’s not really me against the church,” Smolenski told CNN. “This feels like selective discrimination. Why choose gay people, and why now?”

Smolenski, 62, said that the Rev. Scott Nolan, the priest at St. Stephen for approximately three years, called her on November 23 and told her, “‘It was good to see you in church on Sunday. Because you and Linda are married in the state of Michigan, I’d like you to respect the church and not come to communion.'”

Continue reading: https://edition.cnn.com/2019
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U.S: Lesbian music teacher outed to her bosses and then fired

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On October 2, administrators at Covenant Christian School in Palm Beach, Florida, summoned part-time musical theater teacher Monica Toro Lisciandro to tell her that someone had anonymously called the school accuse her of being in a relationship with a woman, attending a Pride festival, and hosting an LGBTQ group in her private acting studio.

“Well, it’s true,” Lisciandro replied. Soon after, the school fired her even though she had taught there for the last three years and was in the middle of directing the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The school then informed parents via letter that she’d no longer be teaching due to “personal reasons.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/10/musical-theater-teacher-outed-bosses-fired-immediately/
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U.S: After Being Beaten and Raped, Lesbian Asylum Seeker Faces Deportation

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A 20-year-old Ugandan woman is at risk of deportation after attempting to seek asylum in the United States.

According to a recent story by Rolling Stone, the woman, identified only as Margaret, traveled from Uganda after coming out as a lesbian. As a result of her being public about her sexuality, she was “raped and repeatedly beaten.” Margaret reached the Juárez, Mexico–El Paso, Texas border after a lengthy and dangerous trek spanning several months.

Although Margaret didn’t have her documentation — or any personal belongings, since they all had been stolen while she was on the Mexican side of the border — she successfully was able to enter the U.S. last month. However, on Wednesday she was told devastating news.

“U.S. officials had determined that, despite being a lesbian from a country in which it is illegal to be one, and despite having already suffered beatings and a rape, Margaret had no ‘credible fear’ or any way of knowing what would happen if she were sent back,” Rolling Stone reports.

An appeal has been filed and Margaret may receive an immigration judge’s ruling as early as next week.

Continue reading: https://www.out.com/news/
2019/10/20/after-being-beaten-and-raped-lesbian-asylum-seeker-faces-deportation
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U.S: Two lesbians were the first “out” people to be elected to office, rather than Harvey Milk

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Yes, this is a picture of the first out gay person elected to a major political office.

It is a photo of Elaine Noble, elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November, 1974, three years before Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and, actually, she was the second out elected official.

The first was 21-year-old Kathy Kozachenko elected to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, City Council in April, 1974. Prior to her election, council members Nancy Wechsler and Jerry DeGrieck had come out in office and convinced the majority of the council to vote to add “sexual orientation” to Ann Arbor’s antidiscrimination ordinance.

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Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/10/stop-saying-harvey-milk-first-gay-person-elected-public-office/
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International Lesbian Day: Police arrest lesbian activist during Atlanta climate protest

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Longtime LGBTQ activist Lorraine Fontana was one of 19 people arrested in a wave of Atlanta protests that demanded action on climate issues.

The protests on Sept. 27 — organized by climate action group Extinction Rebellion Atlanta — began in Buckhead and later moved to Midtown.

“Their idea was to go to some busy intersection in Atlanta and make a point by really messing up the traffic and having people say, ‘What the hell is this?’ and, ‘Who are you?,’” she told Project Q Atlanta.

Fontana (photo), who was a 2013 Atlanta Pride grand marshal, was part of a group that blocked roads at the intersection of 10th and Peachtree. The 72-year-old activist sat in a chair in the road alongside another activist, Daniel Hanley.

Continue reading: https://www.projectq.us/atlanta
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Update: Man pleads guilty to anti-lesbian attack that resulted in the woman’s spine being fractured

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A Harlem man has admitted to attacking a woman in December and hurling homophobic slurs at her as she exited an E train in Queens because he believed that she was a homosexual.

Allasheed Allah, 54, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of third-degree assault as a hate crime, according to a release from the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Criminal Court Judge Mary Bejarano indicated that she will give Allah a one-to-three-year prison term on Nov. 7 when he comes back to court for sentencing.

According to the release, on Nov. 20, Allah argued with the 20-year-old victim at the 71st Street stop in Forest Hills on a Manhattan-bound E train when he saw the victim’s female friend kiss her on the cheek.

“Kiss her again you d–e bitch!” Allah shouted at the pair, the release states.

The women left the train, but Allah followed them. He then struck the victim in the head and chest, causing her to collide with both a nearby pole and the floor. The victim has since recovered from the injury, the DA says.

Continue reading: https://nypost.com/2019/10/03/man-pleads-guilty-to-homophobic-attack-that-fractured-victims-spine/ (source)

Original article: U.S: Man Breaks Woman’s Spine in Anti-Lesbian Hate Crime

U.S: Uber Driver Kicks Lesbian Couple Out of Car

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Kristin Michele and Jenn Mangan were in an Uber on their way to a Zac Brown Band concert in Camden on Friday night when Michele leaned over and gave Mangan a kiss on the cheek, they said. The driver then immediately told the women to get out of the car

Continue reading: https://www.towleroad.com/2019/09/uber-driver-kicks-couple-out/ (source)

U.S: Woman’s Dream Job Teaching Rescinded Because She’s a Lesbian

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Lauren White had long dreamed of becoming a teacher, and despite not holding a degree in education, it looked like she was about to see that dream come true. Then it was pulled away at the last minutes, because White is engaged to another woman.

Continue reading: http://www.newnownext.com/lesbian-teacher-job-rescinded-illinois-catholic-school/09/2019/ (source)

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.S: Lesbian artist raped and killed during home invasion

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Anthony Laquan Goss, 28, faces charges in the death of 21-year-old Te’a Denise Liger, according to Atlanta police.

Two men forced three people, including Liger, into an apartment at Vesta Adams Park Apartments on Delowe Drive around 6 a.m. on Aug. 21, according to police. The men robbed and assaulted the victims, including sexually assaulting Liger. She was shot to death and the other victims, a man and a woman, received non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Goss was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 23 on charges of kidnapping, rape and felony murder. He remains in custody.

Continue reading: https://www.projectq.us/atlanta
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U.S: Photo of lesbian student wearing tuxedo omitted from yearbook

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Holley Gerelds wanted to wear a tuxedo for her senior yearbook portrait. The photographer said it was fine, she recalled. Proofs show her smiling in a black jacket and bow tie.

But when the Alabama graduate perused her yearbook on Thursday, she told The Washington Post, she had to flip to the last page to find her name — misspelled “Geralds” and listed without a photo, under the heading “Not Pictured.”

Gerelds, who is lesbian, said she was not surprised that her photo was left out — not because of anything her school had done previously, but because she’s used to seeing reports of “LGBTQ+ people getting harassed and sometimes even killed, always discriminated against.” She says she didn’t do anything to merit being left out of a high school keepsake; she paid and showed up on time for her photograph, which was shot last year.

Continue reading: https://www.washingtonpost.com
/education/2019/08/18/she-wore-tuxedo-her-senior-portrait-yearbook-left-her-photo-out/?noredirect=on
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U.S: Lesbian couple kicked out of church where they met

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For three years, Mary Catherine Trollinger attended Gracewood Baptist Church in Southaven, Mississippi. She served as its college director for a while and even met Olivia Jennings, the woman who would become her wife, a year ago at the church.

When Gracewood’s pastor Barry Baker found out about their relationship a few months ago, he told the couple to leave the church and not come back. Now, months later, Pastor Baker has sent a nasty letter to Trollinger continuing to slam her “unbiblical” lesbian relationship, and Trollinger isn’t having it.

Continue reading: https://www.queerty.com/church-sends-nasty-letter-gay-couple-unanimously-voting-kick-20190819 (source)

USA: teacher sues for being fired because she’s lesbian

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Clare Public Schools is being sued in federal court by a former adult education teacher who says she was fired because she’s a lesbian.

Julie Mayra, hired by the district sometime around August 2012, said she had a great working relationship with her colleagues — including being promoted to a full-time position — until the district hired a new superintendent and principal for the 2016-07 academic year. Then, according to her complaint filed in federal court, things slid rapidly.

In particular, Georgette Kelley, the new principal, began to target Mayra, according to the court record. Kelley is a devout Pentecostal Christian who is vocal about her opposition to homosexuals.

Kelley is no longer listed on the Clare Public Schools website as employed there.

Continue reading at: https://www.themorningsun.com/news/copscourts/clare-schools-accused-of-firing-teacher-because-she-s-a/article_fece4162-aa4e-11e9-a94e-ab5ae527ce88.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

U.S: Daycare centre rejected a child because of her lesbian parents

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When Brittney Ready and her wife Stacey enrolled their youngest daughter Callie in the daycare program of Parkview Christian Academy of Waco, Texas, they hoped their child would continue being raised in the Christian faith, just like they’d done at home. Instead, Callie was rejected because her parents are lesbians.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019
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U.S: Lesbian couple brutally attacked by group of men

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Kimberly Page is speaking out publicly about a violent attack as police search for suspects. Page said that she and her girlfriend were out late with friends in a town on Long Island on July 7.

At around 3:30 a.m., Page and her girlfriend were alone when a group of men approached them and taunted them.

They “started saying obscene things to my girlfriend and I,” Page said. “It originated by him asking her if she wanted a real [expletive] and why is she with this [slur].” She said that they tried to ignore the men, but then the men got angry.

One of the men told Page’s girlfriend, “I’m not going to fight you, I’m going to fight her,” because Page is “a dude.”

The man slapped Page’s girlfriend and then punched Page.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019
/07/man-viciously-beat-lesbian-couple-calling-one-women-dude/
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U.S: Posters of Megan Rapinoe defaced with lesbophobic and misogynistic slurs

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Posters of world-class soccer champion Megan Rapinoe hanging in New York City’s Bryant Park subway station were defaced with antigay and misogynistic slurs two days ahead of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s triumphant appearance at a ticker-tape parade to celebrate their fourth World Cup win. The New York Police Department is investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime.

The Nike posters that depict Rapinoe, who is gay, in powerful positions accompanied by slogans like “Dream with us” and “Just do it” were covered with hateful phrases like “shemale” and “screw this ho” scrawled across her face

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/crime
/2019/7/11/antigay-vandalism-megan-rapinoe-posters-possible-hate-crime
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U.S: Teenaged lesbian the target of hate crime receives community support

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Civic leaders spoke out against hate Monday and showed support for a northwest suburban family.

Two weeks ago, a Barrington family’s lawn was vandalized. Dozens of plastic forks and a for sale sign with a suicide hotline number and an acronym for go “f—ing kill yourself” written on it were found in the Nelles’s yard on May 31.

Sharon and Scott Nelles said their teenage daughter, who is a lesbian and a student at Barrington High School, was the target of harassment.

Continue reading: https://wgntv.com/2019/06/10/leaders-community-show-support-after-family-of-gay-teen-harassed/ (source)

U.S: Lesbian Flag Excluded From The Sims

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Much like many other companies, Electronic Arts Inc joined in on the celebration of Pride month, which is held each June to honor the Stonewall riots of 1969. They did this by adding a handful of flags and other Pride gear to The Sims 4 that players could use in-game to celebrate. While the developers have seemingly always been inclusive for members of the LGBTQ+ communities, they definitely slipped up with the recently revealed addition as out of the 17 flags they included, they left out the lesbian flag.

Continue reading: https://comicbook.com/gaming/
2019/06/12/ea-called-out-excluding-lesbian-flag-the-sims-4/
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