Tag Archives: Lesbians in the U.S.

ILD: Sheroes and the lesbian Stonewall

By Karla Jay

Armed with garbage bags, brooms and big mouths, we resisted the goons’ oppressive authority — our incredible moxie mirroring the rebellion at Stonewall. We had been beaten, risked serious injury and death for the privilege and joy of an all-women’s dance.

No mainstream media outlet reported on this assault, not even the Village Voice, which had covered the Stonewall Rebellion. The only story about our defiance that night was written by me in Rat Subterranean News.

The courage of the discarded, disrespected, and sometimes homeless street people who fought back at the Stonewall Inn must be honored. But a half century later, some acknowledgment and appreciation must be given to the GLF women who risked our lives to create an alternative to the Stonewalls and Kooky’s that had dominated our social lives.

It seems so matter of fact today to want to dance with whoever you want to — and surely, we will party again when we defeat this pandemic. But we GLF lesbians risked prison and payback to dance together 50 years ago, proving that sisterhood is powerful.

Continue reading at: https://www.losangelesblade.com/2020/05/15/sheroes-the-lesbian-stonewall/ (Source)

US: Jade Fox reflects on race in the lesbian YouTubing community

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Lesbian vlogger Jade Fox reflects on the race divide between lesbian YouTubers:

“You all get Pride campaigns every year. I get Pride campaigns every year, but you have to understand it’s backwards, when you, a white queer person, who’s made a career out of being a white queer person, gets paid twice as much for these pride campaigns, for a movement that your people didn’t even start. Yet fast forward time, here we are and y’all are reaping the benefits of work that you didn’t do. You can do the work now.”

“I get asked this question a lot. A LOT! Monthly, by multiple people. ‘Jade, why is there such a clear divide between the white gays and the black ones. Specifically within the lesbian community on YouTube?’

“I’ve never had this conversation on YouTube, so we’re going to have this conversation.”

Watch Jade Fox at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXytT8-Xws0 (Source)

 

 

US: Catholic Church fires lesbian music director after 3 decades

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Terry Gonda loves the Catholic church, though it hasn’t always loved her back — at least unconditionally.

After three decades helping run the musical life of her parish, Gonda was fired from her job as music director Wednesday for being married to a woman — a relationship that she says was never a secret. Not with her family, friends, church or pastor.

But in recent weeks, Gonda said, someone within the Detroit Archdiocese caught wind of her marital status and decided that something needed to be done, that her same-sex marriage made her morally unfit to keep her job.

As was explained to her in a June 12 email: “The Archdiocese is choosing to activate its morality clause to terminate your employment.”

The words stung Gonda, who has long stood by the embattled Catholic church despite its strained relationship with the LGBTQ community and its past: The sex abuse scandal involving pedophile priests. The coverups. Homosexuals denied Communion. Lesbians fired from teaching jobs.

Continue reading at: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2020/06/24/detroit-archdiocese-terry-gonda-catholic-church-same-sex-marriage/3247103001/ (Source)

Cuban lesbians fight for a life together in the US

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Yanelkys Moreno Agramonte, 36, and Dayana Rodríguez González, 31, had never been apart in the nearly five years since they began dating. Their lives were one until Nov. 3, 2019, when they both applied for asylum in the U.S. at a port of entry in El Paso, Texas, and they were separated a short time later.

Moreno and Rodríguez were placed into different cells as their entry into the country was processed.

“They locked me up in a small, lonely place,” Moreno told the Washington Blade on June 9 during a telephone call from the South Louisiana ICE Processing Center in Basile, La., where she remains in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. “I was there for two days and my partner was transferred the day after we arrived.”

“We lost all ties,” Rodríguez told the Blade during a telephone interview from Phoenix on June 10 where she now lives. “I didn’t know where she was and she didn’t know where I was. On the fourth day, they moved me at night to the detention center and there I was, still unsure whether they would send her there.” …

Perhaps this story would not have been so bitter if the two women had been married because ICE, in theory, allows a married asylum seeker to sponsor their spouse once it grants them “derivative” status. This process allows them to stay together as long as they present a marriage or civil union certificate.

But Moreno and Rodríguez are citizens of Cuba, an island where same-sex marriage is not yet legal. The government’s policies and social attitudes also emphasize discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

“Same-sex couples who are not married, but who are qualified to access U.S. refugee admissions under one of the three designated global processing priorities … can cross-reference their cases so they can be interviewed at the same time and, if approved by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), be resettled in the same geographic area in the United States,” says ICE.

This is how Moreno and Rodríguez did it.

Their immigration cases are the same, but Moreno in December was once again separated from Rodríguez. She was sent more than 900 miles east of El Paso to the South Louisiana ICE Correctional Center, where she currently remains in ICE custody. Rodríguez was detained in El Paso until Feb. 4 when she was released on parole and a $7,500 bond.

The two women saw each other for the last time through a door’s glass window, sending their love to each other with signs after a conversation that would define both of their lives forever. Moreno was gone the next morning and the frustration of not being able to say goodbye to her partner is painful to this day.
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Moreno and Rodríguez’s families never accepted that two women could fall in love and live together. The prejudices that still persist in Cuba and especially in Zulueta, a small town in the center of the country where they lived, were constant hurdles to their social lives and their life together as a couple.

“My parents divorced because of my sexual orientation,” said Moreno. “My father is the typical Cuban man, who said that his children could not be homosexual. My sister was the only one who always supported me.”

Rodríguez was kicked out of her home when her family found out she was in a romantic relationship with another girl.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/06/17/lesbian-couple-from-cuba-fights-for-life-together-in-us/ (Source)

U.S.: electrician demoted for not ending lesbian affair

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Stacy Freyre, 49, was a supervisor earning $127,000 a year when her friendship with a married female cashier at a Universal City Studios restaurant in California became a romance in 2017, Freyre said in court papers.

The cashier, a mom of two, had already separated from her spouse, whom she had accused of domestic violence, according to Freyre’s legal filing.

But when the estranged husband, who also worked at the site, discovered the relationship, he flew into a rage, complained to the company, accosted his ex at work and allegedly threatened to harm Freyre, implying someone could shoot her kids, she charges. Freyre reported the threats to police.

Rather than deal with the threats, Universal City Studios, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, asked Freyre to apologize and make peace with the husband. Freyre was demoted from her supervisor post after she refused to end the relationship, according to an employment discrimination claim she recently filed NBCUniversal in California Federal Court seeking unspecified damages.

Continue reading at: https://nypost.com/2020/06/13/universal-city-studios-worker-allegedly-demoted-for-not-ending-affair/ (Source)

U.S: Lesbian teen denied graduation over dress code

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Dynasia Clark is a senior from Lamar High School in Darlington County. Like most high school students, Clark loves music, writes poems, and couldn’t wait to graduate.

While other schools across the nation aren’t able to hold an in-person graduation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the school was able to find a way to still have a ceremony.

On Tuesday, Clark was getting prepared to walk the stage and become an official high school graduate. But before she was able to take her seat she was told she was not allowed to walk because of what she was wearing– pants.

Being openly gay [sic], she wanted to feel comfortable in her skin as she experienced this once in a lifetime moment.

The school, not the county, had put in place a dress code for the event which required girls to wear a dress. For Dynasia, she wasn’t expecting the school to stop her.

“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal, because we’re already here, we’re already fixing to walk but now I can’t go because of a dress code,” Clark says.

Realizing that school officials were not going to change their minds, she walked off the field.

“I was angry more than anything because we worked hard to even have a graduation and then I can’t walk because I don’t got on a dress,” Clark says.

However, understanding the importance of this moment, she decided to stay and watch the ceremony from the other side of the gate.

“I was okay standing outside the gate watching them graduate because they’re my classmates,” says Clark. “I wouldn’t want to just go home because I can’t walk.”

As names were being called to receive their diplomas, Clark was ready to hear her name to acknowledge all the hard work she put in the past four years.

But it was never said.

Continue reading: https://wpde.com/news/local/gay-lamar-hs-senior-denied-walking-at-graduation-over-dress-code (source)

U.S: Lesbian Who Sued Sheriff After He Fired Her Defeats Him in Dem Primary

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A lesbian candidate who is suing the sheriff of Hamilton County, Ohio, has beaten him in the Democratic primary for the office.

Charmaine McGuffey, a former Hamilton County deputy sheriff, defeated Jim Neil by winning nearly 70 percent of the vote Tuesday, The Enquirer of Cincinnati reports. She will face Bruce Hoffbauer, a Cincinnati police lieutenant who was the only candidate in the Republican primary, in November. Cincinnati is the seat of Hamilton County, the third most populous county in Ohio. McGuffey would be the first Ohio sheriff from the LGBTQ community and one of only a few ever elected in the nation. She was endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

McGuffey and Neil have both been with the sheriff’s department since the early 1980s. Neil was elected sheriff in 2012, and the following year he promoted McGuffey to major in command of jail and court services, making her the highest-ranking woman in the department’s history. In 2015, she was named local and regional Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The following year, the Ohio House of Representatives named her Public Citizen of the Year. During her tenure, the Hamilton County Justice Center went from being the worst-ranked large jail in Ohio to the best.

But Neil fired her in 2017. She says it was because she’s a lesbian and she raised concerns about the use of force by officers. He says it was because she created a hostile work environment. She has sued him in federal court, and the lawsuit is still pending.

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/politics
/2020/4/29/lesbian-who-sued-sheriff-after-he-fired-her-defeats-him-dem-primary
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U.S: Lesbian couple’s house vandalized with hate speech & obscene drawings

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Keri and Katrina Sprinkle live in Borden in southern Indiana. On April 10, they woke up to find the words “LESBIN” [sic] and “QUEER” spray-painted on their truck. Penises were painted on the truck and their driveway too.

The vandal also painted a message on their house, “I love penis,” written in symbols.

“I was in total shock,” Keri told WLKY. “I collapsed in the middle of the street and just started crying because it was that whole feeling of violation and how could someone not only do this to my place of dwelling, but my vehicle, and then we found another graffiti mark in the driveway, and then we found one on her car as well.”

Katrina posted images of the graffiti on Facebook.

“I will pay a reward for anyone who can tell me, without a doubt, who did this!!!” she wrote.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com
/2020/04/lesbian-couples-house-vandalized-hate-speech-obscene-drawings/
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U.S: Mother vows she’ll get personal justice after teenage lesbian daughter killed

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A 17-year-old girl in Tennessee was shot to death in a possible anti-gay hate crime.

Ashanti Posey, a high school senior in Nashville, was shot and killed last Thursday, April 9 while driving with another 17-year-old in the car with her.

Police believe that Posey was leaving a neighborhood after a small marijuana sale, but the girl’s mother doesn’t think that the drug deal had anything to do with her daughter’s death.

“This was out of jealousy because my daughter was openly gay and in a happy relationship with a young lady for two years,” she told WTVF.

“Sometimes being different is not accepted in society, it’s just not.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2020/04/mother-vows-shell-get-personal-justice-teenage-lesbian-daughter-killed/
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U.S: Lesbian chef zoombombed with racism and homophobia

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J. Chong, a sous chef at a local restaurant, was 30 minutes into her spinach pesto-making class when a wave of newcomers joined, but only to attack her with malicious comments.

In an Instagram post, Chong noted that she had been warned of “Zoombombers” — trolls wreaking havoc on the platform — who may join the class, but she shrugged it off at first.

Unfortunately, little did she expect that the seconds-long “interruption” would be so offensive that it caused her to freeze for “what felt like 10 minutes.”

“At first I was excited! I was proud that more people were interested in watching my class,” Chong recalled. “Then all of a sudden, we hear vicious slurs come over the speakers — ‘f*ggot,’ ‘d*ke,’ ‘lesbian,’ … ‘You f*cking ch*nk’ [and] ‘You ch*nk, the coronavirus is happening because of you!’

Continue reading: https://nextshark.com/asian-chef-attacked-during-zoom-cooking-class/ (source)

U.S: Lesbian judge sanctioned for displaying rainbow flag in court

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A judge in Texas has been sanctioned by the state for displaying a rainbow flag in her courtroom.

Bexar County Court’s Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez is out and she flies the rainbow flag in her court because it shows that “everyone is welcome into this courtroom.”

She didn’t think that the flag would be a problem because other judges have flags and symbols in their courtrooms. One judge who’s a veteran has a camouflage robe and another flies an Irish flag to take pride in his heritage, she said.

But San Antonio lawyer Flavio Hernandez was “offended” by Speedlin Gonzalez’s rainbow flag and he filed a complaint with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, saying that the flag meant that the judge couldn’t be impartial.

“I think a judge bringing in symbols of sexuality — regardless of what kind of sexuality — I think that has no place in the courtroom,” he told Texas Lawyer.

He said that he would have been just as offended by “a swastika or confederate flag,” effectively comparing being gay to being a white supremacist.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/04/
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U.S: Man sexually assaulted lesbian, saying he’d “fix the gay”

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Salt Lake City police arrested a man they said sexually assaulted a lesbian and told her he would “fix the gay.”

Adam Quinn Atwood, 34, was arrested Wednesday on charges of object rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and forcible sexual abuse, according to jail records.

The case is being investigated as a hate crime, Det. Greg Wilking of the Salt Lake City Police Department told NBC News on Friday.

The woman, who told police she is gay, said she visited a friend in Salt Lake City on Sunday night and that at some point, the friend fell asleep. The woman said she continued talking with the friend’s husband, whom she identified as Atwood, and that he “began touching and grabbing her,” according to the police affidavit.

She said Atwood then sexually assaulted her, and when she said “no” and told him to stop, he allegedly asked “if she was sure she didn’t like it” and “if she was sure she was gay,” the affidavit states.

When she tried to leave, the woman said Atwood grabbed her by the back of the neck, forced her back into the house and took her to the basement where he choked her and again sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit.

The woman said she kept telling Atwood that she doesn’t like men in an attempt to get him to stop and that he “told her he was going to fix the gay,” according to the affidavit.

Continue reading: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/salt-lake-city-man-sexually-assaulted-lesbian-saying-he-d-n1170431?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma (source)

U.S: Lesbian couple sues prison system for workplace discrimination

A lesbian couple who worked in the Michigan prison system for decades is suing the state, claiming prison officials failed to do anything to protect them from years of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The couple, the lawsuit claims, faced harassment, discrimination and retaliation daily for not fitting into the standard mold of a state prison employee – being a heterosexual white man.

“[Michelle] (Woods) has, on countless occasions, been referred to as a ‘dyke,’ … has been told that ‘Stanley Steamer has nothing on you,’ and has had a beaver and a taco put as the desktop background on her computer,” according to the lawsuit.

Woods would later be reprimanded for various violations she had no knowledge of committing, the lawsuit claims. She was spied on by a higher ranking officer and was denied consideration for a promotion by officials who said she needed to learn to “play the game,” the lawsuit alleges.

[Loretta] Smith, who also works for MDOC, claims she was demoted to working the midnight shift in retaliation for complaining about the hostile work environment.

Continue reading: https://www.mlive.com/news
/2020/03/lesbian-couple-sues-michigan-prison-system-for-workplace-discrimination.html?fbclid=IwAR2u1ryfB07bYjUm9Ozj0
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U.S: Pastor puts up anti-homosexual sign on discovering neighbours are lesbian

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A Louisiana pastor found his church the subject of a peaceful demonstration protesting his decision to put up an anti-gay sign in his front yard that appeared to target his lesbian neighbors.

The protest was prompted by a Facebook post shared by Lynda Slimer of Benton, La., who said that she, her wife, and two daughters came home to find the sign in the yard of their neighbor, Rex Cornwell, the pastor of the Bossier Church of Christ.

The sign features the international ‘No’ symbol over the LGBTQ Pride flag with the words “God forbids homosexuality, so should we.” Bible verses condemning homosexuality appear at the bottom of the sign.

Slimer wrote on Facebook that she believes the yard sign was prompted by Cornwell’s realization that she and her wife are not roommates.

Continue reading: https://www.metroweekly.com
/2020/03/louisiana-pastors-anti-gay-sign-aimed-at-lesbian-couple-sparks-protest-outside-his-church/
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U.S: Lesbian Teacher Who Was Suspended Reaches $100,000 Settlement

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In August 2017, Stacy Bailey, an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in Arlington, Texas, introduced herself to her fourth-grade class with a slide show of her childhood, parents, friends and family.

Included in the mix was a photo of her with her partner, Julie Vasquez, who Ms. Bailey explained at the time was her future wife. They were dressed as “Dory” and “Nemo” from the movie “Finding Nemo.”

The presentation touched off a complaint from a parent that Ms. Bailey was “promoting the homosexual agenda.” Ms. Bailey was suspended for eight months from the public school, where she had taught for 10 years and had twice been voted Teacher of the Year.

This week, more than two years later, the Mansfield Independent School District agreed to pay Ms. Bailey $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that she had filed accusing the district of discriminating against her because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading: https://www.nytimes.com/
2020/02/27/us/stacy-bailey-mansfield-teacher.html
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U.S: Convicted rapist entrapped lesbian by posing as gay man

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A convicted rapist in Atlanta entrapped his female victim by pretending to be a gay man, prosecutors say.

Taurence Callagain, 36, was convicted last week for the 2015 rape, in which he led his victim, who is a lesbian with a female partner, to believe he was gay and that their relationship was “strictly platonic,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in a news release Tuesday.

Continue reading: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-rapist-pretended-to-be-gay-20200227-oayf6kqikbgwzf4qimwibyiqee-story.html (source)

U.S: Teacher forbids student with lesbian mothers from speaking in favour of same-sex marriage

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A married lesbian couple in Michigan say their daughter’s teacher banned her from writing a speech about marriage equality for fear that it might “offend somebody in the class.”

The school district is investigating the incident.

Angela McDermitt-Jackson and Chris Jackson married in 2015 and are raising Destiny McDermitt, their 17-year-old daughter who is a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, Michigan.

Destiny’s teacher assigned her class a “Take a Stand Speech” in which students were told to speak in favor of or against a social issue important to them. Having two mothers, Destiny said she wanted to speak in support of same-sex marriage.

Destiny and other classmates claim that the teacher forbade her topic over worries it might offend other students. When Destiny asked whether the teacher could inquire if the topic offended her fellow classmates, the teacher declined her request.

The teacher also reportedly said she didn’t want to read or grade such a paper.

“No, we’re not going to do that,” the teacher reportedly said in front of the class. “I don’t want to hear about it, I don’t want to read about it, and I’m the one who has to grade it.”

Destiny was so upset that she contacted her mother Angela while still present in the class. Later, Destiny wrote a letter complaining to school officials. Destiny has since been moved into a different class.

“[It] offended me because I have two moms [who] are married and I really thought it was inappropriate,” McDermitt wrote. Her mothers, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, niece, and younger sister all support her.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020
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U.S.: GOP candidate practising law despite license suspension for letter to lesbians

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A former U.S. Representative from Kentucky was caught practicing law even though his law license was suspended for lying about sending a hateful letter to another attorney.

This past April, the Kentucky Supreme Court suspended Carroll Hubbard’s license to practice law.

He had been accused of sending a letter in 2017 to attorney Alisha Bobo and her wife where he drew an arrow at a picture of them and called them “PITIFULL [sic], FAT, UGLY, LESBIANS.”

Bobo said that the letter was “very disappointing that someone, a grown person such as Mr. Hubbard — someone I previously respected — would go there.”

She didn’t make it public until 2018, though, when she found herself working on a visitation case where Hubbard was opposing counsel. She told the court and asked that he be removed from the case.

Hubbard said, under oath, that he did not send the letter. By February 2019, he admitted to sending the letter and apologized to the Bobos. He also admitted to filing a Judicial Conduct Commission complaint against the judge in that case just because he was mad that the letter was brought up.

He is currently running for the Kentucky House of Representatives as a Republican, even though he was a Democrat when he was in the U.S. House.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/02/gop-politician-lost-law-license-letter-calling-women-pitiful-fat-ugly-lesbians/ (Source)

U.S.: Lesbian injured in homophobic shooting at gay couple

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Two gay men and a lesbian were shot and wounded this week in Miami in a bizarre drive-by shooting. The Miami-Dade Police Department said it was not investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, men riding one or more all-terrain vehicles opened fire on a car with the two male victims inside and then fled, according to police.
One of the men was “struck in the head,” the other was “grazed in the head” and a woman sitting outside her home nearby was “stuck by a stray bullet,” police said.

Clive Khouri, one of the victims, told NBC Miami that he was sitting in his car with his boyfriend when a group of ATV riders surrounded the car and sprayed it with bullets. His boyfriend was taken to Jackson South Trauma Center in critical condition after being shot in the head.

The injuries to Khouri and Shakena Jefferson, the female victim, were not considered life-threatening.

Khouri told TV station WPLG that he thinks he and his boyfriend were targeted because the gunmen “probably saw us kissing in the car.”

Continue reading at: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/miami-drive-shooter-hits-two-gay-men-lesbian-n1136651 (Source)

U.S.: lesbian files discrimination complaint against Burger King

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A lesbian who works at a D.C. Burger King says her manager harassed her because of her sexual orientation.

Ingrid, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish her last name, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights last Dec. 23.

The complaint notes Ingrid, 19, began to work at the Burger King on Connecticut Avenue near the University of the District of Columbia on Aug. 24, 2019. Ingrid in her complaint states her manager “found out about my sexual orientation in September of 2019” and “began to harass me by making inappropriate comments about my protected class.”

“In January 2020, despite my numerous complaints to respondent’s upper management, the hostile work environment was not addressed, and instead I continued to be subjected to unwelcome comments about my sexual orientation from my supervisor as well as my coworkers who respondent’s manager told about my complaints,” she wrote. “Instead of addressing the situation, respondent’s district manager … cut my workdays and hours and changed my schedule, affecting my pay.”

Burger King, which is based in Miami, received a 100 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index.

Burger King’s corporate office has not returned the Blade’s requests for comment. Efforts to reach the Burger King where Ingrid works via telephone were unsuccessful.

Ingrid, who continues to work at the Burger King where she said the harassment has taken place, told the Blade it is her first job. She said she filed her complaint because she doesn’t “want another LGBTQ person or someone who is not out to go through this again.”

“I don’t want someone else to get anxiety or depression because of this,” Ingrid told the Blade.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/02/12/lesbian-files-discrimination-complaint-against-dc-burger-king/ (Source)