Tag Archives: Lesbians in the U.S.

U.S: A lesbian couple’s pride flag was stolen and replaced with the American flag

A rainbow flag in front of some trees

Casey Handal and Zadette Rosado live in Barringon, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with their two daughters. They say that earlier this month, they looked outside and noticed that their rainbow flag was gone.
In its place was an American flag.
Handal said that she doesn’t think it was a random act of vandalism. If it were, then the thief wouldn’t have taken the time to raise an American flag to replace the rainbow flag.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/12/
lesbian-couples-pride-flag-stolen-neighbors-response-incredible/
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U.S: Senator Shuts Down Government Dept. Over Lesbian Appointee

LEE FELDBLUM

While only two Republicans voted to confirm Feldblum in 2010, she faced no problems with reappointment in 2013. President Donald Trump reappointed Feldblum to the post, but staying on the EEOC board requires the consent of the Senate.
This year, Lee is acting unilaterally to block her nomination against the desires of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to NBC News.
The Senate failed to approve her through unanimous consent based on Lee’s objection alone, and now she must go through a lengthier confirmation process, which means the EEOC will not have a quorum and cannot meet until the confirmation is complete.

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2018
/12/21/antigay-senator-shuts-down-government-dept-over-lesbian-appointee
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U.S: Homophobic response to lesbian choir singing at Catholic shrine

A Catholic shrine in Portland, Oregon will feature a lesbian choir at a caroling event and it’s upset some homophobes.

‘It is surprising then that the Servites would allow a lesbian choir to sing on the very spot where the altar is normally located, where the body and blood of Christ is consecrated.
‘How can we expect visitors, who may never set foot into a Catholic Church again, to understand what Jesus taught about sin and our need to seek forgiveness?
‘The presence of this choir is a scandal and will certainly lead to even more confusion in a time of moral ambiguity.’

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
christmas-festival-lights-portland-lesbian-choir/#gs.Xbl7G8o
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U.S: Lesbian comic says Kosher ‘mafia’ forced cancellation of her NYC shows

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Comedian Leah Forster claims that kosher-certification rabbis bullied Brooklyn restaurants into canceling her comedy shows due to her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lesbian-comic-says-kosher-mafia-forced-cancellation-her-nyc-shows-n946256 (source)

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

A homophobic [man] sucker-punched a woman on a train, sending her to the hospital with a broken spine – all because he thought she was a lesbian, cops said Saturday.

Continue reading at: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/
ny-metro-homophobe-punches-woman-broken-spine-20181208-story.html
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Texas, USA: San Antonio Four convictions wiped after false anti-lesbian claims led to years in jail

San Antonio Four Cleared

A Bexar County judge on Monday signed papers erasing the criminal histories of four women wrongly convicted in 1994 of sexually assaulting two girls, according to a News4 report.  Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera, and Anna Vasquez — known as the “San Antonio Four” during coverage of their high-profile case — were wrongly convicted of gang-raping Ramirez’s nieces, then 7 and 9. The women had recently come out as lesbians, which prosecutors seized on as a motive.

Ultimately, they served 15 years in prison.

 

Continue reading at: https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2018/12/03/judge-clears-the-record-for-the-wrongly-convicted-san-antonio-four (Source)

Florida, US: Pipebomb accused identified but not arrested over alleged attack on lesbian couple

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The Miami Herald reports that lesbian couple Indiana Parra and Rimbow Gomez were riding a moped together on March 16 when they allegedly had urine thrown at them by a man driving a white Dodge Ram van covered in extreme political stickers. The couple say that the man pulled alongside their moped and threw two cups of urine at them, soaking Gomez, before yelling, “Get off the road, dykes!” The two women explained that when they pulled away, the man chased them in his van, swerving in an apparent attempt to run them off the road.

Police identified Cesar Sayoc but didn’t arrest him.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/11/30/cesar-sayoc-pipe-bomb-lesbian-urine/ (Source)

Texas, USA: UT Officials banned dorm visitors for lesbian student

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A freshman at the University of Texas in Austin says she feels unsafe in her dormitory after officials told her she could no longer have visitors because she’s gay. Freshman Kaj Baker lives in Scottish Rite Dormitory, a private, off-campus facility that provides all-female housing to UT students. Baker told Texas News Channel (video above) that she used to study with her girlfriend — who lives elsewhere — in the lounge of the dorm. However, Baker was called into a meeting with dorm director Mary Mazurek, who told her that other residents were uncomfortable with the couple’s relationship.

Continue reading at: http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/2018/11/dorm-bars-gay-ut-student-from-having-visitors-because-other-residents-are-uncomfortable/ (Source)

Maryland, US: 4 suspects unidentified in year old attack on lesbian at Hyattsville high school

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The principal at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md. says a school investigation into the March 2017 assault by at least four male students on an 11th grade lesbian student, which resulted in the student suffering three broken ribs, has been unable to identify the attackers.

Lidia Reyes, the mother of the lesbian student, contacted the Washington Blade about the incident last month, saying the attack came after her daughter had been the target of bullying and harassment by fellow students. She said school officials weren’t taking adequate steps to address the problem.

Reyes said her daughter reported the attack occurred in the school auditorium on March 23, 2017. But Principal Elaine Carlene Murray told the Blade the auditorium was not open on that day and school security officials could not confirm exactly where the incident took place.

U.S: Social Security discriminated against lesbian after partner died, lawsuit says

A Washington woman whose lesbian partner died before same-sex marriage was legal in her state filed a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on Tuesday for denying her benefits she would have been entitled to if they had been allowed to marry.

According to the lawsuit, Helen Thornton and Marge Brown were in a committed relationship from 1979 until 2006, when Brown died of cancer at age 50. The two women also have a son whom they raised since birth.

Despite being together for 27 years and raising a son together, the SSA denied Thornton survivor’s benefits on the grounds that they were not married before Brown died in 2006. However, the state of Washington didn’t allow same-sex marriage until 2012.

By withholding benefits, the lawsuit says, the federal government is discriminating against Thornton because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/
2018/09/25/Social-Security-discriminated-against-lesbian-after-partner-died-lawsuit-says/3061537917490/
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U.S: Lesbians Harassed by Anti- Lesbian Neighbours Paint House Rainbow

Rainbow House

Married lesbians in Pennsylvania who say they’ve endured years of homophobic slurs from their neighbors are fighting back by painting their house the colors of the rainbow.
The women, Lisa Licata and Sherry Lau, who moved to their Penn Hills neighborhood five years ago, said that their neighbors Ron Makay and his wife, Iolanda Wieczorkowski, have repeatedly shouted “homos, dykes, and lesbians” at them. They allege that Makay shot their dog with a BB gun, which he has denied.
To put some distance between themselves and the antigay neighbors, Licata and Lau erected a fence that they painted the colors of the rainbow flag. The fence allegedly set the neighbors off so much that they amped up the harassment. That’s when the women decided to paint the side of their house that faces the neighbors in rainbow colors.

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/women/
2018/8/31/lesbians-harassed-antigay-neighbors-paint-house-rainbow
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U.S: Lesbian photographer harassed for being gay

Houston photographer Alicia Verdier knew things were about to get uncomfortable last month when a prospective client asked if she was gay.
When Verdier affirmed the woman’s inkling, the client told her “you homos are trying to ruin this country.”
“You’re going to burn in hell,” the woman said, according to screenshots of the conversation. “I want everyone to know just what kind of awful things you stand for, and I will be sure to let everyone know! Don’t you know Texas is a Christian state ??”

Continue reading at: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Burn-in-hell-Houston-photographer-says-client-13194151.php (source)

U.S: Guidance counsellor may lose job after Catholic school learns she has a wife

Image: Shelly Fitzgerald

A guidance counsellor at an Indianapolis Catholic school has been placed on administrative leave after school officials discovered she was married to a woman.
Shelley Fitzgerald has worked at Roncalli High School, which is run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, for 15 years and has been with her now-wife for 22 years.
Fitzgerald said school administrators gave her an ultimatum: resign or “dissolve” her marriage.

Continue reading at: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/guidance-counselor-may-lose-job-after-catholic-school-learns-she-n900401  (source)

Nashville, USA: Man attacks lesbian

Nashville lesbophobic attack

A lesbian in Nashville, Tennessee is hoping there are consequences for the man who attacked her and her car after she rebuffed his advances. Bailey Cantrell was at a Kwik Sak gas station near Centennial Park when the man approached her. She said her friend was inside while she waited by the car when the man came up, calling her names and asking for her phone number.

‘After I declined, still a little bit mad, then the second I declined the third time and said “I’m gay, I’m just not interested,” that’s when it triggered him and he got very aggressive,’ she told Wave3 News. Security camera footage shows the man jumping onto the car, while Cantrell was in it, and kicking in the windshield.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nashville-man-attacks-lesbian-car/#gs.knkdbCY (Source)

St Peter, USA: Lesbians raise funds against workplace hate campaign

Jaime Angie Mace

The Maces and their attorney suspect an individual who works with them at the hospital sent all of the letters. “There’s some really sick person out there,” said attorney Lori Peterson. “This person needs to be locked up for a really long time.”

The notes the Maces were mailed last year say they “should be locked up” because they are ruining the country. The letters, which are posted on the Maces’ fundraising page, make multiple threats against the couple and their daughter, including references to a gun and burning down their house.

Jaime Mace said new threatening notes were mailed in May to two of their gay friends who also work at the hospital and live in St. Peter.

Continue reading at: http://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/local_news/more-threatening-anonymous-letters-reported-in-st-peter/article_07ec6036-969f-11e8-9743-6b65382eb58d.html (Source)

Columbus, USA: lesbian couple files discrimination suit against Columbus Urban League

Columbus Urban League

Two Columbus women say a local organization aimed at ending discrimination, fired them for being gay.

The couple worked at the Columbus Urban League and says shortly after management learned they were dating, they were both fired.

Wednesday they filed a federal discrimination lawsuit. The Urban League calls the allegations “bogus” and “absurd.”

Continue reading at: https://www.10tv.com/article/same-sex-couple-files-discrimination-suit-against-columbus-urban-league (Source)

Chicago, USA: Police fail to act on hate crime against lesbian minor

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teenager in Chicago was brutally attacked this past Tuesday, but police haven’t arrested any of the attackers. Now her mom is speaking out for her.

Amari Graves, 15, was walking to a store in her West Side neighborhood when she was attacked by a classmate and several adults.  “They all got out and walked up to me,” Amari said. She said that she recognized one of the people approaching her as another girl from her school, and the rest of the people were adults.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/08/police-didnt-arrest-lesbian-girls-adult-attackers-now-angry-mom-stepping/ (Source)

U.S: Lesbian couple denied housing in Sunset Hills senior living community, lawsuit claims

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A St. Louis County senior community has denied housing to a married lesbian couple who have been together for nearly four decades because of the couple’s sexual orientation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68, both of Shrewsbury, say the Friendship Village senior living community, which has locations in Sunset Hills and Chesterfield, denied occupancy to them to live at the Sunset Hills community in 2016 because their relationship violated its cohabitation policy that defines marriage as “the union of one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible,” according to the lawsuit.

Continue reading at: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/
crime-and-courts/lesbian-couple-denied-housing-in-sunset-hills-senior-living-community/
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Update: Update: Lesbian retirement community discrimination lawsuit dismissed

U.S: Police Tell Lesbian Couple to “Ignore” Man Yelling Homophobic Slurs at Them

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Wendy and Trudy Dragoon were crossing a street in their Southeast neighborhood of Brentwood-Darlington yesterday evening around 7:30 when they heard an engine rev nearby. They turned to see a truck speeding towards them. The couple ran onto the sidewalk to watch the truck whip by, do a U-turn, and park in front of a nearby home. Three men exited the vehicle, including a skinny 20-something who had been yelling out the window at the women as the truck drove by.

“He got out of the car and said something about ‘Beating the shit out of fucking dykes,'” says Wendy. When Trudy crossed the street to where the truck was parked to confront the man, Wendy began filming using her cell phone.

Continue reading at: https://www.portlandmercury.com/
blogtown/2018/07/16/21357150/police-tell-lgbt-couple-to-ignore-man-yelling-homophobic-slurs-at-them
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Sacramento, US: man blankets street with lesbophobic flyers

Man blankets a street with vile flyers claiming lesbian sex causes cancer

This man sparked outrage after blanketing a street with flyers that falsely claim lesbian sex causes cancer.

The man refused to speak when confronted by homeowners in the West Sacramento neighborhood about his leaflet, titled ‘The key to the mystery of estrogen and cancer.’

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/05/man-blankets-street-vile-flyers-claiming-lesbian-sex-causes-cancer-7687338/  (source)