Tag Archives: Lesbians in U.S.

U.S: Lesbian and Guide Dog Refused Access at Stonewall Inn

Last Friday, June 1st, Lynn Zelvin was denied entrance to the legendary New York bar Stonewall Inn. Zelvin, who is blind and has used a guide dog since 1999, was told by a bouncer she could not enter without providing proof that her dog was a service animal.

Continue Reading at: https://intomore.com/impact/lesbian-and-their-guide-dog-refused-access-at-stonewall-inn/5abd114e9bdf4101 (source)

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U.S: Lesbian couple says Uber driver kicked them out over a kiss

A Big Apple Uber driver kicked a lesbian couple out of his car for kissing in the backseat — because he found the act “disrespectful,” according to video showing the aftermath of the incident.

Continue reading at: https://nypost.com/2018/06/11/lesbian-couple-says-uber-driver-kicked-them-out-over-a-kiss/ (source)

Oregon, US: charges dropped in road rage case

BEND, Ore. – Charges against a Redmond man in an alleged road rage incident that drew worldwide headlines were dismissed Monday by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, who said the alleged victim’s statements were not credible and that she faces charges as the alleged perpetrator in another recent road rage case.

 

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Original article: Oregon, US: man snaps woman’s arm, knocks fiancee out during brutal road rage attack

Massachusetts, US: Boston lesbian couple assaulted at bar by raging man screaming homophobic slurs: ‘He beat us both to a pulp’

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A lesbian couple says they were attacked at a Massachusetts pub by a random man who saw them kissing and began yelling homophobic slurs.

The incident happened at Dockside Restaurant in Malden, north of Boston, where Michelle Hart and Kelly Gonyer were meeting for a date.

“I kissed her,” Gonyer said. “That is what provoked everything. That made him very mad.”

Continue reading at: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/boston-lesbian-couple-assaulted-bar-raging-man-screaming-homophobic-slurs-beat-us-pulp/ (Source)

Oregon, US: man snaps woman’s arm, knocks fiancee out during brutal road rage attack

Update: Oregon, US: charges dropped in road rage case

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A deranged driver broke a woman’s arm with his bare hands, pummeled her repeatedly and then knocked her fiancée unconscious during a road rage eruption in central Oregon, according to cops and the battered couple.

Jay Allen Barbeau, 49, faces felony assault charges in the brutal Friday night attack that left Megan Stackhouse and Lucinda Mann wounded and reeling at a roundabout in Bend.

“The whole thing was absolutely horrifying,” Stackhouse, 34, told The Oregonian/OregonLive — shortly after doctors inserted pins, screws and plates into her fractured right radius.

Continue reading at: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/06/oregon_man_snaps_womans_arm_kn.html (Source)

St Louis, Missouri: Attack on young lesbian outside bar

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A police report was filed by a young lesbian, in late May 2018 in St. Louis after she was attacked outside the Grey Fox Pub by 3 individuals after a disagreement inside the bar.
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According to the victim, she was attending a drag show at a bar she used to frequent, when a trans identified female approached her and told her she was not welcome. The victim then responded “why, because I know you’re female?”

 

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The bartender then asked the victim to leave. According to the victim and her girlfriend, she was attacked by 3 individuals who were waiting just outside the door for her leave. She was beaten and sustained injuries, but is recovering at this time. The three individuals then took to social media to brag about beating the victim and were seemingly able to be identified through their social media accounts, some of which have since closed. 

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Social media posts by the attackers reveal that they knew the victim was a lesbian and referred to her several times as a “TERF”, a derogatory term used against anyone that questions gender identity.
One of the alleged attackers was apparently fired, with New American Funding releasing a statement condemning the attack.
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An investigation is now pending. There has been no reporting by mainstream LGBT media on this incident.

 

 

California: Court update on alleged murder of lesbian couple and adult child

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Dana Rivers (formerly known as David Chester Warfield) was arrested on November 11, 2016 and charged with three counts of murder; arson of an inhabited space; and possession of metal knuckles. When police arrived after midnight at the burning home of Patricia A. Wright and Charlotte Ku’ulei Reed, a lesbian couple, they reportedly discovered Rivers exiting the home covered in blood.

According to police, Rivers was carrying knives and ammunition while attempting to flee on Reed’s motorcycle. Reed and Wright were found murdered along with their 19-year-old son, Toto “Benny” Diambu-Wright, one of their three children. The two women, known to friends as Pat and Char, had been repeatedly stabbed and shot to death; Benny had also been fatally shot. According to Officer Hector Jimenez, Rivers “began to make spontaneous statements about her involvement in the murders” while being detained by police.

On July 5, 2017 Rivers entered a plea in response to the charges: Not Guilty on all counts. Rivers also plead to deny each instance of Special Allegations and Special Circumstances related to the case, such as multiple murders and use of a deadly weapon.

Though there has been steady courtroom activity related to the case over the past year, media coverage been extremely scarce. Some reports have stated a possible motive involving a “property dispute.” Speaking under condition of anonymity, community sources say their knowledge of Rivers’ contact with Ms. Reed could suggest different possible motives. One source commented, “A property dispute is something like, ‘I want your motorcycle.’ And there was an attempt to take Char’s bike, but it seems more like an afterthought. If it was just about the motorcycle, then none of the rest of this had to happen. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Rivers is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA. Rivers appeared in court for a Pretrial Hearing at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland, CA on January 8, 2018 for a Pretrial Hearing and was then scheduled to appear for a Preliminary Hearing on January 22, 2018. Court records initially reflected that Rivers was represented by Defense Attorney Bonnie Lynn Narby. According to more recent records, Rivers has engaged an experienced criminal defense attorney–Timothy B. Rien of Rien, Adams & Cox.

Records list the District Attorney for prosecution as Christopher David Cavagnaro. During the January 8 Pretrial Hearing, Melissa Eileen Adams, Managing Partner of Rien, Adams & Cox, appeared in court to represent Rivers, and a D.A. who did not appear to be Mr. Cavagnaro appeared for the prosecution. During the proceedings, an additional Preliminary Hearing was scheduled for March 6, 2018.

On March 7, a Further Preliminary Examination was conducted; following that were another Arraignment and additional Hearings. Rivers last appeared in court on May 15, 2018 for a Disposition & Setting (D&S), and is next scheduled to appear on June 27, 2018 for another D&S.

Prior to being arrested for these crimes, Rivers had been best known as a transgender activist. Formerly a member of the Navy, Rivers had become a journalism teacher at a Sacramento area high school. After being fired for discussing personal matters related to gender transition with students, Rivers sued the school board and won a settlement. Additionally, Rivers participated in organized actions against the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, a predominantly lesbian cultural institution (p44).

Patricia Wright, known as Pat, was a beloved public school teacher; Charlotte Reed, often called Char, had a successful hair salon catering especially to a clientele of trans people. Both women graduated from Mills College. Benny Diambu-Wright was a Berkeley High School graduate who, according to his brother, wanted to become a nurse. Pat, Char, and Benny are survived by family, including Reed and Wright’s two other children, as well as their extended family, friends, and communities.

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US: Lesbian Joann Newak Considers Legal Action After 1982 Dishonorable Discharge And Hard Labor Sentence

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Joann Newak had been sentenced to seven years hard labor. She was 23 years old, just coming to terms with her attraction to women. It landed her in maximum security military prison. “The very first lesbian relationship I had was with the partner that testified against me at my court marshall,” she says. “It’s like screwing around for the first time and getting pregnant. That was my first experience.”

The year wasn’t 1930. The country wasn’t on some far-flung continent. It was 1982. She was stationed in New York.

Newak is among an estimated 100,000 LGBTQ former service members that were discharged without an “honorable” distinction. When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” (DADT) the military policy banning service members from serving openly, was repealed, their discharges were never upgraded. More than 30 years later, she considers, for the first time, that she may be owed an honorable discharge. Her attorney, Elizabeth Kristen, says they are going to pursue legal options to obtain one.

Continue reading at: https://intomore.com/impact/Former-Lesbian-Air-Force-Member-Considers-Legal-Action-After-Dishonorable-Discharge-And-Hard-Labor-Sentence-in-1982/3ea2d7cf64db42dc

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South Carolina, US: Hilton Head Catholic school rejected lesbian couple’s kids

 

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[Two] Hilton Head mothers, who have been legally married since 2009, applied to St. Francis Catholic School earlier this spring in hopes that their two children would attend in the 2018-19 school year.

The couple requested that neither they nor their children be named in this story out of fear of harassment.

One of the mothers, who spoke with the school’s pastor over the phone after receiving a rejection via email, said the priest told her: “Your children have been denied because you’re homosexual. If we admit your children, it will send a bad message to the other families.”

St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church’s pastor, the Rev. Mike Oenbrink, said Friday that he rejected the children’s application because of the same-sex marriage, not the mothers’ sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/education/article211817424.html (Source)

U.S: Former Hamilton County magistrate discriminated against, fired for being lesbian

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A former Hamilton County magistrate was demoted, treated differently and fired without explanation because she’s openly gay and her boss didn’t believe that would reflect well on Republican constituents as he ran for re-election in Hamilton County Juvenile Court in 2014, the woman’s attorney said on the first day of her discrimination trial in Chattanooga.

Continue Reading at: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/
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U.S: Lesbian coach forced to resign from school because she wants to get married

Lesbian coach forced to resign from school because she wants to get married

Kristen Nelson was a softball coach for five years at West Catholic High School in Michigan — until she wanted to get married.
When it became known Nelson wanted to marry her partner, a ‘parent concern’ materialized. It resulted in conversations with both the school and Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. Consequently, Catholic leaders gave Nelson an ultimatum: if she got married to a woman, she wouldn’t have her job anymore.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
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U.S: Appeals court upholds ruling against B&B owner who refused room to lesbian couple

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On Friday, Hawaii’s Intermediate Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling that found a Hawaii Kai bed and breakfast was discriminatory for refusing the lesbian couple a room because of their sexual orientation.

Continue reading at:  http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/
37581493/lesbian-couple-wins-discrimination-lawsuit-against-hawaii-kai-bed-and-breakfast-owner
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U.S: Lesbian couple says martial arts teacher discriminated against them, kicked son out of class

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An Albuquerque woman says her son’s martial arts teacher kicked him out of class after finding out she’s a married lesbian.
“He said, ‘We’re a monastery. We worship God here. That goes against what God teaches.’ And then he looked at my son, addressed him by name and told him, ‘What your mother is doing is wrong,’” she said.

Continue reading at:  http://krqe.com/2018/02/23/lesbian-couple-says-martial-arts-teacher-discriminated-against-them-kicked-son-out-of-class/ (Source)

USA: Solitary Confinement for Asylum Seeker over Sexual Assault Allegations

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In Texas, supporters of 23-year-old asylum seeker Laura Monterrosa say she was put in solitary confinement for 60 hours at the T. Don Hutto detention center outside Austin in order to pressure her to recant her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a guard. ICE says Monterrosa was under “medical observation.” But she later made a strange call to her lawyer from an unusual phone number. Grassroots Leadership shared a recording with Democracy Now!

Laura Monterrosa: “I wanted to call you, because I wanted to tell you that everything I had said was false, and I was forced to tell you that, because, if not, they were going to lock me again in that room, and I didn’t want to be locked again in that room.”

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https://www.democracynow.org…_solitary_confinement_for_asylum_seeker_over_sexual_assault_allegations (Source)

U.S: Lesbian couple sues the Department of Health and Human Services and Catholic Church over being blocked as foster parents

A lesbian couple has sued the Trump administration over a denial of their application to serve as foster parents for refugee children.

Continue reading at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/
lesbian-couple-sues-hhs-catholic-church-over-being-blocked-as-foster-parents/article/2649526
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Lesbian Miami Catholic school teacher fired for marrying girlfriend

The first-grade teacher, who had taught at the school for nearly seven years, returned to her job Wednesday after marrying her partner in a same-sex wedding ceremony over the weekend. That’s when she learned she was no longer employed.

Continue reading at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/
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U.S: School accused of preventing lesbian couple from attending prom together

Alabama teens Janizia and Raven have been dating since September and talking about prom since December.
To make it memorable for her girlfriend, Janizia decided to stage a “promposal” — the act of inviting someone to prom in an elaborate fashion, often involving props and flash mobs.

Continue reading at: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/09/us/
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U.S: Court Hearing Appeal in Potentially Landmark Lesbian Case

A court will hear arguments in a lesbian’s bid to revive her lawsuit that alleges a Chicago-area senior living facility did nothing to stop residents from harassing her because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2018-02-06/court-hearing-appeal-in-potentially-landmark-lesbian-case (Source)

U.S: Lesbian Firefighter Prevails in Court After Having Brain Matter Flung at Her

A federal appeals court has upheld a “sex-plus” discrimination ruling in the case of a lesbian firefighter who said she suffered horrendous harassment on the job.

Continue reading at:  https://www.advocate.com/women/2018/1/26/
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U.S: ‘Presumption of Legitimacy’ Applied to Lesbian Parents by Upstate Appeals Court

An appeals panel reversed a Chemung County family court judge’s 2015 ruling that denied the lesbian couple’s motion to dismiss a paternity petition from a sperm donor father to their child.

Continue reading at: https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/sites/newyorklawjournal/
2018/01/25/presumption-of-legitimacy-applied-to-lesbian-parents-by-upstate-appeals-court/
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