“Violet Palmer is a real game changer,” says Ralph. “As a woman, she shattered the glass ceiling in the world of professional sports while living out her truth as a gay woman. By making historic gains in the NBA, Violet scored big wins for gender equality and LGBT rights for the next generation of women coming behind her.”
Palmer is the first female to officiate an NBA game, and became the first openly gay referee in NBA history. After 19 years, serving in that capacity, she retired from the sport, and now serves as a consultant to the basketball league. Early in her career, she worked tenaciously to topple gender barriers in professional sports and earned the respect of her peers. In nearly two decades as an NBA official, Palmer has officiated 930 regular season games and nine playoff games, as well as the 2014 All-Star game in New Orleans. Before joining the NBA, Palmer officiated in the WNBA during the league’s inaugural season, including the 1997 WNBA Championship. Two years later, Palmer won the Naismith Award for Official of the Year. Currently, Palmer is the coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials for the Pac 12 Conference, the West Coast Conference ( WCC ) and the Western Athletic Conference.
Continue reading at: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/NBA-referee-Violet-Palmer-to-be-honored-by-Truth-Awards/61041.html (Source)
“Lesbians are very often undercounted as murder victims–both within the so-called LGBT community and by those who monitor violence against women. This is a beginning effort to honor the names of the lesbians that have been lost.”
This month we honor the following sisters:
Mary Caitrin “Caithy” Mahoney, Washington, DC, USA (July 1997)
Tyonne Johns, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA (August 2016)
Richelle “Shelley” Horsley, Taylorsville, Utah, USA (June 2017)
Brittney Johnson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (July 2017)
Continue reading at: http://inmemoriamlesbian.blogspot.com/2017/07/
“We are thrilled Jenny will become the first lesbian mayor of Seattle – and just the second woman elected to the position,” said Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills. “Both women and lesbians are severely underrepresented in all levels of government, especially executive positions. While Seattle voters chose Jenny because of her proven track record of leading innovative reforms and fighting for all communities, it is also an undeniably proud moment for the LGBTQ community, which continues to see this strong leader break down barriers.”
Continue reading at: http://www.curvemag.com/News/Jenny-Durkan-To-Become-First-Out-Lesbian-Mayor-Of-Seattle-2118/
Injuries sustained to Sabrina Hooks
A group of five people brutally bashed a lesbian couple in a Los Angeles restaurant on 29 October.
The incident occurred at around 3am when Sabrina Hooks and her girlfriend, identified as Morgan, walked in to the Jack in the Box on Imperial and Figueroa and sat down.
A group of people walked in after them and one of the men started taunting the lesbian couple, commenting on their attire and lifestyle.
Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbian-couple-brutally-bashed-and-beaten-unconscious-by-group-of-five/#gs.wKL8hmA
My girlfriend and I got together my junior year, and we knew that if we wanted to continue our relationship, that with my culture and religion, it wasn’t really going to work. It wasn’t going to be allowed. My parents can barely fathom me marrying a boy outside my religion, or a boy who isn’t Desi. I knew the only way I could be with my girlfriend was if I ran away. We knew San Francisco was extremely gay-friendly and progressive, and we wanted to get away from the Midwest.
Continue reading at: https://www.fastcompany.com/40481445/being-a-south-asian-lesbian-in-san-francisco-is-harder-than-i-thought (Source)
LeNoir wanted to coach female basketball players, but she said most of them were in a sinful relationship and the very sport they were playing was derived from satan.
Continue reading at: https://www.outsports.com/2017/11/6/16611650/camille-lenoir-gay-basketball-coach (Source)
A daughter of one of the most virulently homophobic voices in the United States has come out as a lesbian.
Amber Cantorna has chosen to come out even though her father helps to lead Focus on the Family – an extremely homophobic faith organization. It has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight against marriage equality, advocated for dangerous ‘gay cure’ therapy, and fought against same-sex parents having adoption rights.
And when she came out to friends and family, she was immediately rejected by her family and was excommunicated from her church.
Continue reading at: Daughter of homophobic executive of Focus of the Family on why she came out as lesbian (Source)
Once she was diagnosed, Tripplett, a real estate agent, says she and her girlfriend called medical offices endlessly, trying to find the right words to say in order to get her the help she needed. When she heard, “We don’t take your insurance,” she’d say, “I’m sure somebody else there does.” When she heard, “Your girlfriend can’t come in the room,” she’d say, “Oh, good thing she’s my best friend, so now she can come in.
Continue reading at: ‘I Was Fighting Breast Cancer as an Underinsured Woman, and I Couldn’t Get the Care I Needed to Live’ | Glamour (Source)
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Starbucks and Viacom have joined 71 other companies in an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief supporting Georgia lesbian Jameka Evans in her efforts to ask the US Supreme Court to hear her case. Evans claims she was harassed in the workplace and fired from her security-officer position at Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah because she is a lesbian and wears her hair in an androgynous style. Lambda Legal is seeking a nationwide ruling affirming that sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Continue reading at: Facebook, Google, Starbucks join in Georgia lesbian’s US Supreme Court fight (Source)
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On why they chose to follow only lesbian couples
“The reason we are focusing on lesbians is that in the Birmingham area they’ve been previously invisible,” Sherer says. “And partly that may be because of the AIDS crisis and the attention that was placed on what was going on in in the 80s in Birmingham.”
Continue reading at: New Documentary Highlights Lesbian Struggle for Equality in Alabama | WBHM 90.3 (Source)
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Rev. Kim Jackson knew as a child she wanted to be a pastor.
Raised near rural Cowpens, South Carolina, in a small Baptist Church, she said the people in her home church “nurtured me in the faith, encouraged me to participate in children’s and youth ministries.” When she expressed at age nine she wanted to become a pastor, she was told that was impossible.
“I was told that I couldn’t become a pastor because I was a girl,” she told Georgia Voice.
She moved to Atlanta a decade ago, when she was 22, where she came out as gay, another blow, she was told, in her journey to become a pastor.
Continue reading at: Atlanta church honors defrocked LGBT clergy with ‘Shower of Stoles’ (Source)
Umpierre is Rochester’s first full-time female officer and its first openly gay officer. She is of Puerto Rican heritage. She was accused of misconduct, including prejudicial bias, encouraging unlawful behavior and unprofessional conduct, for one comment about “white male cops” and another siding with the protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline that said, “sometimes laws have to be challenged and broken for the good of the masses.
“Schlag is a white man who made postings that talked of shooting Muslims and running over people protesting the police shootings of black men.
Continue reading at: Two officers fared differently in similar bias cases | Local News | postbulletin.com (Source)
A Fairfax County Circuit Court jury on Oct. 4 found a former county parks employee not guilty in the August 2016 stabbing death of lesbian chef and caterer Tyonne Johns during an altercation at a wedding reception in a park that Johns catered.
Continue reading at: Man found not guilty in murder of lesbian caterer (Source)
A same-sex couple is suing Allegiant Air, alleging they were harassed by a flight attendant because they are gay and wrongfully escorted off a plane at Los Angeles International Airport as they tried to return home from a cremation service last fall.
Continue reading at: Lesbian couple sues airline, claiming discrimination on LAX flight – Press Telegram (Source)
Carmen Hix, the Texas woman who was let go as a relief volunteer following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, recently spoke to GSN about her experience of discrimination.
Hix was told she was no longer allowed to volunteer at a Houston church’s food bank after church officials discovered she was both Jewish and a lesbian.
Continue reading at: Jewish lesbian speaks up after being ‘fired’ as a church volunteer (Source)
Last week, producer Isa Hackett came forward with her accusations against Price. In 2015, Hackett was at San Diego Comic-Con with Price to promote the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle. The series is based on the work of Hackett’s late father, Philip K. Dick. Hackett is also an executive producer.
While in a taxi with Price, Hackett alleges he propositioned her, telling her: ‘You will love my dick.’
Later at a party, Price reportedly went up to Hackett and loudly proclaimed, ‘Anal sex!’
Continue reading at: Amazon Studios exec resigns following lesbian producer’s sexual harassment accusations (Source)