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Mexico: Harassment and attacks on lesbian feminist politician Lucia Rojas

L2L Mexico

Independent federal Politician Lucia Rojas has faced harassment and attacks since deciding to run for office in 2018.

She received the typical lesbophobic questions, threats and an attempt was made to break into her house, with items stolen from her car.  Her accounts have also been hacked.

Attacks increased when she was elected an independent deputy, with cyberattacks ramping up in earnest when she was part of a feminist march in August 2019. She has received death threats and reported them, with the case closed without investigation.

Continue reading at: https://lasillarota.com/metropoli/lucia-riojas-diputada-lesbiana-feminista-y-victima-de-violencia-violencia-feminista-mujer-diputada/403648 (Source)

Conversion therapy continues for lesbians in India

L2L India

On June 12, a 22-year-old lesbian student from Kochi sat in a doctor’s office as her life choices were being dissected. She was taken to a hospital by her parents without her consent. A doctor from the reputed hospital offered to ‘change’ her sexual orientation by admitting her, offering medication and counselling. In other words, we are speaking about another instance of conversion therapy. The practice caught our attention again in March when Anjana Harish, a 21-year-old student committed suicide in Goa after being mentally and physically tortured at a ‘de-addiction centre’ in Palakkad where she was taken against her will by her family.

Dhanya Ravindran, a board member of Queerala, an LGBTQIA+ community in Kerala, who is acquainted with the woman says, “My friend was taken by her family to get ‘treatment’. Even after Anjana’s case, where a child’s life was lost due to something like this, the doctor asked to admit her there. They promised to help the parents by offering counselling and asked her to get admitted there. They also wanted to check if she had any physical issues. She did not agree. When we inquired further, we also found that the doctor who claimed to be a psychiatrist was actually a psychologist.”

In 2018, when the Supreme Court decriminalised Section 377, the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) disavowed conversion therapy and released a statement completely discrediting the practice. According to Om Prakash Singh, Editor of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at the West Bengal Medical Education Service, “We have given a statement strictly criticising this. And since homosexuality is not a disease or a disorder, there is no question of conversion or any kind of treatment for that. Secondly, even if an organisation is offering such a thing, it is not going to work. They are basically deceiving people. Medication could not possibly alter your sexual orientation.”

After Anjana’s suicide became public and the video was available online, Queerala sent it to the Indian Psychiatric Society’s Kerala Chapter and organised a consultation with them in February. After being informed, they released a statement about their position against conversion therapy. At the same time, they also sent a complaint to the Kerala State Mental Health Authority from whom they are yet to receive a response. As the next step, the organisation plans to submit a writ petition to the Kerala High Court. During the incident that occured on June 12, the girl was able to record the 30-minute long conversation that she had with her parents and the doctor. Here are excerpts from the conversation that Queerala has shared with us:

Continue reading at: https://www.edexlive.com/happening/2020/jun/26/the-horrors-of-conversion-therapy-for-queer-folk-kerala-doctor-assures-family-of-changing-girls-12912.html (Source)

UK: crowdfunding removed for lesbian lawyer suing Stonewall and law firm

Allison Bailey

My name is Allison Bailey. I am a criminal defence barrister, a feminist, a lesbian, a lifelong campaigner for racial equality, lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights, and a survivor of child sexual abuse.  …

In 2019, I helped to set up the LGB Alliance with other campaigners and activists who felt, like me, that organisations such as Stonewall had seriously lost their way in recent years: they had conflated sex with gender, meaning that same sex attraction – the fundamental basis of lesbian and gay attraction, and therefore the fundamental basis of lesbian and gay rights – was no longer recognised.  The impacts of this have been several and severe, and in order to campaign properly for gay and lesbian rights, we felt that a new organisation was required. …

A person may identify as they identify, and they should be protected and respected for their identity. However, a person’s identity is not a license to cause distress or intimidation to others, and can never legitimately be used to put others to harm. There are necessary exceptions to the acceptance of males in female spaces, and those exceptions are necessary to protect women.

These injustices arise as a result of the misguided insistence that gender has somehow replaced sex as a fundamental aspect of human identity.  It is for that reason that I am gender critical.  This is not to say that gender is not a genuine aspect of identity for some people.  But it is separate and does not (and cannot) replace sex.

The result of Stonewall’s “acceptance without exception” mantra is to put women at risk of harm. …

Perhaps most specifically from my point of view, that Stonewall unilaterally and without any mandate whatsoever, and to further its lobbying ambitions, redefined homosexuality as same-gender and not same-sex attraction was an especially egregious betrayal of LGB people, especially lesbians. The inclusion of male-bodied people into the class of lesbian women means that lesbians are excoriated for bigotry and transphobia simply for being same-sex attracted.  This is base homophobia.

It was because of these injustices – and the role as I and others saw of it of Stonewall in promoting these injustices – that the LGB Alliance was set up, in order to fill the void in LGB campaigning that Stonewall had left when they decided to campaign for “acceptance without exception”.

Continue reading at: https://filia.org.uk/news/2020/6/27/allison-bailey-i-am-suing-stonewall-to-stop-them-policing-free-speech (Source)

Germany: anti lesbian discrimination dispute with city of Soest ends in contract termination

L2L GermanyOn Monday, Prof. Monika Dobberstein put up a request for an answer on the non-extension of her contract beyond September 2021, but in the evening put a long interview on the Facebook page of the business development agency, in which she made serious allegations against  both the city’s politics and individual staff.

Although she had delivered “outstanding results,” Dobberstein said, she was forced out of her job because, as a woman and self-confessed homosexual, she was apparently not compatible with their political interests and that this “played an important role”. As proof of this, she cites, among other things, that contracts with male managing directors have been extended several times in the past, “although there were good reasons to let them go”. She doesn’t name names.

Update 26 June 2020:

Monika Dobberstein will be released from her duties as Managing Director of Development and Marketing Soest with immediate effect, the city of Soest announced.

Soest – In a letter from the town hall it says: “At its meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2020, the City Council of Soest decided not to extend the contract of Prof. Dr. Monika Dobberstein, which expires in 2021, as Managing Director of Development and Marketing Soest GmbH (WMS). Furthermore, the council decided to release Prof. Dobberstein from her duties with immediate effect.”
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Prof. Monika Dobberstein ließ am Montag zwar eine Anzeiger-Anfrage mit der Bitte um eine Stellungnahme zur Nichtverlängerung ihres Vertrages über September 2021 hinaus unbeantwortet, stellte am Abend aber ein langes Interview auf die Facebook-Seite der Wirtschaftsförderung, in dem sie schwere Vorwürfe sowohl gegen die Politik, als auch gegen einzelne ihrer Mitarbeiter erhebt.

Obwohl sie „herausragende Ergebnisse“ abgeliefert habe, so Dobberstein, solle sie den Posten räumen, weil sie als Frau und bekennende Homosexuelle offenbar für die politische Mehrheit nicht tragbar sei. Das habe „eine wichtige Rolle gespielt“. Als Beleg dafür führt sie unter anderem an, dass in der Vergangenheit Verträge mit männlichen Geschäftsführern mehrfach verlängert worden seien, „obwohl es gute Gründe gegeben hätte, sich von ihnen zu trennen“. Namen nennt sie nicht.

Aktualisieren 26 Juni 2020:

Monika Dobberstein wird mit sofortiger Wirkung von ihren Aufgaben als Geschäftsführerin der Wirtschaft und Marketing Soest freigestellt. Das teilt die Stadt Soest jetzt mit.

Soest – In einem Schreiben aus dem Rathaus heißt es: “Der Rat der Stadt Soest hat in seiner Sitzung am Donnerstag, 25. Juni 2020, beschlossen, den im Jahr 2021 auslaufenden Dienstvertrag von Prof. Dr. Monika Dobberstein als Geschäftsführerin der Wirtschaft und Marketing Soest GmbH (WMS) nicht zu verlängern. Darüber hinaus entschied der Rat, Prof. Dobberstein mit sofortiger Wirkung von ihrer Aufgabe freizustellen.”
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Continue reading at: https://www.soester-anzeiger.de/lokales/soest/homophobie-vorwuerfe-streit-zwischen-stadt-soest-monika-dobberstein-eskaliert-13807977.html (Original Source 23 June 2020)

Continue reading at: https://www.soester-anzeiger.de/lokales/soest/monika-dobberstein-nach-homophobie-vorwuerfen-soest-sofortiger-wirkung-freigestellt-13812362.html ( Updated Source 26 June 2020)

Iceland: lesbian comic Kimi Tayler speaks out about sexual violence

Kimi Tayler

By Kimi Tayler

Gay Iceland

I’ve had unwanted hands touching me under tables after gigs and was too scared and embarrassed to draw attention to it. I’ve been gaslit and undermined. Called a whore. And I’ve been threatened with sexual assaults veiled as jokes…

“If you weren’t a lesbian I would rape you.”

And I’m sorry if that sentence makes you feel uncomfortable- it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever had said to me and the perpetrator was too off his face to probably even remember saying it- but I do. I feel uncomfortable and sick every time I see this person perform, every time people laugh at his jokes, and every time I think about it. I didn’t tell anyone for 6 months after it was said to me because *I* felt too much shame. These words had such a violent effect on me that it stopped me from showing up to gigs, from wanting to be around other comedians who I didn’t believe had my back and I felt unsafe. This sentence made me want to give up comedy entirely. But I didn’t.

Just last week I was told how great it was that 4 women were on a line up, followed by, “I thought I could smell clams in here.”

Continue reading at: https://gayiceland.is/2020/kimi-tayler-speaks-out-about-sexual-harassment-if-you-werent-a-lesbian-i-would-rape-you/ (Source)

Germany: lack of protection for black lesbian refugees

L2L Germany

NGO figures indicate that in Bavaria around 95% of asylum applications made by black lesbian women are initially rejected by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

This contrasts with the general rejection rate of gay men of 50% and that of heterosexual women of around 30%. Although the numbers on LGBTI asylum applications are only an estimate because the BAMF does not separately register asylum cases from LGBTI people, these seem to show that lesbian asylum seekers in Germany are facing special challenges in their search for refugee protection.

Women and children are particularly vulnerable

This is especially true for black lesbian women of African descent who often experience forms of LGBTIQ-hostility such as social ostracism, racism and (sexual) violence.

In line with a recent EU directive, Germany recognises violations of human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity as grounds for asylum. In addition, with the ratification of the 2011 Istanbul Convention, Germany recognises that gender-based violence can be a persecution and that refugee protection should therefore be guaranteed. Indeed, women and children, along with victims of sex trafficking, are considered the most vulnerable and vulnerable in the European asylum system.

As the 2019 statistics from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees show, over 50% of heterosexual women in Germany have successfully achieved refugee status as victims of gender-specific persecution (forced marriage, FGM, honour killings, rape, domestic violence or forced prostitution). However, lesbian refugees are struggling to show the violence and human rights violations they have experienced to receive protection of asylum.
(Translated)

NGO-Zahlen deuten darauf hin, dass in Bayern etwa 95 Prozent der Asylanträge, die von Schwarzen lesbischen Frauen gestellt werden, beim Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) erst einmal eine Ablehnung erfahren.

Dies steht im Gegensatz zu der allgemeinen Ablehnungsrate von schwulen Männern von 50 Prozent und der von heterosexuellen Frauen von etwa 30 Prozent. Obwohl die Zahlen zu LSBTI-Asylanträgen nur eine Schätzung sind, weil das BAMF Asylfälle von LSBTI nicht gesondert erfasst, scheinen diese jedoch zu zeigen, dass lesbische Asylsuchende auf der Suche nach Flüchtlingsschutz in Deutschland besonderen Herausforderungen gegenüberstehen.

Frauen und Kinder gelten als besonders schutzbedürftig
Dies gilt insbesondere für Schwarze lesbische Frauen afrikanischer Herkunft, welche oft Formen von LSBTIQ-Feindlichkeit wie soziale Ächtung, Rassismus und (sexuelle) Gewalt erfahren.

In Übereinstimmung mit einer kürzlich erlassenen EU-Richtlinie erkennt Deutschland Menschenrechtsverletzungen aufgrund der sexuellen Ausrichtung und der Geschlechtsidentität als Asylgrund an. Darüber hinaus erkennt Deutschland mit der Ratifizierung der Istanbuler Konvention von 2011, dass geschlechtsspezifische Gewalt eine Verfolgung darstellen kann und daher Flüchtlingsschutz gewährleistet werden soll. Tatsächlich werden Frauen und Kinder zusammen mit den Opfern von Sexhandel als die schutzbedürftigsten und am stärksten gefährdeten Personen im europäischen Asylsystem betrachtet.

Wie die 2019 Statistik des Bundesamtes für Migration und Flüchtlinge zeigt, haben in Deutschland über 50 Prozent der heterosexuellen Frauen erfolgreich den Flüchtlingsstatus als Opfer geschlechtsspezifischer Verfolgung (Zwangsheirat, FGM, Ehrenmord, Vergewaltigung, häusliche Gewalt oder Zwangsprostitution) erlangt. Lesbische Geflüchtete kämpfen jedoch darum, erlebte Gewalt und Menschenrechtsverletzungen für den Flüchtlingsschutz geltend zu machen.
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Continue reading at: https://www.tagesspiegel.de/gesellschaft/queerspiegel/asylgrund-homosexualitaet-fehlender-schutz-fuer-schwarze-lesbische-gefluechtete/25938886.html (Source)

Chile: Special forces detain and torture two young lesbians

Chile

Last weekend (28-29 March 2020) in the Bío Bío region, the National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI) filed a criminal complaint against those who are responsible for the torture of two young lesbians on March 12, when they were arbitrarily detained, violently attacked in a political and sexualised manner, on public roads, in the police car and police station, by male and female officers of the Special Forces from Coronel and Conception.

The victims are Monserrat P and Priscila P, who allege they were strangled, had their heads hit and kicked, were pepper sprayed on their mouth and eyes, were forced to strip and squat, among other allegations.

These attack resulted in Monserrat having a broken finger, being threatened that they would “throw her into the river”, in addition to the obvious psychological harm.
(Translated)

El pasado fin de semana, el Instituto Nacional de Derechos Humanos (INDH) de la región del Bío Bío presentó una querella criminal en el Juzgado de Garantía de Coronel, contra quienes resulten responsables del delito de torturas del que fueron víctimas dos jóvenes lesbianas el pasado 12 de marzo, al ser detenidas de forma arbitraria, recibiendo violentas agresiones de carácter político sexual, tanto en la vía pública como dentro del carro y comisaría policial, por parte de efectivos policiales hombres y mujeres de Fuerzas Especiales, de las comunas de Coronel y Concepción.

Las afectadas son Monserrat P y Priscila P, quienes denuncian haber sido ahorcadas, golpeadas en la cabeza con puño y pie, rociadas con gas pimienta en boca y ojos, forzadas a desnudarse y hacer sentadillas, entre otras vejaciones.

Estas agresiones resultaron con una fractura de dedo en el caso de Monserrat, una amenaza con “tirarla al río”, además de los evidentes daños psicológicos.
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Continue reading at: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2020/03/31/indh-presenta-querella-contra-carabineros-por-torturas-a-joven-lesbiana-en-comisaria-de-coronel/ (Source)

Equatorial Guinea: Lesbians raped and impregnated to “cure” them

Equatorial Guinea

The terrible torture of lesbians in Equatorial Guinea: families order them to be repeatedly raped and made pregnant

Homosexual women suffer double discrimination, because of their gender and the group to which they belong. Furthermore, in Equatorial Guinea they are brutally tortured by their own families.

Melibea Obono is a writer, politician and lesbian which is a stigma in her country, Equatorial Guinea: “In Guinea a person who is homosexual is not considered a person.”

This group not only receives the rejection of the whole society, but in this former Spanish colony they suffer all kinds of torture. If you are a woman, there is an additional horrifying factor: you are forced to become pregnant with the aim of being “cured” of your homosexuality.

“If you don’t do this, the family brings a man to rape her at home,” explains Obono, adding: “So if in the first pregnancy she isn’t cured, they go for the second child. If in the second pregnancy she isn’t cured, then for the third. When the time comes that she continues to have sons and daughters and is not cured, they throw both lesbians and their offspring into the streets.”
(Translated)

La terribles torturas a las lesbianas en Guinea Ecuatorial: las familias ordenan que las violen y embaracen repetidamente
Las mujeres homosexuales sufren una doble discriminación, por su género y por el colectivo al que pertenecen. Además, en Guinea Ecuatorial son brutalmente torturadas por sus propias familias.

Melibea Obono es escritora, polítologa y lesbiana, un estigma en su país, Guinea Ecuatorial: “En Guinea una persona que es homosexual no es considerada una persona”.

Este colectivo no sólo recibe el rechazo de toda la sociedad, sino que las personas del colectivo de esta antigua colonia española sufren todo tipo de torturas. Si se es mujer, con un agravante: son obligadas a quedarse embarazadas con el objetivo de que se “curen” de su homosexualidad.

“Si no hace esto, la familia trae un hombre y la viola en casa”, explica Obono, y añade: “Entonces si en el primer embarazo no se cura, tiene que ir a por el segundo. Si en el segundo no se cura, a por el tercero, y cuando llega el momento de que sigue teniendo hijos, hijas y no se cura, echan a la calle tanto a la homosexual como a su descendencia”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.antena3.com/noticias/mundo/la-terribles-torturas-a-las-lesbianas-en-guinea-ecuatorial-las-familias-ordenan-que-las-violen-y-embaracen-repetidamente_202002295e5adf430cf20bdcde34305c.html (Source)

Australia: Lesbians condemn Honey Birdette rainbow-washing ‘Pride’ campaign

HB lesbian

Honey Birdette has consistently delivered sexist and pornified representations of women to flog their overpriced lingerie and sex toys, ignoring 42 Ad Standards rulings against it for violating the code of ethics. But far from promoting equality, the company’s long history of porn-inspired depictions of lesbian sexuality further entrenches sexist and harmful stereotypes of lesbians as male entertainment, and these latest images will likely be enjoyed by men.

A number of lesbians have responded to Honey Birdette’s ad campaign, calling the company out for tokenising and fetishising lesbians to promote their brand.

“If there’s no difference between a female nipple and a male nipple why are all but one of the visible nipples female? Using lesbians as titillation is not unusual, the pornographers have been doing it for decades. But in the real world real lesbians are tortured for our activism; real lesbians are subjected to corrective rape; and in the real world when a lesbian is raped or tortured she doesn’t get to say stop. Not only are you continuing the sexualising of women, you are giving mixed messages with images of a mixed orgy.”

-Susan Hawthorne, lesbian activist and writer

“Lesbians have fought for centuries for society to understand that lesbian sexuality is not for or about men, resisting the harassment, fetishisation, corrective rape and physical attacks that lesbians here and around the world have experienced. Honey Birdette has developed a campaign that is heavily reliant on the sexualisation of lesbian bodies and the presentation of lesbian sexuality. The argument that there is no difference between male and female nipples is meaningless in a world that sexualises women so consistently.

“Calling the campaign ‘Fluid’ combined with the presentation of objectified, sexually available lesbians clearly communicates to the men watching that lesbian sexuality is fluid enough for lesbians to be sexually available to them. In a world where lesbians are harassed and attacked for our sexuality, for not being available to men, this is a dangerous game to play with lesbian lives.

“Framing opposition as conservative is to miss the point of our concerns. It is neither puritanical nor conservative to want to carve out space for lesbians to exist free of tokenism or sexual objectification in a deeply sexualised society. This campaign sells out lesbian sexuality for profit, which is not excused by the fact that Honey Birdette’s founder and her partner are the women in the shoot.

“We all want to live in a world where lesbians are safe, where lesbian lives are celebrated and where lesbian representation gives hope and strength to young lesbians working out their sexuality. Honey Birdette’s Fluid campaign takes us further away from that world.”

-Liz Waterhouse, Listening2Lesbians https://listening2lesbians.com/

Comments on Honey Birdette’s Instagram account indicate the campaign has not been well received. Commenters have questioned the company’s motives, labelling the marketing ploy as “insincere” and “disingenuous”, and accusing the company of ‘rainbow washing’, a term which refers to corporates using rainbow colours or imagery to indicate support for the LGBT community but with a minimum of effort or pragmatic result.

Continue reading at: https://www.collectiveshout.org/lesbians_condemn_hb (Source)

Australia: only lesbian Mardi Gras event removed

Scarcella Lestalk

The controversy arose after [Arielle] Scarcella was invited to take part in a panel at the Les-Talk event sponsored by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG).

As the organizer Les-Talk has since explained, Scarcella was to speak about lesbian, not trans issues – but her detractors started pressuring SGLMG on Twitter and YouTube to drop the event, launching at the same time an online petition with this goal in mind.

The SGLMG obliged.

Responding to Pauline Pantsdown, a parody Twitter account, the organization said, “We have been in touch with the event organizer and have now removed it from our Festival event listings.”

Scarcella’s reply revealed that the festival had only one women/lesbian focused event, which was now being taken down “because a bunch of cry babies complained that they don’t like a woman’s (my) opinion?”

Continue reading at: https://reclaimthenet.org/sydney-mardis-gras-cancel-culture-arielle-scarcella/ (Source)

Update:

Les-Talk was not officially cancelled, but was disassociated from Mardi Gras, according to a Facebook post made on the event’s official page. According to the post, the event is going forward being “privately held” by the “POC Queer women” organizing it.

Continue reading at: https://www.thepostmillennial.com/lesbians-removed-from-australian-pride-for-transphobia/ (Source)

Mexico: possible lesbophobia behind murder of multiple Ciudad Juárez women

Ellas tienen nombre They have a name

Ellas Tienen Nombre map of femicides

Ivonne Ramírez explained that she discovered the connections by seeking information about the victims to upload their cases to the monitoring and mapping project with which she seeks to show that the problem of femicide is still present and occurs in all sectors of Ciudad Juárez.

As part of her daily monitoring, the activist found at least eight lesbian or bisexual women who have been murdered between 2018 and 2019, including three from the first group.

“We do not know if these (cases) refer to hate crimes for double misogyny, for being women and for being lesbians, among other causes,” said the activist.

According to data from the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) in the North Zone, the number of women killed has been increasing every year since 2015, when 54 people were killed, while in 2016 there were 57, in 2017 they added 96, in 2018 they They registered 105 and so far this year there have already been 91 women killed.
(Translated)
Ivonne Ramírez explicó que descubrió las conexiones al buscar información sobre las víctimas para subir sus casos al proyecto de monitoreo y mapeo con el que busca visibilizar que la problemática del feminicidio sigue presente y ocurre en todos los sectores de Ciudad Juárez.

Como parte de su monitoreo diario, la activista encontró al menos ocho mujeres lesbianas o bisexuales que han sido asesinadas entre 2018 y 2019, entre ellas tres del primer grupo.

“No sabemos si estos (casos) refieren crímenes de odio por doble misoginia, por ser mujeres y por ser lesbianas, entre otras causantes”, señaló al respecto la activista.

Según datos de la Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) en la Zona Norte, el número de mujeres asesinada va en ascenso cada año desde 2015, cuando fueron victimadas 54 personas, mientras que en 2016 fueron 57, en 2017 sumaron 96, en 2018 se registraron 105 y en lo que va del año ya han sido 91 mujeres asesinadas.
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La cartografía digital de feminicidios – The digital mapping of femicides

Ellas Tienen Nombre – They Have a Name

Continue reading at: https://diario.mx/juarez/descubren-relacion-entre-mujeres-asesinadas-desde-2017-20190804-1547198.html (Source)

Mexico: Lesbians, women in resistance

Love doesn't hurt hate does

Photo: Mario Jiménez Leyva

Vilma Katt Ulloa, lesbofeminist activist, argues that the fight against discrimination based on sexual preference, in Mexico was led by women. Thus, the names of lesbians such as María Castro, Nancy Cárdenas and Alma Margarita Oceguera are inscribed in the story. Over the years, the movement for the vindication of their rights was aimed at making women again invisible under the predominance of machismo and the misogyny also present within the gay community. “There is an internalized lesbophobia that is lived within those letters with which the non-heterosexual population has been characterized.”
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Vilma Katt Ulloa, activista lesbofeminista, sostiene que la lucha contra la discriminación por preferencia sexual, en México fueron encabezada por mujeres. Así, dentro de la historia están inscritos los nombres de lesbianas como María Castro, Nancy Cárdenas y Alma Margarita Oceguera. Al paso de los años, el movimiento por la reivindicación de sus derechos fue enfilado a invisibilizar nuevamente a las mujeres bajo la predominación del machismo y la misoginia presente también dentro de la comunidad gay. “Hay una lesbofobia interiorizada la que se vive dentro de esas letras con las que se ha caracterizado a la población no heterosexual”.

Continue reading at: https://www.nvinoticias.com/nota/120109/lesbianas-mujeres-en-resistencia(Source)

France: Women call out sexism and lesbophobia in the LGBTI movement

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Eight women are calling for an end to sexism in the LGBT community

“We are women, committed, committed to the rights, freedoms and visibility of LGBT +, especially women and lesbians, in France and Europe. For some of us, we are or have been the first women Presidents and / or spokespersons, activists involved in LGBT + organizations.We wish by this tribune to share a flush. Fed up with the ordinary sexism and misogyny of the LGBT community, as much as in our society in general. To be a woman in the LGBT community is to be faced with a double sentence. Far from us the idea of prioritizing minorities, but it is clear that our dual discrimination, woman and homosexual, does not really seem to be integrated by a number of gays, despite some speeches facade!

Women excluded from decisions
In our struggle for the rights of LGBT people, there is now a need to defend our rights as women within our community.

Refused by a physio because “too feminine” (sic), resignation of members “not wanting to be led by a woman” (re sic), bullying, speech cut, gritty jokes, we all witnessed or experienced breathtaking scenes reminding us that beyond being gay, you are men first and foremost.

As women emancipate themselves, the world seems to be aware and the extent of the phenomenon “me too”, the gay community has not, as a whole, questioned the virilist behaviors of machismo and greed power and recognition. In this sense it reproduces the conscious or unconscious behaviors of its heterosexual counterparts. It is a combination of self-esteem and endogamy, with gay activists finding themselves in their leisure and outing areas, sometimes after our meetings as well, which maintains a male fraternity, effectively excluding women from many decisions. .

Lesbians are not your enemies
Gentlemen, do not be fooled by fights, lesbians are not your enemies. Know how to make room, and for that know to even stay in your place.

For example, we are thinking of the debate on extending the PMA to all women. How many lesbians, how many people, in the media, in political meetings and hearings to talk about our pregnancies, our bodies, our families? Very, very little!
How do you think you can speak, sometimes in a contradictory way, in place of the women concerned, whose aspirations may be different and only legitimate to bring all the nuances?

In general, how are too many gay people engaged in discussions, meetings, boards of directors of LGBT associations? By monopolizing speech, sometimes by repeating words spoken by women to rephrase them, under the approval of other gays present. Many reproduce the sexist behaviors, a legacy of the education received where the man is always valued and pushed forward by the family environment and the social environment.

This statement shared by the associations that fight against inequality between women and men and sexism is ours and must be yours, acting as the founders of #jamaissanselles have been able to do.

The issue of under-representation of lesbians in the governance of mixed LGBT + associations for a number of reasons must lead CAs to question the causes and how to respond to them. ”

Catherine MICHAUD – Catherine TRIPON – Aurélie NICOLAS – Marie-Claude PICARDAT – Emmanuelle CAMPO – Emilie DURET – Flora BOLTER – Aurore FOURSY

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Huit femmes lancent un appel pour mettre fin au sexisme au sein de la communauté LGBT

Nous sommes des femmes, engagées, impliquées pour les droits, les libertés et la visibilité des LGBT+, particulièrement des femmes et des lesbiennes, en France et en Europe. Pour certaines d’entre nous, nous sommes ou avons été les premières femmes présidentes et/ou porte-paroles, militantes engagées au sein d’organismes LGBT+.

Nous souhaitons par cette tribune faire part d’un ras le bol. Le ras le bol du sexisme et de la misogynie ordinaires régnant dans le milieu LGBT, autant que dans notre société en général. Être une femme dans le milieu LGBT c’est être confrontée à une double peine. Loin de nous l’idée de hiérarchiser les minorités mais force est de constater que notre double discrimination, femme et homosexuelle, ne semble pas véritablement être intégrée par un certain nombre de gays, malgré quelques discours de façade !

Les femmes exclues des décisions
A notre combat pour les droits des personnes LGBT s’ajoute aujourd’hui le besoin de défendre nos droits comme femmes au sein même de notre communauté.

Refoulées par un physio car « trop féminines » (sic), démission d’adhérents « ne voulant pas être dirigés par une femme » (re sic), brimades, paroles coupées, blagues graveleuses, nous avons toutes assisté à ou vécu des scènes ahurissantes nous rappelant qu’au-delà d’être gays vous êtes des hommes avant tout.

Alors que les femmes s’émancipent, que le monde semble prendre conscience et la mesure du phénomène « me too », la communauté gay n’a pas, dans son ensemble, remis en question les comportements virilistes du machisme et de l’avidité du pouvoir et de reconnaissance. En ce sens elle reproduit les comportements conscients ou inconscients de ses homologues hétérosexuels. Cela se double d’un entre soi et d’une endogamie, les militants gays se retrouvant dans leurs espaces de loisirs et de sortie, parfois aussi après nos réunions, ce qui entretient une fraternité masculine, excluant de fait les femmes de nombres de décisions.

Les lesbiennes ne sont pas vos ennemies
Messieurs, ne vous trompez pas de combats, les lesbiennes ne sont pas vos ennemies. Sachez faire de la place, et pour cela sachez même rester à votre place.

Nous pensons par exemple au débat sur l’extension de la PMA à toutes les femmes. Combien de lesbiennes, combien de personnes concernées, dans les médias, dans des réunions et auditions politiques pour parler de nos grossesses, de nos corps, de nos familles ? Très, trop peu !
Comment pensez-vous pouvoir parler, parfois de manière contradictoire, à la place des femmes concernées, dont les aspirations peuvent être différentes et sont seules légitimes pour en apporter toutes les nuances ?

De manière générale comment se comportent trop de gays dans le cadre de discussions, réunions, conseils d’administration d’associations LGBT ? En monopolisant la parole, parfois en reprenant des propos énoncés par des femmes pour les reformuler, sous l’approbation d’autres gays présents. Beaucoup reproduisent les comportements sexistes, héritage de l’éducation reçue où l’homme est toujours valorisé et poussé en avant par l’entourage familial et l’environnement social.

Ce constat partagé par les associations qui luttent contre l’inégalité entre les femmes et les hommes et le sexisme est le nôtre et doit être le vôtre, en agissant comme les fondateurs de #jamaissanselles ont su le faire.

La question de la sous-représentation des lesbiennes dans la gouvernance des associations mixtes LGBT+ pour plusieurs raisons doit amener les CA à s’interroger sur les causes et la manière d’y répondre. »

Catherine MICHAUD – Catherine TRIPON – Aurélie NICOLAS – Marie-Claude PICARDAT – Emmanuelle CAMPO – Emilie DURET – Flora BOLTER – Aurore FOURSY

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