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When a lesbian dies: the search for justice for Nicole Saavedra and DJ Anna Cook

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We talk about lesbicide when a lesbian is killed for being so. In our society, loving a woman as a woman is one of the greatest insults to masculinity shown by corrective sexual harassment, rapes that serve as a “warning”, and coexistence with mandatory heterosexuality that repeatedly urges you to stay in the closet. Visibility is the political point that links them: Nicole and Anna were visible lesbians, and they pose the question: did they die because they were lesbians?

Francisca Millán is a lawyer specialising in human rights and gender. Partner of the AML study, which is dedicated exclusively to the defence of women in cases involving gender violence. Her project offers a feminist perspective to realise the right of access to justice. Millán affirms that women are violated in the Chilean legal system. In this scenario, being a lesbian is a direct and very specific affront.

“Lesbianism, from hegemonic masculinity, is a resistance to the social order, because I do not submit to heteropatriarchal logic, I am out of it, and I am not willing to occupy that role,” Millán explains.

Crimes that directly affect lesbians for being lesbian are lesbicide (murder of a lesbian)  and corrective rape (rape of a lesbian in order to “correct her”). They do not exist as such in the Chilean penal code, but, according to Millán, mixing the base crimes with the Zamudio Law, they can be put forward as hate crimes.

“Crimes of this nature express a lot of power, and show that there is an exercise of subjugation with respect to others. That is quite common in the case of lesbians: what more obvious way to subjugate a woman who is a lesbian than to force her to practice oral sex, ”says the lawyer.

Carmina Vásquez is a lawyer. She is part of the Lesbofeminist Network, an articulator of organizations whose purpose is to form support networks for lesbians. Their venture, Chueca Bar, will open soon – a lesbian bar that wants to be a safe space within a very hostile city.

“This has been a tough year. There is the case of Carolina Torres (beaten in Pudahuel), we recently learned about violent girls in the Forest Park. That scares you, it happens at five in the afternoon, and it happens in the places where we meet,” she explains. For her, there is a social punishment for being a lesbian, coupled with being a woman. “These crimes of lesbo-hate go hand in hand with sexual issues under the premise of the “I am going to teach you” type. We talk about corrective violations, which also target a specific type of lesbian: the truck [butch], who defies heteronormal roles”, she says.

The first recorded and investigated lesophobia crime is that of Mónica Briones, beaten to death in one of the corners of Plaza Italia in 1984. The case accelerated the formation of the first lesbian feminist collective in Chile, Ayuquelén, which existed for 15 years.

“In the year 84, when they killed Monica, it lead to our broad understanding of what happened to us all, the discrimination we were living. But there is no current reflection on hate crimes as they are understood today, ”says Cecilia Riquelme, one of its founders, who last Saturday October 12 participated in the Day of Lesbian Rebellion, in Valparaíso.(Translated)

Hablamos de lesbicidio cuando se mata a una lesbiana por serlo. En nuestra sociedad, amar a una mujer, siendo mujer, es una de las afrentas que más hiere a la masculinidad. Desde un acoso sexual correctivo, hasta violaciones que sirven de “advertencia”, y la convivencia con la heterosexualidad obligatoria que, muchas veces, te insta a permanecer en “el clóset”. De ahí que la visibilidad sea la herramienta política que las vincula: Nicole y Anna eran lesbianas “visibles”, y plantean la pregunta: ¿murieron por ser lesbianas?

Francisca Millán es abogada especializada en DD.HH. y género. Socia del estudio AML, que se dedica exclusivamente a la defensa de mujeres en causas que involucran violencia de género. Su proyecto ofrece una perspectiva feminista para materializar el derecho del acceso a la justicia. Millán afirma que las mujeres son vulneradas en el sistema legal chileno. En este escenario, ser lesbiana es una afrenta directa y muy específica.

“El lesbianismo, desde la masculinidad hegemónica, es una revelación al orden social, porque yo no me someto a las lógicas heteropatriarcales, estoy por fuera de ello, y no estoy dispuesta a ocupar esos roles”, explica Millán.

Delitos que afectarían directamente a lesbianas por el hecho de serlo sería el lesbicidio, el asesinato a una lesbiana, y la violación correctiva, la violación a una lesbiana con el fin de “corregirla”. No existen como tales en el código penal chileno, pero, de acuerdo a Millán, mezclando los delitos base con la Ley Zamudio, pueden relevarse los motores de odio.

“Los delitos de esta naturaleza tienen mucha expresión de poder, y demuestran que existe este ejercicio de sometimiento respecto de otras. Eso es algo bastante común en el caso de las mujeres lesbianas: qué forma más evidente de someter a una mujer que es lesbiana que obligarla a practicar sexo oral”, comenta la abogada.

Carmina Vásquez es abogada. Integra la Red lesbofeminista, una articuladora de organizaciones cuyo fin es formar redes de apoyo para las lesbianas. Su emprendimiento, Chueca Bar, abrirá pronto, un bar para lesbianas que quiere ser un espacio seguro dentro de una ciudad muy hostil.

“Este ha sido un año duro. Está el caso de Carolina Torres (golpeada en Pudahuel), hace poco supimos de chicas violentadas en el Parque Forestal. Eso te da miedo, pasa a las cinco de la tarde, y pasa en los lugares donde nos reunimos”, explica. Para ella, existe un castigo social al ser lesbiana, sumado al de ser mujer. “Estos crímenes de lesbo-odio van aparejados a temas sexuales bajo la premisa del yo te voy a enseñar. Hablamos de violaciones correctivas, que además se dirigen a un tipo específico de lesbiana: la camiona, que se sale de la heteronorma”, dice.

El primer crimen de lesbofobia registrado e investigado es el de Mónica Briones, asesinada a golpes en una de las esquinas de Plaza Italia el año 1984. El caso aceleró la formación de la primera colectiva lesbofeminista en Chile, Ayuquelén, que funcionó durante 15 años.

“El año 84, cuando matan a Mónica, se generó una reflexión amplia respecto de lo que nos pasaba a todas, la discriminación que vivíamos. Pero no hay una reflexión puntual sobre los crímenes de odio como son entendidos hoy en día”, dice Cecilia Riquelme, una de sus fundadoras, que el pasado sábado 12 de octubre participó del Día de las rebeldías lésbicas, en Valparaíso.
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Excerpts from Romina Reyes’ article.
Continue reading at: https://www.theclinic.cl/2019/10/16/cuando-muere-una-lesbiana-la-busqueda-de-justicia-para-nicole-saavedra-y-anna-cook/ (Source)

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Update: Arrest finally made over young lesbian Nicole Saavedra’s 2016 rape and murder

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The Valparaíso Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that an individual was arrested as for the kidnapping, rape and murder of young lesbian Nicole Saavedra, who was found dead on June 25, 2016, after having disappeared on the 18th of the same month in Quillota [Chile].

Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, micro driver of the El Melón-Limache route, was identified by the Investigative Police (PDI), and charges will be formalised in the Quillota Guarantee Court on November 13 2019 at 8:40 am.

[prosecutor Claudia] Perivancich also said that Pulgar is already serving a sentence “of ten years and one day, for the rape of a minor, with another rape charge underway”, also of a minor.

For her part, Saavedra’s cousin, María Francisca Bahamondes, said on Facebook that “after a long struggle of more than three years, where I had to chain myself to the National Prosecutor’s Office to be heard, where we took over the Prosecutor’s Office of Quillota, after a tireless and painful fight, I want to tell you that we found Nicole’s killer, the damn bastard is Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, driver of the Guerra commercial micro. Bahamondes family, we did it!”
(Translated)
La Fiscalía de Valparaíso confirmó que se detuvo a un sindicado individuo … como el autor de los delitos de secuestro y violación con homicidio de Nicole Saavedra, la joven lesbiana, que fue encontrada muerta el 25 de junio de 2016, tras haber desaparecido el 18 del mismo mes en Quillota.

Se trata de Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, chofer de micro del recorrido El Melón-Limache, quien fue identificado por la Policía de Investigaciones (PDI), quien será formalizado el próximo 13 de noviembre a las 8:40 en el Tribunal de Garantía de Quillota.

Perivancich también afirmó que Pulgar ya se encuentra cumpliendo una condena, “de diez años y un día, por el delito de violación de menor de edad. Actualmente también cursa un proceso criminal en su contra, también por el delito de violación” de otra persona, menor de 18 años.

Por su parte, la prima de Saavedra, María Francisca Bahamondes, sostuvo en su cuenta de Facebook que “después de más de tres años de una larga lucha, donde tuve que encadenarme en Fiscalía Nacional para ser escuchada, donde nos tomamos la Fiscalía de Quillota, tras una incansable y dolorosa lucha, quiero decirles que encontramos al asesino de Nicole, el maldito desgraciado es Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, chofer de la micro comercial Guerra. Familia Bahamondes, lo logramos!”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2019/10/16/fiscalia-formalizara-a-presunto-autor-del-crimen-lesbofobico-contra-nicole-saavedra/ (Source)

Original article: Chile: three years after her lesbicide, still no justice for Nicole Saavedra

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Guatemalan lesbian fled death threats and corrective rape

Marveny Suchite

Marveny Suchite hurriedly left Guatemala last November. She later told an American official that she had received death threats for being a lesbian, according to the formal notes taken by the authorities, to which Reuters had access.

Her mother warned her that there were people who were going to look for her, she told Reuters, explaining that they were “macho.” Suchite fled that day.

She had been beaten and raped before, first by close members of her family and then by strangers in an alley where he was ordered to “stop” being gay, according to the official’s notes that review asylum procedures.

She says she got pregnant after the attack in that alley and then, when she tried to report the rape to the police, they laughed at her.
(Translated)

Suchite dejó apresuradamente Guatemala en noviembre pasado. Más tarde le dijo a un funcionario estadounidense que había recibido amenazas a su vida por ser lesbiana, según las notas formales que tomó la autoridad y a las que Reuters tuvo acceso.

Su madre le advirtió que había personas que irían a buscarla, dijo a Reuters, explicando que eran “machistas”. Suchite huyó ese día.

Antes ya había sido golpeada y violada, primero por miembros cercanos de su familia y después por extraños en un callejón donde le ordenaron que “dejara” de ser gay, de acuerdo a las notas del funcionario que revisa los procedimientos de asilo.

Cuenta que quedó embarazada tras los ataques en ese callejón y que luego, cuando intentó reportar la violación ante la policía, se rieron de ella.
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Continue reading at: https://lta.reuters.com/articulo/eeuu-migrantes-caravana-lgbt-idLTAKBN1WP2QZ (Source)

Mexico: assault and arson after lesbian bar owner refused sex with man

La Canita

That night, one of them told one of the owners that “if I did not have sex with him, I was going to destroy the place,” says the published testimony. She tried to evade him, but the client continued to harass her until she decided to respond that she was a lesbian. “I’m never going to sleep with you and I will not give you more drink,” he replied, according to the story. The men – she does not specify how many – then demanded more beer from the workers and when they were denied, they took them by force, assaulted them, broke bottles and beat other customers.

“We know it was hatred and not an economic motivation that prompted these people to attack us in the way they did. The complaint is filed in the MP and some human rights processes are also ongoing, “the publication said.
(Translated)

Esa noche, uno de ellos le dijo a una de las dueñas que “si no tenía sexo con él, iba a desmadrar el lugar”, dice el testimonio publicado. Ella trató de evadirlo, pero el cliente continuó acosándola hasta que ella decidió responder que era lesbiana. “Nunca me voy a acostar contigo y no te voy a dar más trago”, le respondió, según se lee en el relato. Los hombres —no precisa cuántos— exigieron entonces más cerveza a las trabajadoras y cuando se los negaron, las tomaron por la fuerza, las agredieron, rompieron botellas y golpearon a otros clientes.

“Sabemos que fue el odio y no una motivación económica lo que impulsó a estas personas a agredirnos en la manera que lo hicieron. La denuncia está levantada en el MP y algunos procesos de derechos humanos también están en curso”, indica la publicación.
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Continue reading at: https://www.mexico.com/nuestras-causas/duenas-de-bar-lgbt-la-canita-denuncian-ataque-homofobico/ (Source)

Report released into new sexual coercion of lesbians

By Angela C Wild
Get the L Out UK

Lesbians at Ground Zero

“The consequence of systematic lesbian erasure, combined with the male centred politics of the LGBT, is a constant invasion: invasion of lesbian spaces and invasion of the lesbian body as the ultimate women-only space, leading to the destruction of those spaces and the consequent destruction of lesbianism.

While experiences of sexual violence were reported by women from every age group, the younger 18-24 age group seemed to be particularly targeted. The sexual violence experiences reported by respondents range from coercion, online grooming, sexual harassment and assault to rape by deception or with physical force. Perpetrators have used queer theory mixed with guilt-tripping to pressure, justify or excuse sexual violence.”

Continue reading at: Lesbians at Ground Zero link  (Source)

Brazil: Businessman confesses that he killed lesbian uber driver because she refused to have sex

Vanusa da Cunha Ferreira

Suspected of killing driver Vanusa da Cunha Ferreira, Parsilon Lopes dos Santos said on Wednesday that he committed the crime after the victim refused to have sexual intercourse with him after a private race. According to the Civil Police, he still raped the woman after killing her. 

Vanusa, a 36-year-old nursing technician and driver, was found dead Sunday night, in Jardim Copacabana, in Aparecida de Goiânia, in the Metropolitan Region of the capital. Hours earlier, her car was found on a city street and passed by expertise. Parsilon was arrested on Monday.
(Translated)

Suspeito de matar a motorista de aplicativo Vanusa da Cunha Ferreira, Parsilon Lopes dos Santos disse, nesta quarta-feira (23), que cometeu o crime após a vítima se negar a manter relação sexual com ele depois de uma corrida particular. Segundo a Polícia Civil, ele ainda estuprou a mulher após matá-la.

Técnica em enfermagem e motorista nas horas vagas, Vanusa, de 36 anos, foi encontrada morta na noite de domingo (20), no Jardim Copacabana, em Aparecida de Goiânia, na Região Metropolitana da capital. Horas antes, o carro dela foi achado em uma rua vicinal da cidade e passou por perícia. Parsilon foi preso
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Continue reading at: http://www.folhamax.com/mundo/empresario-confessa-que-matou-motorista-de-aplicativo-porque-ela-se-recusou-a-ter-relacoes-sexuais/194502 (Source)

More information: http://www.umoutroolhar.com.br/2019/02/juliana-pereira-conta-que-o-assassino-de-sua-namorada-era-obcecado-por-ela.html

Lesbophobia: France 2018

Lesbophobie France 2018 by Brillante

Guest post by Brillante on incidents of violence and discrimination against lesbians in France in 2018

Brillante is a site sharing lesbian news, history and culture in France: http://brilllante.wordpress.com and https://leblogdebrillante.tumblr.com/


Yvelines : Two young homosexual girls assaulted in a regional train, two minors in custody

The young girls told the police they had been violently shoved and got their hair and clothes pulled.

Two young homosexual girls were assaulted, without being injured, and were victims of homophobic insults by a group of young people on Friday 9th February. Two of them are in custody.

The young couple, aged 17 and 18, were assaulted on a Transilien [Parisian regional train] on line J. They told the police they had been violently shoved and got their hair and clothes pulled.

The presumed attackers allegedly said things such as “Fucking lesbians”, “Are you fucking?” It continued on their journey from Pontoise (Val-d’Oise) and Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) where the police, alerted by the victims, was waiting for the group. The young girls filed a complaint that evening. They were “not injured” but “shocked”, according to a police source.

Seven young people, all aged 17, most of them coming from Val-d’Oise, were arrested for “voluntary violences because of sexual orientation” and two of them were taken into custody on Friday night, according to that same source. The five others will be summoned later to be heard as witnesses. The investigation was instructed to the police station of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.



Guimps : The mayor supports the female bakers victims of homophobia

12 February 2018

They will file a complaint for homophobic insults and slander. The two bakers of Guimps want to “be respected”.

This fall, they took over the only bakery in Guimps, town of 475 people near Barbezieux and the border with Charente-Maritime. Carole Loiseau and Martine Léonard are married, and since their arrival, they are living a “very difficult” situation. The bakers explain that they are victims of homophobic insults, intimidation and slander.
The accusations will be part of a nominative complaint, targeting identified people, on Wednesday at the police station of Barbezieux.

“This situation is physically and morally unbearable and it infringes upon our business. They want to affect us. The only thing we want is that it stops and that we are respected”, said Carole Loiseau who decided to stop hiding the situation she is enduring with her partner.

The insults were particularly heard in shops in the nearby towns. “What was reported to us or observed were comments like ‘That’s the bread made by the dykes'”, adds Carole Loiseau who says that “some villagers refuse our truck’s round.”
The town’s mayor, Pierre Ravail, chose to address a press release at the end of last week to “make this stop quickly.”

The mayor, who said he acted with the support of the town council and numerous inhabitants, reminded that homophobic insults and slander and punished by the law : “I have to denounce the baseness and idiocy of these actions that harm the private and professional life of my citizens, and give a really bad image of the countryside that I’m used to be proud of and that, because of a few idiots, would become a boorish and backward world.”

Besides the insults, the bakers had their electrical board vandalized in the laboratory of their business.

Carole Loiseau, a native of this region, who worked in a bank for ten years, admits that she thought about giving it all up : “I did a career change, we came here to be happy. But what we’re living is very hard. We want to stay but things need to change.” Besides the couple, the bakery has two employees.


Paris : A lesbian couple assaulted in a bus 

12 March 2018

They first went to the Louxor theater to watch The NeverEnding Story again, in the 18th arrondissement. Then, they walked down the Magenta boulevard, bought themselves some flowers and had lunch in a brasserie. An “idyllic Sunday” with “some springtime air”, which was cut short for Clémence and Zoé, in their twenties. Early in the afternoon, as they kissed in a bus on line 56 a few meters away from place de la République, a man and a woman violently attack the couple. “We’re leaving because of you, there are hotels for this”, they hurled before spitting on them, pulling their hair and disappearing.

No insults nor injuries, but Zoé and Clémence, for whom there is no doubt about the homophobic aspect of the assault in the story they told on Facebook, are shocked.
“What is happening to us is not normal, but people need to realize that this is still the reality that gay people live in 2018”, said Zoé this morning to Libération. Sunday evening, not to let their assault go, the couple decided to give notice to the police and also thinks of filing a complaint. Which will inflate the statistics of LGBTphobia in France : in 2016, SOS Homophobie stated in its yearly report a 20% increase of insults and violence towards lesbians, gay men, bi people and trans people, data confirmed by the minister of the Interior for the first time in 2017 with 1084 complaints for homophobic and transphobic insults filed with the police in 2016.


One-year prison sentence after homophobic assault 

12 August 2018

A young homosexual girl was assaulted on place Wilson, on August 12, as she had just kissed her girlfriend. The homophobic aspect was retained by the criminal court.
At 3.45 AM last Sunday, on place Wilson, in the town center, a young female couple had their evening ruined by a group of people. “They started with homophobic insults, because we were with an effeminate man and a crossdresser”, the victims tells in a letter to the criminal court. “He (the defendant) tried to kick me in the head twice, he hit my belly. This because I kissed my girlfriend on the lips. I can’t sleep anymore without having nightmares. I regularly have anxiety attacks.” The victim asks 950€ for psychological damage.

The defendant, a 21-year-old young man, was with three other people. He doesn’t admit the homophobic aspect of this assault : “I didn’t see them kiss. It wouldn’t have bothered me if it was the case”, he explains in front of the president of the tribunal, Romain Bonhomme.

“You told one of the men that he was a ‘faggot’, also that two girls together disgust you”, the president replied.

“Maybe I said ‘faggot’, but I don’t remember the rest.”

The security cameras alerted the local police. “We see you get hot and bothered, jump, pull your T-shirt half up your torso, adopt the on guard position like in a boxing match, what’s the point of doing that?” the president asks.

“There’s none, we were just having fun it wasn’t mean.” Curious way of having fun…
After this violent assault, the defendant rebelled against the local police. Maître Olivier Bonhoure, lawyer of the two police officers, asks for 500€ as compensation for each of the officers.

“He did that to be funny, that’s what he tells us today. I don’t see what’s funny in those insults and in that violence. Attempting to kick someone in the head twice…” analyzed the district attorney. She asks for a 10- month prison sentence, including a 2-month suspended sentence. Also to retain the homophobic aspect of this assault.

“He wanted to play the big man in front of his friends. On the video we don’t see him touching her”, claimed Maître Gil Machado Torres.

The defendant get a 12-month prison sentence including a 2-month suspended sentence. He will have to pay 250€ to each police officer and 600€ to the victim. He stays in detention.



Two Parisian women victims of a homophobic act in Ariège

16 August 2018

As they had just spent a “very nice weekend” in Mazères for the Manouch Muzik Festival, Anaïs and her partner Laurane had a bad surprise on Sunday night, when they were about to leave.

Those two Parisian women, who were preparing to go to their vacation resort in Narbonne (Aude), had indeed discovered the insult “dyke” carved on the hood of their car. They also noticed other damage on their without, however, being able to create a link with the clearly homophobic message.

“We filed a complaint to the police station in Narbonne for ‘vandalism’ and ‘discrimination’ because it’s not normal that such acts are still happening today”, Anaïs explains. However, she wants to underline the excellent atmosphere of the festival.
“With my partner, we didn’t feel any animosity from people. The only thing that surprised us is when, as we went back to the car to get something to eat, people who were in front of their house came to cling to the windows while we kissed. I admit that we were surprised that people played voyeurs while we had a simple moment of intimacy, like a normal couple”, said the young woman who, however, didn’t talk about this episode in her complaint.

On the other hand, by talking about this misfortune in public, Anaïs and Laurane want to “be representatives”. “Gay people victims of homophobic acts need to denounce them, because it’s unacceptable that it’s still happening today”, they repeat.


In 2018, homophobia is still everywhere, including in Paris, including in TÊTU

[biggest LGBT magazine in France]

22 August 2018

Homophobia, we talk about it every week on the TÊTU website, despite ourselves. Until the day it hits us directly, violently. It’s the final straw. On August 22, our journalist Marion Chatelin was victim of an assault. She decided to talk about it and we decided to support her and share her story. Her anger too : in 2018, five years after the legalization of marriage equality, LGBTphobias still haunt our daily lives, including in Paris.

For the first time in my life I was verbally and physically assaulted because of who I am : a woman, a lesbian. It didn’t happen in a street in Bordeaux, in front of a gay club in Lyon, or in the woods in Toulouse. But in Paris. In the middle of the 19th arrondissement. In a neighborhood, my neighborhood, that I visit every day. A neighborhood that’s family-friendly, young, and popular where I always felt at home. But today the situation is different.

So it was a normal evening, for Wednesday 22nd August. I’m eating dinner with my girlfriend in a restaurant near the métro station Jaurès. When we’re leaving, we kiss, when we hear a comment from a man eating outside with his wife and two children. “Don’t do that in front of the children! Go somewhere else, there are hotels for this, but not in front of the children!”, he hurls at us. Shocked, we answer that he should go somewhere else if he’s not happy with what he sees. The situation worsens, the man stands up and walks to us while copiously insulting us.

“You are disgusting! Seriously go somewhere else”, “nasty lesbians”, “get medical help”… A collection of insults, said in the outside seating area, in front of his wife and children. I must be dreaming. Several people who were “roaming” nearby arrive in front of the restaurant, probably attracted by the outpouring of insults. The father explains the situation to them and they all insult us together.

A heterosexual couple — that I could recognize on the street and that I want to thank, hoping that they’re reading this — is also sitting outside. Scandalized by what they hear, they stand up and walk to the man. They kiss first, heartily. A “French kiss”, a real one. Before hurling : “You’re a loser, you don’t understand anything about life, you don’t understand anything about love!” This punchline will stay engraved in my memory, like their attitude, which deeply moved me. A young woman passing by on her bicycle also steps forward, asking the man to shut up and leave us alone. Thanks to her, thanks to them.

We decide to cross the street, completely stunned by what we heard. We hug and we realize that we’ve just been insulted. Hate speech which resonates, upsets, paralyzes. My eyes closed, I breathe deeply. I open them and I see the man on the sidewalk across from us surrounded with the same men. He shouts and spits towards us. This time, it makes my blood boil. I give him the finger.

They all run to us, screaming, while his wife and children stay at the table. The father, in a blind rage, threatens me with rape : “You’ll see, I’m going to rape you, you’ll understand what it’s like!” he bellows. He slaps me immediately after. One of the young men tries to hold him back from hitting me, but he struggles violently and punches me in the face. I stagger. My girlfriend screams and leapt to him. I come to and try to stop her.

I wouldn’t be able to explain how they all scattered, but we ended up alone in front of the lock of Jaurès, completely in shock. The police arrived very quickly, certainly called by a witness at the restaurant. We filed a complaint the morning after.

Then comes the time to realize. To process the fact that I was almost “lucky”. Nothing broken, no hospital, no stitches. Jordan, Aurélie, Nathanaël, Damien, and everyone else got at least three stitches. Some were raped, others were sprayed with bleach, or tied up and abandoned in a forest. A transgender person died.

Since the end of June 2018 — when I arrived in TÊTU — I write about homophobic assaults at least once a week, sometimes three, sometimes four. When I’m writing those lines, it starts again : a series of homophobic attacks in Besançon. Some victims have important physical trauma. I’m tired. And deeply angry.

That’s a fact : in France in 2018, homophobia is everywhere. According to the annual report of the organization SOS Homophobia, homophobic physical assaults have increased by 15% in 2017. Homophobic acts globally increased by 4.8% compared to 2016. I would never have thought that I would tell my own story here. I would never have thought that I, too, would be a number to count.


Lille street market : homosexual couples receive bleach and paint 

3 September 2018

Several homosexual couples were targeted by spurts of paint and bleach during the weekend of the street market in Lille. There’s no doubt about the homophobic aspect of the assaults, according to the victims.

Aurélie celebrated her 32nd birthday in a very unpleasant way on Sunday, as she walked peacefully in the aisles of the street market in Lille, with her 24-year-old partner.
Late in the afternoon, around 5 PM, as the couple arrived to the crossing of rue Jeanne d’Arc and boulevard de la Liberté, the two young women were sprayed with liquids. “I was with my partner and I felt something wet a first time. A few meters further I felt that I had bleach on my arm”, Aurélie says. “Then five minutes after, my partner received black paint.”

Very quickly, Aurélie and her partner realize that they have paint and bleach on their bodies and clothes. But it was impossible for them to identify the people who sprayed them : “In the middle of the street market, it’s not easy to know where it comes from. We continued on our way and we were hit a third time. It happened in a place where there were a lot of people. It was always from the back or from the side”, Aurélie says. Without knowing at first why they had been targeted that way among the crowd, the young women understood a bit later, by noticing on social media that one or more homosexual couples suffered the same fate in the street market.

“We were in the middle of the crowd and we were really the only two people to receive paint and bleach. I have my doubts, but I saw another testimony and that’s when I thought that it wasn’t trivial”, reports Aurélie, who has no doubt anymore about the homophobic aspect of the assaults. “When we realize that it’s a homophobic assault, we are angry. We feel defenseless in the middle of the crowd and when we are specifically targeted, we feel a mix of anger, apprehension and shame. In general it’s verbal or with stares, that’s the first time that it happens to me”, she concluded.

Aurélie plans to file a complaint, however she doesn’t have “much hope” of finding the perpetrator or perpetrators of these assaults. But at least in a “symbolic” way. “As soon as they file a complaint and an investigation is launched, we will file a complaint with them and bring a civil case”, said the organization Stop Homophobie who informs that a third couple, men this time, was also sprayed with bleach and black paint on Sunday, in the same time slot.


Paris : an investigation launched after a lesbophobic assault on Halloween night 

31 October 2018

The assault was denounced on Twitter by the organization “Urgence Homophobie” who explains that a woman was beaten up in the street on Halloween night, in Paris, after kissing her partner.

An investigation was launched on charges of “violence committed because of sexual orientation in public transport” after a lesbophobic assault on Wednesday in Paris, franceinfo learned from a judiciary source. The investigation was instructed to the neighborhood police in the 9th arrondissement.

The assault was denounced on the social network Twitter by the organization “Urgence Homophobie” who explains that a women was beaten up in the street on Halloween night, near the Grands Boulevards, carrefour de Chateaudun, after kissing her partner, which caused 21 days of temporary work interruption. According to the organization, she will also need surgery for her face.

“Every time there is an attack, we feel like this is going further into ignominy, into violence”, Guillaume Mélanie, president of Urgence Homophobie, said on Thursday evening. “It’s really getting worse and worse. Now we think : ‘We’re not going to kiss anymore, we’re not going to hold hands anymore”, but it’s not normal actually, normally we shouldn’t be the ones giving ground, we shouldn’t stop living normally.”

Guillaume Mélanie said he referred to the mayor Anne Hidalgo’s cabinet who referred to the prosecutor. “This is unbearable, we need to give a strong, concrete example, we need to work on education, culture, prevention and also on applying laws and on legal means”, the president of Urgence Homophobie said. He was assaulted because of his sexual orientation two weeks ago.

New York, USA: DNA Vindicates Lesbian Rape Victim Smeared by Daily News and NYPD 24 Years Later

Mike McAlary Rape Hoax vindicated

On an afternoon in late April 1994, a young woman was raped in broad daylight in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Two days later, the biggest columnist in New York City’s biggest newspaper called her a liar.

The woman—black, a lesbian, and an activist—became the target of a vicious smear campaign by a Daily News columnist and sources within the NYPD, who charged that she had made up a “hoax” to advance a political agenda.

“I have had the misfortune of being raped twice—once in the park and again in the media,” she told her lawyer, Martin Garbus, after the attack.

Continue reading at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-1994-nypd-brass-called-her-rape-a-hoax-in-2018-they-found-her-rapist (Source)

Jury selection begins in Bill Cosby’s trial for sexual assault of lesbian

What makes Andrea Constand stand out among dozens of women who have accused the disgraced comedian of sexual assault is that the former manager of the women’s basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia is a lesbian. Constand told investigators in 2005 she sought his career advice, but that he drugged her and violated her by putting his hands down her pants at his mansion in suburban Philly.

Continue reading at: Jury selection begins in Bill Cosby’s trial for sex assault of lesbian / LGBTQ Nation (Source)

Tell Ardrossan Accies RFC to Condemn Actions of Innes Frazer in Sexual Abuse of Lesbian Teenager

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#CondemnRapeCultureArdrossanRFC

On December 17, 2016, Innes Frazer, a rugby player for the Ardrossan Accies RFC, coaxed an 18-year old autistic lesbian into a storage container at Ardrossan Rugby Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.  He kissed the teenager, touched her breasts, exposed himself and forced her to touch him and then told her to lie about what he had done.  This is after Frazer had introduced the young woman to his friends as “the autistic lesbian” and himself as, “the only one who could turn her straight.”  Despite the victim being a lesbian, despite her having said “no”, and despite the judge explicitly stating that Frazer abused a vulnerable teenager for his ‘own sexual gratification’, he cleared him of sexually assaulting her.

A source close to the victim’s family have told Listening 2 Lesbians that the young woman is, “gutted at the verdict” and that “it took everything she had to go to the police in the first instance.”  The source also shared that the Ardrossan RFC have not given any support to the victim or her family, and have not condemned the actions of one of their members.

We are asking all of our sisters and our allies to join us in demanding that Ardrossan RFC make a statement condemning the sexual abuse Innes Frazer enacted on his victim and remove him from any association with the club.  We also demand that Ardrossan RFC prioritize the exposure of rape culture, including corrective rape culture, within its organization, and make appropriate steps to address and eradicate all forms of violence against women perpetrated by its members.

Please join us in contacting Ardrossan RFC on Twitter and Facebook:

@ArdrossanRFC (Twitter)

#CondemnRapeCultureArdrossanRFC

@ArdrossanRugby (Facebook)

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4440944/Man-cleared-sexual-assault-disabled-lesbian-teenager.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3329281/rugby-player-sexually-assaulted-teenage-lesbian-after-saying-he-was-the-only-one-who-could-turn-her-straight/

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/26/rugby-player-abused-lesbian-teen-for-his-own-sexual-gratification-judge-says-as-he-clears-him/

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/861067/disabled-lesbian-sexual-assault-groom-to-be-storage-container-ardrossan-rugby-club/

$500 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Man Who Brutally Raped, Shot, Young Lesbian Couple

The man who brutally assaulted a teenage lesbian couple in Texas is being sued for $500 million by the survivor of his horrible attack.

 David Strickland was convicted in September of raping and shooting Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, and her girlfriend, 19-year-old Mollie Olgin, in a park near Corpus Christi in 2012. Olgin died at the scene, while Chapa, who was shot in the head, survived.

 

Continue reading at: $500 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Man Who Brutally Raped, Shot, Young Lesbian Couple | NewNowNext (Source)