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Australia: Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Denies Single Sex Lesbian Event

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

by Claire Heuchan

AfterEllen.com

A new ruling in Tasmania decrees that lesbians will be breaking the law if they host single-sex spaces. Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sarah Bolt banned LGB Alliance Australia from hosting lesbian events that exclude transwomen, on the grounds that such gatherings carry a “significant risk” of breaching existing equalities legislation.

This ruling has far-reaching implications that extend beyond Tasmania, as it sets a legal precedent with the power to shape the outcomes of future cases. As Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Bolt advises the Minister of Justice on matters relating to discrimination and prohibited conduct. She also promotes the recognition and approval of acceptable attitudes, acts and practices. As her ruling indicates, Bolt does not believe that lesbians creating spaces by and for ourselves is an acceptable act or practice.

What Bolt fails to recognize is that lesbians are oppressed at least twice over, on the basis of our sex and sexuality. We are females who love desire and build our lives around other females – which has been treated as suspicious for the duration of patriarchy. Around the world, lesbians continue to be at risk of discrimination and violence – from losing custody of our children to suffering ‘corrective’ rape.

Continue Reading: https://afterellen.com/tasmania-rules-against-women-only-spaces/ (source)

Editor’s note: Jessica Hoyle is not a member or representative of LGB Alliance Australia, and the application was not made on behalf of LGB Alliance.

Chile: young lesbian harassed and threatened by supermarket guards

8 June 2021: The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement filed a complaint alleging that a 21-year-old non-binary lesbian girl suffered discrimination due to her presentation in a Tottus supermarket, located on Gran Avenida in the El Bosque commune.

Movilh asserts that it is a case of “lesbophobic harassment”, which began when the young woman, who went to the compound with her aunt and two cousins, was harassed by two building guards.

According to her publicised testimony, she said: “When entering the supermarket, the guard asked me for my permit. He pent a long time looking at the permit, observing me from head to toe, but without looking me in the eye. “Angelica? Is this a joke?” I clarified, “Yes, I am a woman,” said the complainant.

“I could not believe the mockery and humiliation that I was experiencing in front of the people in line and my family,” said the young woman.

The guard stated: “Regardless of being a woman, I’ll hit her and beat her up.”
(Translated)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual realizó una denuncia en que acusa que una joven lesbiana no binaria de 21 años sufrió un episodio de discriminación debido a su expresión de género en un supermercado Tottus, ubicado en Gran Avenida en al comuna de El Bosque.

Desde el Movilh aseguran que se trata de un caso de “acoso lesbofóbico” que comenzó cuando la joven fue al recinto junto a su tía y dos primos, siendo hostigados por dos guardias del recinto.

De acuerdo al testimonio que presentaron en una publicación: “Al entrar al supermercado, el guardia me pidió el permiso. Se quedó por bastante rato mirando el permiso, observándome de pies a cabeza, pero sin mirarme a los ojos. De la nada me dijo “¿Angélica?, ¿Es broma esta hueá?”. Le aclaré, “Sí, soy mujer”, señaló la denunciante.

“No podía creer la burla y humillación que estaba viviendo delante de la gente de la fila y de mi familia”, dijo la joven.

El guardia en una última ocasión habría señalado: “No importa que sea mujer, igual le pego y agarro a palos”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.24horas.cl/nacional/movilh-denuncia-grave-caso-discriminacion-joven-lesbiana-supermercado-4816250 (Source)

US: Lesbian assistant chief files lawsuit against SFFD

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

A lesbian San Francisco Fire Department assistant chief who alleged discrimination against the department in a claim two months ago is now taking the city to court.

As the Bay Area Reporter previously reported, Assistant Chief Nicol Juratovac filed a claim of whistleblower retaliation and discrimination against the San Francisco Fire Department and the city’s Department of Human Resources on March 5.

The claim was denied by the city April 8 and Juratovac filed her civil lawsuit May 24.

Juratovac claims she wanted to change the culture at the SFFD. Instead, she was retaliated against after exposing cheating on promotion exams, safety violations, and racism in the department, according to the complaint — as well as for blowing the whistle on what her attorney, Mark P. Fickes, of Cannata O’Toole Fickes and Olson, described as a “drunken” party at a fire station in Noe Valley in 2017.

“Rather than welcome the opportunity to address its problems, the department has allowed those who feel threatened by Assistant Chief Juratovac to retaliate against her for taking on the ‘good old boys’ mentality,” the complaint, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, states. “Beginning in 2014, and continuing through the present date, the department has weaponized its disciplinary process to punish Assistant Chief Juratovac by subjecting her to numerous unfounded and meritless disciplinary investigations.

“All of these investigations, save one, were rescinded or abandoned, but only after Assistant Chief Juratovac had already endured the emotional distress and humiliation of being investigated in addition to incurring substantial attorneys’ fees to defend herself against frivolous claims,” the complaint states. “She has also been denied promotional and overtime opportunities in retaliation for her whistleblowing activities, as well as her race, gender, and sexual orientation.”

Fickes, a gay man, said that the one time Juratovac faced discipline she faced disproportionate punishment.

Continue reading at: https://www.ebar.com/news/news//305437 (Source)

Italy: historic sentence for soccer coach’s anti-lesbian and sexist behaviour

A historic sentence has been handed down by the Court of Appeal against the former coach of Novese who has been found guilty of stalking and making homophobic statements to his players, with a disqualificiation of 3 years. Maurizio Fossati, coach of the women’s team in the 2019/2020 season, had been referred by the Federal Prosecutor of the FIGC after reports made by some players.

Fossati, who just a year earlier had received the sports educator of the year award, had been accused of insulting the players for their physical appearance, sexual orientation and flirting with some of their locker room mates. In the motivations of sporting justice, as reported by Agi , we read that the words used by Fossati were not “merely offensive”, as established in the first instance, but “homophobic and / or sexist” in relation to the sexual orientation of his players. The original nine-month sentence had been viewed with displeasure by the federal prosecutor, who asked for an increased sentence on appeal. It has now been granted.
(Translated)

Una sentenza storica, quella presa dalla Corte d’Appello nei confronti dell’ex allenatore della Novese, riconosciuto colpevole di stalking e frasi omofobe ai danni delle sue calciatrici, con stop di 3 anni. Maurizio Fossati, allenatore delle ragazze nella stagione 2019/2020, era stato deferito dalla Procura federale della Figc dopo la denuncia di alcune calciatrici.

Fossati, che solo un anno prima aveva ricevuto il premio di educatore sportivo dell’anno, era stato accusato di aver insultato le giocatrici per il loro aspetto fisico, per l’orientamento sessuale e per i flirt avuti con alcune compagne di spogliatoio. Nelle motivazioni della giustizia sportiva, come riportato da Agi, si legge che le parole utilizzate da Fossati non erano “meramente offensive”, come stabilito in primo grado, ma “omofobe e/o sessiste” in relazione proprio all’orientamento sessuale delle sue calciatrici. La condanna a nove mesi in primo grado era stata vista con fastidio dalla stessa procura federale, che aveva chiesto in appello un inasprimento della pena. Ora arrivato.
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Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/calcio-femminile-sentenza-omofobia (Source)

Lesbophobia: Living as a ‘truck’ in Chile

Chile Trucks and the red zone of murder

“One is a truck before being a woman, before being a lesbian. You realise that you are not like the rest, but you do not know what you are either (…) if one is 10 years old and she doesn’t know the word lesbian, you have never seen a lesbian, you have nowhere to recognize yourself. You know what you are not, but you have no idea who you are, and you try to fit in and it doesn’t work out. You realise you end up being the truck of the group, but what is the place of the group truck?”

The appearance of the trucks is located around the 1900s as a symbol of lesbian visibility. At that time there was social tolerance for a romantic friendship between women, even married; as long as it was not shown socially. In response to this, in “the West there is an emergency of a lot of lesbians who start to wear men’s clothes and especially to dress as men from the middle up and down with a skirt.” A “different class, neither male nor female, but lesbian visible as a social and political fact” appears.

In Chile, the term truck has a link with the social class, “it speaks of the poorest lesbian, who is also more masculine, but it is because of a cultural terminology issue,” says Opazo, who adds that there are also upper-class male women , but they are not told trucks; they are called “tomboy” which is a gringa lesbian term.
(Translated)

“Una es camiona antes de ser mujer, antes de ser lesbiana, te das cuenta de que no eres como el resto, pero no sabes qué eres tampoco (…) si una tiene 10 años y no conoce la palabra lesbiana, no has visto nunca una lesbiana no tienes dónde reconocerte. Sabes lo que no eres, pero no tienes idea de lo que eres. Y tratas de encajar y no te resulta y te das cuenta y terminas siendo la camioncita del grupo, pero ¿cuál es el lugar de la camioncita del grupo?”.

La aparición de las camionas se sitúa alrededor de la década del 1.900 como símbolo de la visibilidad lésbica. Por esos tiempos existía tolerancia social a una amistad romántica entre mujeres, incluso casadas; siempre y cuando no fuese mostrada socialmente. Como respuesta a esto, en “Occidente hay una emergencia de un montón de lesbianas que empiezan a tomar la ropa masculina y sobre todo a vestirse de hombre desde la mitad para arriba y abajo con una falda”. Aparece una “clase diferente, ni varones, ni mujeres; sino lesbianas visibles como un hecho social y político”.

En Chile el término camiona tiene un vínculo con la clase social, “habla de la lesbiana más pobre, que también es más masculina, pero es por un tema de terminología cultural”, afirma Opazo, quien agrega que también hay mujeres masculinas de clase alta, pero no se les dice camionas; a ellas se les dice “tomboy” que es el término de lesbiana gringa.
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Continue reading at: https://www.24horas.cl/data/lesbofobia-que-significa-ser-camiona-en-chile-3584796 (Source)

South Africa: Judge upholds life sentences for corrective rape of lesbians

Judge Violet Phatshoane

Judge Violet Phatshoane said what the rapist did was ‘repulsive and unpardonable’. Image: University of the Free State

A man who believed in “corrective rape” for lesbians has failed in an appeal against two life sentences.

Zabathini Jonas, from Petrusville in the Northern Cape, twice raped a 24-year-old woman, and told a magistrate in Philipstown that he “wanted to correct homosexual girls”.

After being convicted and jailed, the 30-year-old father of two appealed to the high court in Kimberley.

Judge Violet Phatshoane sent him packing last week, saying what he had done was “quite repulsive and unpardonable”.

She added: “The so-called ‘corrective rape’ is evil and cannot be countenanced. What [Jonas] did [to his victim] was to pulverise her sense of belonging and self-expression.”

Continue reading at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-07-24-youre-repulsive-judge-upholds-life-terms-for-rapist-who-targeted-lesbians/ (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.”
(Translated)

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)

Chile: Corrective Rape of lesbians – the silenced attack

Chile

Committed by neighborhood friends or close relatives – parents or siblings in the most sordid cases – who do not accept lesbianism, corrective rape pursues the idea of ​​”amending” the orientation of their victims through sexual assault. Different groups started the fight to make visible and fight a crime that is not yet recognized, but it seems to be more and more present.
(Translated)

Cometido por amigos del barrio o familiares cercanos -padres o hermanos en los casos más sórdidos- que no aceptan el lesbianismo, la violación correctiva persigue la idea de “enmendar” la orientación de sus víctimas mediante la agresión sexual. Distintos colectivos iniciaron la lucha por visibilizar y combatir un delito que aún no es reconocido, pero parece estar cada vez más presente.
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Continue reading at: https://www.latercera.com/reportajes/noticia/violacion-correctiva-el-ataque-silenciado/551274/ (Source)

Nantes, France: Lesbophobic abuse against female attendees of LGBTI centre

Nante lesbophobic abuse at LGBTI centre

Women attending a parenting meeting at Lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) center in Nantes received sexist and lesbophobic insults on Saturday. Three complaints were filed.

(Translated)

Des femmes qui participaient à une réunion sur la parentalité, au centre lesbien, gay, bi et trans (LGBT), à Nantes, ont reçu des insultes à caractère sexiste et lesbophobe, samedi. Trois plaintes ont été déposées.

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Continue reading at: https://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/nantes-44000/nantes-insultees-dans-le-centre-gay-et-lesbien-6210562 (Source)

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Lesbians and the Sexual Politics of Wimbledon

Mauresmo is a two-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic silver medalist who is also known for coaching Andy Murray. After she beat top seed Lindsey Davenport in 1999, she came out as a lesbian—and her body became a rhetorical battleground. She was repeatedly described as bulging, muscular, and intimidating—and Davenport’s bitter mention that playing her was like “playing a guy” was repeated in coverage of her game.

Continue reading at: The Sexual Politics of Wimbledon | JSTOR Daily (Source)