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Germany: man on trial for rape of lesbian neighbour, girlfriend forced to watch

L2L Germany

24-year-old Bella A. from Berlin-Lichtenberg was lying in bed with her girlfriend on the morning of 15 February when she woke up to a loud bang. Suddenly, a man who had just come in through the apartment door was standing in the bedroom with a large knife. He smoked a cigarette, stripped and lay in bed with the lesbian couple. He raped Bella while her girlfriend had to watch.

The alleged perpetrator Dennis M. is in the district court of Berlin facing a charge of sexual coercion in this particularly serious case, as well as charges of trespassing and property damage. The defendant is the couple’s 29-year-old former neighbour who had moved in only a few months earlier. According to his own statement, he broke into the apartment of the lesbian couple. “I just want a little fun,” he allegedly said when he forced apart his victim’s legs.
(Translated)

Die 24-jährige Bella A. aus Berlin-Lichtenberg liegt am 15. Februar morgens mit ihrer Freundin im Bett, als sie durch einen lauten Knall aufwacht. Plötzlich steht ein Mann, der zuvor die Wohnungstür eingetreten hat, mit einem großen Messer im Schlafzimmer. Er raucht eine Zigarette, zieht sich aus und legt sich zu dem lesbischen Paar ins Bett. Er zwingt Bella zum Sex, während die Freundin zuschauen muss.

Wegen sexueller Nötigung im besonders schweren Fall, Hausfriedensbruch und Sachbeschädigung muss sich der mutmaßliche Täter Dennis M. nun vor dem Landgericht Berlin verantworten. Bei dem Angeklagten handelt sich um einen 29-jährigen ehemaligen Nachbarn, der erst wenige Monate zuvor umgezogen war. Er ist nach eigener Aussage gezielt in die Wohnung des lesbischen Paares eingebrochen. “Ich will einfach nur ein bisschen Spaß”, soll er gesagt haben, als er die Beine seines Opfers auseinanderriss.
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Conrtinue reading at: https://www.queer.de/detail.php?article_id=36605 (Source)

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)

Egypt: Arrested and tortured for waving rainbow flag, lesbian Sarah Hegazi dead at 30

Sarah HegaziCAIRO — When the openly gay frontman of a hugely popular Lebanese pop group strutted onto the stage of a Cairo summer festival in 2017, rainbow flags lifted in the air, and something sparked inside Sarah Hegazi.

As a lesbian in a country where homosexuality is taboo, and gay people are routinely persecuted by the authorities, here was a glimmer of freedom. Beaming with joy, she raised both hands in the air and hoisted her own rainbow flag aloft. A friend captured the moment on camera.

It was the start of her undoing. …

Although homosexuality is not technically illegal in Egypt, gay people are subjected to deep-rooted societal prejudices and are frequently prosecuted by the police under laws that criminalize “debauchery.” Undercover police investigators use aliases to roam popular dating apps to entrap and arrest gay men. Others are arrested from cafes or the streets on the basis of their appearance.

Concerts are also a focus of law enforcement.

Even before she attended the event headlined by the Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila in 2017, Ms. Hegazi’s life had undergone dramatic shifts. She had shed the head-covering veil that she had once worn, and had begun to embrace her identity as a gay woman.

At the concert she felt liberated, she told the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, because “I was declaring myself in a society that hates all that is different from the norm.”

Ahmed Alaa, a law student who also waved a flag, later called the experience “the most beautiful five minutes of my life.”

But once the photo of her waving a flag went viral on social media, Ms. Hegazi was inundated by hate-filled comments, including death threats, said Mostafa Fouad, her lawyer and friend.

Popular television hosts amplified the mood: “How can the homosexual’s flag be raised over Egypt’s pure land?” said one. Another, Ahmed Moussa, denounced “this debauchery, this shame, this crime.”

Days later, armed security officials arrived at Ms. Hegazi’s home and took her to a detention center run by the National Security Agency, a feared arm of Mr. el-Sisi’s security apparatus. Officers questioned her religious beliefs and asked if she was a virgin.

She was blindfolded and taken to a foul-smelling interrogation room where she could hear people groaning with pain. A piece of cloth was stuffed into her mouth. She was tortured with electric shocks, she later said in interviews.

Continue reading at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/world/middleeast/egypt-gay-suicide-sarah-hegazi.html (Source)

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Italy: two men attack Somali lesbian who rejects them

L2L Italy

“Show me how you dance, lesbian” – how he approached the young woman. When she rejected him, he groped her rear and his friend punched her. It happened on Wednesday night (10 June 2020), around 1 am, at the municipal garden in via Petrarca, in Campi Bisenzio. The victim of the attack was a 20-year-old lesbian of Somali origin who lost two teeth. She was transported to the Careggi emergency room where she was medicated and discharged with a 15-day recovery prognosis.
(Translated)

“Fammi vedere come balli, lesbica”. Così ha tentato di approcciare la ragazza. Ma quando lei lo ha respinto, lui le ha palpeggiato il fondoschiena e l’amico l’ha colpita con un pugno. E’ successo mercoledì notte, intorno alle 1, al giardino comunale di via Petrarca, a Campi Bisenzio. Vittima dell’aggressione, una ragazza, 20 anni, di origine somale, che ha perso due denti. È stata trasportata al pronto soccorso di Careggi dove è stata medicata e dimessa con una prognosi di 15 giorni.
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Continue reading at: https://corrierefiorentino.corriere.it/firenze/notizie/cronaca/20_giugno_11/respinge-due-ragazzi-loro-picchiano-f0b68656-ac15-11ea-8f34-3b5d4710ddec.shtml (Source)

China: Police refuse to investigate colleague raping lesbian

L2L China

20 May 2020

Ms Zheng, a 22-year-old woman in Shenzhen, mainland China, had been employed for 7  days when she went to an orientation party on the 15th (May). She was raped by a 21-year-old male colleague Zou Nan. Later, Zeng’s girlfriend Xiaohua arrived and hurriedly took Ms Zeng away. When they called the police afterwards, the police refused to file a case, and did not let Zeng Nu go to the hospital for examination or detain Zou Nan. They closed the rape case citing “consent”. It was not until yesterday (19 May) that the Shenzhen police issued a notice saying that Zou Nan had been arrested.

(translated)

大陸深圳一名22歲曾姓女子剛到職7天,15日去參加迎新聚會時,結果被不懷好意的21歲鄒姓男同事帶走性侵。之後曾女女友小花到場,急忙將曾女帶走,但沒想到她們事後報警時,警方卻遲遲不肯立案,且沒有讓曾女去醫院驗傷,也沒有拘留鄒男,還以「自願發生關係」結束此事。直到昨(19)日深圳警方才發出通報,並稱鄒男已被刑事拘留。

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Continue reading at: Shenzhen man rapes lesbian colleague (Source)

Kenya: Lesbians are being raped and living in fear in refugee camps

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Eva Nabagala hoped she and her young son would be safe from her family when they fled Uganda for a Kenyan refugee camp – but instead, the 28-year-old says she was attacked and raped there as punishment for being a lesbian.

“I have been threatened with death, I have been beaten, I have been harassed sexually, and I have been sexually abused, raped,” Nabagala told Reuters by phone.

Nabagala said she and her now two-year-old son came to Kenya in 2018 after her family threatened to kill her because she is a lesbian.

“I ran from my home … because I wanted to be safe, I wanted protection, but it has turned into something the opposite,” Nabagala said.

Continue reading: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-refugees-lgbt/lesbians-gays-live-in-fear-of-attacks-in-kenyan-refugee-camp-idUSKCN22A1GB?il=0 (source)

Update: Chilean couple granted protection order after lesbophobic attack

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Prosecutor Patricia Varas has granted a protection order to a lesbian couple who reported experiencing a lesbophobic attack at the hands of a man in Renca, according to the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh), an association that fights for the LBGTI community in Chile.

After learning of the abuse, threats and violence they experienced from the perpetrator, identified as Christian Mauricio García Silva, periodic rounds by police officers were ordered to for a period of 60 days. The Movilh shared a video which recorded the attack the couple reported.
(Translated)

La fiscal Patricia Varas ha concedido una medida de protección en favor de una pareja lésbica, después de que denunciaran que recibieron agresiones lesbofóbicas por parte de un hombre en Renca, según consigna el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), asociación que lucha en favor de los derechos del colectivo LGTBI en Chile.

En detalle, se ordenaron rondas periódicas de Carabineros en el domicilio de las mujeres por un plazo de 60 días, esto tras conocer los insultos, amenazas y golpes que recibieron por parte del sujeto identificado como Christian Mauricio García Silva. El Movilh compartió un vídeo en el que se encuentra el registro de las agresiones que denuncia la pareja.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/nuevo-ataque-contra-una-pareja-de-lesbianas (Source)

Original Article: Chile: Sexualised attack on lesbians

Support Higui, Argentinian lesbian on trial

Higui
Gofundme campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-higui-argentinian-lesbian-on-trial

In 2016 in Argentina, Higui (Eva Analía de Jesús) was attacked by a group of men when visiting a friend in her home and defended herself from corrective rape.

After years of ongoing harassment for being lesbian, including being attacked and stoned, having her home burned and her pet killed, she was set upon by the three men, one of whom attempted to rape her for being lesbian.  Higui defended herself and her attacker was killed – she is now on trial for his death.

Higui was initially jailed while awaiting trial but was freed 8 months later, after public pressure.

Higui has faced ongoing violent lesbophobia in her community.

Listening2Lesbians is raising money to support her and demonstrate the worldwide solidarity we feel for her as lesbians and lesbian allies.

En 2016 en Argentina, Higui (Eva Analía de Jesús) fue atacada por un grupo de hombres cuando visitaba a una amiga en su casa y se defendió de una violación correctiva.

Después de años de hostigamiento continuo por ser lesbiana, incluyendo ser atacada y lapidada, quemar su casa y matar a su mascota, fue atacada por los tres hombres, uno de los cuales intentó violarla por ser lesbiana. Higui se defendió y su atacante resultó muerto ahora ahora está en juicio por ello.

Inicialmente, Higui fue encarcelada mientras esperaba el juicio, pero fue liberado 8 meses después, después de la presión pública.

Higui se ha enfrentado a una lesbofobia violenta en su comunidad.

Listening2Lesbians está recaudando dinero para apoyarla y demostrar la solidaridad mundial que sentimos por ella como lesbianas y aliadas lesbianas.

U.K.: Man accused of raping lesbian on beach

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A woman who says was raped on Cleethorpes beach has told a court that she is a lesbian who would never willingly have sex with a man.

The woman told the trial of the Indian restaurant owner accused of raping her: “I can’t stand a man touching me. I am not attracted to men.”

She said she had not called restaurant owner Mohammed Uddin down from the Promenade and initiated sex.

She also denied that she was disappointed with his poor sexual performance and that she had pestered him for sex, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

Uddin, 45, of Augusta Street, Grimsby, denies rape and an alternative charge of sexual assault on August 21.

The prosecution at Crown Court claims that the 36-year-old woman was drinking by herself on Cleethorpes beach after 11.45pm when Uddin asked her for sex.

She was a lesbian and would not have wanted sex with him because of that, claims the prosecution, but Uddin is said to have raped her.

Continue reading at: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/woman-raped-cleethorpes-beach-tells-3791220 (Source)

Argentina: Higui, lesbian accused of murder in corrective rape case to face court

Higui

There are four weeks left before the trial against Higui begins. Analía De Jesús, Argentina, 45, born in Haedo on June 7, 1974, is on trial for defending herself against corrective rape for being lesbian. On Mother’s Day 2016 (October 16), Higui went to visit her sister Mariana in the Lomas de Mariló neighborhood. That day, a group of men who had already attacked her on other occasions for being “chonga” (butch) surrounded her when she left a hallway. They threw her on the floor with a punch. One of them lowered her pants and ripped her boxers. Higui stabbed the rapist with a knife she had in her clothes to defend herself.

The other men began to kick her, while she protected her mostly curled up body as if it were a ball, covering her head with her arms. She was kicked very hard around her arms and shoulders, kidneys, genitals and perineum. While they beat her, Higui lost consciousness. Hours later, the flashlight and the screaming of the police officers woke her up. No one wanted to hear that Analía De Jesús defended herself from rape. “Who is going to want to rape you, black and fat?” the police mocked her. “I didn’t understand anything,” Higui recalls. “From one moment to another I was stunned by the pain, and stripped of all dignity, in a dungeon in Bella Vista”, accused of homicide although they hadn’t even informed her.  I didn’t know the aggressor was dead.

Higui waits in freedom for the trial that will take place between February 17 and 20 in Court No. 7 of San Martín. There is a defence request to postpone the debate until April, but the court has not yet responded.
(Translated)

Faltan cuatro semanas para que comience el juicio contra Higui. Analía De Jesús, argentina, 45 años, nacida en Haedo el 7 de junio de 1974, está procesada por defenderse de una violación correctiva por ser lesbiana. El Día de la Madre de 2016 (16 de octubre), Higui fue a visitar a su hermana Mariana en el barrio Lomas de Mariló. Aquel día, un grupo de hombres que ya la habían atacado en otras oportunidades por “chonga” (lesbiana masculina), la rodearon cuando salía de un pasillo. La tiraron al piso de una trompada. Uno de ellos le bajó los pantalones y le rompió el bóxer. Higui se defendió clavándole al violador un cuchillo que llevaba entre las ropas para defenderse.

Los demás hombres comenzaron a asestarle patadas, mientras ella protegía su cuerpo menudo enrollada como si fuera una bolita, cubriendo la cabeza con los brazos. La patearon muy fuerte en la zona de brazos y hombros, riñones, genitales y perineo. Mientras la golpeaban, Higui perdió la conciencia. Horas después, la despertaron la linterna y el griterío de los policías. Nadie quiso escuchar que Analía De Jesús se defendió de una violación. “¿Quién te va a querer violar a vos, negra, gorda?”, se burlaban los policías. “Yo no entendía nada”, recuerda Higui. De un momento a otro estaba aturdida de dolor, y despojada de toda dignidad, en un calabozo de Bella Vista. Acusada de homicidio. Aunque ni siquiera se lo habían informado. No sabía que el agresor estaba muerto.

Higui espera en libertad el juicio que se llevará a cabo entre el 17 y el 20 de febrero en el Tribunal Nº7 de San Martín. Hay un pedido de la defensa de postergar el debate hasta abril, pero el tribunal aún no respondió.
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Continue reading at: https://www.pagina12.com.ar/243430-se-viene-el-juicio-a-higui-acusada-por-defenderse (Source)

 

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Chile: Sexualised attack on lesbians

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Christian Mauricio García Silva, 45, is being investigated for lesbophobia against two women who were outside their home when he allegedly insulted, sexually harassed and intimidated them, in addition to physically assaulting them more than once.

The victims, identified as MJYC (38) and TAAC (44), were painting the fence surrounding the property where they live in Renca, Chile, when García Silva walked behind them and began to insult them for being lesbians. He brushed TAAC’s body, saying “I’m going to suck your tits to make you a woman, sick fag”.

Additionally, the perpetrator allegedly showed his erect penis to her.

When the alleged perpetrator returned, the aggression became even more violent – he began trying to hit her until she managed to push him; at the same time he repeated endless lesbophobic insults, sexual advances and death threats, until another neighbour approached to help them.
(Translated)

Additional information from MOVILH regarding the significant disabilities of one of the victims: https://www.movilh.cl/sujeto-ataca-a-pareja-lesbica-en-renca-te-voy-a-chupar-las-tetitas-para-hacerte-mujer-maricona-enferma/

Christian Mauricio García Silva, de 45 años, está siendo investigado por haber cometido una agresión lesbofóbica en contra de una pareja de mujeres que se encontraban a las afueras de su domicilio en cuando él llegó a insultarlas, acosarlas sexualmente y tratar de intimidarlas, además de agredirlas físicamente en más de una ocasión.

Las víctimas, identificadas como M.J.Y.C (38) y T.A.A.C (44), estaban pintando la reja que rodea a la propiedad donde viven en Renca, Chile, cuando García Silva pasó por detrás de ellas caminando y comenzó a insultarlas por ser lesbianas, rozó el cuerpo con el del T.A.A.C y le dijo “te voy a chupar las tetitas para hacerte mujer, maricona enferma”.

Adicionalmente, el agresor habría intentado mostrar su pene erecto a la mujer.

Cuando el sujeto volvió, las agresiones se tornaron aun más violentas, él comenzó ha tratar de golpearla hasta que ella consiguió empujarlo; al miso tiempo él repetía insultos lesbofóbicos, insinuaciones sexuales y amenazas de muerte que parecían infinitos, hasta que otro vecino se acercó para auxiliarlas.
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Continue reading at: https://elmanana.com.mx/te-voy-a-hacer-mujer-sujeto-ataca-a-pareja-de-mujeres-en-su-casa/ (Source)

Update: Update: Chilean couple granted protection order after lesbophobic attack

 

 

2019 in review: Lesbians in the News

 

By Liz Waterhouse

2019 Lesbian News Summary

In 2019 Listening2Lesbians expanded our coverage to challenge the previous dominance of English stories to better report global lesbian experiences. This shift saw an increase in news reported, with information from additional countries in 10 languages.

It remains difficult to find comprehensive reports of lesbian experiences given the legal or social situation in many countries; largely disinterested mainstream and specialist media; and various language barriers including a reliance on freely available news translation services and sometimes limited use of the word lesbian by victims, police or media.

The news that was reported in 2019 indicated significant continuing opposition to or punishment of lesbians, particularly in religiously conservative regions. The increasing conservatism and religiosity in some of these areas is of particular concern for lesbians who are subjected to both homophobia and sexism, as well as the intersection of the two.

LOCATION – CHALLENGING THE ANGLO DOMINANCE

2019 Stories by Country

 

In 2019 Listening2Lesbians found and shared 258 news stories from 53 counties, up from 152 stories from 35 countries in 2018.

Reports from the USA and United Kingdom dropped as a percentage from 50% of stories to 26% of location specific stories.

In 2018 we identified the dramatic over-representation of news from the USA and UK, based both in the cultural dominance mirrored in media resourcing / output and our reliance on English language media.

In an attempt to better track global lesbian experiences, we expanded news searches from only English to include daily searches in English, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. It is hoped that this search can expand in coming years. Any readers who can assist are requested to contact us.

This expanded news search resulted in news posted in 10 languages in 2019 with 55% of news posted solely in English, 23% in Spanish, 6% in both French and Italian and 3% or under in Portuguese, German, Chinese, Polish, Dutch and Russian.

There remain significant gaps in representation, particularly in countries where homosexuality is strictly or defacto illegal (45 of the 123 countries never reported on by Listening 2 Lesbians). A lack of reported news from these countries cannot mean a lack of discrimination, harassment and persecution of lesbians in these countries.

The under-reporting of lesbian experiences in these countries is almost certainly exacerbated by the (LGBTI and mainstream) media focus on other groups within the LGBTI community. Lesbians continue to be omitted from reports on legal changes, persecution and their effects even when it is evident that they will be affected, and that their experiences will be further exacerbated by cultural expectations of and pressures on women and the punishment levied against women who do not meet these cultural norms and sex roles.

 

ISSUES

Discrimination and harassment were the dominant issue reported in 2019, representing 46% of the global stories reported in the English media.

Physical and sexual violence against lesbians, including murder, represented 37% of reported stories with persecution a further 11%, often including stories of lesbians seeking asylum to escape it.

Issues reported 2019 Global

This breakdown is not globally representative with the USA breakdown between discrimination and harassment and persecution significantly different to that in the rest of the world. Discrimination and harassment in the US represents 77% of the news items and persecution is not represented. This represents a shift from 2018 when 61% of the stories reported discrimination and harassment and persecution was present in 5% of the stories.

Physical or sexual violence, including murder, represented only 14% of the stories, down from 31% in 2018.

Issues reported 2019 USA

For the rest of the world, minus the USA, discrimination and harassment represent just 40% of the stories in 2019, marginally up on the 36% in 2018. Persecution stories decreased from 24% to 13%. 

Physical or sexual violence, including murder, represented 41% of the stories, up from the 29% in 2018.

Issues reported 2019 not USA

 

HOSTILITY SOURCE

News stories reported in 2019 were coded for source of hostility, abuse or discrimination to provide insight into the nature of the opposition to lesbians.

Global data was considered first, with individuals and community hostility increasing from 35% in 2018 to 55% of 2019 reports. Government hostility and discrimination dropped as a percentage from 28% in 2018, the single largest source, to 9% in 2019.

2019 hostility source chart global

The USA vs global minus USA data was also assessed, showing significantly lower community hostility than global reports but a mirrored increase in business hostility (approximately 10% difference in both).

2019 hostility source chart USA

 

The USA hostility source data shows no publicly reported hostility from family and friends and little government hostility.  Public sphere hostility represented 66% of hostility in USA stories (education, business and individual/stranger hostility combined), an increase on the 50% reported in 2018.

2018 hostility source chart global - usa

2019 hostility source chart not USA

Government as a formal source of hostility decreased from 34% to 10% in global reports that excluded the USA. It is hard to know whether this represents a variation in incidents or reporting, or a variation in the source countries included in the 2019 news reports.

For countries other than the USA, community and in individual/stranger hostility rates are significantly higher than in 2018 reports (from 14% to 25% and 19% to 35% respectively, a net increase in 26%). The stories reported in 2019 challenge the idea that lesbians do not experience street violence, with butch or gender non conforming lesbians particularly subjected to harassment, violence and murder.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

The data gathered in reporting discrimination and violence against lesbians around the world in 2019 shows significant variation across the global lesbian experience, reinforcing our need to focus on the communities we do not hear about.

Given the fragmented and unreliable nature of reporting on crimes against lesbians, it is difficult to draw any conclusions from the limited reports we have, however, it is evident that the experiences of living in countries with deep and clearly expressed social and legal opposition to lesbians differs from that of lesbians facing discrimination and harassment in states with civil remedies and protections. The increasing conservatism and windback of legal protections in various jurisdictions around the world is of particular concern.

Civil remedies and greater community acceptance do not appear to have resolved the issue of interpersonal violence which represents approximately 36% of the 2019 reports, an increase on 30% in 2018.

RESPONSE TO THE NEWS

In 2018, the Listening2Lesbians story with the most individual views on WordPress was Brazil: murders of lesbians increased by 237% in 3 years, also the Facebook post with the greatest engagement.

In general, responses mirrored patterns evident in 2018, namely that reports of harassment or discrimination against white lesbians in the USA or UK received consistently higher engagement than reports of even murder of lesbians of colour, particularly those outside English speaking first world countries.

While this is disappointing it is not unusual. Listening 2 Lesbians will continue to respond by seeking to focus particularly on finding reports of non white lesbian experiences.

AREAS NOT REPORTED ON

Listening2Lesbians has largely not reported in depth on:

  • Harassment of lesbians in relation to views of gender identity
  • Inclusion or exclusion of mothers on birth certificates in various jurisdictions
  • Access to in vitro fertilisation treatment

In particular, lesbian experiences in relation to gender identity is a specific area with dedicated sites better suited to this focus.

 

POSTS FROM 2019:

 

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

DJ Anna Cook Nicole Saavedra

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)

We talk about lesbianicide when a lesbian is killed for being a lesbian. In our society, loving a woman, being a woman, is one of the insults that most hurts masculinity. From corrective sexual harassment, to violations that serve as a “warning”, and coexistence with compulsory heterosexuality that, many times, urges you to remain “in the closet”. Hence, visibility is the political tool that links them: Nicole and Anna were “visible” lesbians, and they ask the question: did they die from being lesbians?

Francisca Millán is a lawyer specialized in Human Rights and gender. Member of the AML study, which is exclusively dedicated to defending women in cases involving gender violence. Her project offers a feminist perspective to materialize the right of access to justice. Millán affirms that women are violated in the Chilean legal system. In this setting, being a lesbian is a direct and very specific affront.

“Lesbianism, from hegemonic masculinity, is a revelation to the social order, because I do not submit to heteropatriarchal logics, I am outside of it, and I am not willing to occupy those roles,” explains Millán.

Offenses that would directly affect lesbians by virtue of being so would be 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, by mixing base crimes with the Zamudio Law, hate engines can be relieved.

“Offenses of this nature have a lot of expression of power, and demonstrate that there is this exercise of submission with respect to others. That is something quite common in the case of lesbian women: what more obvious way to subdue a woman who is a lesbian than to force her to perform oral sex, ”says the lawyer.

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

“This has been a tough year. There is the case of Carolina Torres (beaten in Pudahuel), we recently found out about girls being raped in the Forest Park. That scares you, it happens at five in the afternoon, and it happens in the places where we meet, ”he explains. For her, there is a social punishment for being a lesbian, added to that of being a woman. “These hate-lesbo crimes are coupled with sexual themes under the premise of the I am going to teach you. We are talking about corrective rapes, which are also directed at a specific type of lesbian: the truck, which breaks out of the heteronorm, ”she says.

The first crime of lesbophobia registered and investigated 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 worked for 15 years.

“In 1984, when Monica was killed, a broad reflection was generated regarding what was happening to all of us, the discrimination we were experiencing. But there is no specific reflection on hate crimes as they are understood today, ”says Cecilia Riquelme, one of its founders, who participated in the Day of Lesbian Rebellions on Saturday, October 12, in 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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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.
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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)

U.S: Lesbian artist raped and killed during home invasion

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Anthony Laquan Goss, 28, faces charges in the death of 21-year-old Te’a Denise Liger, according to Atlanta police.

Two men forced three people, including Liger, into an apartment at Vesta Adams Park Apartments on Delowe Drive around 6 a.m. on Aug. 21, according to police. The men robbed and assaulted the victims, including sexually assaulting Liger. She was shot to death and the other victims, a man and a woman, received non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Goss was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 23 on charges of kidnapping, rape and felony murder. He remains in custody.

Continue reading: https://www.projectq.us/atlanta
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Chile: Corrective rape allegations against uncle of lesbian’s ex partner

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The first complaint of corrective rape against a woman in El Maule was filed this Monday at the Guarantee Court of Talca.

The legal action was filed by the lawyer Rodrigo Medina, of the Legal Clinic of the University of Santo Tomás, thanks to an agreement that exists with the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) Maule.

“The incident happened a little over a month ago and where the uncle of our client’s ex-partner raped her and rebuked her for her sexuality while committing the assault,” said the lawyer.

The complainant added that “the subject is free and my representative will testify on Friday. The complaint was made with the aggravating of article 12 number 21 of the Criminal Code Law to execute the crime for reasons of hatred towards sexual orientation.”
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La primera querella por violación homofóbica contra de una mujer en El Maule fue presentada este lunes en el Tribunal de Garantía de Talca.

La acción judicial fue interpuesta por el abogado Rodrigo Medina, de la Clínica Jurídica de la Universidad Santo Tomás, gracias a un convenio que existe con el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) Maule.

“El hecho ocurrió hace poco más de un mes y en donde el tío de la ex pareja de nuestra representada la violó y la increpó por su condición sexual mientras cometía la agresión”, dijo el jurista.

El abogado querellante agregó que “el sujeto está en libertad y mi representada declarará el viernes. Se hizo la denuncia con la agravante del artículo 12 número 21 de la Ley del Código Penal para ejecutar el delito por razones de odio hacia la orientación sexual”.
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Contimnue reading at: https://www.cooperativa.cl/noticias/pais/region-del-maule/presentan-querella-por-violacion-homofobica-a-una-mujer-en-el-maule/2019-07-29/135009.html (Source)

Lesbian unlawfully deported from UK was ‘gang-raped and fearing for her life’ after removal to Uganda

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A gay woman who was unlawfully deported from the UK has described how she was gang-raped and has lived in perpetual fear since being sent back to Uganda six years ago.

The British government was ordered by the High Court this month to help the 26-year-old return to the UK on the grounds that its decision to reject her asylum claim was unlawful. The landmark ruling could open the door to thousands of similar challenges.

The Ugandan national, who is set to return on Monday, has also talked about the trauma of getting pregnant and having a child, who is now four months old, as a result of the sexual assault she suffered.

Continue reading: https://www.independent.co.uk/
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South Africa: Judge upholds life sentences for corrective rape of lesbians

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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)

The hierarchy of Sexual assault: A gender non-conforming lesbian’s struggle for justice

by Pippa Fleming
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I laid on a twin bed just inches off the ground weeping, “how the fuck did I get here?” as a hurricane hot flash and the smell of cat piss abruptly awakened me. Tears, sweat and funk permeated my sheets as I looked around the cluttered room feeling like a motherless child. As I rocked and held myself, I thought “death of a beloved and sexual assault feels the same.” First comes the shock and numbness, then come the people expressing empathetic sorrow and gestures of help. The body is laid to rest, then comes the repass with all that good soul food, while folks reminisce about the departed. When the last guest leaves, the door shutting behind them sparks the realization that you are alone and everyone else is going to get on with their lives, business as usual.

Call it intuition, a hunch or hindsight, I knew nothing was going to be done. I am a black gender non-conforming lesbian. Even with a narcissistic apology email from my perpetrator (that I’m going to share for shit’s and giggles) what could a black butch lesbian expect? I was disposable, nor was I a famous “queer” woman with a powerful platform like Ellen DeGeneres or Roxane Gay, sharing their stories of sexual assault… nor was I the wife of a famous basketball player like Steph Curry, who had a man arrested after making lewd comments about sexually assaulting her.

Continue reading: The hierarchy of Sexual assault: A gender non-conforming lesbian’s struggle for justice (source)

Cameroon: Assaults, rape, death threats over lesbian affair

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In April, when a Cameroonian man learned that his common-law wife was attracted to women, he assaulted her, raped her lover and threatened to kill them both.

“He burst into the house and struck me to the ground. He tore off my clothes. He assaulted my girlfriend and raped her in front of me as I lay on the floor helplessly. My lover lived in a secluded area, so no neighbors could hear our cries for help.

Before leaving, my husband hit me again on the head and vowed to return later to kill us. Afraid for our lives, my lover and I packed up and went to the home of one of her friends who agreed to host us for a few days.”

Continue reading: https://rightsafrica.com/2019
/06/13/cameroon-assaults-rape-death-threats-over-lesbian-affair/
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