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Madrid, Spain: Lesbian couple defends themselves against lesbophobic attack

Celia and Capucine

Only one day after more than 300 thousand women filled the centre of Madrid with sorority, vindication and cries of equality and justice, only the day after women, and especially lesbian women, fought for the cessation of the lesbophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation,  unacceptable lesbophobic aggression occurs. … This story happened on Saturday in the neighborhood of Salamanca. Celia, from Madrid, was walking with her Belgian girlfriend, Capucine, and they told us that the events took place: “It was 8 o’clock in the afternoon and we were in Goya street 17. In that portal there is a kind of corridor that leads to a interior patio that has shops. We were walking and we went to see them. While we were at the entrance of the portal, Capucine came and kissed me, but let’s go, a peck, nothing that would attract attention or anything. At that moment the doorman of the building comes out of his box and shouts at us that we can not be there, ‘outside’, he tells us. I thought that since I was just leaning against the wall I might have hit a switch or something, and that was why he was reprimanding us. We looked back and there was nothing, so the second we understood that we were getting attention for being a couple. ”
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Tan solo un día después de que más de 300 mil mujeres llenaran el centro de Madrid de sororidad, reivindicación y gritos de igualdad y justicia, tan solo al día siguiente de que las mujeres, y en especial las mujeres lesbianas, lucháramos por el cese de la lesbofobia y la discriminación por orientación sexual, se produce una agresión lesbófoba inaceptable. … Esta historia ocurrió el sábado en el barrio de Salamanca. Celia, madrileña, paseaba junto a su novia belga, Capucine, y así nos han contado que transcurrieron los hechos: “Eran las 8 de la tarde y estábamos en la calle Goya 17. En ese portal hay una especie de pasillo que conduce a un patio interior que tiene tiendas. Nosotras estábamos paseando y nos metimos para verlas. Mientras estábamos en la entrada del portal, Capucine se aceró y me dio un beso, pero vamos, un pico, nada que llamara la atención ni nada. En ese momento sale de su garita el portero del edificio y nos grita que no podemos estar ahí, ‘fuera’, nos dice. Yo pensé que como estaba justo apoyada en la pared quizás le había dado a un interruptor o algo, y que por eso nos estaba reprendiendo. Miramos para atrás y no había nada, así que al segundo entendimos que nos estaba llamando la atención por ser una pareja”.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/pareja-lesbianas-valiente-agresion-madrid/ (Source)

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Syracuse, Italy: lesbian threatened with death and chased by car

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A girl reported to the State Police after she was the victim of threats, homophobic offences and an attempt to run her over in Syracuse.
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Una ragazza ha fatto denuncia alla polizia di Stato dopo che è stata vittima di minacce, offese omofobe e di un tentativo di investimento a Siracusa.
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Continue reading at: https://www.corriere.it/cronache/19_febbraio_27/siracusa-aggressione-omofoba-io-minacciata-morte-inseguita-l-auto-0c0a97ec-3ab3-11e9-a94b-7b2b39079b0a.shtml?refresh_ce-cp (Source)

 

Chile – Corrective rape and the justice system

Lesbianas Existimos y Resistimos

On Friday, February 15, María José Moreno, San Bernardo guarantee judge, decided not to close a case for corrective rape denounced by a 22-year-old girl against her uncle. Previously, the San Bernardo Prosecutor’s Office had determined that there was no background necessary to establish the crime of rape. Carmen was in college, she was 20 years old when she went to live with her uncles, due to the precarious economic situation in her home. The relationship was good, that she was devoted to her aunt and to a great fatherly admiration for her uncle. Carmen is a lesbian and a large part of her family, including her uncles, they knew it, but after a few months of coexistence she began to receive questions about her sexual orientation. Her uncle doubted that she was a lesbian. According to the complaint, he began to offer “his toy”, referring to his penis, so that “you can enjoy and know what a man is,” he repeated insistently. Later he forced her to have sex, a fact that was reiterated on several occasions, and even outside of her home.
(Translated)
El viernes 15 de febrero, María José Moreno, jueza de garantía de San Bernardo, decidió no cerrar una causa por violación correctiva denunciada por una joven de 22 años en contra de su tío. Anteriormente la Fiscalía de San Bernardo había determinado que no existían los antecedentes necesarios para que se constituyera el delito de violación. Carmen estaba en la universidad, tenía 20 años cuando se fue a vivir a casa de sus tíos, debido a la precaria situación económica en su hogar. La relación era buena, querendona con su tía y de una gran admiración paternal hacia su tío. Carmen es lesbianaz y gran parte de su familia, incluidos sus tíos, lo sabían, pero pasado unos meses de convivencia empezó a recibir cuestionamientos respecto de su orientación sexual. Su tío ponía en duda que fuera lesbiana. Según narra en la denuncia, él comenzó a ofrecerle “su juguete”, refiriéndose a su pene, para “que puedas disfrutar y conocer lo que es un hombre”, le repetía con insistencia. Al tiempo después la obligó a tener relaciones sexuales, hecho que se reiteró en diversas ocasiones, y hasta fuera de su hogar.
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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.

India: Lesbian couple receiving death threats from family request police protection

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A young lesbian couple reportedly got married in Manglor area of ​​Haridwar. The couple has registered the marriage in court and has demanded security from the police.
The court has ordered the police to ensure the protection of both the women. After the historic judgement by the Supreme Court, people are coming forward with their sexual preference without hesitation.
Both the women need security as the families are not happy with their decision and have threatened to kill them. Both the women are adult and taking all responsibility for their decision.

Continue reading at: https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-our-family-can-kill-us-lesbian-couple-demands-protection-from-police-after-getting-married-2704606 (source)

U.K: Appeal following lesbophobic hate crime against women and children

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two men made homophobic comments and threatened to kill two women and two children in Milton Keynes. 

Continue reading at: https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/crime/appeal-following-homophobic-hate-crime-in-milton-keynes-1-8758799 (source)

Belgium: Lesbian couple victim of lesbophobic violence in asylum centre

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‘From day one we already got threats. In one way or another the news spread very quickly that a lesbian couple was staying in the center. Since then, we are being chased and spitting at our feet. Once they threw balls at us, which caused me to suffer scrapes.But it quickly became a lot worse, “says an emotional Gona. 

The couple say she feels unsafe. ‘Our first room was completely behind the asylum center, far away from the employees. If something went wrong, it took a long time before an employee could come on the spot. ‘ They say it did not help that they were so far away from the employees. ‘In the evening only two staff members are present for the complete asylum center. If it goes wrong here, then all help will come too late. ” 

They were offered another room. But when they went to visit, the residents who stayed in the new hallway did not want to let them through. “A lesbian couple is not welcome in their ‘department'”.

Continue reading at: https://zizo-online.be/article/13252 (Source – Dutch)

Lesbian couple victim of LGBT violence in asylum center ZiZo-Online (Translated pdf – English)

St Peter, USA: Lesbians raise funds against workplace hate campaign

Jaime Angie Mace

The Maces and their attorney suspect an individual who works with them at the hospital sent all of the letters. “There’s some really sick person out there,” said attorney Lori Peterson. “This person needs to be locked up for a really long time.”

The notes the Maces were mailed last year say they “should be locked up” because they are ruining the country. The letters, which are posted on the Maces’ fundraising page, make multiple threats against the couple and their daughter, including references to a gun and burning down their house.

Jaime Mace said new threatening notes were mailed in May to two of their gay friends who also work at the hospital and live in St. Peter.

Continue reading at: http://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/local_news/more-threatening-anonymous-letters-reported-in-st-peter/article_07ec6036-969f-11e8-9743-6b65382eb58d.html (Source)

A lesbian story of survival and the power of community Pride

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Gay Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco, California, June 1979. Photographer unknown, c/o @chicagotribune.

BY FELON EVANS

The end of Pride weekend. I skipped the Parade but went to a concert Friday and then to a Lesbian Potluck this afternoon.

Pride has lost a lot of its meaning for me, but the reason why we have a Pride has not. I came out in the mid-70s. Coming out to family and friends was not difficult for me but coming out to the larger world often felt dangerous. I was closeted with neighbors and landlords because it could cost you your housing. My girlfriend became my “roommate.” There was the bedroom you shared and then a spare room made to look like a second bedroom in case family visited. We would de-dyke the house before certain people would come over. If you had friendly neighbors, it was likely that you kept your lesbian books out of the living room.

I was closeted at work, too, and it meant that I kept a distance from co-workers, especially when they were talking about their personal relationships. Going to work meant always hiding a secret about who you were. Even being closeted, I was still fired from my job at a domestic violence shelter for being a lesbian. The Reagan Administration put a proviso on grants to DV shelters across America that in order to receive federal funding, they had to get rid of their lesbian staff. The Board called me in and said “You are a lesbian and can no longer work here.” When I went to an attorney, he asked me to show him where it was illegal to fire me for my sexual orientation.

Being a lesbian in the 70s and 80s also meant going to bars. We had wonderful music and dances and concerts and AA meetings, and bars were an important part of that community. We could not afford to be oblivious to the fact that something as ordinary as one’s own life could induce hatred in someone else. The bar I went to in Cleveland had one of those little windows in the door they would peep out of to check you out before you could gain admittance. Bars had to be careful. One night , two lesbians in our community left the bar and were kidnapped, raped, and shot and left for dead. One of them survived. It rocked our community to its core, and yet we still went to the bar because it was part of our community.

Not being able to talk openly about being a lesbian meant that you had to send out signals in a conversation or an interaction if you thought another woman was gay. A certain type of direct eye-contact, held a bit longer than usual, a nod of the head as you walked by each other on the sidewalk were used to determine if someone was likely a lesbian. Lesbians hug differently than do straight women and that was often a sign you could count on.

I was both disadvantaged and advantaged in being a Lesbian. It is stressful to hide something as fundamental as your relationships and community. There was danger and discrimination, the times we would get yelled at on the street or at a concert or denied admittance to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day or how your girlfriend would be treated differently by hospital staff if you went to the hospital . Once a van full of men pulled up and several men jumped out with baseball bats and ran at my girlfriend and I. She had her large dog with us and the dog growled and lunged at them. They jumped back in the van and peeled off. I don’t know what would have happened had we not had the dog, but I have every reason to believe we would have been hurt by them.

Through it all, community is what helped us survive that type of emotional and psychic trauma, it’s what ameliorated shame, what provided us with some great coping skills and survival strategies. Our community is where we went after the bad family interactions, after the bad work experiences, after the firing or the insensitive doctor asking again what kind of birth control you use, even after you came out to her.

We so often get attached to a narrative of suffering as if that makes us more “authentic.” Anyone who came out back in the day has been through the shit. It takes a toll on a human being. And yet it also has allowed me to be part of a community of survivors who faced bigotry with both anger and humor, with resilience and guts.

What I want to celebrate on Pride is not the freedom to be myself but rather the gift of a community that held one another up, that endured shitty treatment and insensitivity and outright hate and still insisted on loving other women.

Tonight I went to a lesbian potluck with typical potluck food and ordinary lesbians talking about our commonplace lives, remarking on how much easier things are now. And yet we are all part of an extraordinary phenomenon, a community of women in what has been a lesbophobic culture, many of whom have endured decades of hostility for our choices, and who are undeterred in our insistence on loving each other.

Thank you Lesbian community. You are who I celebrate on Pride Weekend.

 

Religious Extremists Threaten, Vandalize, Restaurant In Jerusalem Owned By Lesbian Couple

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A lesbian couple in Jerusalem say they’ve been threatened repeatedly after opening a restaurant near a synagogue in the ancient Jewish capital.

Continue reading at: http://www.newnownext.com/extremists-threaten-vandalize-restaurant-in-jerusalem-owned-by-lesbian-couple/12/2017/ (Source)

Australia: Lesbian couple ‘subjected to homophobic slurs on Jetstar flight’

 

Cat Franke, left, with her partner Julz Evans, says she feared for her life.

“I feared for mine and my partner’s lives on that plane, we were physically trapped with someone who wanted to hurt us and make sure we had a terrible time,” Ms Franke wrote. “When I spoke up to ask him to stop, he only got more aggressive and louder with his homophobic hate speech and began boxing the back of my partner’s chair.”

Continue reading at: http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/gay-couple-subjected-to-homophobic-slurs-on-jetstar-flight/news-story/267604f358bef175abbe1b2a61cb6df6 (Source)

Being a refugee and a lesbian is difficult, says Somali woman

September 11, 2017 –Haji says that after lunch when the ceremony started she stood up and shouted that she would not be getting married because she had told her foster father already that she was attracted to women. She says other guests at the ceremony shouted at her and her foster father assaulted her. Her brothers took her to hospital. She decided not to lay a complaint with the police as her friends suggested, but rather to flee.

Continue reading at: http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/09/11/refugee-lesbian-difficult-says-somali-woman/ (Source)

South Africa: Soweto Pride 2017 focuses on safety of black lesbian women

October 3, 2017 –The focus of much of the messaging was around the safety of black lesbian women in particular who have borne the brunt of hate crime attacks against the LGBTQ community. A long list of names of women who lost their lives because of their identity was read out on stage.

Continue reading at: http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/10/03/soweto-pride-2017-reclaims-streets-pictures/ (Source)

Violence and corrective rape common for East Timor’s lesbians

Violence and corrective rape common for East Timor's LBT women

Timor Leste hosted its first ever Pride March. Photo: Clementino Amaral/Hututan Facebook

Often the tactics were cruel and unusual. Some women were forced to drink chicken’s blood to ‘cleanse’ them. Many of the women bore children after enduring corrective rape.

‘I was raped by my own uncle who believed he can change my sexual orientation by pushing me into (a) heterosexual relationship. I got pregnant but I (found) traditional medicine to get it aborted. After that I left my home and live with friends,’ one woman said.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/violence-corrective-rape-common-east-timors-lbt-women/#gs.vy9n=e0

#UsToo: Reclaiming “Lesbian” in Vienna

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BY KELLY COGSWELL

“If we don’t have enough anecdotal evidence proving how trifling we are, it’s there in dollars and cents. Out of 424 million dollars budgeted for international LGBTI issues in 2013-2014, only a measly two percent went toward projects for LBQ (lesbian, bi, queer) women. And out of hundreds of recommendations put forward at the United Nations in recent years, only one addressed specifically lesbian issues.

Those figures come from the first European Lesbian* Conference that took place early this month in Vienna, and they were the proverbial last drop that pushed the organizers into action. (They should crunch the numbers for women’s projects, too, which I suspect are no more eager to embrace lesbian issues than queer NGOs often headed by gay men.)

The two researchers who presented a report to the conference on lesbian lives in Europe discovered that we were almost on par with unicorns when it came to mining data even among countries in the relatively progressive European Union.

This meant that not only were they limited in the conclusions they could draw, but that we would hit a brick wall if we wanted to propose a project on lesbian mental health, for instance, because we wouldn’t have enough figures proving it was needed or to create a model for how it might work. Ditto for projects addressing violence against lesbians. No data. Therefore, no funding. And no action. As a result, almost every researcher at the conference begged the lesbian participants from Iceland to Uzbekistan to get involved collecting data on their own communities.”

Continue reading at: http://gaycitynews.nyc/ustoo-reclaiming-lesbian-vienna/

Los Angeles: Lesbian couple brutally bashed, with one beaten unconscious by group of five

Lesbian couple brutally bashed, with one beaten unconscious by group of five

Injuries sustained to Sabrina Hooks

A group of five people brutally bashed a lesbian couple in a Los Angeles restaurant on 29 October.

The incident occurred at around 3am when Sabrina Hooks and her girlfriend, identified as Morgan, walked in to the Jack in the Box on Imperial and Figueroa and sat down.

A group of people walked in after them and one of the men started taunting the lesbian couple, commenting on their attire and lifestyle.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbian-couple-brutally-bashed-and-beaten-unconscious-by-group-of-five/#gs.wKL8hmA

European Lesbian Conference Brief Report on Lesbian Lives in (parts of) Europe

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“Lesbians* in Europe are faced with discrimination on a daily basis – ranging from legal barriers in various aspects of their lives to informal discrimination by family members, peers, or service personnel. In this focus topic, we want to highlight these various experiences of discrimination and, in some instances, highlight cases of harassment and violence. In doing so, we have drawn on the most extensive survey on discrimination and hate crime to date, conducted in 2012 throughout the European Union and Croatia – the EU LGBT survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA; for additional information on the methodology behind the survey, please consult our preface or the official technical report1).

In this section, we present findings from 15,236 lesbian participants and their experiences of discrimination. If not otherwise stated, we present an averaged response over all 28 countries included in the survey, which is weighted by population size. To highlight the variability in responses across countries, we also included the three countries with the least endorsement and the three countries with the most endorsement on some questions.

Please note that, since the survey was conducted in 2012, some of the findings presented may be different as of 2017, since legal changes could have taken place in a given country during that time. Still, the EU LGBT survey conducted by the FRA is the most extensive and valuable survey to date about LGBT lives in Europe.

For this report, we included only parts of the extensive survey. We also chose not to include figures from other groups of participants from within the LGBTQIA* community (for example gay men or bisexual women), to avoid (in our view over-simplistic) comparisons between groups that are all affected by various forms of discrimination. For readers interested in conducting these analyses or in finding out more about results from a specific country, we recommend exploring the survey online via the data explorer2.
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1  https://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/eu-lgbt-survey-technical-report_en.pdf
2  http://fra.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/data-and-maps/survey-data-explorer”

Read the full report here: European Lesbian* Conference Brief Report on Lesbian* Lives in (parts of) Europe

SHE FLED PERSECUTION FOR BEING LESBIAN. HOSTILE QUESTIONING AT U.S. BORDER MADE HER AFRAID TO TELL THE TRUTH.

SITTING IN AN interrogation room at Dulles International Airport, Ella was paralyzed with fear. Terrified by the uniformed immigration officials lobbing questions at her, the 23-year-old Ugandan woman could think of only one thing: “I can’t go home.”

One year earlier, Ella had been caught in her village in bed with her female partner. Rounded up and taken out into the streets, she and her partner were forced to march naked through the village while being taunted, jeered at, and burned with searing paraffin oil. Police intervened to stop the mob from killing the women, but they arrested both Ella and her partner on charges of immorality. She was beaten in police custody.

Continue reading at: https://theintercept.com/2017/11/04/uganda-lesbian-us-asylum-seeker/ (Source)

Horrific abuse hurled at lesbian and gay Aussies during postal survey

A 23-year-old Sydneysider told Daily Mail Australia that her girlfriend has been unable to leave the house for fear of being harassed or abused again.

‘A couple of years ago, she was beaten severely enough to go into a coma because she kissed her [same-sex] partner goodbye in public,’ the woman said.

‘Despite this, she’s had mail in her letterbox telling her that she’s wrong and an abomination, and it we’ve also had our front door vandalised (graffiti with ‘die f*gs’) because we chalked a rainbow on our front wall.’It’s been horrible for her mental health; to top it off, because she hasn’t been able to make it into work, she recently lost her job.’

Continue reading at: Horrific abuse hurled at gay Aussies during postal survey | Daily Mail Online (Source)

What it’s like to live life as a Muslim lesbian

Zayna says she was beaten, humiliated and threatened because of her sexuality – but throughout her tormented formative years she refused to deny who she truly was.

Growing up as a young Muslim lesbian in Pakistan, the graduate says she came up against both physical and mental abuse from those that she believes had misinterpreted the messages of the Qur’an.

Continue reading at: What it’s like to live life as a Muslim lesbian – Manchester Evening News (Source)