A Room of Our Own
A Feminist/Womanist Network
“Lesbian sexual identity and choice is being eroded, erased and elided. This is being done by the literal obliteration of lesbians by state-sponsored violence, by the “corrective rape of lesbians” (imagine the 12 year old Pearl Mali being given the worst sort of reparative therapy by her very own mother), by the harassment and violence, by the firings (lesbians face more job discrimination than any other group within the LGBT alliance), by the enforced and compulsory heterosexuality of every society on earth. Aderonke Apata has been forced, by men, to provide not just spoken testimony and a pending marriage license, but also a sex tape of her having sexual relations with her partner to “prove” her lesbianism to the men who want to erase that aspect of her identity–the very identity that puts her and millions of other lesbians at risk of imprisonment and/or death.”
Continue reading Victoria Brownworth and other contributors to A Room of Our Own at: Erasure: The New Normal for Lesbians by @VABVOX – A Room of Our Own (Source)
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“Minutes after, he got into a heated discussion with Ymi when she confronted him directly and asked him to go. It was when Ymi threw a tissue at him that he snapped and threw two punches at her (during this time they were outside Saguijo’s gate). I ran to them and tried to pull Ymi away, he punched me on my left cheek before giving Ymi another punch. This was when roadies and other Saguijo people ran to us.”
Continue reading at: Lesbian couple Ymi and Cha, on getting punched for standing up for their rights | Lifestyle | GMA News Online (Source)
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The police arrested a total of five teenagers, four girls and a boy, for at least two separate assaults on the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam last week. The group of teens, 13, 14 and 15 years old, attacked a lesbian couple on Tuesday May 30th and another victim the following day, the police said in a statement.
Continue reading at: Rotterdam teens held for assaulting lesbian couple | NL Times (Source)
Being gay in Kenya is risky. This is according to Gigi Louisa, a 28-year-old Kenyan lesbian who has shared her experience of living in Kenya’s conservative society. The LGBQT activist is on a mission to fight for gay rights in Kenya. In an interview with the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), she said she always has to be careful.
Continue reading at: “I can be attacked at any time:” Meet woman, 28, dedicated to fighting for gay rights in Kenya (photo) ▷ Tuko.co.ke (Source)
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Many lesbians and gays have increasingly felt excluded, alienated, even erased by trans dogma, yet when attempting to express genuine concern, they are pathologized, threatened, and publicly slandered. Left Forum cites the safety of trans people as just cause to cancel a panel of critical lesbians, but are conspicuously absent when threats using far more violent language, including bodily threats, are sent to me by the thousands.
Continue reading at: Left Forum Cancels Lesbian Panel Questioning Trans Advocacy Funding (Source)
NYPD is looking for this man
BROOKLYN — Two men hurled anti-gay slurs at a woman in front of a Cypress Hills bodega, then hit her in the face with an umbrella after she tried to walk away, the NYPD said.Alex Santiago, 26, was charged with assault as a hate crime in connection with the attack against the 38-year-old woman, which took place May 26 on Miller Avenue and Fulton Street around 4:10 a.m., according to police.
The woman tried to walk away after Santiago and another man, whom police are still seeking, called her a “lesbian” and a “d–e.” They followed her, so she turned around to confront them, according to police.
Continue reading at: Bigots Hurl Anti-Gay Slurs at Woman, Hit Her in Head With Umbrella: NYPD (Source)
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Police in New York arrested a Brooklyn man who is accused of pummeling a woman on the subway into unconsciousness after getting in an altercation with her and her girlfriend.
Police arrested Antoine Thomas, 27, after he got into an argument with a lesbian woman over a seat on a Q train entering the DeKalb Avenue station at 7:30 p.m. last Saturday, reports the New York Daily News.
According to police, Thomas purposely bumped into the woman and her girlfriend while they were sitting and proceeded to yell anti-gay epithets at them, including, “Faggot! Dyke!”
Continue reading at: Brooklyn man beats woman unconscious during anti-gay subway attack – Metro Weekly (Source)
The report cited two cases of anti-lesbian “corrective rape” involving a student in Douala in October and an activist in Yaoundé in a taxi in November.
Continue reading at: Cameroon: 7 in prison on anti-LGBT charges; 58 rights abuses | 76 CRIMES (Source)
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As residents sang gospel songs, one woman stopped those singing and urged that more needs to be done.
“We’re dancing and clapping around while our sisters are being murdered. Our friends are being murdered, brutally so, but we’re busy singing.”
At the same time, Lerato Moloi’s cousin Seipati Tladi says she believes Moloi’s killing was a hate crime.
“And they were calling her names like Stabane (homosexual), something like that and this shows that they had a problem with her sexuality.”
Continue reading at: Lerato Moloi’s family disappointed with police handling of murder case (Source)
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On Saturday, thousands of people converged at the Naledi Community Hall to bid her farewell. After the first attack, Thabo said Moloi opened a case at Naledi Police Station. “They didn’t follow up.”
After the attack, the police issued a statement saying three suspects were to appear in court on Thursday. None appeared. An officer at the Protea Magistrate’s Court told journalists that the docket had not arrived but would be available on Friday. Again, no suspects appeared.
When contacted for comment, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority Phindi Louw said a murder docket was not placed on the roll as there was no link to the arrested suspects.
“This means the docket did not meet the minimum requirements for a matter to be placed on the roll.
Continue reading at: Attacks on lesbians a hate crime | IOL (Source)
What is most saddening is, thanks to social stigma, a story like this is more often than not swept the under the carpet. It is because of such entrenched stigma that a couple — who merely sought to give their relationship a name — has been missing for more than two months, and it hasn’t received any mainstream media attention.
Continue reading at: Why a harassed Indian lesbian couple going missing does not make news (Source)
As he was cleared of sexual assault at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Innes Frazer, 30, was slammed by a judge for abusing the vulnerable teenager ‘for his own sexual gratification’. (Isn’t this called rape?)
Continue reading at: Man cleared of sexual assault on disabled lesbian teenager | Daily Mail Online (Source)
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Tagged corrective rape, Hate crimes, homophobia, Innes Frazer, lesbian children, Lesbians in Scotland, Lesbians in the U.K., no justice, persecution, sexual assault, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women
Yudaya is a member of Out and Proud Africa which is an African Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex rights and human rights activist charity. Their mission is to defend human dignity, freedom, justice and equality for LGBTI people in Africa.
Continue watching at: WATCH: This refugee’s story will open your eyes to the fears LGBTIs face in Uganda (Source)
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Two former Birmingham students have defied death threats to make legal history by becoming the first Muslim lesbian couple to get married in a civil ceremony in the UK. Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, from Pakistan, tied the knot at a registration office in front of their solicitors and two Pakistani friends earlier this month.
Continue reading at: Muslim lesbian couple defy death threats to tie the knot in civil ceremony – Birmingham Mail (Source)
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Pratt also sent the two women a message which included their home address, and another in which he said he couldn’t wait to “ruin” their Christmas.
He then began phoning the couple, leaving a number of voicemails, including one where he said “you’re dead”.
Continue reading at: Man threatened the lives of his lesbian niece and her girlfriend in homophobic attack · PinkNews (Source)
A letter has been sent to an out politician in Canada threatening an attack on a Pride parade.
The letter was sent to Kristyn Wong-Tam, an openly gay politician who sits on Toronto City Council, as the city marked a day against homophobic bullying on Wednesday.
Continue reading at: Anonymous letter sent to gay politician threatening attack on ‘faggot’ pride parade · PinkNews (Source)