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Update: Men Charged in Murder of Lesbian Journalist Lyra McKee

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection to the killing of out lesbian journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot to death while covering a riot in Northern Ireland two years ago.

“These arrests are the culmination of a detailed two-year investigation into Lyra’s murder and the events which preceded it,” Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective Superintendant Jason Murphy said in a written statement. “The local community have supported the Police Service of Northern Ireland throughout the course of this protracted investigation, and I wish to thank them for their continued support.”

Continue reading: https://www.gaycitynews.com/arrests-made-in-connection-to-fatal-shooting-of-lgbtq-journalist/ (source)

Original post: https://listening2lesbians.com/2019/04/20/ireland-lyra-mckee-talented-young-lesbian-journalist-killed-at-riot/

Italy: man attacks lesbian couple

As reported by Il Mattino, during the night of 24-25 August, a 40-year-old man attacked and beat a lesbian couple, originally from Nocera Inferiore and living together in Castel San Giorgio. … The reason for the blind aggression? Pure and simple homophobia. The man brutally beat them solely because they are lesbians. The Nocera Inferiore Attourney and the deputy prosecutor Angelo Rubano are certain of this. The 40-year-old, already known to the police, went to the home of the two women, convinced them to go outside and attacked them, kicking and punching them.

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Come riportato da Il Mattino, nella notte tra martedì e mercoledì un uomo di 40 anni ha aggredito e picchiato una coppia di donne, originarie di Nocera Inferiore e conviventi nel comune di Castel San Giorgio. … Il motivo della furia cieca? Pura e semplice omofobia. L’uomo le avrebbe brutalmente picchiate solo e soltanto perché lesbiche. Ne è certa la Procura di Nocera Inferiore, e il sostituto procuratore Angelo Rubano. Il 40enne, già noto alle forze dell’ordine, ha raggiunto l’abitazione delle due donne, le ha convinte ad uscire all’aperto e le ha aggredite, prendendole a calci e pugni.

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Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/nocera-uomo-massacra-di-botte-due-donne-solo-perche-lesbiche (Source)

Kenya: Arson attack leaves lesbians in refugee camp with nothing

Once again, lesbians at Kakuma camp in Kenya at Block 13, along with the other refugees, are in danger, as they have suffered a fourth arson attack this year.

On August 16, the block was awakened by what sounded like gunshots. When they arose, they were met with the smell of petrol fumes all over their compound and they noticed huge amounts of it all around the shelter where the children sleep.

Police were called. They refused to come out to investigate before daylight. Thankfully the children were moved.

The police told them to leave the petrol containers as they were evidence. It turns out the petrol wasn’t just around the children’s shelter.

An hour later, the entire block was alight. From the time this was all reported, it took two-and-a-half hours for the police to show up. The station is five minutes away.

Every single bit of shelter they had left there burned to the ground, as did everything inside them and near to them.

They, quite literally, have nothing left. Twenty-five children and their mothers are now without any shelter.

There is absolutely nothing to protect them from the burning African sun, or the torrential downpours when they come.

They have no food, clothing, shelter, toiletries, or any other essentials to survive even at night.

All of their documentation and IDs as well as any personal belongings are gone. They have been left with only the clothing on their backs.

The intent of these violent crimes is clearly to kill and injure the LGB&T community in Kakuma.

Continue reading: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/arson-attack-leaves-lesbians-kenyan-refugee-camp-nothing (source)

Italy: lesbian couple attacked in their home

A new lesbophobic attack was recorded on August 24 in Castel San Giorgio, in the province of Salerno, where two 40 year old women in a relationship were kicked and punched by a contemporary already known to the police. He had gone to their home to punish them for their homosexual relationship.

During the struggle, one of the two women lost two teeth, while the other suffered bruises and abrasions. The violence continued even after the police arrived and found the two women on the ground bleeding….

(Translated)

Una nuova aggressione di matrice lesbofobica si è registrata lo scorso 24 agosto a Castel San Giorgio, in provincia di Salerno, dove una coppia di donne 40enni è stata vittima di calci e pugni da parte di un coetaneo già noto alle forze dell’ordine, che si è recato presso la loro abitazione proprio per punirle a causa della loro relazione omosessuale.

Durante la colluttazione, una delle due donne ha perso due denti, mentre l’altra ha riportato degli ematomi e delle escoriazioni. La violenza è andata avanti anche in seguito alle forze dell’ordine, che al loro arrivo hanno trovato le due donne a terra sanguinanti…

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Continue reading at: https://www.neg.zone/2021/08/26/salerno-uomo-aggredisce-una-coppia-lesbica-calci-e-pugni-per-punirle/ (Source)

Estonia: Lesbian couple brutally attacked and beaten in Tallinn

A young female gay [sic] couple was brutally attacked and beaten by two men in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, in the morning of 8 August.

The horrific attack took place in the borough of Mustamäe, at a food shack near the Szolnok bus stop.

According to Postimees, the women – 20 and 18 years old – had gone to buy French fries at the food shack in the morning of Sunday, 8 August, when they encountered three men, of whom one felt the necessity to call them “lesbians” and laughed at them.

One of the victims, whom Postimees calls Emma, but admits it’s not her real name, told the newspaper that she got angry at the men and told them to pipe down. According to the newspaper, one of the attackers started to strangle Emma after that.

“He held my neck firmly, my girlfriend tried to push the guy away. /…/ The men started to beat us with their hands and feet. Two of them were beating us and the third one was just looking,” Emma told Postimees. According to the victim, it later emerged that one of the men who attacked her had previously been involved in martial arts, and was over seven feet tall – “like a bear”.

Continue reading: https://estonianworld.com/life/female-gay-couple-brutally-attacked-and-beaten-in-tallinn/ (source)

U.S: Lesbian Couple Shot to Death at Utah Campsite

Police in Utah have launched a homicide investigation in the deaths of a married female couple shot to death Wednesday at a campsite in Grand County.

The victims were Crystal Michelle Turner, 38, and Kylen Carrol Schulte, 24, who had lived in Moab, Utah, Salt Lake City TV station KSL reports.

The women were last seen at a tavern in Moab Saturday night, and they had called friends that night saying they were worried about “a weirdo camping near them that was freaking them out,” according to social media posts. They were planning to move to a different campsite.

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/crime/2021/8/20/female-couple-shot-death-utah-campsite (source)

UN submission on discrimination and violence against lesbians

On 1 August 2021 Listening2Lesbians provided submissions in response to the following from the Commission on the Status of Women:

“Any individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit communications (complaints/appeals/petitions) to the Commission on the Status of Women containing information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world. The Commission on the Status of Women considers such communications as part of its annual programme of work in order to identify emerging trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women for purposes of policy formulation and development of strategies for the promotion of gender equality.”

Commission on the Status of Women: Communication Procedure

Information was provided to the UN on incidents dating back approximately 2.5 years across the 57 countries we have reported on in that time.

Legal, social and familial punishment of lesbians for failing to conform with the expectations imposed on women illuminates the status of women around the world. Homosexuality is understood to be a breach of sex-based expectations. Strictly enforced sex roles are accompanied by increased consequences for those who break them, individually or collectively. Lesbians, or women read as lesbians, are doubly punishable for their non-conformity, both overt and inferred.

Listening2Lesbians is not an expert on these countries and provided this information to augment and support the information provided by women from individual communities. We can only provide information on cases we have been able to locate and based our submissions solely around the available facts. Please note that we welcome corrections and updates.

We are painfully aware of the many communities not represented.

Anyone with information on missing communities is invited to contact us with information on reporting violence and discrimination against lesbians in their community.

Liz, Ari and Devorah @ Listening2Lesbians

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South Africa: Community Mourns Rape and Murder of Lesbian Health Worker

Community mourns rape, murder of lesbian health worker.

Family, friends and members of the LGBTIQ+ community in Limpopo have been left reeling by the brutal rape and murder of a young lesbian community health worker, in what is suspected to be a hate crime.

A young lesbian community health worker was raped, stabbed multiple times and dumped alongside the road next to Helen Franz Hospital in the rural Senwabarwana area of Limpopo last week.

Thapelo Constance Sehata (23), of Desmond Park in Senwabarwana, was found on Wednesday (28 July 2021) unconscious and bleeding from severe stab wounds, just a short distance from the hospital.

She later succumbed to her injuries, following what her family and fellow members of the LGBTIQ+ community described as a hate crime motivated by her sexual identity. Police have confirmed the incident.

Sehata was a mother of a nine-year-old girl and worked as peer educator at the non-governmental organisation (NPO) Centre for Positive Care (CPC).

Her distraught older sister, Pretty Sehata (31), told Health-e News this week that the whole family, including their 63-year-old mother, was hurt beyond words.

“Thapelo was open about being lesbian and we accepted and loved her as our own in the family. Of course, there were some residents who would mock, insult and ridicule her for what she was.  And here we are in pain today, mourning her brutal killing. She was raped, killed and dumped along the road as if she was not human,” said Pretty.

Continue reading: https://health-e.org.za/2021/08/10/community-mourns-rape-murder-of-lesbian-health-worker/ (source)

U.S: Lesbian and Her Dog Murdered in City Park

This past Wednesday at 1 a.m. in Piedmont Park the bodies of Katherine Janness, 40, and her dog Bowie were found. Janness had been stabbed multiple times, her face disfigured in the attack.

“She was the most intelligent, kind, humble, and beautiful person I have ever known. I wanted to spend every second with her,” her fiancee Emma Clark wrote on Facebook.

“Today I lost the love of my life and my baby boy. It was tragic.”

Janness – a bartender at the Campagnolo Restaurant and Bar in Atlanta – and Clark had dinner together on Tuesday evening and then Janness took Bowie for a walk. When she didn’t come home, Clark found her body by using an app to track her phone’s location in the park about a mile from their home.

Police searched the park for evidence and went door-to-door in the neighborhood to find witnesses. They returned to the park with diving gear to search a lake.

The last known picture of Janness shows her crossing a nearby rainbow crosswalk. Atlanta police released the image and are offering a $10,000 reward for information on the killing.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/07/lesbian-dog-stabbed-death-gruesome-attack-city-park/ (source)

Malta: Lesbians Beaten and Kicked Out of Nightclub for Kissing

The owner of the popular nightclub Nordic Bar said he is investigating claims that its bouncers kicked out and beat two women for sharing a kiss. 

“We are carrying out our own investigations on the matter as well as collaborating with the police. This is a very serious matter,” the owner told Times of Malta adding that he would not be saying more until investigations are concluded.

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) first flagged the issue after a woman recounted her “horrendous experience” at the bar on a Facebook group on Monday evening. 

The woman said that once she and her partner were at the bar, they were asked to sit by the table due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

“We shared a kiss and soon enough one of the bouncers came to our table to kick us out,” the woman said. She said that as she and her partner were not sure why they were being thrown out, they both resisted and asked for a reason.

But the bouncer threw both of them to the ground and kicked them as he held them down, she said.

She added that she was “disgusted” by the way they were treated and that she had never experienced such homophobic abuse before. 

In a survey, MGRM had found that half of the LGBTQ+ community find Paceville unsafe, and that many have experienced aggression from bouncers. 

“At this point we advice the community not to go to this venue unless action is taken that guarantees our safety,” MGRM said in a Facebook post. The NGO said it will accompany anyone to a police station if they have been victims of abuse and will also offer free legal service and follow-ups. 

Continue reading: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/club-owner-investigating-claims-of-homophobic-behaviour-by-bouncers.889510 (source)

Italy: young lesbian targeted in knife attack

Insulted and beaten bloody for looking too much at the attackers’ girlfriends. The subject of the latest homophobic violence was a young woman who was with her partner last Friday in the Roman Gay Street, which is the main road of San Giovanni which connects the Basilica to the Colosseum. She was there to spend a few hours quietly, having a relaxed drink and a chat with her girlfriend. She could not imagine the turn that the evening would take. It was an ending, unfortunately, which is similar to the many others that have been increasing in number recently throughout Italy, from north to south, in a series of offenses and attacks against the LGBTQ community.

After the attacks in the Neapolitan area, in Milan, and in Tuscany, this most recent one happened in the heart of the capital a few days ago. This incident was reported by the actor Pietro Turano, activist and vice president of the Roman chapter of Arcigay. On his Facebook page he recounted the episode he partially witnessed. A young lesbian was targeted by two contemporaries who allegedly first verbally abused her and then attacked her with a small knife, wounding her in different parts of her body.
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Insultata e colpita a sangue per uno sguardo di troppo rivolto alle fidanzate degli aggressori. Protagonista dell’ultima violenza omofoba una ragazza che lo scorso venerdì si trovava insieme alla sua compagna nella Gay Street romana, ovvero lo stradone di San Giovanni che collega la Basilica al Colosseo. Era lì per per trascorrere qualche ora tranquillamente, a bere un bicchiere e chiacchierare in totale relax con la sua ragazza ma non immaginava minimamente la piega che avrebbe preso la serata. Un epilogo, purtroppo, simile a tanti altri che negli ultimi tempi si stanno moltiplicando un po’ in tutta Italia, da nord a sud. Con una sequela di offese e aggressioni contro la comunità Lgbtq+.

Dopo gli attacchi nel Napoletano, a Milano e in Toscana l’ultimo nel cuore della Capitale qualche giorno fa. A denunciarlo l’attore Pietro Turano, attivista e vice presidente dell’Arcigay romana. Sulla sua pagina Facebook ha raccontato l’episodio del quale è stato in parte testimone: una giovane lesbica presa di mira da due coetanei che l’avrebbero prima insultata e poi aggredita con un coltellino ferendola in diverse parti del corpo.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lastampa.it/cronaca/2021/07/25/news/roma-nuova-aggressione-a-una-ragazza-lesbica-stavi-guardando-le-nostre-fidanzate-e-la-feriscono-con-un-coltellino-1.40535280 (Source)

Ravensbruck, Germany: After years of dispute, a memorial for lesbian victims of the Nazis will be installed

Requests for a memorial token to commemorate lesbian prisoners in the former Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp have been submitted as far back as 2012. Now the management of the Ravensbrück Memorial and the Board of Directors of the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation have finally approved the installation, as announced by the foundation in a press release on July 14th.

The memorial is to be in the shape of a ceramic ball which will be permanently placed on the new memorial area on the former camp wall in spring 2022, as part of the observance of the 77th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. The inscription reads: “In memory of all lesbian women and girls in the Ravensbrück and Uckermark women’s concentration camps. They were persecuted, imprisoned and even murdered. You are not forgotten.”

Heated Debate: Have Lesbians Been Persecuted?

This decision was preceded by a decade-long dispute over recognition of a lesbian memorial. Applications for a memorial had been rejected by the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation for a long time on the grounds that, according to the criminal law of the Nazi state, only men were criminalized for homosexual acts and brought to the concentration camp for this. There was no comparable persecution of lesbian women under criminal law in Germany. The LSVD spokesman at the time, Alexander Zinn, therefore claimed that a memorial sign for lesbian women would create the “myth of lesbian persecution”.

As Marion Lüttig, head of the Lesbenring, explained in a press release today, how lesbian women and girls were considered “because of their independence they were considered to be ‘degenerate’ and anti-social during the Nazi era. They were psychiatricized, forced into prostitution in camps and imprisoned.” Lesbian acts were also punishable in the camps. The suffering and persecution of lesbian women under National Socialism have only been dealt with in part, to this day.  This is also due to the difficulty of getting such research projects funded at all, as historian Claudia Schoppmann told our sister magazine Victory Column in 2018.

Lesbian Ring: “Undignified debate has finally come to an end”

LesbenRing board member Marion Lüttig was delighted with the decision: “We are relieved that the unworthy debate about whether lesbians have ever been persecuted and the years of rejection of a memorial sign are finally over. With the decision of the foundation to install the memorial orb, over three quarters of a century after the liberation of the camp, the suffering of lesbian women and girls is finally made visible. “

The LesbenRing criticizes the fact that lesbian history is hardly present in the historiography of mainstream society. The persecution and murder of lesbian women during the Nazi era was and is still denied. “To this day, the massive hostility towards homosexuality, in the context of which the traditional testimonies are shaped, determines the politics of rememberance and research.”
(Translated)

Bereits seit 2012 liegen Anträge für ein Gedenkzeichen vor, das an lesbische Häftlinge des ehemaligen Frauen-Konzentrationslager Ravensbrück erinnern soll. Nun haben die Leitung der Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück und der Vorstand der Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten einem entsprechenden Antrag doch noch zugestimmt. Das gab die Stiftung in einer Pressemitteilung vom 14. Juli bekannt.

Das Gedenkzeichen soll die Form einer aus Keramik gestalteten Kugel haben und im Frühjahr 2022, im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum 77. Jahrestag der Befreiung, auf dem neuen Gedenkareal an der ehemaligen Lagermauer dauerhaft niedergelegt werden. Die Inschrift lautet: „In Gedenken aller lesbischer Frauen und Mädchen im Frauen-KZ Ravensbrück und Uckermark. Sie wurden verfolgt, inhaftiert, auch ermordet. Ihr seid nicht vergessen.“

Hitzige Debatte: Wurden Lesben verfolgt?

Vorangegangen war ein jahrzehntelanger Streit um die Anerkennung lesbischen Gedenkens. Anträge für ein Gedenkzeichen waren von der Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten lange abgelehnt worden – mit der Begründung, dass nach dem Strafrecht des NS-Staats allein Männer aufgrund homosexueller Handlungen kriminalisiert und dafür ins KZ gebracht wurden. Eine vergleichbare Verfolgung lesbischer Frauen nach dem Strafrecht gab es in Deutschland nicht. Der damlige Sprecher des LSVD, Alexander Zinn, behauptete deswegen, mit einem Gedenkzeichen für lesbische Frauen würde die „Legende einer Lesbenverfolgung“ geschaffen.

Wie Marion Lüttig, Vorständin des Lesbenrings, heute in einer Pressemitteilung ausführte, galten lesbische Frauen und Mädchen in der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus allerdings „durch ihre Unabhängigkeit als ,entartet` und asozial. Sie wurden psychiatrisiert, zur Prostitution in Lagern gezwungen und inhaftiert.“ Auch standen in den Lagern lesbische Handlungen unter Strafe. Das Leid und die Verfolgung lesbischer Frauen im Nationalsozialismus sind bis heute nur lückenhaft aufgearbeitet. Auch aufgrund der Schwierigkeit, entsprechende Forschungsprojekte überhaupt finanziert zu bekommen, wie die Historikerin Claudia Schoppmann 2018 unserem Schwestermagazin Siegessäule erzählte.

LesbenRing: „Unwürdige Debatte hat endlich ein Ende“

LesbenRing-Vorständin Marion Lüttig freute sich sehr über die Entscheidung: „Wir sind erleichtert, dass die unwürdige Debatte, ob Lesben je verfolgt worden seien, und die jahrelange Ablehnung eines Gedenkzeichens endlich ein Ende haben. Mit der Entscheidung der Stiftung für die Gedenkkugel wird das Leid von lesbischen Frauen und Mädchen über ein dreiviertel Jahrhundert nach der Befreiung des Konzentrationslagers endlich sichtbar gemacht.“

Der LesbenRing kritisiert, das lesbische Geschichte in der Geschichtsschreibung der Mehrheitsgesellschaft kaum präsent sei. So wurde und werde die Verfolgung und Ermordung lesbischer Frauen in der NS-Zeit geleugnet. „Bis heute bestimmt die massive Homosexuellenfeindlichkeit, von der die Mehrheit der überlieferten Zeugnisse geprägt ist, Erinnerungspolitik und Forschung.“

Continue reading at: https://www.l-mag.de/news-1010/ravensbrueck-nach-jahrelangem-streit-kommt-die-gedenkkugel-fuer-lesbische-ns-opfer.html?fbclid=IwAR1o0ukoGm7pYSMjWQ0sZtNkmklEnIx9nhVH6sksPqyq404w22Zui6-ivZw (Source)

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Update: Brothers jailed for brutal beating of Chilean lesbian Carolina Torres

The Oral Criminal Court of Santiago sentenced brothers Miguel and Reynaldo Cortez Arancibia brothers to 15 and 12 years of jail, respectively, for the brutal beating of Carolina Torres, a young lesbian who was attacked while walking with her partner on the night before Valentine’s Day 2019.

At the beginning of July, the court declared both guilty of the crime of attempted murder, aggravated by their antagonism to the sexuality and gender non conformity of the victim (referencing the Antidiscrimination Act).

Prior to the beating, the Cortez brothers were following Carolina, who was holding hands with her girlfriend. They then verbally abused her because of her sexual orientation and presentation, before proceeding to attack her.

According to the prosecution claims presented by the Western Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office, “with the intention of killing her, the defendants approached her, trapping her and positioning themselves in such a way that she was left defenseless and prevented from escaping.”
(Translated)

El Tribunal Oral en Lo Penal de Santiago sentenció a los hermanos Miguel y Reynaldo Cortez Arancibia a cumplir 15 y 12 años de presidio efectivo, respectivamente, por la brutal golpiza que perpetraron a Carolina Torres, joven lesbiana que fue atacada mientras paseaba con su pareja la noche antes del Día de los Enamorados del 2019.

A principios de julio, en su veredicto condenatorio, el mismo tribunal declaró a ambos culpables del delito de homicidio calificado en calidad de frustrado, con la agravante de haber sido motivados por la orientación sexual y expresión de género de la víctima, en alusión a la Ley de Antidiscriminación.

Previo a la golpiza, los hermanos Cortez estaban siguiendo a Carolina, quien iba de la mano con su polola, para luego insultarla por su orientación sexual y su forma de vestir, y proceder a agredirla.

De acuerdo a la acusación de la Fiscalía Metropolitana Occidente, “con la intención de matarla, los imputados la abordaron, encerrándola y ubicándose de tal forma que ésta quedó indefensa e impedida de arrancar”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lacuarta.com/cronica/noticia/condenan-hermanos-golpiza-lesbiana/651411/?utm_medium=lacuarta&utm_source=menuup (Source)

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U.S: Suspected Homophobia Behind Murder of Lesbian

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

5 July 2021: A Connecticut double murder-suicide may have been pushed by the killer’s homophobia, the household of one of the victims mentioned.

David Knowledge, 65, killed himself Friday in his Windsor Locks house after he shot his spouse, her daughter and an 18-year-old girl mentioned to be the daughter’s lover, The Journal Inquirer reported.

His spouse, Delores Tracey Knowledge, 44, and pal Lauren “Lela” Leslie died – however the unnamed daughter survived and was handled for a number of gunshot wounds at an area hospital, The Hartford Courant mentioned.

Leslie’s brother Jhavier Leslie informed the Courant the household needed an investigation to see if the crime was “rooted in hate.”

“It’s arduous to undergo this new actuality of not having her right here, however I feel it is a half of an even bigger situation in society that should be addressed of simply homophobia and the risks round that,” Leslie mentioned, based on the Courant.

“She spent her entire life barely speaking as a result of she was afraid of who she was and she or he lastly gained the power to understand who she is, so it’s very troublesome for me to know that now, her being her true self and dwelling in her actuality, that is the outcome of that in my eyes,” he added.

Continue Reading: https://gruntstuff.com/family-of-murder-suicide-victim-believes-homophobia-may-be-motive/212245/ (source)

Italy: man guilty of 2019 murder of lesbian Elisa Pomarelli

Massimo Sebastiani was sentenced to 20 years for the murder of Elisa Pomarelli, the young friend he strangled in August 2019 and whose body was hidden by the murderer in the hills in the province of Piacenza. The prosecutor had asked for 24 years for Sebastiani, who was arrested after a few days on the run hidden in the hills, before being accused of murder and concealment of a corpse.

The wrath of Elisa’s family – “This is not justice, 20 years is so short. She deserved a life sentence”, said the victim’s family after dscovering the sentence. Elisa was strangled by a man she had considered a friend. Sebastiani, on the other hand, was convinced that Elisa was his girlfriend. After killing her, the 47-year-old worker sent messages to Elisa with the intention of throwing off the investigation.
(Translated)

Massimo Sebastiani è stato condannato a 20 anni per l’omicidio di Elisa Pomarelli, la giovane amica che nell’agosto del 2019 venne strangolata e il cui corpo fu nascosto dall’assassino sulle colline in provincia di Piacenza. La procura aveva chiesto 24 anni per Sebastiani, arrestato dopo alcuni giorni in fuga nascosto sulle colline, imputato per omicidio volontario e occultamento di cadavere e processato in abbreviato.

L’ira della famiglia di Elisa – “Questa non è giustizia, 20 anni sono pochi. Meritava l’ergastolo”, hanno detto i familiari della vittima dopo la lettura della sentenza. Elisa fu strangolata da quello che considerava un amico. Sebastiani, invece, era convinto che Elisa fosse la sua fidanzata. Dopo averla uccisa l’operaio 47enne inviò dei messaggi a Elisa con l’intenzione di depistare le indagini.
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Continue reading at: https://www.tgcom24.mediaset.it/cronaca/emilia-romagna/omicidio-elisa-pomarelli-massimo-sebastiani-condannato-a-20-anni_35685117-202102k.shtml (Source)

Original article: Italy: Elisa Pomarelli killed twice: as a woman and as a lesbian

Colombia: Taxi driver beats lesbian

On June 1, a new case of intolerance was reported in Bogotá. According to the young woman’s account, on May 29 she took a taxi in Chapinero, to go to the Las Brisas neighborhood, in the town of San Cristóbal.

According to her account for W Radio, when they reached their destination the taxi driver charged her $ 40,000 for the ride, a price that seemed excessive.

She said that after appealing the price, the taxi driver closed the door, looked at her and asked if she was a lesbian, to which the woman replied that she was, but “that it had nothing to do with it.”

Onhearing that, according to the story by Yeimy Paola Triana, the man took a crossbrace and began to beat her until he smashed her head and broke her nose.
(Translated)

Este 1 de junio se conoció un nuevo caso de intolerancia en Bogotá. Según el relato de la joven, el pasado 29 de mayo tomó un taxi en Chapinero y se dirigía al barrio Las Brisas, en la localidad de San Cristóbal.

De acuerdo con su relato para W Radio, cuando llegaron a su destino el taxista le cobró $40.000 por la carrera, un precio que para ella fue exagerado.

Aseguró que luego de reclamar al conductor por el cobro, el taxista cerró la puerta, la miró y le preguntó si era lesbiana, a lo que la mujer le contestó que sí, pero “que no tiene nada que ver”.

Al escuchar estas palabras, según el relato de Yeimy Paola Triana, el hombre tomó una cruceta y empezó a golpearla hasta reventarle la cabeza y romperle la nariz.
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US: The lesbian survivor who took down Bill Cosby said it’s “disappointing” that he won his appeal

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The lesbian Temple University employee who was able to finally put Bill Cosby behind bars after decades of accusations from 60 women said that it’s “disappointing” that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated his conviction and set him free.

Cosby was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 when she worked with the university’s women’s basketball team, and in 2018 a jury found him guilty on three second degree felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. But the state’s supreme court just overturned that conviction.

Related: Bill Cosby tried to discredit rape victim by saying she’s gay

“Today’s majority decision regarding Bill Cosby is not only disappointing but of concern in that it may discourage those who seek justice for sexual assault in the criminal justice system from reporting,” she said in a statement that was also signed by her lawyers Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz.

“We remain grateful to those women who came forward to tell their stories,” the statement continues. “We do not intend to make any further comment.”

Sixty women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, many saying that he drugged and then raped them. Many weren’t taken seriously in time to prosecute Cosby.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/07/lesbian-survivor-took-bill-cosby-said-disappointing-won-appeal/ (Source)

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Chile: brothers found guilty of 2019 attempted murder of lesbian Carolina Torres

Carolina was 24 years old when she was attacked and beaten after 10:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019. At that time, she was holding hands with her girlfriend on the corner of Laguna del Inca and Laguna Sur avenues, in Pudahuel. The attackers started following her and insulted her because of her sexuality and clothing, and then attacked her.

“With the intention of killing her , the defendants approached her, locking her up and positioning herself in such a way that she was defenseless and prevented from starting,” the Western Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office alleged in the trial, which began on June 8 2021, more than two years after the attack.

As a result of the lesbophobic attack, the young woman was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the former Central Post of Santiago with serious injuries: complicated severe head trauma, consisting of a skull fracture , acute left frontotemporal subarachnoid hemorrhage, left frontal contusion, fracture clavicle, in addition to fracture of the bones of the nose. …

The TOP will also sentence a third defendant as an accessory for having given refuge to the perpetrators, in full awareness of them having comitted a crime.
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Carolina tenía 24 años cuando fue agredida y golpeada pasadas las 22:00 horas del 13 de febrero de 2019. En ese momento, ella iba de la mano con su polola en la esquina de las avenidas Laguna del Inca y Laguna Sur, en Pudahuel. Los agresores comenzaron a seguirla y la insultaron por su orientación sexual y su forma de vestir, y luego la atacaron.

“Con la intención de matarla, los imputados la abordaron, encerrándola y ubicándose de tal forma que ésta quedó indefensa e impedida de arrancar”, detalló la acusación de la Fiscalía Metropolitana Occidente en el juicio, que inició el 8 de junio de este año, más de dos años después de la agresión.

Producto del ataque lesbofóbico, la joven quedó internada en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos de la ex Posta Central de Santiago y con graves heridas: traumatismo encéfalo craneano grave complicado, consistente en fractura de cráneo, hemorragia subaracnoídea aguda frontotemporal izquierda, contusión frontal izquierda, fractura de clavícula, además de fractura de huesos propios de la nariz. …

El TOP condenará además a una tercera acusada como encubridora por haber dado refugio a los acusados, estando en con total conocimiento del hecho que los hermanos habían cometido.
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Brazil: father attacks daughter for suspected lesbian relationship

The attack took place in Campo Grande, inside a residence on Rua Canjerana, in the Coopharabalho neighborhood, MS. According to the police report, a 20-year-old girl was thrown out of the house and beaten by her father, when he realised she might be in a relationship with another woman.

The father, 52 years old, hit the girl’s head against the wall and dragged her daughter by the hair, according to information from Top Mídia . The girl, who had been thrown out of the house, was attacked when she returned to the house to get her belongings.

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O caso aconteceu em Campo Grande, dentro de uma residência na Rua Canjerana, no bairro Coophatrabalho, MS. Segundo o Boletim de Ocorrência, uma jovem de 20 anos foi expulsa de casa e espancada pelo pai, após o patriarca suspeitar que a garota mantinha um relacionamento com outra mulher.

O pai, de 52 anos, bateu a cabeça da jovem contra a parede e arrastou a filha pelos cabelos, conforme informações do Top Mídia. A garota, que tinha sido expulsa de casa, chegou a retornar ao local para buscar os seus pertences, e foi aí que as agressões aconteceram.

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Germany: gang of six men attacks 2 lesbian teens

14 June 2021:

As reported by the Berlin police, a14-year-old and her 17-year-old companion were in the park at Gleisdreieck when three strangers approached the two young women, punching and kicking them. Meanwhile, two adolescent men and their accomplice insulted them in an anti-lesbian manner.

The perpetrators were able to flee from the scene undetected. Before that, however, they grabbed and stole the 14-year-old’s handbag and destroyed her cell phone. The two attacked reported the crime and said they were seeking medical treatment themselves.
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Wie die Berliner Polizei meldet, hielten sich eine 14-Jährige und ihre 17 Jahre alte Begleiterin im Park am Gleisdreieck auf. Plötzlich kamen drei Unbekannte auf die beiden jungen Frauen zu und schlugen mit ihren Fäusten auf sie ein und traten nach ihnen. Währenddessen wurden sie von zwei heranwachsenden Männern und ihrer Komplizin lesbenfeindlich beleidigt.

Die Täter:innen konnten unerkannt vom Tatort flüchten. Zuvor schnappten sie sich allerdings noch die Handtasche der 14-Jährigen, stahlen ihre Handtasche und zerstörten ihr Handy. Die beiden Angegriffenen erstatteten nach der Tat auf einem Polizeiabschnitt Anzeige und gaben an, sich selbst in ärztliche Behandlung zu begeben.
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