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Italy: lesbian beaten by two boys

Giulia Ventura Potenza

Giulia Ventura is a thirty year old lesbian, which was enough for two boys to kick and punch her. Her swollen face and broken nasal septum – Giulia shared the signs of the violence and the hospital report on Facebook.

“It was Wednesday night – she says – I was walking in this wonderful city of Potenza, with my blue headphones in my ears. I heard someone talk at me and, not understanding what was happening, I removed my headphones. I see two boys who crossed the road and stood in front of me, blocking me. I asked them what the problem was and after two shoves that knocked me down, still conscious I hear a phrase: “People like you have to die. Do you want to be a boy? I will show you how men do it.”

That’s when the nightmare began. “I don’t have time to reply”, Giulia continues “the first punch breaks my lip, the second was at my nose, the third my eye. I got up and tried to defend myself with a headbutt that I think broke my admirer’s nose, but then I fell. I felt two kicks, one in my ribs and one on my shoulder. Then I passed out.”
(Translated)

Giulia Ventura ha trent’anni ed è lesbica. Tanto è bastato due ragazzini per prenderla a calci e pugni. Il volto tumefatto, il setto nasale rotto. Giulia mostra i segni della violenza subita e il referto dell’ospedale su Facebook.

“Era mercoledì sera – racconta – cammino a piedi, in questa meravigliosa città di Potenza, con le mie cuffiette blu nelle orecchie, sento qualcuno blaterare verso di me, non capendo cosa stesse accadendo, mi tolgo le cuffiette e vedo due ragazzini che, attraversando la strada e si mettono di fronte a me, intralciandomi il passaggio. Chiedo loro che problemi avessero e dopo due spintoni che mi hanno atterrata, ancora cosciente sento una frase: “Le persone come te devono morire, vuoi fare il maschio? E mo ti faccio vede come abbuscano i maschi”.
È allora che comincia l’incubo. “Non ho il tempo di rispondere – continua Giulia – che il primo pugno mi rompe il labbro, il secondo il naso, il terzo l’occhio. Mi alzo e cerco di difendermi con una testata che credo abbia rotto il naso al mio ammiratore, ma poi cado. Sento due calci, uno sulla costola e uno sulla spalla. Svengo”.
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Continue reading at: https://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/01/17/news/potenza_presa_a_calci_e_pugni_perche_lesbica-246050514/ (Source)

U.K: Lesbian beaten in horrific lesbophobic attack

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A lesbian has been left traumatised after being punched in the head from behind and thrown to the ground.

Charlie Graham was left battered and covered in blood after the terrifying and cowardly attack by two homophobic thugs.

Police are treating the beating as a hate crime, Daily Star Online reports, and 20-year-old Charlie wants everyone to see her shocking injuries in a bid to track down her attacker.

Charlie said: “I got hit from behind by a fist to the back of my head, then I hit the ground, hurting my legs and face.

“I tried to get back up, but they pushed me back to the ground and the two guys ran off.

“I was left bleeding and scared.”

Continue reading: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lesbian-covered-blood-homophobic-attack-21296793 (source)

Brazil: lesbophobic attack by three men on five women

Gabrielle Amato

Last Sunday, photographer Gabrielle Amato, in a group of five women, suffered physical and verbal aggression from three unknown men in an amusement park 80 km from São Paulo, the so-called Hopi Hari de Vinhedo.

As reported in the videos posted on social networks the women, three friends and a lesbian couple, were enjoying the day while waiting in line at one of the park’s attractions. They were approached by a trio of a father and son together with a friend who, chanting in favour of fascist President Jair Bolsonaro, declared a desire to expel them from the scene, eventually culminating in assaults on women, punching and kicking them.

On her social media networks, the photographer Gabrielle Amato denounced the incident and outlined the real reasons for the violence: the fact that they are lesbians. Gabrielle also commented that she was surprised by the incident because, according to her, such aggression was unusual until then, at least involving her person.

The emergence of these types of cases, such as Gabrielle’s, are increasingly common among women and people of colour, reflecting the advancement of the far right in Brazil. If, as the photographer says, such a situation is different from what happened in the past, we have a strong practical example of how fascists act when they feel comfortable acting in national politics.
(Translated)

 

No último domingo, a fotógrafa Gabrielle Amato, junto a um grupo que totalizava cinco mulheres, sofreu agressões físicas e verbais provindas de três homens desconhecidos em um parque de diversões há 80 km de São Paulo, o chamado Hopi Hari de Vinhedo.

As mulheres, como relatam nos vídeos lançados nas redes sociais, estavam aproveitando o dia entre três amigas e um casal lésbico, quando enquanto esperavam na fila de uma das atrações do parque, foram abordadas por um trio de pai e filho juntos a um amigo que, entoando dizeres a favor do presidente fascista, Jair Bolsonaro, declaravam o desejo de expulsa-las do local, culminando por fim em covardes agressões feitas pelo grupo contra as mulheres, onde por meio de socos e chutes, atingiram as visitantes.

A fotógrafa em seus redes sociais denunciou o fato e escancarou os reais motivos da agressão: o fato de serem lésbicas. Gabrielle comenta além disso a surpresa com a situação pois, de acordo com a mesma, agressões desse tipo eram incomuns até então, pelo menos envolvendo sua pessoa.

O aparecimento destes tipos de caso como de Gabrielle, cada vez mais frequentes entre mulheres e negros, é um reflexo do avanço da extrema-direita no Brasil. Se como diz a fotógrafa, tal situação se mostra diferente do que acontecia no passado, temos um forte exemplo prático de como passa a agir os fascistas quando sentem-se confortáveis de atuarem na política nacional.
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Continue reading at: https://www.causaoperaria.org.br/mulher-e-espancada-por-ser-lesbica-e-preciso-reagir-a-extrema-direita/ (Source)

U.S: Alaskan lesbian activist slashed and beaten at home after she received threatening note

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An LGBTQ activist on the Kenai Peninsula says she was slashed with a knife and beaten in her home this month within a few weeks of two threatening incidents.

Tammie Willis said she found a note crammed under her pickup’s windshield wiper in mid-November: “Dumb Ass Dyke We don’t want your gay libtard ass shit here so take it some where else before you get hurt!!!”

A little over a week later, Willis says, she was driving before dawn to Kenai Peninsula College, where she is associate director of residence life, when she glimpsed someone standing in the bed of a pickup at the side of the road. That person threw something that broke her windshield.

Police this week said they found a rock with the word “dyke” written on it at the spot.

On Dec. 9, the power in Willis’ Sterling neighborhood went out, she said. She went to see if other houses were dark, and when she opened the door leading from her garage, someone pushed her back inside and began to slash her with a knife.

Continue reading: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2019/12/27/kenai-peninsula-lgbtq-activist-reports-being-slashed-and-beaten-at-home-after-she-received-threatening-note/ (source)

Mexico: bar staff charged with death and assault of lesbians celebrating anniversary

Debraye

December 2019: Two employees of the Debraye bar in Cuernavaca, Morelos, were arrested in relation to the death of a 24-year-old woman and assault of her girlfriend when they left the establishment.

Nancy Guadalupe and her girlfriend went to the bar on December 7 to celebrate their first anniversary, but it all ended in a nightmare.

When they left, they said that they had not left a tip and returned to leave the money on the table.

Back at the exit, one of the men struck Nancy in the head and the other did not let her girlfriend out because she had a glass. After discussing for a few moments, she returned to find a disposable container for the drink.

On her return, she found Nancy beaten by the bar. She had to be transferred to a Cuernavaca hospital but she died on December 9 as a result of the head injury caused by the blows.
(Translated)
Dos empleados del bar Debraye en Cuernavaca, Morelos, fueron detenidos por estar relacionados con la muerte de una joven de 24 años y agredir a su novia cuando salían del establecimiento.

Nancy Guadalupe y su novia fueron a ese bar el 7 de diciembre para festejar su primer aniversario, pero todo acabó en pesadilla.

Cuando salían, estos dos sujetos primero les reclamaron que no habían dejado propina, por lo que regresaron para dejar el dinero sobre la mesa.

Nuevamente en la salida, uno de los hombres le dio un golpe a Nancy en la cabeza y el otro no dejaba salir a su novia porque se llevaba un vaso de vidrio; tras discutir por unos momentos, su pareja tuvo que regresar a buscar algo desechable para la bebida.

Pero cuando volvió, encontró a Nancy golpeada abajo del edificio donde está el bar y tuvo que ser trasladada a un hospital de Cuernavaca.

Sin embargo, murió el 9 de diciembre a consecuencia de un traumatismo craneoencefálico provocado por los golpes.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/mexico/justicia/feminicidio-empleados-bar-debraye-cuernavaca-nancy-guadalupe-novia-4611448.html (source)

Italy: Nigerian lesbian attacked and threatened

Jen Novara Lesbophobia
Two days ago (December 19), at the exit of Novara station, around 6 pm, one of our [Arcigay Rainbow Vercelli-Valsesia Territorial Committee’s] Nigerian members was attacked by a compatriot, Solomon. The young woman, whose nickname is Jen, knew her alleged attacker already and following his initial advances had immediately clarified that she was not interested in the company of men and that she was a lesbian.

On leaving the station Jen tried to avoid Solomon, who followed her and for the umpteenth time he insistently asked her out, not accepting a further refusal.

Solomon angrily addressed her with phrases such as “in our country these things are not allowed” but Jen responded clearly, saying “I am now in Italy, I am free to do what makes me feel good”. At that point Solomon continued to insult her, saying “you’re a shame!” before attacking her. He hit her face threatening “it doesn’t end here – in our country they kill lesbians and I’ll kill you”.

While Solomon beat her, a small group of Italians who observed the scene did not move a finger, not even to call the police.
(Translated)

Due giorni fa (19 dicembre), all’uscita della stazione di Novara, intorno alle ore 18, una nostra iscritta nigeriana è stata aggredita da un connazionale, tale Solomon. La ragazza, il cui soprannome è Jen, aveva conosciuto il suo aggressore in precedenza e fin da subito, in seguito ad alcune prime avances, aveva chiarito di non essere interessata alla compagnia di uomini e di essere lesbica.

All’uscita della stazione Jen ha cercato di evitare Solomon, che però l’ha seguita e per l’ennesima volta le ha insistentemente chiesto di uscire, non accettando un ulteriore rifiuto.

Solomon le ha indirizzato con rabbia frasi del tipo “nel nostro Paese queste cose non sono ammesse” ma Jen è stata nuovamente molto chiara rispondendo “ora sono in Italia, sono libera di fare ciò che mi fa stare bene”. A quel punto Solomon ha continuato ad insultarla, dicendole “sei una vergogna!”, per poi arrivare ad aggredirla colpendola al volto proseguendo con “non finisce qui, nel nostro Paese uccidono le lesbiche e ti ucciderò”.

Mentre Solomon la picchiava, un capannello di italiani che osservavano la scena non hanno mosso un dito, neanche per chiamare le forze dell’ordine.
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Continue reading at: https://www.imolaoggi.it/2019/12/25/aggressione-omofoba-a-novara-nigeriano-picchia-connazionale/ (Source)

Germany: young lesbian couple confronted and assaulted on tram

Lesbians in Germany

Because they kissed, the two women were first accosted and the man then became violent in the tram
The two women, 18 and 19 years old, waited for the tram around 3.45 a.m. at the tram stop Hohenschönhausener Straße / Weißenseer Weg in the district of Alt-Hohenschönhausen and kissed each other. A stranger, accompanied by two other men, initially insulted the couple in a hostile manner.

Finally, the two lesbians boarded the M6 ​​tram towards Riesaer Straße, with the trio following. According to current police investigations, the man who had previously insulted the lesbians is said to have knocked the 19-year-old down and then kicked her face several times, followed by slapping her partner in the face several times.

The man and his companions were able to leave the tram safely
The stranger and his two companions finally got out at the Konrad-Wolf-Straße / Altenhofer Straße stop and walked undisturbed towards Landsberger Allee.
(Translated)

Weil sie sich küssten, wurden die beiden Frauen zunächst angepöbelt – in der Tram wurde der Mann handgreiflich
Die beiden Frauen, 18 und 19 Jahre alt, warteten gegen 3.45 Uhr an der Straßenbahnhaltestelle Hohenschönhausener Straße/Weißenseer Weg im Stadtteil Alt-Hohenschönhausen auf die Tram und küssten sich dabei. Ein Unbekannter, der von zwei weiteren Männern begleitet wurde, beleidigte das Paar zunächst lesbenfeindlich.

Schließlich stiegen die beiden Lesben in die Tram der Linie M6 in Richtung Riesaer Straße. Das Trio folgte ihnen. Nach dem bisherigen Stand der polizeilichen Ermittlungen soll der Mann, der die Lesben zuvor beleidigt hatte, die 19-Jährige zu Boden gestoßen und dann mehrmals ins Gesicht getreten haben.Anschließend soll er auch ihre Partnerin mehrmals ins Gesicht geschlagen haben.

Der Mann und seine Begleiter konnten die Straßenbahn unbehelligt verlassen
Der Unbekannte und seine beiden Begleiter stiegen schließlich an der Haltestelle Konrad-Wolf-Straße/Altenhofer Straße aus und gingen unbehelligt in Richtung Landsberger Allee.
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Continue reading at: https://www.ggg.at/2019/12/23/unbekannter-tritt-einer-jungen-lesbe-in-der-strassenbahn-ins-gesicht/ (Source)

South Africa: Lesbian, Madonnah James, beaten and brutally murdered

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The brutalised body of Madonnah James, a 32-year-old lesbian woman, was found dumped in a field in Bloemfontein’s Namibia township.

According to family members, Mabatho Maradonnah James, known as Madonnah, was last seen alive on the night of Friday 29 November. It’s believed that she’d gone out to buy cigarettes with an unknown man.

Her body was discovered the next morning near her family home, where she’d lived with her younger brother and sister.

Madonnah had been stoned until her face was unrecognisable. It’s also suspected that she’d been raped. Her funeral was held on Saturday.

Continue reading: https://www.mambaonline.com/
2019/12/18/lesbian-woman-madonnah-james-brutally-murdered-in-bloemfontein/
(source)

Russia: Seven men assault teenage lesbian in horrific attack

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Ekaterina Lyskh, 18-years-old, and her girlfriend Alina were walking through the streets of St Petersburg with a group of friends on Monday, December 9. Seven men followed them and started hurling insults at Ekaterina over her appearance.

On an Instagram post, Alina further detailed the attack, “Of course, seeing so many people, we decided to just leave. It so happened that we were divided and a tall guy came up to me with the phrases ‘Beauty, let’s get to know you?’.”

Alina further stated to Paper, “They came too close, asking what was in our pockets. We tried to move on, but the men blocked our moves. As a result, we still managed to run into some kind of coffee shop. I tried to call the guard, but did not have time.”

Ekaterina ran after the men “to find out why they are doing this,” according to Alina. She then received several blows to the face and head and later diagnosed with a concussion by medical professions. She received stitches to the side of her mouth.

Continue reading: https://gcn.ie/seven-men-teenage-girl-homophobic-attack/ (source)

Update: Video of attack on lesbians released as perpetrators plead guilty

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A video released by police shows the moment a lesbian couple were brutally attacked on a London bus.

Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, had been travelling on the double-decker bus from West Hampstead to Camden when they were set upon.

The two women were harassed and had sexual gestures made towards them, which can be seen in the video.

The incident left both women bloodied and they were taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.

Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to Public Order Act and other offences following a police investigation into the homophobic incident on the N31 bus route.

Continue reading: https://www.mylondon.news
/news/north-london-news/video-shows-moment-lesbian-couple-17334410
(Source)

Original article:  U.K: Lesbian couple beaten up because they refused to kiss

Editor’s note: The video on the linked URL may be distressing to some viewers. Caution is advised.

Italy: father beats and threatens adult lesbian daughter

Barivecchia lesbophobia

Kicks, fists and hands to the throat. The victim is a 29 year old woman from Bari. The aggressor her father, a well-known 67-year-old fisherman from Barivecchia. On several occasions the woman has decided not to report her father for fear that his anger could become more violent. The last beating of 12 November was extremely violent. … He took her by the neck and started to abuse her, accusing her of being a “layabout lesbian”. The woman, who has problems with epilepsy, tried unsuccessfully to free herself from the man’s grip. The father, continuing to abuse her her, is alleged to have punched her in the face, and then kicked her body before slamming her head several times against the the living room wall.

When the violence ended, her father threatened her by saying that in future he would kill her with a bat or knife. The man’s words prompted the woman to file a complaint and go to the emergency room, accompanied by her brother and a friend of hers.
(Translated)

Calci, pugni e mani alla gola. La vittima è una 29enne barese. L’aggressore suo padre, noto pescatore 67enne di Barivecchia. In più occasioni la ragazza ha deciso di non denunciare il padre per paura che le sue ire potessero diventare più violente. L’ultimo pestaggio, del 12 novembre scorso, è stato violentissimo. … L’ha presa per il collo e ha iniziato ad offenderla, accusandola di essere una “lesbica nulla facente”. La ragazza, che ha problemi di epilessia, ha cercato vanamente di liberarsi dalla presa dell’uomo. Il padre, continuando ad offenderla, le avrebbe tirato un pugno in piena faccia, e poi calci sul corpo prima di sbatterle la testa più volte contro la parete attrezzata del soggiorno.

Finita la violenza, il padre l’ha minacciata dicendole che in un’altra occasione come quella l’avrebbe uccisa con una mazza o con un coltello. Le parole dell’uomo hanno spinto la donna a sporgere denuncia e a recarsi al pronto soccorso, accompagnata dal fratello e da una sua amica.
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Continue reading at: https://bari.ilquotidianoitaliano.com/cronaca/2019/11/news/pescatore-di-barivecchia-picchia-e-minaccia-di-morte-la-figlia-fate-qualcosa-o-mi-ammazza-253976.html/ (Source)

Ireland: Lesbian couple tell of terror over homophobic abuse and assault

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A LESBIAN couple in West Limerick are living in ‘hell’ following a campaign of homophobic abuse that has been directed at them, which saw them assaulted in front of a five-year-old child of one of the women involved.

The couple say during the attack they feared for their lives, due to the violent nature of the assault.

“They were all around us, attacking us. They pulled out lumps of our hair. We both knew that if we fell to the floor, we were dead.”

This is the second assault of the kind the couple has faced, with one of the women attacked on the street earlier this year. They feel as though they are being forced out of their home.

Continue reading: https://www.limerickleader.ie/
news/home/494337/lesbian-couple-tell-of-terror-over-homophobic-abuse-and-assault-in-county-limerick-town.html
(source)

Italy: lesbian teenager attacked

Lesbians in Italy

The story of Lisa, a 16 year old lesbian from Turin, was told and published by the Pressenza press agency.

Lisa says she didn’t pay attention to that man right away but at the Porta Nuova metro exit he began to rail against her.  “I didn’t think it could be directed at me because I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” she said, until the man approached and grabbed her by the arm. “He forced me to turn around, then he put his face almost against mine shouting that I was dressed as a boy and I sucked” she continued, “shouting many times ‘bloody lesbian’. Then suddenly I got punched in the face and everything went black. I doubled over. ”

And again: “When I bent down he started throwing punches at my side. Then because I do boxing, I put the fear aside and threw a punch and a hook at him”. “As soon as I saw him on the floor, even though I was sick and couldn’t see from one eye, I started running towards the bus” she continued, “I just wanted to get away from that place as quickly as possible”.
Although it was a school and work day and it was rush hour, eight o’clock in the morning, nobody intervened.

Nobody.
(Translated)

La storia di Lisa, ragazza lesbica torinese di appena 16 anni, è stata raccontata e resa pubblica dall’agenzia stampa Pressenza.

Lisa racconta di non aver prestato subito attenzione a quell’uomo. Lui, però, all’uscita della metro Porta Nuova, ha iniziato a inveire. «Non ho pensato che potessero diretti a me, non stavo facendo niente di male», racconta. Finché l’uomo non si è avvicinato e l’ha afferrata per un braccio. «Mi ha costretta a girarmi, poi ha messo il suo viso quasi contro il mio gridandomi che ero vestita da maschio e che facevo schifo – continua -, gridando numerose volte lesbica di merda. Poi all’improvviso mi è arrivato un pugno in faccia ed ho visto tutto nero. Mi sono piegata su me stessa».

E ancora: «Quando mi sono piegata ha iniziato a tirarmi pugni sul costato. Allora visto che faccio boxe, ho messo da parte la paura e gli ho tirato un pugno ed un gancio». «Appena lo ho visto per terra anche se avevo male e non vedevo da un occhio ho iniziato a correre verso l’autobus – continua la ragazza -, volevo solo andare via da quel posto il più velocemente possibile».
Nonostante fosse un giorno di scuola e lavorativo e fosse l’ora di punta, le otto del mattino, nessuno è intervenuto. Nessuno.
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Continue reading at: http://www.gaypost.it/lisa-16-anni-aggredita-lesbica-torino (Source)

Chile: two soldiers attack lesbian couple for rejecting sexual advances

Chile Soldier abuse of lesbians

The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (MOVILH) denounced on Tuesday that on October 12, two lesbian women – aged 21 and 22 – were harassed and assaulted for their sexual orientation by two subjects who, according to the accusation, carried a Military Identification Card  (TIM).

The Movilh complaint claims those responsible for the attack were identified as Jorge and Omar Rivera Alarcón.

“After one of the subjects approached the couple and repeatedly annoyed one of the women with sexual advances, the other asked him to stop. Instead the attacker, along with the second aggressor who appeared with a baseball bat, began to beat them with their fists and the baseball bat while yelling at them ‘Sissies, if I want them, I catch them and I take their dyke pussies”, said Rolando Jiménez, MOVILH representative.

The MOVILH spokesman added that when one of the women fell to the ground, they continued to beat her, at which time police officers appeared and stopped the attack.
(Translated, with thanks to Carmen Garland for her help)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) denunció este martes que el pasado 12 de octubre dos mujeres lesbianas -de 21 y 22 años- fueron insultadas y agredidas por su orientación sexual por dos sujetos que -de acuerdo a la acusación- portaban Tarjeta de Identificación Militar (TIM).

La denuncia del Movilh sostiene los responsables del ataque fueron identificados como Jorge y Omar Rivera Alarcón.

“Luego de que uno de los sujetos se acercara al grupo y molestara repetidamente a una de las mujeres con insinuaciones sexuales, la otra le pidió que se detuviera. Lejos de eso, el sujeto, junto al segundo agresor que apareció con un bate de béisbol, comenzaron a pegarles golpes de puño y con el objeto mientras les gritaban ‘mariquitas, si quiero me las pesco y les saco la chucha mariconas’”, denunció el dirigente de la organización de la diversidad sexual, Rolando Jiménez.

El vocero del Movilh añadió que al caer una de las mujeres al suelo, siguieron golpeándola, momento en que aparecieron funcionarios de Carabineros, deteniéndose entonces el ataque.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elciudadano.com/justicia/denuncian-que-sujetos-con-identificacion-militar-golpearon-con-bate-de-beisbol-a-mujeres-lesbianas/10/29/ (Source)

 

Violence Against Lesbians – A Powerful Panel at #FiLiA2019

by Claire Heuchan
AfterEllen.com

There aren’t enough spaces where violence against lesbians can be openly discussed. But FiLiA – Britain’s biggest feminist conference – is one of them. The Violence Against Lesbians panel took place in the Bradford Hotel on Saturday 19th October. Over a hundred women attended the session. Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes, Susan Hawthorne, Hilary McCollum, and Angela Wild made up the panel, chaired ably by Sally Jackson.

The purpose of FiLiA, as Sally opens by reminding us, is to amplify women’s voices. In particular, to amplify the voices of women who are seldom heard and often silenced. Lesbians’ voices aren’t always listened to – in mainstream society, feminist spaces, or even the LGBT community. And so, if the numbers are anything to go by, a lot of women feel a sense of relief that lesbians are a priority at FiLiA.

Continue reading: https://www.afterellen.com/general-news/573318-violence-against-lesbians-a-powerful-panel-at-filia2019 (source)

Lesbian creates Argentinian hate crime map of lesbophobia

 

The lesbophobia hate crime map

Every March 7, Lesbian Visibility Day is celebrated in Argentina. The date was chosen in memory of 27 year old Natalia “La Pepa” Gaitán, who was killed by her girlfriend’s stepfather on March 7 2010.

The story of “La Pepa” is a standard for Argentine lesbian activism because it showed how far hate can go. Today, her smiling face is stamped on flags and t-shirts.

Paula E. (as she is identified online) is a Social Work student who has been working in the systems area of ​​a company for 10 years. Lesbian and an activist, last year she noticed that many cases of violence against her community went unnoticed in the media and were somewhat forgotten by activism as well.

“I also saw that among heterosexual people there is a perception that lesbians do not suffer violence, that they do not violate us and that because of the Argentinian laws, we have no more problems,” she explains.

But changes in laws are not enough to end the violence.

Paula knows it well: all the time, stories come from other lesbians who are assaulted, discriminated against or verbally abused.

“That’s why I came up with the idea of ​​the map, to keep track and help make the cases visible,” she tells us.
(Translated)

 

Cada 7 de marzo, se celebra en Argentina el Día de la Visibilidad Lésbica. La fecha fue elegida en recuerdo de Natalia “La Pepa” Gaitán, quien a los 27 años fue asesinada por el padrastro de su novia, el 7 de marzo de 2010.

La historia de “La Pepa” es estandarte para la militancia lesbiana argentina porque desnudó cuán lejos puede llegar el odio. Hoy, su cara sonriente está estampada en banderas y camisetas.

Paula E. (así se identifica ella en sus redes) es estudiante de Trabajo Social y hace 10 años que trabaja en el área de sistemas de una empresa. Lesbiana y activista, el año pasado notó que muchos casos de violencia hacia su comunidad pasaban desapercibidos en los medios y quedaban algo olvidados por la militancia.

“También veía que entre las personas heterosexuales hay una percepción de que las lesbianas no sufrimos violencia, que no nos violentan y que con las leyes que hay acá en Argentina no tenemos más problemas”, explica.

Pero los cambios en las leyes no alcanzan para terminar con la violencia.

Paula lo sabe bien: todo el tiempo, le llegan historias de otras lesbianas que son agredidas, discriminadas o insultadas.

“Por eso se me ocurrió la idea del mapa, para llevar un registro y ayudar a visibilizar los casos”, nos cuenta.
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U.S: After Being Beaten and Raped, Lesbian Asylum Seeker Faces Deportation

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A 20-year-old Ugandan woman is at risk of deportation after attempting to seek asylum in the United States.

According to a recent story by Rolling Stone, the woman, identified only as Margaret, traveled from Uganda after coming out as a lesbian. As a result of her being public about her sexuality, she was “raped and repeatedly beaten.” Margaret reached the Juárez, Mexico–El Paso, Texas border after a lengthy and dangerous trek spanning several months.

Although Margaret didn’t have her documentation — or any personal belongings, since they all had been stolen while she was on the Mexican side of the border — she successfully was able to enter the U.S. last month. However, on Wednesday she was told devastating news.

“U.S. officials had determined that, despite being a lesbian from a country in which it is illegal to be one, and despite having already suffered beatings and a rape, Margaret had no ‘credible fear’ or any way of knowing what would happen if she were sent back,” Rolling Stone reports.

An appeal has been filed and Margaret may receive an immigration judge’s ruling as early as next week.

Continue reading: https://www.out.com/news/
2019/10/20/after-being-beaten-and-raped-lesbian-asylum-seeker-faces-deportation
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Uganda: Doctor assaults patient after discovering she is a lesbian

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A Ugandan doctor beat his own patient after learning during a consultation that she is a lesbian, broke her skull, dislocated her arm, and threw her out of the hospital amid renewed calls for a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Continue reading: https://76crimes.com/2019/10/20/cruelty-ugandan-medical-doctor-brutally-assaults-own-patient-on-knowing-she-is-lesbian/ (source)

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

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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)

Hablamos de lesbicidio cuando se mata a una lesbiana por serlo. En nuestra sociedad, amar a una mujer, siendo mujer, es una de las afrentas que más hiere a la masculinidad. Desde un acoso sexual correctivo, hasta violaciones que sirven de “advertencia”, y la convivencia con la heterosexualidad obligatoria que, muchas veces, te insta a permanecer en “el clóset”. De ahí que la visibilidad sea la herramienta política que las vincula: Nicole y Anna eran lesbianas “visibles”, y plantean la pregunta: ¿murieron por ser lesbianas?

Francisca Millán es abogada especializada en DD.HH. y género. Socia del estudio AML, que se dedica exclusivamente a la defensa de mujeres en causas que involucran violencia de género. Su proyecto ofrece una perspectiva feminista para materializar el derecho del acceso a la justicia. Millán afirma que las mujeres son vulneradas en el sistema legal chileno. En este escenario, ser lesbiana es una afrenta directa y muy específica.

“El lesbianismo, desde la masculinidad hegemónica, es una revelación al orden social, porque yo no me someto a las lógicas heteropatriarcales, estoy por fuera de ello, y no estoy dispuesta a ocupar esos roles”, explica Millán.

Delitos que afectarían directamente a lesbianas por el hecho de serlo sería el lesbicidio, el asesinato a una lesbiana, y la violación correctiva, la violación a una lesbiana con el fin de “corregirla”. No existen como tales en el código penal chileno, pero, de acuerdo a Millán, mezclando los delitos base con la Ley Zamudio, pueden relevarse los motores de odio.

“Los delitos de esta naturaleza tienen mucha expresión de poder, y demuestran que existe este ejercicio de sometimiento respecto de otras. Eso es algo bastante común en el caso de las mujeres lesbianas: qué forma más evidente de someter a una mujer que es lesbiana que obligarla a practicar sexo oral”, comenta la abogada.

Carmina Vásquez es abogada. Integra la Red lesbofeminista, una articuladora de organizaciones cuyo fin es formar redes de apoyo para las lesbianas. Su emprendimiento, Chueca Bar, abrirá pronto, un bar para lesbianas que quiere ser un espacio seguro dentro de una ciudad muy hostil.

“Este ha sido un año duro. Está el caso de Carolina Torres (golpeada en Pudahuel), hace poco supimos de chicas violentadas en el Parque Forestal. Eso te da miedo, pasa a las cinco de la tarde, y pasa en los lugares donde nos reunimos”, explica. Para ella, existe un castigo social al ser lesbiana, sumado al de ser mujer. “Estos crímenes de lesbo-odio van aparejados a temas sexuales bajo la premisa del yo te voy a enseñar. Hablamos de violaciones correctivas, que además se dirigen a un tipo específico de lesbiana: la camiona, que se sale de la heteronorma”, dice.

El primer crimen de lesbofobia registrado e investigado es el de Mónica Briones, asesinada a golpes en una de las esquinas de Plaza Italia el año 1984. El caso aceleró la formación de la primera colectiva lesbofeminista en Chile, Ayuquelén, que funcionó durante 15 años.

“El año 84, cuando matan a Mónica, se generó una reflexión amplia respecto de lo que nos pasaba a todas, la discriminación que vivíamos. Pero no hay una reflexión puntual sobre los crímenes de odio como son entendidos hoy en día”, dice Cecilia Riquelme, una de sus fundadoras, que el pasado sábado 12 de octubre participó del Día de las rebeldías lésbicas, en 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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Update: Arrest finally made over young lesbian Nicole Saavedra’s 2016 rape and murder

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The Valparaíso Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that an individual was arrested as for the kidnapping, rape and murder of young lesbian Nicole Saavedra, who was found dead on June 25, 2016, after having disappeared on the 18th of the same month in Quillota [Chile].

Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, micro driver of the El Melón-Limache route, was identified by the Investigative Police (PDI), and charges will be formalised in the Quillota Guarantee Court on November 13 2019 at 8:40 am.

[prosecutor Claudia] Perivancich also said that Pulgar is already serving a sentence “of ten years and one day, for the rape of a minor, with another rape charge underway”, also of a minor.

For her part, Saavedra’s cousin, María Francisca Bahamondes, said on Facebook that “after a long struggle of more than three years, where I had to chain myself to the National Prosecutor’s Office to be heard, where we took over the Prosecutor’s Office of Quillota, after a tireless and painful fight, I want to tell you that we found Nicole’s killer, the damn bastard is Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, driver of the Guerra commercial micro. Bahamondes family, we did it!”
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La Fiscalía de Valparaíso confirmó que se detuvo a un sindicado individuo … como el autor de los delitos de secuestro y violación con homicidio de Nicole Saavedra, la joven lesbiana, que fue encontrada muerta el 25 de junio de 2016, tras haber desaparecido el 18 del mismo mes en Quillota.

Se trata de Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, chofer de micro del recorrido El Melón-Limache, quien fue identificado por la Policía de Investigaciones (PDI), quien será formalizado el próximo 13 de noviembre a las 8:40 en el Tribunal de Garantía de Quillota.

Perivancich también afirmó que Pulgar ya se encuentra cumpliendo una condena, “de diez años y un día, por el delito de violación de menor de edad. Actualmente también cursa un proceso criminal en su contra, también por el delito de violación” de otra persona, menor de 18 años.

Por su parte, la prima de Saavedra, María Francisca Bahamondes, sostuvo en su cuenta de Facebook que “después de más de tres años de una larga lucha, donde tuve que encadenarme en Fiscalía Nacional para ser escuchada, donde nos tomamos la Fiscalía de Quillota, tras una incansable y dolorosa lucha, quiero decirles que encontramos al asesino de Nicole, el maldito desgraciado es Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, chofer de la micro comercial Guerra. Familia Bahamondes, lo logramos!”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2019/10/16/fiscalia-formalizara-a-presunto-autor-del-crimen-lesbofobico-contra-nicole-saavedra/ (Source)

Original article: Chile: three years after her lesbicide, still no justice for Nicole Saavedra

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