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U.S: Police Tell Lesbian Couple to “Ignore” Man Yelling Homophobic Slurs at Them

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Wendy and Trudy Dragoon were crossing a street in their Southeast neighborhood of Brentwood-Darlington yesterday evening around 7:30 when they heard an engine rev nearby. They turned to see a truck speeding towards them. The couple ran onto the sidewalk to watch the truck whip by, do a U-turn, and park in front of a nearby home. Three men exited the vehicle, including a skinny 20-something who had been yelling out the window at the women as the truck drove by.

“He got out of the car and said something about ‘Beating the shit out of fucking dykes,'” says Wendy. When Trudy crossed the street to where the truck was parked to confront the man, Wendy began filming using her cell phone.

Continue reading at: https://www.portlandmercury.com/
blogtown/2018/07/16/21357150/police-tell-lgbt-couple-to-ignore-man-yelling-homophobic-slurs-at-them
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South Africa: Man to appear in court for rape, assault of lesbian

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A man accused of raping and assaulting a lesbian teenager in Potchefstroom in the North West is on Monday expected to make a formal bail application in the local magistrate’s court.

Continue reading at: https://www.ofm.co.za/article/local-news/263907/man-to-appear-in-court-for-rape-assault-of-lesbian  (source)

Mthatha, South Africa: Cop and his mom accused of beating women because they are lesbians

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A suspended Mthatha police officer has been accused of assaulting four women in his home, allegedly because they are lesbians. He is due to appear in court on July 17.

The women say that the off-duty officer and his mother hit them with sticks while they were sleeping over at his house in Kwa-Payne on June 13, after attending a party with the accused’s brother.

Continue reading at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/
News/cop-and-his-mom-accused-of-beating-women-because-they-are-lesbians-20180703
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San Francisco: Dyke March 2018

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At the San Francisco Dyke March on 23rd June 2018,  a small number of lesbians attended with signs ranging from pro lesbian slogans to ones highlighting concerns with the use of puberty blockers in minors.

What followed is contested but much like the 2018 Baltimore Dyke March, at the San Francisco Dyke March lesbians who carried controversial signs were subjected to verbal abuse at the event, and harassment on social media afterwards. The verbal abuse at the San Francisco Dyke March was prolonged with the women significantly outnumbered 5-to-1. The altercation became physical, as evidenced by the damage sustained to the sign below:

 

Damaged sign

This video is the only known footage of the (end of the) incident.

Social media reports and screen shots of the incident and its aftermath have been excluded in the interests of not promoting further harassment of any women.

The March Organisers put out the following statement:

 

No mainstream or LGBTI news sources have yet reported on this incident to our knowledge.

 

 

Cameroon: Lesbians beaten for being ‘witches’, ‘who deserve to die’

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‘For more than a year, Renée and Soltera have been facing insults, intimidation and death threats from the son of their deceased landlord, who wants to evict them from their home on the grounds of their sexual orientation,’ the statement read.

‘When they refused to leave, he savagely assaulted them at home and beat them with a thick board. He ignorantly declared that, as lesbians, they must die because they are witches.’

Continue reading at:  https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbians-beaten-for-being-witches-and-who-deserve-to-die-in-cameroon/#gs.8jmhyYE (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.

 

Phillipines: Man kills wife over suspicion of being lesbian

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MATALAM, North Cotabato – An enraged farmer on Tuesday shot dead his wife and another woman, whom he had suspected of being a lesbian, after finding them sleeping together inside the family home in Barangay Poblacion here.

Continue reading at:  http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1000054/enraged-husband-kills-wife-another-woman-in-north-cotabato (source)

U.S: Lesbian ‘dismembered after being tricked into Tinder date with couple who wanted a threesome’

Lesbian dismembered 'after being tricked into Tinder date with couple who wanted threeway'

A woman was murdered and her body dismembered after she was tricked into a Tinder date with another woman whose secret boyfriend wanted a threesome.

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/13/lesbian-dismembered-tricked-tinder-date-by-couple-wanted-threesome-7628037/  (source)

 

Massachusetts, US: Boston lesbian couple assaulted at bar by raging man screaming homophobic slurs: ‘He beat us both to a pulp’

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A lesbian couple says they were attacked at a Massachusetts pub by a random man who saw them kissing and began yelling homophobic slurs.

The incident happened at Dockside Restaurant in Malden, north of Boston, where Michelle Hart and Kelly Gonyer were meeting for a date.

“I kissed her,” Gonyer said. “That is what provoked everything. That made him very mad.”

Continue reading at: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/boston-lesbian-couple-assaulted-bar-raging-man-screaming-homophobic-slurs-beat-us-pulp/ (Source)

Oregon, US: man snaps woman’s arm, knocks fiancee out during brutal road rage attack

Update: Oregon, US: charges dropped in road rage case

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A deranged driver broke a woman’s arm with his bare hands, pummeled her repeatedly and then knocked her fiancée unconscious during a road rage eruption in central Oregon, according to cops and the battered couple.

Jay Allen Barbeau, 49, faces felony assault charges in the brutal Friday night attack that left Megan Stackhouse and Lucinda Mann wounded and reeling at a roundabout in Bend.

“The whole thing was absolutely horrifying,” Stackhouse, 34, told The Oregonian/OregonLive — shortly after doctors inserted pins, screws and plates into her fractured right radius.

Continue reading at: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/06/oregon_man_snaps_womans_arm_kn.html (Source)

U.S: Lesbian Accuser Who Took Down Bill Cosby Gives First Interview in 13 Years

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This April, a jury found Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and raping Andrea Constand in 2004. The only case among more than 60 women who accused the fallen comedian of sexual assault for which the statute of limitations had not run out, Constand, a once promising basketball star, put herself on the line to take down the serial predator. In 2015 she even came out publicly as a lesbian to challenge her attacker’s assertion that he knew how to read the desires of the women he assaulted. This Friday, she spoke publicly for the first time in 13 years about the assault in a Dateline special entitled “Bringing Down Bill Cosby: Andrea Constand Speaks.”

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/television/2018
/6/03/lesbian-accuser-who-took-down-bill-cosby-gives-first-interview-13-years
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St Louis, Missouri: Attack on young lesbian outside bar

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A police report was filed by a young lesbian, in late May 2018 in St. Louis after she was attacked outside the Grey Fox Pub by 3 individuals after a disagreement inside the bar.
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According to the victim, she was attending a drag show at a bar she used to frequent, when a trans identified female approached her and told her she was not welcome. The victim then responded “why, because I know you’re female?”

 

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The bartender then asked the victim to leave. According to the victim and her girlfriend, she was attacked by 3 individuals who were waiting just outside the door for her leave. She was beaten and sustained injuries, but is recovering at this time. The three individuals then took to social media to brag about beating the victim and were seemingly able to be identified through their social media accounts, some of which have since closed. 

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Social media posts by the attackers reveal that they knew the victim was a lesbian and referred to her several times as a “TERF”, a derogatory term used against anyone that questions gender identity.
One of the alleged attackers was apparently fired, with New American Funding releasing a statement condemning the attack.
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An investigation is now pending. There has been no reporting by mainstream LGBT media on this incident.

 

 

U.K: Outspoken lesbian activist attacked on street

Magdalen Berns, an outspoken lesbian activist who was last year treated for a brain tumour, was reportedly attacked on a UK street, sustaining blows to her head.

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The motives for the attack are as yet unknown, with silence from LGBT news sources on the attack. A stranger stepped in to defend Magdalen Berns and was himself attacked further.

Source:  https://twitter.com/MagdalenBerns/
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Ireland: Attacker drilled hole in lesbian’s head, court told – teen boy remanded

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A woman sustained a circular hole in her skull when she was attacked with part of a drill during a suspected homophobic attack in Northern Ireland, police have told a court.
Brenda McLaughlin told officers she believed she was targeted on Saturday because she is homosexual and it is being treated as a hate crime.

Continue reading at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/
northern-ireland/attacker-drilled-hole-in-gay-womans-head-court-told-teen-boy-remanded-36881422.html
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L2L at Women’s March 2018, Columbus OH

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U.K.: Woman Allegedly Killed by Partner’s Ex in Apparent Response to Lesbian Relationship

A murder probe has been launched after travel agent Cassie Hayes (right) allegedly had her throat slit.  Her partner Laura Williams (left) has paid tribute following her death

The former partner of travel agent [Cassie Hayes] killed in a TUI shop has described the heart-wrenching moment she told their four-year-old daughter her mother had died. Cassie Hayes, 28, was killed on Saturday in Southport, Merseyside, at the branch of Tui where she was assistant manager.

Andrew Burke, 30, from St Helens, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today charged with her murder. A post-mortem examination showed Miss Hayes’ cause of death was shock and haemorrhaging as a result of the wound.

Continue reading at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5270817/Man-charged-murder-Cassie-Hayes-appears-court.html (Source)

Uganda: Lesbian facing deportation from UK despite fears of persecution

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Lazia Nabbanja had claimed asylum in the UK on the grounds that she would face oppression in her home country, but her bid was rejected by the Home Office last year. Despite her providing evidence of her sexuality, Ms Nabbanja’s lawyers told The Independent that Home Office officials used alleged inconsistencies in the details of her relationships to suggest they did not believe she is gay. Photos and videos of her attending gay pride marches have been widely shared on social media and she has been featured in Ugandan newspapers, prompting fears she could be arrested or attacked as soon as she returns to her home country.

Continue reading at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lesbian-uganda-women-deportation-home-office-lazia-nabbanja-gay-laws-a8123581.html (Source)

Indiana, USA: Lesbian couple kidnapped and raped for days before escaping captors

Lesbian couple kidnapped and raped for days before escaping captors

November 2017:

A lesbian couple in Indianapolis say they were locked in a basement, beaten, and raped.

A probable cause affidavit filed Monday, 20 November, described the assaults that occurred in an east-side home in the city.

Kenneth A. Braswell, 32; Thomas J. Bell, 26; Jose Nieves, 35 face charges of 26 counts, including rape, criminal confinement, kidnapping, possession of meth, and battery by means of a deadly weapon.

Continue reading at: http://www.gaypowercouple.com/lesbian-couple-kidnapped-and-raped-for-days-before-escaping-captors/ (Source)

New York, USA: DNA Vindicates Lesbian Rape Victim Smeared by Daily News and NYPD 24 Years Later

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On an afternoon in late April 1994, a young woman was raped in broad daylight in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Two days later, the biggest columnist in New York City’s biggest newspaper called her a liar.

The woman—black, a lesbian, and an activist—became the target of a vicious smear campaign by a Daily News columnist and sources within the NYPD, who charged that she had made up a “hoax” to advance a political agenda.

“I have had the misfortune of being raped twice—once in the park and again in the media,” she told her lawyer, Martin Garbus, after the attack.

Continue reading at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-1994-nypd-brass-called-her-rape-a-hoax-in-2018-they-found-her-rapist (Source)

Cameroon: Two women arrested for lesbianism while walking together

The Ndogbong gendarmerie, where Coco and Vivi were detained and tortured for three days. (Photo by Jacks Oke)

Around midnight, gendarmes arrived, beat up the two friends, arrested them, and hauled them to the gendarmerie on charges of lesbianism.  The officers interrogated them, kicked them, and beat them with the flat side of a machete blade.  They were handcuffed and hung, standing, from a window frame. The mistreatment lasted for three days.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2017/12/28/cameroon-two-women-arrested-for-walking-together/ (Source)