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Italy: Parents locked up Lesbian daughter

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Rome’s Gay Center facility said that, with the support of State and Carabinieri police, last week it managed to free a 17-year-old girl who was being locked up at home by her parents because she is a lesbian.

Continue reading at: http://www.ansa.it/english/news/
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Lesbian ‘witches’ chained and raped by families in Cameroon

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“I didn’t see girls like everyone else – I thought it was a bad spirit that had invaded me,” [Viviane] told the Thomson Reuters Foundation with a rueful laugh by phone from France, where she sought asylum last year with her girlfriend’s help.

“So I started praying to make it go away.”

But her prayers failed. Four years later, Viviane was chained to the wall and violently raped by a man who her family forced her to marry after discovering that she was a lesbian.

Continue reading at: https://af.reuters.com/article/cameroon
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U.K: Man jailed for targeting and raping lesbians

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The Gay Village in Manchester, Canal Street (Picture: Google Maps)

A rapist who targeted lesbians in Manchester’s popular Gay Village has been jailed for 20 years.
Ashfaq Khan, 60, attacked women who were ‘lone and vulnerable’ and even raped one victim ‘while she was vomiting’.
He impersonated a taxi driver before giving his victims a lift and then attacking them, Manchester Crown court heard.

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/28/man-who-targeted-lesbians-raped-one-as-she-was-vomiting-7988525/ (source)

U.K: Lesbian couple hurt in ‘unprovoked homophobic assault’ outside Asda, Worcester

A LESBIAN couple was punched and kicked in Worcester during what they believe was an unprovoked, homophobic attack by up to three men.
“It all happened so fast. They started hitting me and then my partner stood in front of me, trying to defend me. She got kicked in the face and I also got kicked two or three times in the face and punched four times as well.”

Continue reading at: https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/
16882345.lesbian-couple-hurt-in-unprovoked-homophobic-assault-outside-asda-worcester/
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Belgium: Lesbian couple victim of lesbophobic violence in asylum centre

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

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

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

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

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

Moldova: Deacon found guilty of throwing holy water on lesbian has to pay her compensation

Deacon found guilty of throwing holy water on lesbian has to pay her compensation

An Orthodox Deacon in Moldova who threw holy water on a lesbian during a live television broadcast will have to pay her compensation and publicly apologize to her.
A court found Deacon Ghenadie Valuta guilty of ‘incitement to discrimination based on beliefs and signs of sexual orientation’ for splashing LGBTI activist, Angelica Frolov. The court ordered him to pay Frolov $715 in damages and to cover her legal fees.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/deacon-found-guilty-of-throwing-holy-water-on-lesbian-has-to-pay-her-compensation/#gs.K3g73Bc (source)

Update: 100 People Attended Public Caning Of 2 Terengganu Women Charged With Lesbian Relations

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Earlier today, 3 September, 100 people witnessed the public caning of two Terengganu women who were convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex last month.
Berita Harian reported that the women were caned six times each by a caning officer from the Kajang Women’s Prison in front of a panel of judges at about 10.10am today.
Although the punishment was carried out behind closed doors, Malay Mail reported Syariah lawyer Marlina Amir Hamzah as saying that the women were caned in full view of nearly 100 people including members of the public, government agency representatives, and members of non-governmental organisations.

Continue reading at: https://says.com/my/news/100-people-attended-public-caning-of-2-terengganu-women-for-lesbian-sex-attempt (source)

Original article: Malaysian women to be caned for ‘attempting lesbian sex’

Malaysian women to be caned for ‘attempting lesbian sex’

A map of Malaysia (Laris Karklis / The Washington Post)

Two Malaysian women convicted for attempting to have lesbian sex will be fined and caned, a prosecutor said on Tuesday, in a rare case against gay people in the Muslim-majority country.

Continue reading at:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-lgbt-court/malaysian-women-to-be-caned-for-attempting-lesbian-sex-idUSKBN1KZ1JF (source)

Update: https://listening2lesbians.com/2018/09/04/update-100-people-attended-public-caning-of-2-terengganu-women-charged-with-lesbian-relations/

Nashville, USA: Man attacks lesbian

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A lesbian in Nashville, Tennessee is hoping there are consequences for the man who attacked her and her car after she rebuffed his advances. Bailey Cantrell was at a Kwik Sak gas station near Centennial Park when the man approached her. She said her friend was inside while she waited by the car when the man came up, calling her names and asking for her phone number.

‘After I declined, still a little bit mad, then the second I declined the third time and said “I’m gay, I’m just not interested,” that’s when it triggered him and he got very aggressive,’ she told Wave3 News. Security camera footage shows the man jumping onto the car, while Cantrell was in it, and kicking in the windshield.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nashville-man-attacks-lesbian-car/#gs.knkdbCY (Source)

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago, USA: Police fail to act on hate crime against lesbian minor

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teenager in Chicago was brutally attacked this past Tuesday, but police haven’t arrested any of the attackers. Now her mom is speaking out for her.

Amari Graves, 15, was walking to a store in her West Side neighborhood when she was attacked by a classmate and several adults.  “They all got out and walked up to me,” Amari said. She said that she recognized one of the people approaching her as another girl from her school, and the rest of the people were adults.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/08/police-didnt-arrest-lesbian-girls-adult-attackers-now-angry-mom-stepping/ (Source)

South Africa: Lesbian raped by her father, uncle and friend to ‘make her straight’

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A lesbian has said she was raped at the age of 15 by her father in order to ‘make her straight.’ The South African woman, known only as Mubizana, also accused her uncle and his friend of raping her on the same day, when her grandmother had left home to visit relatives in Dennilton, Limpopo, in the north-east of the country.

The heartbreaking Twitter thread comes as South African LGBT people struggle to come to terms with multiple horrific attacks on the community, including the torture, rape, murder and burning of married lesbian couple Joey and Anisha van Niekerk.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/31/lesbian-raped-father-uncle-friend-make-straight/ (Source)

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)