Conservative radio commentator Alex Jones went on a bizarre rant this week in which he accused liberal lesbians of wanting to physically abuse women. He said that women actually want to be domestic violence victims. Men, though, refuse to abuse their intimate partners, so straight women look for lesbians who are willing to hit them.
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Being gay in Uganda is literally a matter of life and death which has seen some flee and seek asylum in the UK, yet Anna finds herself having to prove her sexuality despite the persecution she has already experienced in Uganda and would be at risk from if returned. What do they want me to do — act butch? Medical Foundation clients who were previously forced to flee Uganda following torture and persecution for their sexuality are among this group.
For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives. I visited the Chechen capital Grozny several times last year. Each time I was struck by the contrast between the shining glass skyscrapers, luxury boutiques and fashionable cafes which line the streets of the city and the almost palpable fear in the air. People choose their words carefully when they speak.
A lesbian couple admitted to luring one of the women's former lovers into the woods, beating her and strangling her, and finally burying her in a shallow grave as she took her last breaths. Pennsylvania prosecutors are weighing whether to seek the death penalty for Jade Olmstead and Ashley Barber, the Erie Times-News reported. Their victim, Olmstead's year-old ex Brandy Stevens, suffocated on the dirt they shoveled into the grave they'd dug in advance of the horrific crime, autopsy results showed.
Shockingly, while two states have enacted laws that protect youth against this harmful practice, some unethical therapists continue to practice conversion therapy on children in 48 states. The result, especially for vulnerable youth, is lifelong damage that can include depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. Sam is one of thousands of survivors who know the consequences of conversion therapy all too well.
While she has not been granted asylum, the UK government has agreed to look at new evidence before they make their next decision. When Twikirize was young, she told Gay Star News how she was taken to a witch doctor at the wishes of her teachers and grandmother to be exorcised. This went on weekly for a year.
There, Freire experienced extreme physical and psychological abuse, including rape and other forms of sexual assault and punishment conducted with the express aim of ridding the teenager of her attraction to women. Whilst the centre operated officially as an Evangelical Christian rehabilitation clinic for people with drug and alcohol problems, Freire advised that she was there with four other young people — all because they were gay. Freire managed to escape after two months detention at the centre.
The nation is seeing widespread violence against LGBTQ people, especially lesbians, who are accused of witchcraft. The Salem witch trials are being repeated in central Africa, and this time queer people are accused of sorcery. Her family's response: to chain her to a wall to be raped by a man who they forced her to marry.