What do people think about lesbians?

Source: Jakub Hlaváč

  • they have short hair
  • they are not very pretty
  • they have divided roles in their relationship – one is a girl, one is a guy
  • they want to seduce all other women
  • they are butchs

Experiences and Consequences

What can this type of thinking and judging lead to?

Gambia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sudan, Barbados, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia. Those are just some of the countries where homosexuality (homosexual relations to be specific) is punishable by death. Close behind those are countries where this act is punished by beating, jail or fine.

Even in the Czech Republic where gays and lesbians don’t have to be afraid of the death penalty or incarceration, they can constantly face attacks, hate mail or discrimination. For example, the death of Filip Havlicek (14) who committed suicide by hanging himself in February of 2014 spurred discussion on the topic of homophobia in our country. Cases, where an individual can’t take homophobic remarks or straight up physical attacks, are not rare. Some decide to take their own life, some ,,just” blame themselves and hide their orientation for their whole life.

Did you know that

  • in several countries, homosexuality is punishable by death? It is, for example, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Yemen, Iran, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.
  • in the year 1995, Maria-Zoe Dunning became the first woman who was allowed to serve in the US army after openly admitting to being a lesbian?
  • in the Czech Republic, the civil union can be concluded between two people of the same sex since 2006?
  • the first person who underwent sex change was an American Christine Jorgensen (George William Jorgensen before the change) in 1952?
  • the first person who underwent sex change was an American Christine Jorgensen (George William Jorgensen before the change) in 1952?
  • first Pride parades took place in 1970? Specifically in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • amongst known Lesbians are for example actress Jodie Foster, Ellen DeGeneres, singer Aneta Langerova or tennis player Martina Navratilova?
  • the famous rainbow flag had eight stripes at first? Pink color had to be scraped because of the inability to create this color. Turquoise color was removed because of the fact that the flags needed to be hung half and half which is hard to do with seven stripes.
  • there are people convinced that Hurricane Sandy in the USA and floods in the Great Britain were God’s punishments for allowing homosexuals to get married?

Aggregation – would you like to find out more?

Homosexuality is legal in Czech Republic since 1962. There are countries where same-sex relations were legalized much later. Nonetheless, there are still some bright examples. For example in Luxembourg, homosexuality has been legal ever since 1795.