Today in Cis Privilege: Iranian lesbian: Authorities tried to ‘fix’ my sexuality by forcing me to have gender reassignment surgery

An Iranian lesbian has said the country’s authorities tried to force her into having gender reassignment surgery to “fix” her sexuality.

The woman, known as Sara, said she was ordered to undergo the “treatment” by a psychologist, after coming out to her family, aged 20.

Sara told Reuters: “At first it was difficult. They tried to convince me that I was wrong and made an appointment with a psychologist.”

“She said I was really a man in a woman’s body and I had to change my body to suit my personality.

“My sister had brought a photo along, (taken when) I was maybe 5 years old. I was wearing boy’s clothes and had a toy gun in my hand and the psychologist emphasised that this photo showed that I was a man.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/06/27/iranian-lesbian-authorities-tried-to-fix-my-sexuality-by-forcing-me-to-have-gender-reassignment-surgery/

Today in Cis Privilege: Male who sexually assaulted & murdered teen lesbians was free for two years

Strickland is accused of sexually assaulting and shooting 19-year old Mollie Olgin and 18-year old Kristene Chapa in a public park June 23, 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Mollie Judith Olgin was found dead on the scene and 18-year-old Mary Christine Chapa was rushed to the hospital.

The two young women had been in a relationship for five months.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/21/u-s-marshals-arrest-suspect-in-2012-shooting-death-of-texas-teen-lesbian-couple/

Today in Cis Privilege: Now We Know How Many Women Get Groped by Men in Public

How bad is street harassment in America? Pretty bad, according to a report published this week by Stop Street Harassment, a Virginia-based nonprofit.

SSH commissioned market research firm GfK to run a nationwide survey of 2,040 American adults—the largest such survey ever—to learn about their experiences with street harassment. The resulting report defines street harassment as “unwanted interactions in public spaces between strangers that are motivated by a person’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, or gender expression.” The relative ubiquity of street harassment makes it difficult to quantify, author Holly Kearl explains in the report, because many people “may not even identify what happened as wrong.”

Nevertheless, the report reveals some striking data points: Of those surveyed, 65 percent of women and 25 percent of men reported experiencing street harassment at some point. Men were overwhelmingly the harassers of both women and men, and people of color and LGBT people were a lot more likely to say they’d been harassed than white or straight people were.

http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/06/street-harassment-survey-america

Today in Cis Privilege: Police arrest 26 women suspected of being lesbians

POLICE detectives in Delta State have arrested 26 people suspected of being lesbians in a raid on a homosexual hideout in the state capital Asaba in a major clampdown on same sex relationships.

http://www.nigerianwatch.com/news/4531-delta-state-police-arrest-26-people-suspected-of-being-lesbians-in-asaba-swoop

Today in Cis Privilege: What Happens When Women Refuse Sexual Advances

The reality for many is that women denying sexual advances to both men they know and don’t know is often fraught with violent results.

http://whenwomenrefuse.tumblr.com/about