Kenyan Court to Hear Case That Challenges Anti-LGBTI Penal Codes

This week, the Kenyan Court will be hearing a matter, at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi, to challenge the Colonial Penal Codes that in essence serve to criminalize homosexuality and target the LGBTI community. The case has been brought by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC). The case seeks to enforce the … More Kenyan Court to Hear Case That Challenges Anti-LGBTI Penal Codes

The VIEW Allowed Meghan McCain to Offend the Memories of The Parkland Massacre Victims, While Whoring Happy Cheers for her Father!

I am PISSED OFF with The View: I rarely BLOG about my Social Media Commentary – I am angry enough to hope that this gets its spot on Google Search Engines. Here is my Facebook post: I don’t understand how the producers of the View allowed this to happen: I am in #NYC and went … More The VIEW Allowed Meghan McCain to Offend the Memories of The Parkland Massacre Victims, While Whoring Happy Cheers for her Father!

Withdrawal of Anti-Muslim North Dakota Senate Candidate

Washington, DC – Republican Gary Emineth has withdrawn today from the North Dakota senatorial race. This comes after a recent report from CNN regarding a pre-campaign tweet calling for “no more mosques in America.” When questioned in a radio interview, he doubled-down, stating “the bottom line is, a lot of the radicalization that’s turned on … More Withdrawal of Anti-Muslim North Dakota Senate Candidate

U.S. Department of Education Leaves Transgender Students Behind

Office of Civil Rights will no longer take action on transgender discrimination WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education will not investigate or take action on any complaints filed by transgender students who are not able to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. BuzzFeed was first to report the news. Under President … More U.S. Department of Education Leaves Transgender Students Behind

Learn About Emergency Preparedness Grants in Marin

San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors is sponsoring three workshops offered by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) about how to apply for federal grants earmarked for emergency preparedness uses. The 90-minute workshops will take place at: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais … More Learn About Emergency Preparedness Grants in Marin

When it Comes to the Trump Shithole Comment The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating!

President Trump’s “shithole” comment on immigrants from unspecified countries in Africa, as well as those from Haiti and El Salvador, is reflected in the numbers. In the year after Trump took office, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reported a drop in total number of overall “removals”—except for African migrants who have seen a … More When it Comes to the Trump Shithole Comment The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating!

Ugandan Human Rights Organization Suffers Second Break-In

Police Failed to Solve First Break In Where Guard was Murdered, Despite Video-Cam Photos of Perpetrators  Approximately 2 years ago a break in occurred at the offices of  HUMAN RIGHTS AWARENESS AND PROMOTION FORUM-UGANDA (HRAPF), a human rights organization in Kampala, Uganda.  A guard was murdered. The faces of the perpetrators were caught on camera. (see … More Ugandan Human Rights Organization Suffers Second Break-In

Marin County Considers New Rules for Short Term Rentals

New Short-Term Rental Rules Go to Supervisors Hearing set for March 13; quality of life for longer-term residents is key factor San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider a new County of Marin ordinance on short-term rental properties to require that signage be posted to identify a property as a … More Marin County Considers New Rules for Short Term Rentals

Republican Speaker of Virginia House Kills Pro-LGBT Legislation

House Subcommittee Votes Down Four Nondiscrimination Bills, Including Two That Passed Virginia Senate in January RICHMOND, V.A — Lawmakers in Virginia’s House of Delegates today summarily killed four bills that would have ensured more equal treatment under the law for LGBT people across the Commonwealth. Several of the bills dismissed today enjoyed bipartisan support in … More Republican Speaker of Virginia House Kills Pro-LGBT Legislation

Marin County Asks Your Input on Pollution

Online Survey Seeks Input on Pollution County initiative to understand residents’ awareness of stormwater contamination Marin County, CA – Pollution in our waterways is a significant problem that stems from many sources – from trash that ends up in San Francisco Bay to pesticides swept from lawns into creeks by gardening practices or stormwater. The … More Marin County Asks Your Input on Pollution

Wildlife Conservation, Education Grants Available in Marin

March 1 is deadline for nonprofits to land grants worth up to $5,000 Novato, CA – Environmentally conscious nonprofits have a chance to secure a grant worth up to $5,000 for promotions of educational and habitat restoration projects in Marin County. The Marin County Fish and Wildlife Commission is accepting proposals through March 1 for … More Wildlife Conservation, Education Grants Available in Marin

9000 DACA Teachers May have their Lives Stolen by Trump

ICYMI in New York Times: “With DACA in Limbo, Teachers Protected by the Program Gird for the Worst” Washington, DC – A powerful New York Times story by Erica Green explores the contributions and fears of the 9,000 teachers with DACA status whose lives and students are facing an uncertain future due to President Trump’s decision to end … More 9000 DACA Teachers May have their Lives Stolen by Trump

Responses to Trump State of the Union Address

CGRS Responds to State of the Union Address, Condemns White House Immigration Framework San Francisco, CA (January 31, 2018) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) condemns the hardline immigration policies promoted in yesterday’s State of the Union address, including measures that target asylum seekers. Despite disingenuous calls for unity, President Trump has … More Responses to Trump State of the Union Address

New President of Zimbabwe Unlikely Good for Gays

Snipers took up positions around the Zimbabwe stadium amid tight security as jubilant Mnangagwa supporters streamed in to hail the new President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, as he was sworn in on Friday and LGBT community expect a replay of Mugabe’s virulent anti-homosexuality stance. The man known as “The Crocodile” wore a dark suit, red … More New President of Zimbabwe Unlikely Good for Gays

High Numbers of LGBT Teens will receive Conversion Therapy

More than 20,000 LGBT teens to receive conversion therapy Practice used to change sexual orientation and gender identity has been criticized by health organizations as harmful LOS ANGELES – An estimated 20,000 LGBT youth ages 13 to 17 will undergo conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before the age of 18, according to a … More High Numbers of LGBT Teens will receive Conversion Therapy

Gay Man in Stabbing Attack Stuck without Status

The pleas for help continue to pour in from countries around the world, where people are attacked for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). These are usually people who have been shunned by family, friends and government, alike, with nowhere to turn. While you may feel that there is nothing you can do to … More Gay Man in Stabbing Attack Stuck without Status

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday We Turn to the Obama Foundation Message

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 89 years old today. On this day African Human Rights Coalition is quoting the message of the Obama Foundation: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 89 years old today. And as people around the country and the world celebrate his legacy with acts of service, I’m thinking about something … More On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday We Turn to the Obama Foundation Message

Why Chelsea Manning is Qualified to Run for Senate

“Chelsea Manning is superbly qualified to run for the United States Senate, not only because she is an American who meets all the legal requirements, but also because she has the courage to challenge and shake up a supremely flawed elitist system” Melanie Nathan. Yup call me haughty – that is me quoting me! My … More Why Chelsea Manning is Qualified to Run for Senate

Ugandan Diplomat Expelled from US After Beating his Wife

Uganda’s ministry of Foreign Affairs has on Friday confirmed reports that the United States of America has expelled a Ugandan diplomat Dickson Ogwang from Washington DC.  Ogwang’s forced return from the U.S was confirmed by spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Margaret Kafeero, who refused to divulge details of the diplomatic incident. However, it is … More Ugandan Diplomat Expelled from US After Beating his Wife

African Human Rights Coalition Response to Trump SHITHOLE Comment

In my capacity as the Executive Director of The African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC) , I made the following statement with regard to President Donald Trump’s recent offensive and derogatory behind closed doors remarks: It has been confirmed through lawmakers that at an Oval Office meeting on immigration, United States President Donald Trump remarked, … More African Human Rights Coalition Response to Trump SHITHOLE Comment

Damon Connolly Takes Reins as Marin County Board President

District 1 Supervisor takes over for District 5’s Judy Arnold San Rafael, CA – Damon Connolly, who represents San Rafael and the adjacent unincorporated neighborhoods as District 1 Supervisor, was sworn in January 9 as President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Connolly, a Terra Linda resident, took the gavel from previous Board President … More Damon Connolly Takes Reins as Marin County Board President

The First Report to Look at HIV Criminalization in Georgia

With thanks to the The Williams Institute (UCLA School of Law) : Georgia, USA, laws that criminalize people living with HIV have resulted in 571 arrests from 1988 to September 2017, according to state-level criminal history record information analyzed by the Williams Institute. Findings show some disparities in enforcement of the laws based on race, … More The First Report to Look at HIV Criminalization in Georgia

DACA Crisis Heads Toward Emergency

DACA-Recipients, Legal Experts, and Advocates: DACA-Lawsuit Developments Underscore Heightened Need for Dream Act Washington, DC – On a press call today, DACA-recipients, legal experts, and advocates explained the details and implications of the preliminary injunction against the administration’s DACA-revocation and the urgent need for Congress to enact the bipartisan Dream Act by January 19th. I … More DACA Crisis Heads Toward Emergency

Denouncing Termination of TPS for El Salvador

San Francisco, CA  – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) denounces the Trump Administration’s heartless decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran nationals who have been part of our communities for many years. Revoking their status is profoundly inhumane and will exacerbate conditions of violence and instability in El … More Denouncing Termination of TPS for El Salvador

SCOTUS Denies Review in Cases Challenging Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

Today the United States Supreme Court denied review in two cases, Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant and Bryant v. Barber, both challenging Mississippi’s HB 1523 passed in April 2016 and effective in October 2017. The Court’s decision not to hear the cases means the worst-in-the-nation anti-LGBTQ law will remain on the books in Mississippi. … More SCOTUS Denies Review in Cases Challenging Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

White House Meeting on Immigration Unbalanced Unserious Unconscionable

Just like the White House Insistence on Poison Pills in Exchange for the Dream Act On Tuesday, the White House will host nearly twenty lawmakers to discuss immigration. The list of White House-selected invitees is an unfortunate reflection of where the Administration and Republican strategy seems to be leaning: it is loaded up with anti-immigrant … More White House Meeting on Immigration Unbalanced Unserious Unconscionable

Business Equality Network Announces Second Annual LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Awards

NEW YORK, NY  January 3, 2018 — The Business Equality Network announces its second annual BEQ Pride LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Awards. Our recipients include 156 major employers and four sports organizations, all of which have demonstrated their comprehensive commitment to LGBTQ business equality. The full list of winners and a geographic breakdown by state … More Business Equality Network Announces Second Annual LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Awards

87 Faith and Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of DACA Recipients in New York

Washington, DC – Last week, Muslim Advocates and the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of 87 religious groups and organizations representing or working with faith communities asking the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York to suspend the government’s planned termination … More 87 Faith and Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of DACA Recipients in New York