Trump ‘s Brett Kavanaugh Nomination As Good as an Attack on Women and LGBTQ Americans

To say that the  lives of Americans are at stake because of this nomination cannot be overstated. WASHINGTON — Donald Trump tonight, the President who Russia helped elect,  nominated D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh — a stalwart right wing conservative who previously worked in the George … More Trump ‘s Brett Kavanaugh Nomination As Good as an Attack on Women and LGBTQ Americans

Heathrow Airport Did Something Stunning for Pride

If you fly from the West Coast of the united Sates to South Africa, like me, you have probably spent many hours at Heathrow Airport. I report this with great PRIDE! Heathrow has embraced the colors of the rainbow in celebration of Pride in London and commissioned a unique interpretation of the iconic flag, created … More Heathrow Airport Did Something Stunning for Pride

London Pride and SF Dyke March Note that A Handful of Lesbian Separatists Are not Who We ALL Are!

Keeping things in focus – this is less about the Pride and Parade organizations as a whole and the majority who adhere to inclusion and more about a tiny handful of bigoted jerks who want to exclude members of our community! Most lesbians are not separatists wanting to exclude transgender people from our community. I have … More London Pride and SF Dyke March Note that A Handful of Lesbian Separatists Are not Who We ALL Are!

African Despots Benefit from Taxing and Restricting Social Media

Mo Ibrahim called internet shutdowns “a crime” that shouldn’t be tolerated. Authoritarian governments, despots and dictators stand to benefit from restricting social media and making it unaffordable! The trend to tax social media and clamp down on internet use is quietly spreading across African countries and they seem to be influencing each other. Ugandans may want … More African Despots Benefit from Taxing and Restricting Social Media

Are you in Threat Area: California PG&E Safety Outages in High Fire-Threat Areas 

As the 2018 fire season gets into full swing in California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reaching out to customers who live in or near high fire-threat areas to let them know that, if extreme fire danger conditions occur, it may be necessary for PG&E to temporarily turn off power to their neighborhood … More Are you in Threat Area: California PG&E Safety Outages in High Fire-Threat Areas 

NAACP Convention to Host LGBTQ Town Hall

Also past San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to receive an award. 109th NAACP Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX, to bring together social justice activists, artists/entertainers, Elected Officials; Civil Rights, Business, Social Justice Leaders   BALTIMORE (July 5, 2018) - Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and as the nation suffers the effects of President Trump’s administration, thousands … More NAACP Convention to Host LGBTQ Town Hall

Video Statement by Courageous Activist who Scaled Statue of Liberty

“Michelle Obama, our beloved First Lady who I care so much about said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’ and I went as high as I could.” Therese Patricia Okoumou, DRC born, United States Naturalized Citizen. A day after scaling the base of the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day, Rise and Resist activist … More Video Statement by Courageous Activist who Scaled Statue of Liberty

Republican Appointed Federal Judge Blocks Trump Attack on California Sanctuary State Laws

Bush appointed Sacramento Judge Checks DOJ’s Bid to Enjoin California’s Immigration Laws – Cross Blogged from The Recorder – See Below. “If there is going to be a long-term solution to the problems our country faces with respect to immigration policy, it can only come from our legislative and executive branches,” U.S. District Judge John … More Republican Appointed Federal Judge Blocks Trump Attack on California Sanctuary State Laws

Freedom for All Americans Announces Chief Counsel Jon Davidson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Freedom for All Americans and Freedom for All Americans Education Fund announced LGBTQ movement lawyer Jon Davidson as the newest addition to its growing team working to secure explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide.Davidson has been one of the nation’s leading lawyers fighting for LGBTQ civil rights for more … More Freedom for All Americans Announces Chief Counsel Jon Davidson

Senator Kamala Harris Attacked by White House

Moments ago the White House of Donald J. Trump used its official taxpayer-funded Twitter account to launch a completely false attack on Senator Kamala Harris. This White House’s uncouth attack on the Senator from California is based on false assertions and does nothing more than reflect  failed leadership on the part of a White House … More Senator Kamala Harris Attacked by White House

Federal Court Blocks Trump Admin’s Arbitrary Detention of Asylum Seekers

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2018) – A federal court has blocked the arbitrary detention of asylum seekers fleeing persecution, torture, or death in their countries of origin. It also ordered a case-by-case review of whether each asylum seeker in the class-action lawsuit should be released on humanitarian parole. The ruling stems from a challenge brought … More Federal Court Blocks Trump Admin’s Arbitrary Detention of Asylum Seekers

Hundreds of Thousands Marching and Trump May Defy Court Order to Reunite Children

While the Message from hundreds of thousands of marchers  –“Families Should Be Reunited in Freedom” resonated across the United States, Trump played golf and doubled down on tweets to separate and deport ! This past weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans turned out in both big cities and small towns to protest the Trump administration’s cruel Zero Tolerance and … More Hundreds of Thousands Marching and Trump May Defy Court Order to Reunite Children

My Tweets to Trump Led to Navy Cancelling my Pride Speaking Tour

The navy hired me to speak for their NAVAIR Warfare Weapons Center Division LGBTQI Pride Month event, at 2 bases in Southern California. While filling out the security form to access the base, I received this: “We recently became aware of several comments you’ve made on Twitter regarding our nation’s current administration. While those comments … More My Tweets to Trump Led to Navy Cancelling my Pride Speaking Tour

Pride Month: More Than One-Third of LGBTQ Adults Identify as Having a Disability

LGBTQ Pride Month: More Than One-Third of LGBTQ Adults Identify as Having a Disability Throughout LGBTQ Pride Month (June), the LGBTQ community has been reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. Among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, 30 percent of men and 36 percent of women also identify as having a disability. The … More Pride Month: More Than One-Third of LGBTQ Adults Identify as Having a Disability

Marin County Reaches Terms with 3 of the Labor Groups – Strike Still Looms

Tentative agreements reached; other negotiations, including with MAPE, continue The County of Marin has reached tentative labor agreements with three organizations that represent about 435 County employees. The agreements will be brought before the Marin County Board of Supervisors on July 10. A tentative three-year deal with the Marin County Management Employees Association (MCMEA), reached … More Marin County Reaches Terms with 3 of the Labor Groups – Strike Still Looms

Open Transgender Service: Military Leadership Agree Inclusive Policy Works

On Two Year Anniversary of Open Transgender Service, Consensus from Military Leadership that Inclusive Policy Works – SAN FRANCISCO, CA– Tomorrow, June 30th marks two years since the U.S. military officially began allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in its ranks. Those service members have compiled a record of distinction and earned consistent support from the highest ranks … More Open Transgender Service: Military Leadership Agree Inclusive Policy Works

Lawsuit for Info on Hundreds of Muslim Ban Waiver Denials

Muslim Advocates and CCR File FOIA Lawsuit on Opaque Muslim Ban Waiver Process Following the United States Supreme Court decision to uphold the Muslim Ban, Muslim Advocates (MA) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit demanding documents from federal agencies related to the purported waiver scheme that … More Lawsuit for Info on Hundreds of Muslim Ban Waiver Denials

Organizations Urge Ken Marcus to Enforce Civil Rights for All Students

Civil Rights Groups to OCR Head Ken Marcus: Enforce Civil Rights for All Students  The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 23 civil rights groups today sent a letter to Kenneth Marcus, the irresponsibly confirmed assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Throughout the confirmation process for assistant secretary, … More Organizations Urge Ken Marcus to Enforce Civil Rights for All Students

SCOTUS Affirms Bigotry in Devastating Muslim Travel Ban Decision

“Court’s Decision Gives a Green Light to Policy Based on Bigotry” MPOWER CHANGE. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Trump vs. State of Hawaii, upheld, (5-4)-  President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting, an executive order that suspends refugee resettlement and permanently prohibits citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States on the basis of their nationalities. The … More SCOTUS Affirms Bigotry in Devastating Muslim Travel Ban Decision

The Amsterdam Dress for San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride, a melding of parade, resistance and celebration will take place this weekend, as the San Francisco LGBTI celebrations are kicked off with Friday afternoon’s Trans March, Saturday morning’s Pink Triangle launch at Twin Peaks, and Saturday afternoon’s Dyke March, all heralding the big Sunday morning Market Street Parade and entire weekend of festival at … More The Amsterdam Dress for San Francisco Pride

Trump Seeks Court Order for Indefinite Detention of Children

Trump Administration Seeks Court Order to Allow for Indefinite Detention of Children with Parents; Ignores Smart, Cost-effective and Humane Alternatives to Detention Washington, D.C. – As directed by the President’s executive order issued on Wednesday, the Trump Justice Department has filed a request on Thursday to amend a federal court order – the “Flores Agreement” … More Trump Seeks Court Order for Indefinite Detention of Children

Advocates Address Trump’s Executive Order and Republican Immigration Bill

Following President Donald Trump’s executive order on family separation – which does not end the family separation crisis – House Republicans are set to vote on Speaker Paul Ryan’s immigration bill next week.  Despite the speaker’s claims, the bill would provide no clear path to citizenship to Dreamers and place thousands of children in detention … More Advocates Address Trump’s Executive Order and Republican Immigration Bill

Denouncing New Executive Order Expanding the Indefinite Detention of Families

San Francisco, CA (June 21, 2018) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) denounces the new Executive Order on the separation of immigrant families issued by the White House yesterday. The Order purports to put an end to family separations at the border, and its issuance is a testament to the overwhelming public outcry that arose … More Denouncing New Executive Order Expanding the Indefinite Detention of Families

An Evangelical Christian’s Letter To Attorney General Jeff Sessions

“Mr. Sessions, Could We Talk Over Coffee?” As the outrage increases toward the Trump Government’s child separation policy, people of faith are starting to speak out in different ways against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ use of Bible in his attempt to justify the policy: Dear Mr. Jeffrey Sessions, I am a Evangelical Christian. Please do … More An Evangelical Christian’s Letter To Attorney General Jeff Sessions

United Methodist Church Clergy File Child Abuse Charges Against Jeff Sessions

More than 600 United Methodist clergy and church members are bringing church law charges against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fellow United Methodist, over a zero tolerance U.S. immigration policy that includes separating children from parents apprehended for crossing into the U.S. illegally, according to the United Methodist News Service. A June 18 letter signed by … More United Methodist Church Clergy File Child Abuse Charges Against Jeff Sessions

The Truth About Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Can the Trump administration immediately stop separating families at the border, without an act of Congress? Yes.  Last month, the Trump administration unilaterally implemented a new policy that results in family separations.  On May 7, Attorney General Sessions delivered remarks confirming a “zero tolerance” policy in which DHS prosecutes 100% of all parents caught crossing … More The Truth About Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Don’t be Duped the Ryan Immigration Bill WILL NOT End Family Separation

No, the Ryan Immigration Bill Would Not End Family Separation at the Border! Instead, It Would Prolong Detention of Children in Poor Conditions, End Decades Old Law That Protects Refugees Seeking Protection However Senator Feinstein needs 3 more Republican Senators to sign onto Senate Bill 3036 to keep families together: please contact your Republican Senators and tell … More Don’t be Duped the Ryan Immigration Bill WILL NOT End Family Separation

Trump Administration’s Separation of Families is more than Child Abuse

While the President of American Academy of Pediatricians calls out  Family Separation as “Nothing Less than Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse”, I call it another step along the path of the Nazi trajectory of 1939! Last night, as detention centers reached capacity, filled with kids ripped from their parents, the administration announced that it will open the first … More Trump Administration’s Separation of Families is more than Child Abuse

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO—Legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute passed the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization yesterday by a bipartisan vote of 9-0. Assembly Bill 2969 is authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, and co-authored by all members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. AB 2969 is … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Senate Committee

Attorney General Sessions Attempts to Close the Door to Women Asylum Seekers

San Francisco, CA (June 11, 2018) – Today Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a deeply disappointing decision in an attempt to erode protections for domestic violence survivors and others who look to the United States for refuge. Invoking a rarely utilized power, Sessions reversed the Board of Immigration Appeals’ grant of asylum to a Salvadoran … More Attorney General Sessions Attempts to Close the Door to Women Asylum Seekers