Jewish Women Encouraged to proudly express identity and heritage at Women’s March San Francisco

I am a Jew, known for my global human rights work and always publicly open about my support for my people’s right to self determination. Since the first Women’s March I have never felt unloved, unwelcome, abandoned or unsafe in my marching or relationship with Women’s March, San Francisco (WMSF)! In fact organizers have reached out to me, … More Jewish Women Encouraged to proudly express identity and heritage at Women’s March San Francisco

Marin District Attorney’s Office Awarded DUI Prosecution Grant

San Rafael, CA – Those suspected of and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Marin County can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety(OTS). Funding from the grant will aid the District Attorney’s Office in handling cases throughout each step of the … More Marin District Attorney’s Office Awarded DUI Prosecution Grant

Marin County Successful in Environmental Protection Case

Property Demolitions and Renovations Were Performed Throughout California Without Fully Complying with Asbestos-related Laws San Rafael, CA — Marin County District Attorney Edward S. Berberian, along with nine other California District Attorneys, announced today that Monterey County Superior Court Judge Marla O. Anderson has ordered the Chicago-based Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc., and their related companies … More Marin County Successful in Environmental Protection Case

Speaker Pelosi Says “We Will Make America Fair by Passing the EQUALITY ACT for LGBT Americans”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says “We Will Make America Fair by Passing the EQUALITY ACT for LGBT Americans.   Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco Representative, has been elected today as speaker of the House of Representatives for the second time, cementing her legacy as one of the most effective female legislators in American history. Democrats … More Speaker Pelosi Says “We Will Make America Fair by Passing the EQUALITY ACT for LGBT Americans”

UNHCR Transfers LGBTI Refugees in Kenya to Unsanitary Crowded Conditions

On 11th December thirty LGBTQ refugees were attacked and beaten by Kenyan police while protesting discrimination and the harsh unsafe conditions at Kakuma refugee camp.  We reported that attack in the words of the refugees at: https://oblogdee.blog/2018/12/11/lgbt-refugee-peaceful-protest-turns-violent-at-unhcr-compound-in-kenya/ . Some days later UNHCR issued a statement condemning the attack, noting the following in their statement: UNHCR condemns … More UNHCR Transfers LGBTI Refugees in Kenya to Unsanitary Crowded Conditions

Chief Justice Roberts Votes with Liberal Justices on SCOTUS Asylum Case

Conservative appointee, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joined the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing Friday in refusing to block a California judge’s ruling against enforcement of new policies that restrict asylum-seekers along the southern border. The high court, 5-4, refused to stay a nationwide injunction. Several former government lawyers—including Carter Phillips and Peter Keisler of Sidley Austin, … More Chief Justice Roberts Votes with Liberal Justices on SCOTUS Asylum Case

Condemnation of New Illegal Migration Protection Protocols

San Francisco, CA (December 20, 2018) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) denounces the new Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this morning. Under this new policy, asylum seekers arriving at the United States’ southern border will be forced to wait in Mexico for the duration … More Condemnation of New Illegal Migration Protection Protocols

Historic: Republican Governor Kasich Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Ohio state employees will now be protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed an historic executive order protecting LGBTQ state employees from discrimination. In what will be a defining element of Governor Kasich’s legacy, he will be the first Republican … More Historic: Republican Governor Kasich Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Court Rules Trump Policies Denying Asylum Protections to People Fleeing Domestic and Gang Violence Are Illegal

Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2018) – A federal court has struck down Trump administration policies that sought to gut asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) challenged the administration’s new “expedited removal” policies when they were put forth by then-Attorney General … More Court Rules Trump Policies Denying Asylum Protections to People Fleeing Domestic and Gang Violence Are Illegal

Injured Ugandan Refugee Evacuated from Kakuma Exposes Threat by RAS Officer

For the past several years I have been communicating and working directly with LGBTI refugees Kenya- both in Nairobi and Kakuma Camp. I have advocated for the community as a whole and on an ad hoc basis for individuals, balancing the refugee reports of insecurity and failed protection against working with UNHCR staff to find … More Injured Ugandan Refugee Evacuated from Kakuma Exposes Threat by RAS Officer

What Marin County Learned About Local Election Results

Canvass of votes is ratified by Board of Supervisors San Rafael, CA – Following the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ ratification of the local November 6 Statewide General Election results, there are a few statistics about voter tendencies that stand out. The Board accepted the canvass of votes offered by Register of Voters Lynda Roberts … More What Marin County Learned About Local Election Results

Tennessee College Expels Muslim Student for Wearing Hijab

 Muslim Advocates Demands Changes WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Muslim Advocates and the law firm Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP sent a demand letter to Georgia Career Institute (“GCI”), a for-profit college operating in several southern states, after GCI staff expelled a college student from its Murfreesboro, Tennessee campus in February 2018 simply for wearing a … More Tennessee College Expels Muslim Student for Wearing Hijab

LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya

Kenya a Hostile Host – Thirty LGBTI Refugees in Kakuma Camp, Kenya, mostly Ugandans, participated in a sanctioned peaceful demonstration. As they tried to deliver a document to the UNHCR office were refused entry to the compound. When they returned some time later they report being viciously attacked by police who were apparently called by UNHCR staff. … More LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya

Botswana’s New President Groundbreaking Support for LGBTI Rights

The recently appointed President of Botswana has been applauded for publicly speaking out in support of LGBTI people. Now he should take the step to promote repeal of Botswana’s criminalizing laws In April Botswana’s new President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, took office, heralding hope for the furthering of human and civil rights in the country.  Launching the country’s … More Botswana’s New President Groundbreaking Support for LGBTI Rights

Passionate Residents call on Marin BOS for County Sanctuary at TRUTH Forum

The Truth Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2016, requires local governing bodies in which local law enforcement has provided ICE access to an individual to hold a community forum to receive and consider public comment. Last night the Marin County Board of Supervisors held such a forum at the Civic … More Passionate Residents call on Marin BOS for County Sanctuary at TRUTH Forum

South African Parliament votes to approve Civil Union Amendment for Full Marriage Equality

By Melanie Nathan- Last month we reported a victory for LGBTQI equality and same-sex couples in South Africa, when the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in Parliament adopted a Civil Union Amendment Bill that could lead to full marriage equality for South Africa’s same-sex community. Now that journey to becoming law is one step closer to … More South African Parliament votes to approve Civil Union Amendment for Full Marriage Equality

Botswana Africa’s Next Hope for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

The Botswana High Court has announced that it will finally hear a case on the decriminalization of homosexuality next year:  According to our friends at Mamba Online, the full bench of the court ordered that a hearing challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 167 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes same-sex sexual activities … More Botswana Africa’s Next Hope for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

One Man’s Protest Highlights Texas Internment Camp for Thousands of Detained Children

For over two months Joshua Rubin from New York has been camped near a Trump internment camp for detained migrant children, in protest and spreading awareness into what he can see as the day to day happenings of the camp. A documentary team has been on the ground in Tornillo, Texas reporting the story, through regular … More One Man’s Protest Highlights Texas Internment Camp for Thousands of Detained Children

Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention

In May ICE said six transgender people had died in detention!  When government leadership at the highest level denigrates and attempts to rob a minority of its rights, especially  where such government seems intent on erasure, the entire milieu will become a setup for abuse and violence at every level. After seven months the suspicious … More Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention

Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran.

Columbia Law Scholars Issue Memorandum on Civil Rights and Anti-discrimination Laws Religion, Discrimination, and Government Funding:  Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran. November 28, 2018: The Public Rights/Private Conscience Project (PRPCP) at Columbia Law School has published a memorandum that clarifies the responsibility of state and local human rights agencies and … More Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran.

South Africa’s LGBTQ March Calling Shame on Tanzania and Uganda

It is imperative that South Africa lead the movement to decriminalize homosexuality in Africa. And two major events have occurred this past month in South Africa, in what seems to me an historic push for such leadership.  Earlier this month Johannesburg Pride took the bold move of sending an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, … More South Africa’s LGBTQ March Calling Shame on Tanzania and Uganda

Victory for South Africa’s LGBTQ Community as Parliamentary Committee Adopts Critical Amendment

In a victory for LGBTIQ equality and same-sex couples in South Africa, the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in Parliament has adopted a Civil Union Amendment Bill. The Parliamentary Committee’s adoption of the Bill is a major step in the proposed legislation’s journey to becoming law. Our friends at Mamba Online are reporting this fantastic news … More Victory for South Africa’s LGBTQ Community as Parliamentary Committee Adopts Critical Amendment

Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– In today’s petitions asking the Supreme Court to allow President Trump’s ban on transgender service members to take effect, the Trump administration has repeated false claims about inclusive policy. Despite extensive data confirming that inclusive policy for transgender personnel has been a success, the administration asserts, without evidence, that the policy poses … More Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

Transgender Lives Lost and Never Forgotten TDOR 2018

First published at African Human rights Coalition:  Lives Lost Transgender Day of Remembrance TDOR – 2018 The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event that started in 1998 after the killing of Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman, in the United Sates.  Today on TDOR we memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hate and prejudice. It … More Transgender Lives Lost and Never Forgotten TDOR 2018

Victory Fund Candidate Data on 2018 Rainbow Wave

Data provides look at sexual orientation and gender identity of candidates Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund released a demographic and informational breakdown of the 432 openly LGBTQ candidates on the ballot this past Election Day – looking at sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, office level, party affiliation, and the equality levels of the … More Victory Fund Candidate Data on 2018 Rainbow Wave

Could Freddy Mercury have been the Voice for Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Africa

The early box office success, and swift criticism, of the Queen biopic movie Bohemian Rhapsody, is also attracting interest in Freddie Mercury’s African roots: The country of his birth, may not only have failed to embrace him, but most certainly would have persecuted him through its criminalization of homosexuality and bisexuality.  Freddy mercury was born in … More Could Freddy Mercury have been the Voice for Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Africa

Marin Fair Housing Discrimination Case Settled

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California and Client Settle National Origin Discrimination Complaint San Rafael, CA – Late last month, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC) and one of its clients settled a complaint alleging discrimination based upon national origin that had been filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing against Continuum … More Marin Fair Housing Discrimination Case Settled

INFINIX Mobile Phone Billboard Promotes Violence Against LGBTQ People in Nigeria

“…these billboard add another bullet to the head of gays and lesbians and all LGBTQI in Nigeria… ” Melanie Nathan When Corporations think it is in their interests to promote homophobia on the Continent of Africa, one wonders if they realize they are actually promoting hate and harm. It is bad enough that Africa’s LGBTQI … More INFINIX Mobile Phone Billboard Promotes Violence Against LGBTQ People in Nigeria