Remembering the Soweto Massacre – South Africa’s National Youth Day June 16

June 16th, 1976 seemed like just another regular coolish South African winter’s day. Frustrated by parking problems, I made my way into my law class at the mostly “white only” University of the Witwatersrand, (WITS). Little did I know where this day would lead: A fellow student ran into our class screaming that children were … More Remembering the Soweto Massacre – South Africa’s National Youth Day June 16

Egyptian Lesbian Arrested for Raising Rainbow Flag Dies by Suicide

In 2017 it was widely reported that Egyptian police arrested 57 people after they were allegedly seen raising rainbow flags at a concert in Cairo. They were reportedly detained for “promoting sexual deviancy”. Among them was the only woman arrested, a lesbian activist, Sara El Hegazy, who after finding refuge in Canada, according to media and Twitter … More Egyptian Lesbian Arrested for Raising Rainbow Flag Dies by Suicide

Justice Sought for Young Brutally Murdered LGBTQI Ugandan

A young LGBTQI Ugandan has been brutally attacked and murdered in Gombe, Uganda. According to sources in Kampala Fahad Ssemugoma, 22, known as Legit’ Ferhd Kawere, described by some as gay and as transgender fell victim to violent mob violence at the hands of Boda Boda (motorcycle taxi) riders. There are many rumors spreading on social media … More Justice Sought for Young Brutally Murdered LGBTQI Ugandan

Deep Sadness Prevails this Day – Tribute to Johnny Clegg

Such a life never dies ….. much loved …. forever remembered….. Johnny – our legend- deep sadness prevails this day – even with profound and happy memories helming his magnificent legacy There will never be another Johnny Clegg Music, dance, language – The courageous cross pollination- a part of that which brought South Africa to its … More Deep Sadness Prevails this Day – Tribute to Johnny Clegg

Guernsey Auction of Secret Electric Cane Sheds Light on Same-Sex Relationship

Ella Holmes White, an American born in 1856, boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with her maid Amelia Bissette and manservant Sante Ringhini. She travelled first class sharing a cabin with Marie Young. They also brought along some exotic French-bred chickens, intending to keep them at their New York country home. White and her maid were rescued … More Guernsey Auction of Secret Electric Cane Sheds Light on Same-Sex Relationship

Introduction of Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying

Murray, Baldwin, Pocan Introduce Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying and Harassment at Colleges and Universities Across the Country One in five college students are victims of cyberbullying, and LGBTQ students are nearly twice as likely to be harassed than their peers | Legislation would require colleges and universities to establish policies to … More Introduction of Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying

Sam Equality Deetz Remembered by African HRC

African HRC Mourns the Passing of Sam Deetz, by Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African HRC. African Human Rights Coalition is deeply saddened to report the sudden passing of our Advisory Committee member, Sam Deetz, from Pennsylvania. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, to Sam’s devoted husband Jim Zeigler, who he had shared … More Sam Equality Deetz Remembered by African HRC

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

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

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

SC Mom Reflects on Gay Son’s Murder Speaking Out Against Anti- LGBTQ Violence

Greenville, South Carolina– On Tuesday, May 16, Greenville resident Elke Kennedy will observe the 10-year anniversary of her son Sean Kennedy’s death. Sean was brutally murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in 2007.  Ms. Kennedy has spent much of the last decade traveling the country and advocating for an end to hate violence. A decade after … More SC Mom Reflects on Gay Son’s Murder Speaking Out Against Anti- LGBTQ Violence

Jews Disgusted by TRUMP Speaking at Holocaust Remembrance

  Trump speaks on Capitol Hill during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Days of Remembrance ceremony Today, I watched Donald Trump speak at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in the Capital Rotunda. My reaction was visceral and I could not control the surge of anger. It was as if I had just seen, at that very microphone, … More Jews Disgusted by TRUMP Speaking at Holocaust Remembrance

Extra Concern on Trans Day of Remembrance

Today is the annual international Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), dedicated to the memory of those whose lives have been lost because they are transgender. According to Freedom for All Americans,  this year, there are at least 25 reported cases in the U.S. alone of transgender people who have been murdered. Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed … More Extra Concern on Trans Day of Remembrance

President Obama’s Statement on the Death of Israeli Former President Shimon Peres

September 27, 2016 Statement by President Obama on the Death of Former Israeli President Shimon Peres There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of … More President Obama’s Statement on the Death of Israeli Former President Shimon Peres

Emotional San Francisco Pride Parade Stops in Silence for Orlando

The usual cheers and celebratory atmosphere came to a dramatic halt Sunday when San Francisco Pride’s 46th annual Parade, held its first ever intentional Parade stop, as over one million spectators and 240 marching contingencies stood, some with arms in the air, shaping the letter “O”,  in a deeply moving moment of solidarity,  remembering the … More Emotional San Francisco Pride Parade Stops in Silence for Orlando

London and African Asylum Seekers Mourn For LGBT Orlando in a Very Big Way

There has been an enormous national and global outpouring of emotion and love for the 49 young LGBT heroes slaughtered in the worst gun massacre in American history, as well as the 53 injured, many of whom lost loved ones and close friends.  Out of all the vigils and rallies I have seen reports on, … More London and African Asylum Seekers Mourn For LGBT Orlando in a Very Big Way

South African message of condolence to US following Orlando Massacre

It am pleased to note that  South Africa’s President Zuma has issued a statement condemning the massacre of LGBT Americans.   Indeed this is an important statement to make and I am grateful for it. Yet cannot help but note the hypocrisy and in doing so – lets hope speaking out brings renewed consciousness. Here … More South African message of condolence to US following Orlando Massacre

RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Here are 36 names and faces of the 50 people brutally slaughtered by a rabid homophobe, Jihadist ISIS supporter, who may have had mental issues, who had easy access to an assault weapon, a gun he did not need, except to use to massacre these LGBT Americans and members of America’s Hispanic immigrant community.  We … More RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

ACT UP AIDS Activist’s Letter To Hillary Clinton

” I have been fighting for my life since Reagan was in office. I remember the conversation about AIDS Nancy Reagan started–I remember the dark black wind of nothingness,” Matt Ebert Democratic candidate for the United States presidency, former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton praised Nancy Reagan for “starting the conversation … More ACT UP AIDS Activist’s Letter To Hillary Clinton

California State Senator Speaks out Against Reagan on AIDS

In an interview conducted at Nancy Reagan’s funeral today, Hillary Clinton praised her for “starting the conversation on AIDS” and then later, after an outcry by the Gay community, retracted her comment, saying she misspoke. Today we are reminded that some of our politicians have stood up against those who wish to the rewrite history … More California State Senator Speaks out Against Reagan on AIDS

Environmental Activist Murdered

Prize-winning Honduran environmental activist murdered WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last night assailants attacked and killed Berta Cáceres, an indigenous activist who earned the Goldman Prize in 2015 for her work stopping a dam project in Honduras. Cáceres co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH. She won a fight of many years … More Environmental Activist Murdered

Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

TLDEF Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance Posted by Melanie Nathan, Nov 20, 2015. New York, NY- The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) commemorates the 17th Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to memorialize all those lost to anti-transgender violence and to honor the spirit and resilience of transgender people worldwide. TDOR began in … More Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

Film About AIDS Memorial Quilt Covers its Birth and Impact

AIDS Quilt Documentary The Last One Gears Up for Fall 2015 Screenings and 2016 National Youth Outreach Campaign Posted by Melanie Nathan, Oct 20, 2015.   Film Spotlights AIDS Memorial Quilt; Reveals Progress, Setbacks and Hope in the Quest to End AIDS; Youth Campaign (Combining the Quilt Display with Screenings of the Film) Aims to … More Film About AIDS Memorial Quilt Covers its Birth and Impact