Victory: New York Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

After a 16-year battle, New York updates state law to protect transgender New Yorkers, becoming 20th state with explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people NEW YORK – Today the New York legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, providing explicit protections for transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and education. … More Victory: New York Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

Virginia Lawmakers Advance LGBTQ Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Efforts to secure LGBT nondiscrimination protections in Virginia are advancing with bipartisan support. Yesterday, Virginia’s Senate General Laws committee approved bipartisan legislation to protect LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination in housing and public employment. Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) is partnering with Equality Virginia, the state’s LGBTQ advocacy organization, to advance nondiscrimination legislation this … More Virginia Lawmakers Advance LGBTQ Protections

UNHCR sending Ugandan LGBT Refugees into Homophobic Kenyan Society not an Option

Asking gays and lesbians to lay low while Kenyan Government turns a blind eye to their homosexuality – is NOT a solution!  America needs to wake up to the need to open the pipeline for LGBT refugees from Africa and criminalizing countries.. When the Kakuma LGBTQI refugees protested harsh conditions and the failed security at the … More UNHCR sending Ugandan LGBT Refugees into Homophobic Kenyan Society not an Option

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

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

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

70th UDHR Anniversary and Deplorable Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Africa

Call Outs on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights SOUTH AFRICA:  On this the day we celebrate the 70th year of the #UDHR South Africa should take a hard look at its deplorable treatment of African asylum seekers and #refugees from Northern countries. People, including mothers with babies on their backs, are … More 70th UDHR Anniversary and Deplorable Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Africa

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

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

For LGBTI People Kakuma Camp is a Desperate Nightmare

There are millions of migrants and refugees around the world. Displacement of human beings is at an all time high.The most marginalized among all refugees are LGBTI refugees seeking safety and a resettlement process in countries which continue the persecution they had escaped from. LGBTI people are fleeing homophobic violence and the criminalization of their … More For LGBTI People Kakuma Camp is a Desperate Nightmare

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

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

TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Andrea “Andy” Hong Marra as its new executive director. Marra is a nationally revered social justice advocate with a strong track record of service to the LGBTQ movement. Marra succeeds Dolph Ward Goldenburg who has served as … More TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director

South African President Ramaphosa Must Take the Lead for Journalists and LGBTQ in Africa

South Africa’s history and legacy compels it to do more when it comes to human rights on the Continent of Africa! To speak out and to offer a diplomacy of insistence. Most countries in Africa have suffered the oppression and ills metered out by Colonizers. It is a long history. It is a large continent. … More South African President Ramaphosa Must Take the Lead for Journalists and LGBTQ in Africa

Africa Brief – Tanzanian Gay Hunt, Cameroon Turmoil, Expat Somalis Win U.S. Elections and More…..

Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis has turned into a full-scale propaganda war. The return of 78 kidnapped schoolchildren this week has led to an exchange of allegations between Cameroon’s government and Anglophone militant separatists claiming the other side was responsible, reports Amindeh Blaise Atabong from Yaoundé. Meanwhile, TV journalist Mimi Mefo Takombo has been detained indefinitely by … More Africa Brief – Tanzanian Gay Hunt, Cameroon Turmoil, Expat Somalis Win U.S. Elections and More…..

First LGBTQ United States Senator Tammy Baldwin Wins Reelection

Wisconsin voters also reelect U.S. Representative Mark Pocan Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly LGBTQ person, and first lesbian ever elected to the U.S. Senate, was tonight reelected by Wisconsin voters in a race closely watched by both political parties and the LGBTQ community nationwide. LGBTQ Victory Fund invested heavily in … More First LGBTQ United States Senator Tammy Baldwin Wins Reelection

Powerful International LGBTQ Love Story Regional Premiere at NCTC, San Francisco

The NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER – presents a moving and timely international LGBTQI love story, Cardboard Piano by Hansol Jung, – A powerful tale of redemption   San Francisco, CA (September 12, 2018) – In October, New Conservatory Theatre Center is pleased to present the regional premiere of Cardboard Piano by Whiting Award-winning playwright, Hansol Jung, … More Powerful International LGBTQ Love Story Regional Premiere at NCTC, San Francisco

Inter Parliamentary Union Votes to Ban LGBT Debate as led by Homophobic Ugandan Delegation

At the Legislators meeting in Geneva of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), a majority voted a ban debate on the subject of LGBT human rights  – and according to Ugandan reports this is a forever-enduring ban. Some nations brought the subject to the floor, in the hope of passing an amendment to include LGBT people in … More Inter Parliamentary Union Votes to Ban LGBT Debate as led by Homophobic Ugandan Delegation

LGBT Kenyans Support the Case to Overturn Ban on Film Rafiki

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu filed a petition at the High Court of Kenya this week, seeking to have the ban on her film, ​Rafiki​, ​overturned. ​Rafiki is the first Kenyan film to be invited to show at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in its 70+ year history yet remains banned for distribution, broadcast and exhibition … More LGBT Kenyans Support the Case to Overturn Ban on Film Rafiki

StartOut Announces Winners of 2018 StartOut Awards

San Francisco, CA (September 13, 2018)– StartOut, the largest national nonprofit to empower, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) entrepreneurs and business leaders, announced the winners for its upcoming 7th Annual StartOut Awards, which will take place on Friday, September 21st at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, in a ceremony presented by … More StartOut Announces Winners of 2018 StartOut Awards

South African Police Officer Beats Women Perceived as Lesbians.

A now suspended Mthatha police officer has been accused of assaulting four women in his home, allegedly because they are lesbian. He is due to appear in court on 17 July. While South Africa’s Constitution provides equality for LGBTQI people, members of society continue to express hate through violent crime.   However this becomes even … More South African Police Officer Beats Women Perceived as Lesbians.

Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively Loses on This One!

Appeals Court Bats Away Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively’s Attempt to Censor Judge This week the First Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed anti-gay extremist Scott Lively’s attempt to appeal a ruling from the district court to remove language that harshly criticized his role in the persecution of the LGBTI community in Uganda in the case Sexual … More Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively Loses on This One!

National LGBT Bar Association Launches Important COMMIT to INCLUSION Campaign

National LGBT Bar Association Launches COMMIT to INCLUSION CampaignNationwide Initiative Urges Attorneys to Reject Anti-LGBT Legal Groups and Deny Pro Bono Services that Would Advance their Discriminatory Agenda  Washington, D.C. The National LGBT Bar Association announces a new campaign that asks attorneys across the nation to COMMIT to INCLUSION by repudiating anti-LGBT legal groups like … More National LGBT Bar Association Launches Important COMMIT to INCLUSION Campaign

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Signed by Governor

AB 2969 will codify in statute every June as LGBT Pride Month. SACRAMENTO—Today legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. 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 … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Signed by Governor