Hostile Host Countries further the persecution of LGBTI Refugees in Africa

A Critical frontier for Human Rights Advocacy – Melanie Nathan (2019) – the subject of 2 Articles in global press- Harpers and Mamba-Online – elucidating a critical mess for LGBTQI refugees!  This week two articles have been written by accomplished journalists at two different corners of the world, reflecting on the stories of refugees attempting to avail … More Hostile Host Countries further the persecution of LGBTI Refugees in Africa

“Love & Pride” a New Musical in San Francisco – Link to Discount Tickets

Theater on the Cusp presents “Love & Pride” – a new musical that turns the conversation on gender, sex, and sexuality on its head – Support Queer Theatre- See discount code below! San Francisco, CA  – Theater on the Cusp presents Love & Pride at the EXIT Theatre for an 8-show run. This will be the 4th production in … More “Love & Pride” a New Musical in San Francisco – Link to Discount Tickets

Asylum Seeker Credibility – Landmark Ruling on Expert Medical Evidence

Credibility is often an issue in asylum cases. It can be a tough indictment on nervous victims of persecution and torture, terrified at having to function in a milieu of transparency, after having hidden themselves for so long!  How do you come out openly in your attempt to seek asylum in a safe country, after … More Asylum Seeker Credibility – Landmark Ruling on Expert Medical Evidence

Why The Equality Act is Critical for LGBT People

Simply stated the Equality Act would provide protections to millions of LGBT people – All members of our LGBTQI community and allies should be speaking loudly about this and contacting our representatives, regardless of their level of support, or party affiliation. Let representatives in the House and Senate know just how important this is to us and … More Why The Equality Act is Critical for LGBT People

Listing 300 Anti-LGBTQ Lawyers Working with Alliance Defending Freedom

NEW REPORT: Here is a List of 300 Anti-LGBTQ Lawyers Working with Alliance Defending Freedom | Report Provides Names of ADF Allied Attorneys Serving in the Federal Government  and the Country’s Top Law Firms (New York, New York) – A new report released by Media Matters provides 300 names of Alliance Defending Freedom’s 3,300 allied attorneys … More Listing 300 Anti-LGBTQ Lawyers Working with Alliance Defending Freedom

AHRC Implores Media and LGBTQI Community to use Smollett Hoax Positively

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested, is appearing in a Chicago Court and faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him last month. Statement by Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC/ African HRC), first appearing HERE: I am stunned to … More AHRC Implores Media and LGBTQI Community to use Smollett Hoax Positively

Agriculture and Forest Products Industry Leaders Gather to Support LGBT Diversity

Portland, Oregon – The Cultivating Change Foundation hosted its third annual reception in Oregon to celebrate the love of agriculture and agriculturists on Friday, February 15.  The Foundation’s mission is one-of-a-kind: to value and elevate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the agricultural industry through advocacy, education, and community.  It’s a unique mission … More Agriculture and Forest Products Industry Leaders Gather to Support LGBT Diversity

If the Jussie Smollett Attack was a Hoax ….

According to Chicago media, Jussie Smollett paid two brothers to stage an attack against him, directed them to buy items used in the alleged assault and actually rehearsed it with them. Sources apparently tell media that at least one of the brothers bought the rope used in the incident at Smollett’s request. All I am … More If the Jussie Smollett Attack was a Hoax ….

LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Controversial Decision to Disinvite Lesbian Police Officer

Lesbian Police Officer disinvited from Creating Change  When diverse individuals and groups bring their intersections to a conference that purports to ‘create change,’ what we may find is a complex puzzle. The question is whether the connecting of ALL pieces to the puzzle is possible? Not if pieces are lost! Mixing people from diverse backgrounds, … More LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Controversial Decision to Disinvite Lesbian Police Officer

LGBTQ Brazilian Congressman Jean Wyllys Flees Brazil After Death Threats

Anti-LGBTQ forces allied with President Jair Bolsonaro have long-targeted Wyllys – who has resigned and fled Brazil Brazilian Congressman Jean Wyllys – who became the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the National Congress of Brazil in 2011 – announced he has left the country and will not return because of increasing death threats … More LGBTQ Brazilian Congressman Jean Wyllys Flees Brazil After Death Threats

Navigating Spousal and Child Support Court Orders by Federal Workers in Trump Shutdown

When insidious politics and reality collide – there is no escaping the serious impact – and the things we could never have imagined having to prepare for! What happens to child support orders in a Government shutdown? An especially pertinent question because there is no precedent for a Federal shutdown that has gone on this … More Navigating Spousal and Child Support Court Orders by Federal Workers in Trump Shutdown

Kamala Harris Declares Presidential Run for the People

Decency, Justice,Truth, Equality, Freedom, Democracy will helm the Kamala Harris Presidency. Of this I have no doubt. So from day one Kamala Harris has my full and absolute endorsement.  Living in the Bay Area I have watched her for the years before she was known or popular. I have seen her navigate contentious issues. I saw her show … More Kamala Harris Declares Presidential Run for the People

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