250,000 March in Largest Gay Pride Parade in the Middle East

* Tel Aviv-Yafo Mayor: “We will continue to support and celebrate our local LGBTQ culture and act as a welcoming destination for the International gay community.” *International Ambassador for Tel Aviv pride 2019, Neil Patrick Harris: “Tel Aviv Pride has become an important symbol of LGBTQ visibility and acceptance on the world stage. June 14, 2019, … More 250,000 March in Largest Gay Pride Parade in the Middle East

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

New Investigative Article Reveals Abysmal Path for LGBTI Refugees in Africa

“Ultimately, Nathan believes that the current asylum system is broken for LGBTI asylum seekers and cannot offer them adequate protection. It is “virtually impossible to guarantee safety to someone who is LGBTI and on African soil,” she said. I first started communicating with Annie Hylton and Malia Politzer almost 2 years ago. They were interested … More New Investigative Article Reveals Abysmal Path for LGBTI Refugees in Africa

Three Must See LGBTQI Films at Frameline

I am so excited to announce African Human Rights Coalition as Co-presenter at Frameline! Hope to see you at the famed Castro Theater! UNSETTLED, DIR Tom Shepard 2019 USA, Produced with Jen Giloman, 88 min,In English: Sunday, June 23 at the Castro theatre at 1PM  In this powerful documentary, acclaimed director Tom Shepard (Scout’s Honor, Frameline25) follows four LGBTQ+ refugees … More Three Must See LGBTQI Films at Frameline

A Very British Lesbian Comes to Marin

A solo play about saving one’s own life: “The problem is women. They’re bloody everywhere.” That’s what Fiona Goodwin – a very British, hilariously funny, middle-aged lesbian – has discovered and recounts in her one-hour, one-woman play. Fiona Goodwin, the UK born, Los Angeles based stand-up comic, who has appeared at The Comedy Store, Flappers, The Colony … More A Very British Lesbian Comes to Marin

History Made as Equality Bill Passes House – BUT NOW is the Time for HUGE LGBTQ Advocacy

Today the House of Representatives took the historic step of passing the Equality Act, the federal bill that would finally afford basic civil rights protections for the LGBTQI community. If it passes the Senate and is signed by the President, it would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual … More History Made as Equality Bill Passes House – BUT NOW is the Time for HUGE LGBTQ Advocacy

The Notre Dame Fire is not yet extinguished and “Persecuted Christian” Gaffney blames Muslims

Today a massive blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris devastated large parts of the 850-year-old church. Then comes the hate:- “Attacks on French Churches constitute a warning” says the fear mongering dishonest extreme American organization known as “Save the Persecuted Christians” and a nutcase, hiding behind this organization named for Christianity, is saying this while scapegoating Muslims, … More The Notre Dame Fire is not yet extinguished and “Persecuted Christian” Gaffney blames Muslims

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

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 ….

Democracy For America Statement on Elizabeth Warren 2020

Earlier this morning, Senator Elizabeth Warren became one of the first major candidates to launch a 2020 campaign for President. SEE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=rbH0RU4GcVo Democracy for America’s Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain, issued the following statement following Warren’s announcement: “Our country needs a 2020 Democratic nominee defined by bold, inclusive populist ideas and a vision for the future … More Democracy For America Statement on Elizabeth Warren 2020

Local Marin Leaders Mobilizing Against Cruel Immigration Changes

Homeland Security proposal would penalize those receiving public benefits Marin County, CA – Local community leaders are mobilizing in response to a new proposal from the Trump Administration that would penalize certain immigrants seeking to change their legal status if they receive public benefits or are deemed likely to become a “public charge” in the … More Local Marin Leaders Mobilizing Against Cruel Immigration Changes

Close-up Faces of those who cheered and laughed as Trump Mocked Sexual Assault Survivor

The faces of those patrons of the MAGA Trump rally who applauded and laughed as Trump mocked, in essence, all sexual assault survivors Last night America was shocked. Well shocked that there was something even more shocking than the things that have already been so shocking! We must be talking about Trump! Donald J. The … More Close-up Faces of those who cheered and laughed as Trump Mocked Sexual Assault Survivor

Africa 2018 List of Top Innovators by Quartz

The fourth edition is here- of the Quartz Africa Innovators, an annual series identifying some of the most ambitious and imaginative minds on the African continent. The 30 movers and thinkers on this list range across fields from the arts and science to technology and entrepreneurship and beyond. In congratulating all, I recommend reading the details and … More Africa 2018 List of Top Innovators by Quartz

Remedies Sought as United States Deported 463 Parents, Leaving Behind Traumatized Children

They Can — and Must — Bring the Parents Back Using Well-Established Parole Authority It is now clear that the Trump administration deported 463 parents without the children they arrived with. With the administration under court order to reunite all families separated by the government, it is now imperative that these families be found and … More Remedies Sought as United States Deported 463 Parents, Leaving Behind Traumatized Children

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

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

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

The Trump family separation policy death toll

Tragedy Strikes and Outrage Mounts Over the Trump Administration’s Cruelty Link: http://bit.ly/2HEzDts Over the weekend, Nick Miroff of the Washington Post reported on the devastating story of Marco Antonio Muñoz, a Honduran father who was evidently so distraught about being separated from his wife and child as a result of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” … More The Trump family separation policy death toll

American Sharon Slater Trying to Stop Sex Education in Africa

American Family Watch International (FWI)  Misuses its UN Status to Preach Abstinence Trying to Stop Sex Education under the Guise of Sexualization of Children. United States rightwing forces, helmed by Family Watch International and its President Sharon Slater, are exerting their colonialist muscle to prevent and inhibit sex education to Africa’s youth. The ignorant propagandist … More American Sharon Slater Trying to Stop Sex Education in Africa

New Yorker: “Taking Children From Their Parents is a Form of State Terror”

My family was once on the rough end of America’s immigration law, when faced with the threat of my same-sex spouse having to go back to her country of origin.  Because of DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) LGBT people could not marry with federal immigration rights to sponsor a same-sex spouse to remain in … More New Yorker: “Taking Children From Their Parents is a Form of State Terror”

Horrific Nazi Tactic Raid Nets 32 Fathers by ICE Agents in Eastern Iowa

Federal and local law enforcement officials arrested 32 men on what they described as administrative immigration violations during a raid early Wednesday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials wouldn’t confirm where the raid took place, but at about 11 a.m. Iowa State Patrol officers blocked off the entrance to MPC Enterprises — Midwest Precast Concrete — … More Horrific Nazi Tactic Raid Nets 32 Fathers by ICE Agents in Eastern Iowa

Top 10 Reasons why we should STFU about the pillory on Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Will everyone please just stop talking about how poor ‘ol Sarah Huckabee Sanders was affronted at the White House Correspondent dinner this weekend. STFU! Here are 10 TOP reasons why! 10. The White House Correspondents dinner traditionally is a roast where people can be expected to be made fun of – that is its tradition. … More Top 10 Reasons why we should STFU about the pillory on Sarah Huckabee Sanders

National Black Justice Coalition Names Executive Director

Washington, DC— The leadership of the National Black Justice Coalition announced today that David J. Johns has assumed the role of Executive Director as of September 1, 2017. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer … More National Black Justice Coalition Names Executive Director

Report Finds Arabic Media Perpetuates Homophobia Transphobia in Region

OutRight Action International has launched a new report titled, ‘Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017.’ The report is available in both English and Arabic. The report monitors widespread local and national newspapers in 14 countries in the Arab region, radio, TV channels, … More Report Finds Arabic Media Perpetuates Homophobia Transphobia in Region

More than 1 Lesson from Thiel’s Affair with Trump

I too have had some months to soak in all those Trump assurances.  Not that I was ever stupid enough to believe them: The “oh don’t worry about LGBT rights going backwards, Trump will be great to gays, after all he has ‘Ivanka the Wonderful’, who has sooo many gay friends, she will surely influence … More More than 1 Lesson from Thiel’s Affair with Trump

U.S. Refugee Program Can Continue under SCOTUS Ban Decision

 So what should happen to LGBT and other Refugees already accepted by the USA for resettlement after the US Supreme Court decided to allow a limited portion of the Muslim Travel Ban to stand: …. Read the position of CGRS in their response and the bottom line is we too at African Human Rights Coalition … More U.S. Refugee Program Can Continue under SCOTUS Ban Decision

California Legislative LGBT Caucus Celebrates June Pride Month Honors LGBT Individuals

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislative LGBT Caucus will celebrate June 2017 as Pride Month with the adoption of House Resolution 41 during Assembly Floor Session and Senate Resolution 46 during Senate Floor Session on Monday, June 19, 2017. As part of the ceremony, the Caucus will honor 10 LGBT individuals and the San Francisco Gay … More California Legislative LGBT Caucus Celebrates June Pride Month Honors LGBT Individuals

Join Global Russian Protests in San Francisco

INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS ON 25th ANNIVERSARY  – OF THE DAY OF RUSSIA The Day of Russia (Russian: День России, Den’ Rossii) ) celebrates the end of Communist rule and the beginning of the Russian Federation. It is the national holiday of the Russian Federation. It has been celebrated annually on June 12 since 1992.  It commemorates … More Join Global Russian Protests in San Francisco

2017 Hearst National Championships Winners Announced

JUNE 5, 2017 HEARST – 2017 HEARST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED Special congratulations to first place winner of the Hearst National Championship Annual Multi-Media Competition: Claire Collins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who themed an LGBT refugee.  I was also pleased to participate in the short winning piece – especially because it gives this … More 2017 Hearst National Championships Winners Announced