Just this week I received the NLGJA Award for excellence in blogging. In December 2018 I had written about an attack on LGBTQI refugees while peacefully protesting the horrendous Kakuma Camp conditions and insecurities. Since the time of writing that article, many problems persisted and has brought LGBTI refugees back full circle to the dreaded … More LGBTI Refugees Arrested and Sent Back to Dreaded Kakuma Camp
I am so honored to be named for the Excellence in Blogging Award: Melanie Nathan for “LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya,” www.oblogdee.blog and congratulations to all the award recipients with thanks for the important work. This is truly an honor, and most especially because it recognizes the subject matter which I … More I am Named for Excellence in Blogging Award as NLGJA Announces 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award Recipients
7 MASKS 1 STORY – This is MASK 05 out of 7 MASK stories which will be told each day this week: If you care you will share! If you have been following the series and already read this intro, you can skip to the header MASK 05, below: For the past ten years I have … More MASK 05: Mistreatment of Lesbian Asylum Seeker Reveals Corrupt South African Officials
7 MASKS 1 STORY – This is MASK 03 out of 7 MASK stories which will be told each day this week: If you care you will share! If you have been following the series and already read this intro, you can skip to the header MASK 03, below: For the past ten years I have … More Mask 03: Gay Refugee Plight Screams for Humanitarian Basics
San Rafael, CA – With encouragement from the federal government, the County of Marin has entered into a new agreement designed to improve local fair housing choice and result in more affordable housing options for its most financially strapped residents. At its hearing of May 7, the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted to enter … More Marin County steps up Fair Housing – Is it enough?
Today is International Women’s Day #IWD2019: We celebrate and stand in solidarity with all women, noting their tenacity and fortitude, especially those who courageously survive violence and defy patriarchy. At African HRC with global lesbians and transgender women our family, we continue to fight for the basic human right to autonomy of mind and body. Here … More Honoring Lesbian Survivors on International Women’s Day #IWD 2019
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
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
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
I dedicate my VOTE to my Daughters and all the Daughters of America! Hello friends – as we approach November 06, 2018, and many of you are voting via mail-in ballots, here are my California endorsements and recommendations for this critically important election. Firstly you will note my Statewide ballot – which pertains to all … More OK DUDES MY NOV 06 2018 CALIFORNIA VOTE
By Melanie Nathan. Kanye West’s trip to Uganda has been excruciatingly tone deaf. Not only did he hand out oversized shoes to orphans and relish photo-ops with one of Africa’s longest-serving oppressive autocratic rulers, but the rapper also seemed willing to turn his back on fellow rapper Bobi Wine, as well as the socio-economic issues facing his … More Kanye West is Tone Deaf in Uganda
By Melanie Nathan, JUST SAY NO! “I know one thing for sure that if he is nominated to SCOTUS American woman will riot and burn this place down – and you can decide whether that is metaphorical or literal – let us see! So regardless Patriarchy, your days are numbered!” Melanie Nathan. When Donald Trump … More Brett Kavanaugh is a Conduct Unbecoming Liar and should not be on ANY Court Bench
Standing with refugees, asylum seekers immigrants, and orphans because it is persecutory and tragic to separate families… This Mother’s day as we stand with refugee and asylum seeking mothers and the orphans who do not have mothers, I reflect on the tragedy of my own family and how the Trump Administration is working policy to … More A Reflective Mothers Day – Five Generations in My Maternal Line on Five Separate Continents Mothers
“The enormous damage is palpable” -Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition Tonight we celebrate the 4th Circuit decision to uphold the BAN on Trump’s Muslim travel ban and the denial of Trump’s second failed Executive Order which also sought to suspend the entire US Refugee Program. Trump lost because in America it is unconstitutional … More After 4th Circuit Appeal Loss by TRUMP America Must hold Him and Republicans Accountable
REPORTING IN REAL TIME AS EVENTS UNFOLD: Proving that UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is not able to provide adequate protection for Africa’s LGBT refugees: For several years LGBTI refugees have been denied the guarantee by UNHCR that they can be protected within the refugee system. It is now time to make … More 18 LGBT Refugees Detained and Beaten by Kenyan Police
‘THE VILLAGE VOICE PRIDE AWARDS’ The Village Voice Pride Awards to honor LGBTQ local and global heroes contributing to the community’s growth, at VIP gala, June 21 New York, NY—May 3, 2017—The Village Voice announced today the launch of ‘The Village Voice Pride Awards,’ which recognizes local and global heroes in the LGBTQ movement. The … More Village Voice Partners with NYC Pride to Launch Awards
By Melanie Nathan, March, 29, 2017. Last night Women’s March San Francisco launched the first in a series of panel discussions: “We Marched. We Rallied. Now What?” And it was a great success. The event was held at the JCC, San Francisco and was attended by over 150, mostly women. The panelists included: Amina from … More Women’s March San Francisco Panel Series – We Marched We Rallied Now What?
Quoting the NBC Article by Julie Compton: African LGBTQ refugees hoping to come to the United States got the news they had hoped for Thursday night — they would not have to remain in countries where they face persecution or even death. The news came after a three-judge federal appeals court panel refused to reinstate President … More Court Decision Allows LGBTQ Refugees to Continue Entering U.S.
Yeah all 62,979,879 plus of them ….. By Melanie Nathan, December 30, 2016. As the New Year approaches, and in looking to write up my annual Heroes and Zeroes I could not help but notice that this year 62,979,879 ZEROES voted for a sick, mentally deficient, hateful, misogynistic, racist, sexual predator, who happens also to be a xenophobic, … More 2016 Heroes and Zeroes yields an unprecedented number of Zeroes
When I heard Trump was going to be speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference (AIPAC ) I was mad as hell. I could not understand why Jews, conservative or liberal, would allow the venom spewing monster, who has mostly attracted low life KKK Nazi types as supporters, to speak at their annual … More Jews to Stage A Trump Walk Out at AIPAC
SUPER TUESDAY – SAN FRANCISCO ANTI- TRUMP VIOLENCE PROTEST Today is Super Tuesday: Trump has a 30% share in the old Bank of America Building. Several activists stood outside the building and put Donald Trump on notice. The police must have been warned by the landlords or management of the building about our impending presence, … More Protesting Trump in San Francisco
By Melanie Nathan, December 25, 2015. A big thank you to our friends and supporters who have supported OblogdeeOblogda, and my work at The African Human Rights Coalition and Peacemaker Museum World Tour. Here are our TOP TEN Heroes and Zeroes of 2015! Please note you get to choose an 11th! Our Annual Heroes and … More Our Annual HEROES and ZEROES 2015
December 19, 2015 Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African HRC Candidate for the Democratic U.S. Presidential nomination, former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has outlined a comprehensive LGBT policy plan for domestic and global LGBT issues. While we at African Human Rights Coalition are grateful to Secretary Clinton for her recognition of the plight of … More Hillary Clinton Policy Plan does not go far enough for Global LGBT needs
hese Democrats allowed themselves to get hauled into a vote on minimal notice and were suckered into the Republican narrative, without doing extensive research. That one terrorist in Paris turned us against refugees is a sign of cowardice and gives the terrorists the upper hand, a victory. We have allowed them to further victimize the most vulnerable victims of their murderous campaign. I am ashamed of these Democrats – truly ashamed!
While Failing to Note that the Choices are Few to None! By Melanie Nathan, November 09, 2015. Here is a BBC TV report for which I provided consultation. I have posted the BBC transcript report here. The TV version with pictures can be seen on the BBC website. The report while providing crucial exposure, leaves … More BBC Report on Ugandan LGBT Refugees in Kenya Speaks to Regret
Anti-Homosexuality Act to the floor for a vote in Uganda’s parliament when there was no quorum. This unconstitutional passage of the Act caused it to be invalidated by the Courts. an overnight spike in evictions, firings, imprisonment, assaults, rapes, blackmail – in essence a state sanctioned mass persecution of LGBT people in Uganda. … More Anti-Gay Ugandan Human Rights Abuser Speaker Kadaga Celebrates Birthday in United States