Bringing STRAIGHT Money Talk by Suze Orman to GAY (LGBTQ) Journalist Convention

Last Day for NLGJA Convention Advance Registration Rate – NLGJA Convention Event of the Week:  Straight Money Talk with Suze Orman: NLGJA’s 2019 National Convention in New Orleans is coming up fast! Each week from now until the convention, NLGJA will be featuring one of the outstanding activities that will be offered throughout the Convention. Be sure … More Bringing STRAIGHT Money Talk by Suze Orman to GAY (LGBTQ) Journalist Convention

Tom Shepard’s UNSETTLED Wins Prestigious OUTFEST, Los Angeles Award

With special thanks to the featured asylum seekers and refugees Mari, Cheyenne, Junior and Subhi, for having the courage and fortitude to tell your stories before you had barely landed! Dear Friends, This week I had the great honor of accepting the OUTFEST Los Angeles 2019 juried Best Feature Documentary award for the Film UNSETTLED … More Tom Shepard’s UNSETTLED Wins Prestigious OUTFEST, Los Angeles Award

UN Renews Mandate of Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Independent Expert

UN Renews Crucial Mandate for Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identit In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert focusing on the protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. … More UN Renews Mandate of Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Independent Expert

I am Named for Excellence in Blogging Award as NLGJA Announces 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award Recipients 

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 

Celebrating SCOTUS Decision Limiting Political Interest in Redistricting

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill affirming the lower courts designation that the Virginia legislature lacks standing to appeal in its own right: SCOTUS dismissed the challenge to a lower court’s findings that some of Virginia’s legislative districts were racially gerrymandered, saying that House Republicans did not have legal standing to challenge the decision. … More Celebrating SCOTUS Decision Limiting Political Interest in Redistricting

UN LGBT Expert Says Policymakers are Making Preconceived Prejudiced Decisions

Sexual orientation and gender identity: policymakers are taking decisions in the dark, says UN expert Information about the lived realities of LGBT people around the world is, at best, incomplete and fragmented, but in most countries it is simply non-existent, said the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual … More UN LGBT Expert Says Policymakers are Making Preconceived Prejudiced Decisions

MASK 05: Mistreatment of Lesbian Asylum Seeker Reveals Corrupt South African Officials

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

MASK 01: UNHCR System is Not Working for Persecuted LGBTI Refugees

7 MASKS 1 STORY – This is MASK 01 out of 7 MASK stories which will be told each day this week: If you care you will share! For the past ten years I have been working with LGBTQ individuals and communities in several African Countries in the global attempt to thwart homophobia and deal with … More MASK 01: UNHCR System is Not Working for Persecuted LGBTI Refugees

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

Trump White House Targets Asylum Seekers with Cruel Memorandum

This week the White House issued a presidential memorandum calling on the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to issue regulations that would impose onerous financial burdens on asylum seekers, undermine credible fear proceedings, and force judges to rush cases through the immigration court system, at the expense of due process. If enacted, … More Trump White House Targets Asylum Seekers with Cruel Memorandum

U.N Body to Declare Parts of Italian Reproductive Law contrary to International Law

LOYOLA’S INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER PERSUADES U.N. BODY TO DECLARE PARTS OF ITALIAN REPODUCTIVE LAW CONTRARY TO INTERNATIONAL LAW LOS ANGELES – The International Human Rights Center (IHRC) at LMU’s Loyola Law School, Los Angeles has secured a favorable ruling from the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in a challenge to … More U.N Body to Declare Parts of Italian Reproductive Law contrary to International Law

ILGA’s 2019 State Sponsored Homophobia Report Reveals Much Needed For LGBTQ Equality & Human Rights

On 20 March, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) launched the 13th edition of its flagship publication, State-Sponsored Homophobia, authored by Lucas Ramón Mendos. This publication compiles data on laws that affect people on the basis of their sexual orientation – a fundamental resource for researchers, civil society organisations, governments and the general … More ILGA’s 2019 State Sponsored Homophobia Report Reveals Much Needed For LGBTQ Equality & Human Rights

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

Condemnation of the White Nationalism Terrorist Mass Murder of Muslims in Christchurch

He said he wanted the world to know that nowhere in the world will be safe: This threat is from a white nationalist!  Two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked in act of terror yesterday, killing 49 people and seriously injuring another 20. A man in his late 20’s has been arrested and charged … More Condemnation of the White Nationalism Terrorist Mass Murder of Muslims in Christchurch

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

LGBTQ Members of Congress Lead Effort for Floor Vote on Equality Act

Equality Act Introduced by House and Senate Leaders Washington, DC – Today the Equality Act – a federal civil rights law that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, public accommodations and education – was introduced by Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, including out LGBTQ Senator Tammy Baldwin and out LGBTQ Representative … More LGBTQ Members of Congress Lead Effort for Floor Vote on Equality Act

Trump’s National Emergency Through the Eyes of …..

The real headline is not “Shutdown Averted” – but “National Emergency Declared”: This idiot Donald J. Trump just declared a National Emergency to build his campaign promise border wall – because of “illegal alien criminals”, asylum-seeker “caravans, and drug dealers”….  all the while he knows his tantrum will land us in an expensive waste of … More Trump’s National Emergency Through the Eyes of …..

Gov Northam You Stood at My Church Pulpit, talked about Unity, Love – all along you despised the sight of us!

This tweet tells it all – Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam confirmed Friday he was in a racist yearbook photo showing one person dressed in blackface and another in the KKK’s signature white hood and robes, and apologized for “the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt … More Gov Northam You Stood at My Church Pulpit, talked about Unity, Love – all along you despised the sight of us!

Howard Schultz Stop being a Bone Spur Candidate

Melanie Nathan started this petition to Howard Schultz Howard Schultz is an American businessman and now a politician. He was CEO of Starbucks from 1986–2000 and again from 2008–2017, as well as its executive chairman from 2017 to 2018. He is a former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics, and was a member of the Board … More Howard Schultz Stop being a Bone Spur Candidate

Jane Castor for Mayor Endorsed by Equality Florida Action PAC and LGBTQ Victory Fund

Tampa, FL – Today, Equality Florida Action PAC, Florida’s largest political committee working to elect pro-equality candidates, joined with LGBTQ Victory Fund to announce the endorsement of Jane Castor’s historic race for Mayor of Tampa. Term limits restrict current Mayor Bob Buckhorn from seeking a third term making this an open and highly competitive race … More Jane Castor for Mayor Endorsed by Equality Florida Action PAC and LGBTQ Victory Fund

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

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Evers’s order will provide nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – On his first day in office, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in state employment and state contracting. Gov. Evers is the fourth governor to issue an executive … More Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Whitmer’s order will provide nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order this morning which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in state employment, public services, and state contracting. Employees of Michigan’s executive branch and state contractors are now protected on … More Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

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

LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya

Kenya is a hostile host to LGBTI refugees:– Thirty LGBTI Refugees in Kakuma Camp, Kenya, mostly Ugandans participating in an approved peaceful demonstration, tried to deliver a document to UNHCR, but after being refused entry into the compound were viciously attacked by police.  I have reached out to UNHCR for comment and will update accordingly. The conditions … More LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya

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