Zanzibar Arrests 20 LGBTI People at HIV/AIDS Education Workshop

Police in Zanzibar are reporting that 20 people have been arrested in the Tanzania semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar in an anti-homosexuality raid. The 12 women and eight men were picked up in a hotel where they were receiving training about HIV/Aids education programs. Earlier this year, authorities banned private health clinics from providing HIV/Aids services, … More Zanzibar Arrests 20 LGBTI People at HIV/AIDS Education Workshop

Ugandan LGBTI Refugees Under UNHCR to Walk Out with Nowhere to Go

There is a large group of Ugandan LGBTI refugees who are in Kakuma Camp, in Kenya. These refugees have been fleeing Uganda’s anti-homosexuality climate, which was heightened by the passage of the now defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, otherwise known as “The Kill the Gays Bill. ” Some have been there for several years in … More Ugandan LGBTI Refugees Under UNHCR to Walk Out with Nowhere to Go

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

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

LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers to March at San Francisco Pride

As Vice President of San Francisco Pride Board, I am really proud that SF Pride has provided the platform for this message of resistance, love and this opportunity for awareness: This message is published on the African HRC website as a message of love and hope to LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers, in Africa around … More LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers to March at San Francisco Pride

When it Comes to LGBT Refugees here is Food for Thought

The work for African Human Rights Coalition has been extensive these past few months – here is a brief report: 1) After weeks of preparation, we  have established a new fund appeal starting today: We have been working for some time to establish a plan to support  200 LGBTI refugees in Kakuma Camp. They need … More When it Comes to LGBT Refugees here is Food for Thought

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

Court Smacks Scott Lively Across his Immoral Face while Dismissing SMUG Case on Jurisdictional Grounds

A Scathing Ruling, Court Affirms SMUG’s Charges Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively While Dismissing on Jurisdictional Ground  – Historic Case Has Broken New Legal Ground, Documented Lively’s Campaign of Persecution in Uganda June 6, 2017, New York – Yesterday, a federal court minced no words in affirming that U.S.-based anti-gay extremist Scott Lively aided and … More Court Smacks Scott Lively Across his Immoral Face while Dismissing SMUG Case on Jurisdictional Grounds

Is Trump Purposely Defying Travel and Refugee Court Orders

By Melanie Nathan, Executive Director African Human Rights Coalition. Or Mere Incompetence of the Trump Administration In my capacity as the Executive Director of the African Human Rights Coalition, I advocate on behalf of LGBTI refugees in Africa. Since Donald Trump took office the program has been anything BUT smooth sailing!  When Trump took office … More Is Trump Purposely Defying Travel and Refugee Court Orders

After 4th Circuit Appeal Loss by TRUMP America Must hold Him and Republicans Accountable

“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

SA Human Rights Commission to Investigate Gretha Wiid

Last week we wrote an article about Gretha Wiid’s comments in a manual she wrote which served in effect to  denigrate homosexuals. We also published the letter which I had written her in my capacity as Executive Director of The African Human Rights Coalition, asking her to apologize to South Africa’s LGBT community and to … More SA Human Rights Commission to Investigate Gretha Wiid

Brutal Rape and Murder of South African Lesbian Calls Attention to Failing Task Team

Warning: Horrific Photo below – An openly lesbian woman from Soweto has been brutalized and murdered in a suspected hate crime, as reported by Mambaonline: On Sunday, the half naked body covered by rocks,  of 27-year-old Lerato Tambai Moloi, described by activists as a “butch” lesbian, was found in Naledi Ext. She was discovered by community … More Brutal Rape and Murder of South African Lesbian Calls Attention to Failing Task Team

Backlash – The UNFeminist Movement Mastered by Gretha Wiid

When Women Regress in the Name of Progress – This milieu is ripe for scapegoating and what better than to use religion as the tool and women as the fool! By Melanie Nathan. When we move closer to parity between the races and sexes, equality in the realm of sexual orientation, and as we move further … More Backlash – The UNFeminist Movement Mastered by Gretha Wiid

A Bombarded Gretha Wiid Makes Video Excuse for Anti Gay Teachings

Our Gretha Wiid Article Goes Viral –  and now she is back-peddling while really doubling down! But still no real correction or apology – just excuses! This past week, after my article broke the story condemning Gretha Wiid’s false assertions about homosexuality, it went viral. We demanded an apology and a correction to her damaging manual.  Many people reported personal … More A Bombarded Gretha Wiid Makes Video Excuse for Anti Gay Teachings

Pictures of Police Using Force on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya outside UNHCR gates

This is an update reflecting some new pictures:  We wrote an article this week following the story of 18 LGBTI refugees detained and beaten by Kenyan police while outside UNHCR gates: In general when a refugee escapes war or persecution by entering a host country, they can be assured of support and protection, as by … More Pictures of Police Using Force on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya outside UNHCR gates

18 LGBT Refugees Detained and Beaten by Kenyan Police

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

African HRC Calls for Apology from South African Relationship ‘Specialist’ regarding Anti Gay Teaching

“Please let me know if you would be willing to review your material and revise your publication with corrections, and also if you would be willing to issue an apology to the LGBT community. I am not sure how much harm has been done at this point, yet it is never too late to right … More African HRC Calls for Apology from South African Relationship ‘Specialist’ regarding Anti Gay Teaching

Lessons of Apartheid through the Lens of One White South African’s Cruel Insensitivity

Some white privileged South Africans got left behind! I don’t mean on the Continent, per se – I mean in their ability to move away from their attachment to justifying one of the most racist and bigoted institutionalized discriminatory systems known to humankind – APARTHEID. Over twenty years after the liberation of South Africa’s black … More Lessons of Apartheid through the Lens of One White South African’s Cruel Insensitivity

One Refugee’s Poignant Protest Noted on this Transgender Day of Visibility

Today millions throughout the world celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility. As I write this, my e-mail box is filling up with press releases and messages from Western organizations all doing imperative work around trans lives and various related issues.  I have not seen any messages reflecting on the hopelessness for survival that some trans people are … More One Refugee’s Poignant Protest Noted on this Transgender Day of Visibility

Kenyan Court Compels Trans Name Changes

The Kenyan Court has handed down a compulsion order, requiring the Principal Registrar of Persons to change the names in the identification documents for five transgender individuals in Kenya. The Principal Registrar of Persons has 21 days to effect the name changes in the national identification cards. A lawyer representing the trans clients told Justice George Odunga … More Kenyan Court Compels Trans Name Changes

Court Decision Allows LGBTQ Refugees to Continue Entering U.S.

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.

African Human Rights Coalition Advocates Against Trump Ban

February 6, 2017 Some LGBTI refugees in Africa, who were scheduled to travel under the United States Refugee Resettlement program had their travel plans revoked last week under Trump’s illicit Executive Order which suspended the refugee program.  Now several have been rescheduled for travel this week,  with thanks to the court order halting Trump’s ban/ suspension and … More African Human Rights Coalition Advocates Against Trump Ban

Prof Carmen Nathan Honored in Speech by SA Deputy Minister of Justice

I Googled my late mother, Professor Carmen Nathan, who died many years before social media and Internet was really happening, (1990).  I came upon an honor bestowed upon her by the South African government in 2014 when they celebrated 20 years of the new SA constitution. I never knew about this until I found this and … More Prof Carmen Nathan Honored in Speech by SA Deputy Minister of Justice

Equality Wins at UN General Assembly with Protection of SOGI Independent Expert

Today in the United Nations General Assembly, a cross-regional group of states affirmed the principles of universal human rights by blocking a hostile attempt to prevent the work established by the UN Human Rights Council of the Independent Expert on Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. A small group of States … More Equality Wins at UN General Assembly with Protection of SOGI Independent Expert

Anti-Gay Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa Insults Host Country Constitution

Anti-gay homophobes from around the world met in South Africa, a country where the constitution specifically includes LGBT equality, issuing a declaration opposing same-sex marriage and families.  According to Mamba Online, The World Congress of Families Regional Conference, which took place last week at The Westin hotel in Cape Town, was hosted by the recently formed International Organization … More Anti-Gay Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa Insults Host Country Constitution

Anti-Gay Gambian President Ousted

Yahya Jammeh, the Gambian president, known for his virulent homophobia and vicious anti-gay threats, has been ousted in this week’s presidential election in The Gambia. Jammeh, an authoritarian president for 22 years, suffered this surprise defeat in the country’s general election. He will be replaced by a property developer, Adama Barrow, who won more than 45% of … More Anti-Gay Gambian President Ousted

Ugandan Human Rights Defenders Win Constitutional Court Battle

In Uganda, the Constitutional Court handed down its favorable judgment in the case Juuko Adrian v Attorney General, Constitutional Petition No. 1 of 2009 , which challenged Section 15(6)(d) of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act. The provision barred the Commission from investigating “any matter involving behavior which is considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or … More Ugandan Human Rights Defenders Win Constitutional Court Battle

LGBT Ugandans Argue Against U.S. Hate Pastor in Federal Court

In Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively for His Role in LGBTI Persecution in Ugandan|  Lawsuit Charges Lively with Crime Against Humanity November 9, 2016, Springfield, MA – Today, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, appeared in court to argue that a federal lawsuit against Abiding Truth Ministries … More LGBT Ugandans Argue Against U.S. Hate Pastor in Federal Court

Ugandan LGBTI Activists to Argue Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist in Federal Court

Sexual Minorities Uganda Lawsuit Charges Abiding Truth Ministries President Scott Lively with Persecution   | Oral Argument in Springfield, MA Wednesday, November 9, 11:00 AM Springfield, MA – On Wednesday, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, will argue in a federal lawsuit against Abiding Truth Ministries President, Scott Lively. The … More Ugandan LGBTI Activists to Argue Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist in Federal Court