Hunt and Kill The Gays Ugandan Minister Lokodo is Dead

The Ugandan Minister Who Hunted Gays is DEAD ! Uganda’s Former ethics and integrity minister Rev Fr Simon Lokodo is dead. Ironically Fr Lokodo, one of the greatest human rights abusers who persecuted LGBTQI Ugandans was a member of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and in commission of this work died Saturday morning in … More Hunt and Kill The Gays Ugandan Minister Lokodo is Dead

Israel Good News for Sudanese Asylum Seekers

The Israeli interior ministry has acceded to a court ruling and is beginning to grant temporary residence status to 2,445 Sudanese asylum seekers this year. HIAS reports that it represents hundreds of such asylum seekers, the majority of whom live without social services or health benefits. About 435 HIAS clients were included in the Sudanese … More Israel Good News for Sudanese Asylum Seekers

Namibian Court Rules Against Same-Sex Couples – Justices Express Support for Recognition

Namibian Court Rules Against Same-Sex Couples While Justices Express Support for Recognition The Windhoek High Court has dismissed the application by two Namibians and their foreign born spouses to have their marriages recognized in Namibia. The Justices highlighted their displeasure that they were still bound to a 20 year old Supreme Court ruling that had … More Namibian Court Rules Against Same-Sex Couples – Justices Express Support for Recognition

Title 42 in Federal Court Today – Biden Admin Continues Trump Anti-Asylum Policy

Huisha-Huisha Case hearing today – Title 42’s only purpose is to keep people from seeking asylum in the U.S. and inflict suffering. @POTUS: #WelcomeWithDignity NOW. <div class="public-DraftStyleDefault-block public-DraftStyleDefault-ltr" Groups challenging the Biden administration over Title 42 expulsions are arguing in federal court today against the continued implementation of the policy. Title 42 is an obscure … More Title 42 in Federal Court Today – Biden Admin Continues Trump Anti-Asylum Policy

The Sync between Slave Owner Congressmen and GOP Senators who Shut Down Voting Rights

Pic: A lot of white men – and there are 9 more ! I find it fascinating that on Monday, the Washington Post (WAPO) published the first comprehensive database of every member of Congress who enslaved Black people. On Tuesday the President of the United States, Joe Biden, called out Republican Party senators in an evocative … More The Sync between Slave Owner Congressmen and GOP Senators who Shut Down Voting Rights

California Fails to Lead on Intersex Legislation

Senator Wiener Will Not Seek to Advance SB 225 — Intersex Civil Rights Legislation — Due to Lack of Votes in Committee SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced he will not be moving forward with Senate Bill 225: the Intersex Bodily Autonomy, Dignity and Choice Act. This civil rights legislation would ban medically … More California Fails to Lead on Intersex Legislation

African Human Rights Coalition Mourns the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“We see before us a land, bereft of much justice, and therefore without peace and security. Unrest is endemic and will remain an unchanging feature of the South African scene until apartheid, the root cause of it all, is finally dismantled.” African Human Rights Coalition mourns the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, fondly called Arch … More African Human Rights Coalition Mourns the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Senegal Lawmaker’s Holiday Gift to Gays is one of Persecution

It is being reported by Reuters and AHRC community that a group of Senegalese lawmakers drafted new law that would tighten already oppressive laws against same-sex relations, lengthening potential jail terms for those convicted of LGBTQI+ activities.   Homosexuality is punishable by up to five years in prison in Senegal, where arrests and prosecutions have … More Senegal Lawmaker’s Holiday Gift to Gays is one of Persecution

UNHCR and USA – Good News for Advancing Needs of LGBTQI+ and other Refugee

From African Human Rights Coalition web-news: Much work occurred this past year by and on behalf of LGBTQI people in forced displacement, including the UNHCR Global Roundtable, with 13 thematic workshops resulting in 39 crucial recommendations. As well as UNHCR’s monthly consultations and Panel As well as World Pride Summit for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and … More UNHCR and USA – Good News for Advancing Needs of LGBTQI+ and other Refugee

Title 42 Hurts Trans People as American Politicians Pay Lip-Service to Trans Day Of Remembrance

The Biden administration is letting us down as it continues to abide the trump era Title 42. Title 42 of the Public Health Service Act of 1944 allows federal health officials to prohibit people and goods from entering the country in the event of a pandemic. However activists and sensible Americans and especially physicians believe … More Title 42 Hurts Trans People as American Politicians Pay Lip-Service to Trans Day Of Remembrance

On Trans Day of Remembrance – 2021 Set to be Deadliest Year Globally

375 trans and gender-diverse people reported murdered in the past year… On the occasion of the International Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR),1 TGEU’s Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) research project is releasing the 2021 update of Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM). 2021 is set to be the deadliest year for trans and gender-diverse people since we … More On Trans Day of Remembrance – 2021 Set to be Deadliest Year Globally

Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Adoptions from Uganda

Kids for sale: ‘My mom was tricked’ (CNN Investigation) A Texas woman who was a program manager at an Ohio-based international adoption agency pleaded guilty today in the Northern District of Ohio to schemes to procure adoptions of Ugandan and Polish children by bribing Ugandan officials and defrauding U.S. authorities. It is also alleged, according … More Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Adoptions from Uganda

TV Interview: The Namibian Anti-Child Appeal on Citizenship through Gay Parents

Namibia’s benchmark decision in the case of Luehl v Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, where Judge Thomas Masuku granted a toddler Namibian citizenship through descent of its parent (Oct 13, 2021) has been appealed by the Namibian Government. Namibian Government Appeal is a Failure to Decolonize Sexuality “By appealing the case, the Namibian Government … More TV Interview: The Namibian Anti-Child Appeal on Citizenship through Gay Parents

Namibian Government Appeal is a Failure to Decolonize Sexuality

“By appealing the case, the Government in effect is propping up colonization and the tenets of Apartheid, weaponizing by robbing a small toddler of his rights.” Melanie Nathan I will be having a discussion on Namibian Press social media channels on Friday 12th – please see Facebook/ for details – stay tuned Republikein and Namibian … More Namibian Government Appeal is a Failure to Decolonize Sexuality

Polish Parliament Sends Draft Bill Banning Pride for Further Work in Committees

Today, on October 29, 2021, the Polish Parliament voted to send a bill which proposes to amend the right to freedom of assembly to ban Pride marches and other events promoting LGBTQI equality for further work in committees. The draft bill stipulates that any event which questions marriage as a relationship between a woman and a man or … More Polish Parliament Sends Draft Bill Banning Pride for Further Work in Committees

The Audience is Back for INTERLUDE at New Conservatory Theatre Center

NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE STAGE ADAPTATION OF HARRISON DAVID RIVERS’ CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED INTERLUDE  – See you there! I am so excited and so honored to be on the Board of NCTC in San Francisco and even more excited that I have  tickets in hand, and after 18 months in our COVID corners, … More The Audience is Back for INTERLUDE at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Immigrant Advocates Rally in San Francisco to End Expulsions to Haiti and Defend Black Migrants

Today asylum seekers, advocates, and allies rallied on the steps of San Francisco City Hall demanding an end to Title 42 expulsions and other policies that harm Black people seeking safety in the United States. The groups gathered as part of a National Day of Protest in defense of Black immigrants called by the Haitian … More Immigrant Advocates Rally in San Francisco to End Expulsions to Haiti and Defend Black Migrants

Kuwaiti Trans Woman Sentenced to Prison for Online Activities

As reported by Human Rights Watch: A Kuwaiti court has sentenced a transgender woman to prison for “imitating the opposite sex” online.  Such laws violate the rights to free expression, privacy, and nondiscrimination under Kuwait’s constitution and international law. The authorities should immediately release her and quash the conviction. The court on October 3, 2021, … More Kuwaiti Trans Woman Sentenced to Prison for Online Activities

Botswana Appeals Court Hears Case on Decriminalization of LGBTQI Relations

The Botswana Court of Appeals held a hearing on reinstating the criminalization of  same-sex relations after the state appealed a 2019 ruling by the High Court to decriminalize. A full bench of the High Court of Botswana had ruled unanimously to strike down section 164(a) and (c), and section 167 of the Penal Code inherited … More Botswana Appeals Court Hears Case on Decriminalization of LGBTQI Relations

From Refugee to Nobel Laureate

“An unending exploration driven by intellectual passion is present in all his books, and equally prominent now, in ‘Afterlives’ (2020), as when he began writing as a 21-year-old refugee.” Yesterday the Nobel Institute announced its 2021 Laureate, Abdulrazak Gurnah, “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the … More From Refugee to Nobel Laureate

Ugandan Magistrate Dismisses ANTI- GAY COVID Case

The criminal case in Uganda, involving Happy Family Shelter, where 44 people were arrested, has concluded with a dismissal. While the charges were COVID 19 related, it is believed the venue was targeted and raided because the shelter was believed to be one that housed LGBTI people. The charges against 42 out of 44 persons, … More Ugandan Magistrate Dismisses ANTI- GAY COVID Case

Decriminalize SOGIESC the African Way

In an academic article* it is noted via the Abstract: “The vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Africa to public health and other risks is heightened by their exclusion from socio-economic opportunities and services. We analyzed existing regional-level legal and policy instruments and treaties for the opportunities they offer to tackle … More Decriminalize SOGIESC the African Way

SA Human Rights Commission Joins Caster Semenya Appeal

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has announced that it will be a third party in the appeal matter between 800m runner Caster Semenya and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court which will be heard at the European Court of Human Rights. Semenya is seeking to overturn a ruling by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court which upheld … More SA Human Rights Commission Joins Caster Semenya Appeal

Help Couples Fight Switzerland’s Anti-Marriage Equality Referendum

Christian and Daniel have been a couple for 20 years and counting. It was always clear to them that we wanted to get married – and did as soon as the law allowed it in Switzerland.In December 2020, Switzerland’s government finally announced that they would introduce marriage equality. “We thought that our time had finally … More Help Couples Fight Switzerland’s Anti-Marriage Equality Referendum

PrideArts Festival of Three Queer Documentary Features

PrideArts announces festival of three queer documentary features streaming September 19-29 Lesbian filmmaking, pre-Stonewall drag queens, and transgender ministers are subjects of three recent feature-length documentary films to be streamed in September CHICAGO – PrideArts today announced a festival of documentary films concerning facets of queer life in America that have been largely unexplored in mass … More PrideArts Festival of Three Queer Documentary Features

Marin County Hires New Public Defender

David Joseph Sutton began his legal career with the Marin County Public Defender’s Office, and now he is the choice to lead that department. County Administrator Matthew Hymel said a nationwide recruitment process concluded with the recommendation of Sutton, who has served as Trial Chief for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los … More Marin County Hires New Public Defender

Biden Must End Trump MPP After SCOTUS Debacle

Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied the government’s request for stay in Biden v. Texas, allowing a lower court decision ordering the Biden administration to revive the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) to stand. The administration had formally terminated MPP in June – fulfilling the president’s Day One promise to end the policy, in recognition of … More Biden Must End Trump MPP After SCOTUS Debacle

Re-Publish: Very little has Changed as Christians Persecute Gays, Lesbians and Trans People

Re-Publish: Written in 2016 – NOT IN GOD’S NAME- This Continues with Little change – except an increase in the migration and decriminalization by a mere 2 countries, Botswana and Angola. NOT IN GOD’S NAME –   A brief Reflection on Violence Promoted by Christian Churches in Africa, By Melanie Nathan, African Human Rights Coalition©, … More Re-Publish: Very little has Changed as Christians Persecute Gays, Lesbians and Trans People

Closing Speech at Malmö Key Points on LGBTQI+ Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Key points in Melanie Nathan’s Closing Keynote, held at World Pride, Copenhagen, 2021,Human Rights Conference and Refugee, Asylum and Immigration Summit, Malmö, Sweden The REFUGEE, ASYLUM & IMMIGRATION SUMMIT in Malmö included people with lived-experience, human rights defenders, and those who we hold responsible for the legislation, policies and services that ultimately impact and saves … More Closing Speech at Malmö Key Points on LGBTQI+ Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Immigrants’ Rights Advocates Head Back to Court Over Title 42 Expulsions

WASHINGTON — Groups that sued the Trump administration over Title 42 expulsions of asylum seekers are heading back to court after hitting an impasse in negotiations with the Biden administration to end the policy.   The American Civil Liberties Union, Texas Civil Rights Project, RAICES, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Oxfam, ACLU of Texas, … More Immigrants’ Rights Advocates Head Back to Court Over Title 42 Expulsions