South African Parliament votes to approve Civil Union Amendment for Full Marriage Equality

By Melanie Nathan- Last month we reported a victory for LGBTQI equality and same-sex couples in South Africa, when the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in Parliament adopted a Civil Union Amendment Bill that could lead to full marriage equality for South Africa’s same-sex community. Now that journey to becoming law is one step closer to … More South African Parliament votes to approve Civil Union Amendment for Full Marriage Equality

Botswana Africa’s Next Hope for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

The Botswana High Court has announced that it will finally hear a case on the decriminalization of homosexuality next year:  According to our friends at Mamba Online, the full bench of the court ordered that a hearing challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 167 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes same-sex sexual activities … More Botswana Africa’s Next Hope for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

One Man’s Protest Highlights Texas Internment Camp for Thousands of Detained Children

For over two months Joshua Rubin from New York has been camped near a Trump internment camp for detained migrant children, in protest and spreading awareness into what he can see as the day to day happenings of the camp. A documentary team has been on the ground in Tornillo, Texas reporting the story, through regular … More One Man’s Protest Highlights Texas Internment Camp for Thousands of Detained Children

For LGBTI People Kakuma Camp is a Desperate Nightmare

There are millions of migrants and refugees around the world. Displacement of human beings is at an all time high.The most marginalized among all refugees are LGBTI refugees seeking safety and a resettlement process in countries which continue the persecution they had escaped from. LGBTI people are fleeing homophobic violence and the criminalization of their … More For LGBTI People Kakuma Camp is a Desperate Nightmare

Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention

In May ICE said six transgender people had died in detention!  When government leadership at the highest level denigrates and attempts to rob a minority of its rights, especially  where such government seems intent on erasure, the entire milieu will become a setup for abuse and violence at every level. After seven months the suspicious … More Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention

Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran.

Columbia Law Scholars Issue Memorandum on Civil Rights and Anti-discrimination Laws Religion, Discrimination, and Government Funding:  Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran. November 28, 2018: The Public Rights/Private Conscience Project (PRPCP) at Columbia Law School has published a memorandum that clarifies the responsibility of state and local human rights agencies and … More Enforcing Civil Rights Law After Masterpiece Cakeshop and Trinity Lutheran.

South Africa’s LGBTQ March Calling Shame on Tanzania and Uganda

It is imperative that South Africa lead the movement to decriminalize homosexuality in Africa. And two major events have occurred this past month in South Africa, in what seems to me an historic push for such leadership.  Earlier this month Johannesburg Pride took the bold move of sending an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, … More South Africa’s LGBTQ March Calling Shame on Tanzania and Uganda

Victory for South Africa’s LGBTQ Community as Parliamentary Committee Adopts Critical Amendment

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

Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– In today’s petitions asking the Supreme Court to allow President Trump’s ban on transgender service members to take effect, the Trump administration has repeated false claims about inclusive policy. Despite extensive data confirming that inclusive policy for transgender personnel has been a success, the administration asserts, without evidence, that the policy poses … More Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

Transgender Lives Lost and Never Forgotten TDOR 2018

First published at African Human rights Coalition:  Lives Lost Transgender Day of Remembrance TDOR – 2018 The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event that started in 1998 after the killing of Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman, in the United Sates.  Today on TDOR we memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hate and prejudice. It … More Transgender Lives Lost and Never Forgotten TDOR 2018

Marin County and Homeward Bound Partner on Shelter Needs

Support for people experiencing homelessness to increase existing capacity San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) and the Novato-based nonprofit Homeward Bound of Marin have established emergency shelter surge capacity to supplement 190 year-round shelter beds during severe weather events.  In the case of a severe weather event, the … More Marin County and Homeward Bound Partner on Shelter Needs

Victory Fund Candidate Data on 2018 Rainbow Wave

Data provides look at sexual orientation and gender identity of candidates Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund released a demographic and informational breakdown of the 432 openly LGBTQ candidates on the ballot this past Election Day – looking at sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, office level, party affiliation, and the equality levels of the … More Victory Fund Candidate Data on 2018 Rainbow Wave

Could Freddy Mercury have been the Voice for Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Africa

The early box office success, and swift criticism, of the Queen biopic movie Bohemian Rhapsody, is also attracting interest in Freddie Mercury’s African roots: The country of his birth, may not only have failed to embrace him, but most certainly would have persecuted him through its criminalization of homosexuality and bisexuality.  Freddy mercury was born in … More Could Freddy Mercury have been the Voice for Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Africa

Controversy Surrounds Disappearance of Gay Swazi Socialite with Accusations Lobbed at Swaziland’s King

Friends are concerned that Sakhile “Oros” Msibi  has been murdered, possible with ritual as motive and fingers are pointed at Swazi King  It is hard to imagine that in this day and age, especially with social media providing linkage and quick contact, that a very public socialite could go missing .  Some suggest that the … More Controversy Surrounds Disappearance of Gay Swazi Socialite with Accusations Lobbed at Swaziland’s King

Marin Fair Housing Discrimination Case Settled

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California and Client Settle National Origin Discrimination Complaint San Rafael, CA – Late last month, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC) and one of its clients settled a complaint alleging discrimination based upon national origin that had been filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing against Continuum … More Marin Fair Housing Discrimination Case Settled

INFINIX Mobile Phone Billboard Promotes Violence Against LGBTQ People in Nigeria

“…these billboard add another bullet to the head of gays and lesbians and all LGBTQI in Nigeria… ” Melanie Nathan When Corporations think it is in their interests to promote homophobia on the Continent of Africa, one wonders if they realize they are actually promoting hate and harm. It is bad enough that Africa’s LGBTQI … More INFINIX Mobile Phone Billboard Promotes Violence Against LGBTQ People in Nigeria

TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Andrea “Andy” Hong Marra as its new executive director. Marra is a nationally revered social justice advocate with a strong track record of service to the LGBTQ movement. Marra succeeds Dolph Ward Goldenburg who has served as … More TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director

South African President Ramaphosa Must Take the Lead for Journalists and LGBTQ in Africa

South Africa’s history and legacy compels it to do more when it comes to human rights on the Continent of Africa! To speak out and to offer a diplomacy of insistence. Most countries in Africa have suffered the oppression and ills metered out by Colonizers. It is a long history. It is a large continent. … More South African President Ramaphosa Must Take the Lead for Journalists and LGBTQ in Africa

Africa Brief – Tanzanian Gay Hunt, Cameroon Turmoil, Expat Somalis Win U.S. Elections and More…..

Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis has turned into a full-scale propaganda war. The return of 78 kidnapped schoolchildren this week has led to an exchange of allegations between Cameroon’s government and Anglophone militant separatists claiming the other side was responsible, reports Amindeh Blaise Atabong from Yaoundé. Meanwhile, TV journalist Mimi Mefo Takombo has been detained indefinitely by … More Africa Brief – Tanzanian Gay Hunt, Cameroon Turmoil, Expat Somalis Win U.S. Elections and More…..

Donald Trump Proclamation Set to Shut Down Access to Asylum

Today Trump issued a new Proclamation with the new interim final rule which would shut down access to asylum for many individuals and families fleeing life-threatening persecution. The rule would specifically preclude from protection those who cross the United States’ southwest border between official ports of entry. If implemented, it would result in the deportation … More Donald Trump Proclamation Set to Shut Down Access to Asylum

Stacy Abrams for Governor in GA is Keeping Her Every Vote Campaign Vow

Stacey Abrams, who served as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, has now run a race for governor, steeped in dignity and indicative of a deep passion and love for her state and all its people. A member of the Democratic Party, she has fought an historic battle against Georgia … More Stacy Abrams for Governor in GA is Keeping Her Every Vote Campaign Vow

Nebraska Makes LGBTQ Political History With Megan Hunt

Voters Send First Openly LGBTQ Person to Its State Legislature Tonight Nebraska voters made history in electing Megan Hunt, the first openly LGBTQ candidate ever elected to the Nebraska state legislature. LGBTQ people are severely underrepresented in Nebraska government, with just four openly LGBTQ elected officials currently serving in the entire state. Before tonight, Nebraska … More Nebraska Makes LGBTQ Political History With Megan Hunt

Jared Polis First Openly Gay Man to be Elected Governor in U.S. History

Tonight U.S. Representative Jared Polis of Colorado became the first openly gay man elected governor of a U.S. state, defeating his Republican opponent by a strong margin. Throughout the campaign Polis spoke with voters about his partner and children, making him one of the most visible LGBTQ candidates in the nation and a model for … More Jared Polis First Openly Gay Man to be Elected Governor in U.S. History

First LGBTQ United States Senator Tammy Baldwin Wins Reelection

Wisconsin voters also reelect U.S. Representative Mark Pocan Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly LGBTQ person, and first lesbian ever elected to the U.S. Senate, was tonight reelected by Wisconsin voters in a race closely watched by both political parties and the LGBTQ community nationwide. LGBTQ Victory Fund invested heavily in … More First LGBTQ United States Senator Tammy Baldwin Wins Reelection

Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products Banned in Marin

San Rafael, CA – Starting January 1, 2020, specialty tobacco stores in unincorporated Marin County will be prohibited from selling flavored tobacco products, including vaping liquids and menthol cigarettes. For all other retailers and individuals, the ban goes into effect July 1, 2019. With support from its Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff, … More Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products Banned in Marin

Speaking Out Against Trump Asylum Seeker Political Stunt

VIA CNN:  United States President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed he would sign an executive order “next week” aimed at restricting US asylum rules, as he seeks to use a group of Central American migrants heading for the US border as part of his midterm election closing argument. He also suggested that the US troops … More Speaking Out Against Trump Asylum Seeker Political Stunt

Trump Refugee Lies Perfect Storm for Antisemitic Massacre

Antisemitism and Refugees and Jews helping refugees mixed with trump Anti Refugee dicta and lies is the perfect storm! Today the Pittsburgh Jewish community was attacked by a terrorist, killing at least 4 people and possible as many as 8, with reports of numerous injuries. While some may suggest we wait to get more information … More Trump Refugee Lies Perfect Storm for Antisemitic Massacre

TLDEF and Pro Bono Partner Lawyers Support Transgender Americans Letter

New York, NY –  TLDEF and pro bono partner attorneys respond to anti-transgender Trump Administration memo…  “As law firms, attorneys and advocates, we proudly support human rights and human dignity for all transgender and gender nonbinary Americans. We are deeply troubled by the leaked Department of Health and Human Services memo proposing a discriminatory definition … More TLDEF and Pro Bono Partner Lawyers Support Transgender Americans Letter