Danger for Asylum and Children with the Trump-McConnell Bill

CGRS Calls on Senate to Reject Trump-McConnell Bill, Reopen Government San Francisco, CA (January 24, 2019) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) urges the Senate to reject the “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act,” which was introduced by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this week. The Trump-McConnell … More Danger for Asylum and Children with the Trump-McConnell Bill

Senate Hearing Walk Out in Protest of Trump Admin’s Failure to Reunite Families

At Senate Hearing, Kids, Parents, and Faith Leaders Walk Out in Protest of Trump Administration’s Failure to Reunite Families Families and Women Call on Congress to Hold Accountable ICE and CBP for Reports of Abuse and Lagging Efforts to Reunite Families As the Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland … More Senate Hearing Walk Out in Protest of Trump Admin’s Failure to Reunite Families

Remedies Sought as United States Deported 463 Parents, Leaving Behind Traumatized Children

They Can — and Must — Bring the Parents Back Using Well-Established Parole Authority It is now clear that the Trump administration deported 463 parents without the children they arrived with. With the administration under court order to reunite all families separated by the government, it is now imperative that these families be found and … More Remedies Sought as United States Deported 463 Parents, Leaving Behind Traumatized Children

Hundreds of Thousands Marching and Trump May Defy Court Order to Reunite Children

While the Message from hundreds of thousands of marchers  –“Families Should Be Reunited in Freedom” resonated across the United States, Trump played golf and doubled down on tweets to separate and deport ! This past weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans turned out in both big cities and small towns to protest the Trump administration’s cruel Zero Tolerance and … More Hundreds of Thousands Marching and Trump May Defy Court Order to Reunite Children

An Evangelical Christian’s Letter To Attorney General Jeff Sessions

“Mr. Sessions, Could We Talk Over Coffee?” As the outrage increases toward the Trump Government’s child separation policy, people of faith are starting to speak out in different ways against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ use of Bible in his attempt to justify the policy: Dear Mr. Jeffrey Sessions, I am a Evangelical Christian. Please do … More An Evangelical Christian’s Letter To Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Don’t be Duped the Ryan Immigration Bill WILL NOT End Family Separation

No, the Ryan Immigration Bill Would Not End Family Separation at the Border! Instead, It Would Prolong Detention of Children in Poor Conditions, End Decades Old Law That Protects Refugees Seeking Protection However Senator Feinstein needs 3 more Republican Senators to sign onto Senate Bill 3036 to keep families together: please contact your Republican Senators and tell … More Don’t be Duped the Ryan Immigration Bill WILL NOT End Family Separation

Trump Administration’s Separation of Families is more than Child Abuse

While the President of American Academy of Pediatricians calls out  Family Separation as “Nothing Less than Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse”, I call it another step along the path of the Nazi trajectory of 1939! Last night, as detention centers reached capacity, filled with kids ripped from their parents, the administration announced that it will open the first … More Trump Administration’s Separation of Families is more than Child Abuse

American Sharon Slater Trying to Stop Sex Education in Africa

American Family Watch International (FWI)  Misuses its UN Status to Preach Abstinence Trying to Stop Sex Education under the Guise of Sexualization of Children. United States rightwing forces, helmed by Family Watch International and its President Sharon Slater, are exerting their colonialist muscle to prevent and inhibit sex education to Africa’s youth. The ignorant propagandist … More American Sharon Slater Trying to Stop Sex Education in Africa

Outrage Over Trump Policy Mounts as DHS Separates Children from Parents

Washington, DC – Nationwide, observers are castigating the Trump administration’s inhumane policy of separating children from their parents. As David Leopold, Partner and Chair of Immigration for Ulmer & Berne and former President of American Immigration Lawyers Association, explained in an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur: “What we have going on at the border and … More Outrage Over Trump Policy Mounts as DHS Separates Children from Parents

Trump Admin Family Separation Policy Initiated by Sessions and Nielsen Draws Fire

Washington, DC – In response to the announcements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that their new “zero tolerance” strategy means that infants and toddlers will be separated from their parents, a range of voices –  from editorial boards, to mothers and children staging walkout protests when DHS … More Trump Admin Family Separation Policy Initiated by Sessions and Nielsen Draws Fire

The Cruel America of Trump and Sessions: Where Children are Torn from Loving Parents

Separating Children from Parents as a deterrent to immigration? This is OUR America!?! How could we? My great grandmother was ‘forced’ to separate from her two youngest children when faced with her “Sophie’s choice” during the anti-Jewish Pogroms of Eastern Europe, sending two small children to an orphanage in a remote corner of the globe, … More The Cruel America of Trump and Sessions: Where Children are Torn from Loving Parents

Prosecutor: Not talking to your kids about their body is parental malpractice

In light of child abuse prevention month – well, let every day be child abuse prevention day! That said:- Florida state prosecutor Stacey Honowitz who has supervised the Child Sex Crimes unit for 27 years, said child sexual assault has become an epidemic. “I had a 3-year-old in my office the other day, three and … More Prosecutor: Not talking to your kids about their body is parental malpractice

Colorado Congressman Silent on Children Separated from Parents

What is Congressman Coffman Doing for the Children? –  Trump Administration Separating Hundreds of Children from their Parents WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday evening, a New York Times report detailed how the Trump Administration is separating hundreds of children from their parents at stations along the southern border. The practice is part of the Administration’s larger agenda of targeting, separating, and deporting … More Colorado Congressman Silent on Children Separated from Parents

Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children in the United Sates

Medically Unnecessary Operations Risk Lifelong Suffering (Chicago, July 25, 2017) – Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. Despite decades of controversy over the procedures, doctors operate on children’s gonads, internal sex … More Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children in the United Sates

Families Face Unconscionable Deportation

CGRS Files Amicus Brief in District Court Case Involving Women and Children Detained at Berks County Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania Case Involving Women and Children Detained at Berks County Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania San Francisco, CA (May 22, 2017) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) and pro bono counsel Schnader, Harrison, … More Families Face Unconscionable Deportation

interACT: Calls on the Society for Pediatric Urology to Condemn Nonconsensual Medically Unnecessary Surgeries

On Intersex Infants, Including Clitoral Reductions and Vaginoplasties  | Advocates for Intersex Youth  Children born with intersex traits—variations that cause their bodies to transcend typical notions of male and female—continue to suffer brutalizing and traumatic surgeries performed without their consent, often before they are even old enough to speak. Today, May 12th, 2017, marks the opening of … More interACT: Calls on the Society for Pediatric Urology to Condemn Nonconsensual Medically Unnecessary Surgeries

California Chief Justice Urges Sessions and Kelly to Stop Stalking Immigrants

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye sent a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on March 16, urging federal authorities to stop “stalking” undocumented immigrants at state courthouses. Here is the letter: Dear Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Kelly: As Chief Justice of California responsible for the safe and fair delivery … More California Chief Justice Urges Sessions and Kelly to Stop Stalking Immigrants

Take Action to Stop Alabama Bill that will hurt LGBT Families

The deceptively-named “Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act” will be debated in the Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday, March 17, and we need your help to stop it. This bill would allow allow state-licensed, religiously-affiliated foster and adoption placing agencies to deny placements with individuals and families with whom they have a religious dispute … More Take Action to Stop Alabama Bill that will hurt LGBT Families

Colombian Constitutional Court Rules Same-sex Couples can Adopt

By Melanie Nathan, November 06, 2015. In a victory for the country’s LGBT community, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled on November 4, 2015, that same-sex couples in Colombia can adopt children. Previously couples could only adopt a child if it was the offspring of one of the partners, but after hours of debate a 6-2 … More Colombian Constitutional Court Rules Same-sex Couples can Adopt

Gearing up for LGBT Family Week 2014

Family Equality Council®and COLAGE Set For Family Week, 2014 | Event Brings LGBTQ Parents & Families Together in Provincetown, MA July 26 to August 2 Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 14, 2014.   Family Equality Council®, the national organization which represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer in the … More Gearing up for LGBT Family Week 2014

Putin’s Russia Protects Father Frost From Children

Merry Christmas from Russia… By Melanie Nathan, December 25, 2013. When the authorities in Samara, Russia, heard that Father Frost (Santa) was coming to town they decided, in true Putin mode, to ensure that the children would present no danger to …er…. Frost…er, i mean the public…er I mean themselves….. gosh I don’t know…. . … More Putin’s Russia Protects Father Frost From Children

Action in D.C. to Save the Children from Anti-gay Putin

By Melanie Nathan, November 22, 2013. On Sunday, November 24, 2013,  LGBT activists and allies will be holding an event at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C., to “Save Russian LGBT Children.” This event is to support the rights of Russian LGBT teens and kids who are oppressed by Putin and his … More Action in D.C. to Save the Children from Anti-gay Putin

New Book to help families with transgender youth

Gender Specialist, Dr. Michele Angello Set to Release: “On The Couch With Dr. Angello: A Guide to Raising & Supporting Transgender Youth” | Book offers practical advice to assist families navigating a path to understanding and acceptance  Posted by Melanie Nathan, May 17, 2013- Clinical sexologist and gender specialist, Dr. Michele Angello will launch her … More New Book to help families with transgender youth

San Francisco’s Our Family Coalition Survey Needs You Now

PLEASE help spread the word By Melanie Nathan, April 17, 2013. Our Family Coalition is a Bay Area organization committed to promoting the equality and well-being of LGBTQ families. The organization  strives to provide programs responsive to the evolving need of the communities they serve. With many challenges ahead,  OFC needs your critical input; they … More San Francisco’s Our Family Coalition Survey Needs You Now

California Prop 8 on the Way to Victory Revisiting My Child’s Wounds

by Melanie Nathan, June 05, 2012 We are on  the home stretch of Proposition 8’s wild ride through the Courts with a set of victories that will either reinstate same-sex marriage for Californians or result in the Supreme Court of the United States hearing the case. I wrote a very personal article back in 2009 … More California Prop 8 on the Way to Victory Revisiting My Child’s Wounds

UNAIDS launches action to end new HIV infections among children by 2015

“Believe it. Do it;” Mother’s Day and Magnificent E-Cards By Melanie Nathan, May 08, 2012 GENEVA, 8 May 2012—The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today launched a new campaign, “Believe it. Do it.”, aimed at bringing attention and action to the global goal of ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and … More UNAIDS launches action to end new HIV infections among children by 2015