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

Historic: Republican Governor Kasich Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Ohio state employees will now be protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed an historic executive order protecting LGBTQ state employees from discrimination. In what will be a defining element of Governor Kasich’s legacy, he will be the first Republican … More Historic: Republican Governor Kasich Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Denouncing New Executive Order Expanding the Indefinite Detention of Families

San Francisco, CA (June 21, 2018) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) denounces the new Executive Order on the separation of immigrant families issued by the White House yesterday. The Order purports to put an end to family separations at the border, and its issuance is a testament to the overwhelming public outcry that arose … More Denouncing New Executive Order Expanding the Indefinite Detention of Families

Judge Blocks Trump Transgender Military Ban

Yet another Donald Trump  Executive Order is failing miserably: CNN is reporting that a  federal judge in Washington blocked the Trump administration Monday from enforcing parts of its transgender military ban. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly held that the plaintiffs: “have established that they will be injured by these directives, due both to the inherent inequality they … More Judge Blocks Trump Transgender Military Ban

Ninth Circuit Rules Grandparents Exempt From Trump’s Travel Ban

The Post originally Appears on the Recorder: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that family members of those in the United States, including grandparents and children-in-law, are exempt from President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order. The court on Thursday disagreed with the government’s argument that, under a June order … More Ninth Circuit Rules Grandparents Exempt From Trump’s Travel Ban

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

Freedom for All Americans Statement on Amendment Executive Order

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump issued an executive order today stating his administration’s commitment to “protect and vigorously promote religious liberty;” while also directing the IRS to loosen enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, a law passed in 1954 that regulates how 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organizations – like churches – can engage in political activities. The executive order … More Freedom for All Americans Statement on Amendment Executive Order

African HRC Issues Press Statement as Trump ‘s Anti Refugee Order Hurts LGBTI Refugees

Below is the Statement at African Human Rights Coalition on Trump’s new anti Refugee Order and Muslim Ban.  I am noticing that few to none news outlets are speaking out about the impact of the Trump Executive Order on LGBTI refugees – calling it ONLY a Muslim Ban. We speak out against the Muslim Ban as well as … More African HRC Issues Press Statement as Trump ‘s Anti Refugee Order Hurts LGBTI Refugees

California LGBT Caucus Chair Comments on Trump Admin Reversal of Transgender Protections

School Districts Must Still Comply or Risk Being Sued SACRAMENTO—Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s recent reversal of transgender bathroom protections. “President Trump’s unrelenting assault on the LGBT community is shameful. This latest directive singles out transgender youth and proves that … More California LGBT Caucus Chair Comments on Trump Admin Reversal of Transgender Protections

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

The Anti LGBT Order Being Considered by Trump

This executive Order is apparently under consideration by  the Trump administration and it would allow discrimination against LGBT people Order Could Impact Hundreds of Thousands of LGBT People, Including Tens of Thousands of LGBT Youth in Foster Care and Same-Sex Couples Seeking to Foster or Adopt President Trump is considering issuing an executive order that provides … More The Anti LGBT Order Being Considered by Trump

Why Obama has won on the Immigration EO

Republicans roll off the Hill, while Democrats traverse Mt. Everest By Melanie Nathan, February 17, 2015. Republicans would be calling the Judge who barred President Obama’s Immigration Executive Orders ‘an activist Judge’ – albeit tit-for-tat – indeed he may be – but did the Judge fall into a trap? Do we really think the appeals … More Why Obama has won on the Immigration EO

LGBT Organizations Should Not Criticize Obama’s Immigration Move

A Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Announcement November 20, 2014, addressed to the  LGBT community of activists and organizations. By Melanie Nathan, of Private Courts, Inc. Conflict Resolution & Human Rights Advocacy Nathan@privatecourts.com Dear LGBTI Activists, Advocates and Organizations, Now that the dust is settling I want to again applaud President Barack Obama for his … More LGBT Organizations Should Not Criticize Obama’s Immigration Move

White House Demonstration Outside Milk Postage Stamp Dedication

36 years after Harvey Milk’s death, demo questions whether there is more Obama can do to stamp out discrimination, than issue a postage stamp… By Cathy Kristofferson, May 22, 2014 Today, the White House saw demonstrators lobbying attendees gathered for the first-day-of-issue ceremony of the Harvey Milk postage stamp. Members of the LGBTQ group 1AngryOldLesbian.org urged attendees to … More White House Demonstration Outside Milk Postage Stamp Dedication

Still No EO Relief for LGBT Employment Discrimination Despite Biden’s ‘Barbaric’ Bomb

4 possible reasons why and call for 220+ congressional allies to do more By Cathy Kristofferson, March 26, 2014 Following Monday’s street theatre action in front of the White House, we picked up the trail Wednesday, making trips to Vice President Biden’s home and Labor Secretary Perez’s office. Could they influence the President to sign … More Still No EO Relief for LGBT Employment Discrimination Despite Biden’s ‘Barbaric’ Bomb

Biden says it’s Barbaric, so why no EO Obama?

Today activists head to the White House to find out why… By Cathy Kristofferson, March 23, 2014 Saturday night Vice President Biden spoke at the Los Angeles HRC Gala. During his speech he said that no employment protections for the LGBT community was “close to barbaric“. It’s one thing for the White House to try … More Biden says it’s Barbaric, so why no EO Obama?

APB put out on ENDA

Boehner buries ENDA, where is the Executive Order Obama? By Cathy Kristofferson and Ellen Sturtz, November 20, 2013 After the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the Senate with bi-partisan support, all eyes turned to the House. It seems when we looked there, the Bill had been buried in four different committees and House Speaker John Boehner … More APB put out on ENDA

Video of LGBT ENDA Activists Arrested at Boehner’s Office Today

By Melanie Nathan, June 13, 2013. Today eight members of the group Get Equal were arrested while protesting outside speaker Boehner’s office, calling attention to the House’s failure to pursue ENDA, the legislation that would end work place discrimination against LGBT people in America. The protestors were demanding that the speaker hold a floor vote … More Video of LGBT ENDA Activists Arrested at Boehner’s Office Today

ZERO LGBT protections with $44.9 BILLION in profits

Now it is our turn to be heard – read on… By Cathy Kristofferson, May 29, 2013 Once again today, as they have done for the past 14 consecutive years, ExxonMobil shareholders voted down non-discrimination protections for the company’s LGBT employees.  This year the vote was 81-19%, the lowest vote for non-discrimination in all those … More ZERO LGBT protections with $44.9 BILLION in profits

Obama ‘s Reprieve for DREAMers While Same-Sex Binational Couples Languish as Exiles & Outcasts

By Melanie Nathan, June 15, 2012. The DREAM Act has yet to be passed, but those who could benefit from its passage may well have found some progress today in some good news emanating from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who informed reporters of  a new policy of “deferred action” for certain young, undocumented immigrants … More Obama ‘s Reprieve for DREAMers While Same-Sex Binational Couples Languish as Exiles & Outcasts