African HRC Urges Caution with Introduction by the US Senate Global ACT

While in general I am  pleased that we are covering some serious issues, make sure manner and implementation is not imposing – Melanie Nathan of African Human Rights Coalition  is urging caution on LGBTQI Global Rights – Melanie Nathan The Washington Blade Notes: “Three U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require the … More African HRC Urges Caution with Introduction by the US Senate Global ACT

International Fashion Model Reveals She is Transgender and Intends to Advocate for Transgender Rights

New York, NY –  Internationally acclaimed fashion model Teddy Quinlivan today shares with the world her authentic self, disclosing that she is transgender. Quinlivan makes this announcement for her own self-empowerment and as a call to action about the importance of transgender equality. “I want to help break the stigma of what it means to … More International Fashion Model Reveals She is Transgender and Intends to Advocate for Transgender Rights

Leading Artists Urge Texas Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Legislation

WASHINGTON – More than 140 artists and entertainers from across the country released a letter today urging Texas lawmakers to reject SB 6 and other bills currently pending in the legislature that would make it easier to discriminate against LGBT people. Equality Texas, GLAAD and the Ally Coalition released the letter, and signatories include Sting, Connie … More Leading Artists Urge Texas Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Legislation

New York State Acts to Remove Medicaid Ban on Transgender Health Care

Department of Health Proposes Regulation to Ensure Transgender New Yorkers Have Access to Certain Medically Necessary Care Posted by Melanie Nathan, Dec 16, 2014. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) commends Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health for proposing a new regulation to end … More New York State Acts to Remove Medicaid Ban on Transgender Health Care

Thousands turn out in NYC rally against hate murder in the Village

By Melanie Nathan, May 20, 2013. No amount of marchers will bring back Mark Carson, who was gunned down by a man shouting anti-gay epithets. He was only 32 years of age. However silence will mean more deaths and speakers at the NYC rally against the murder of Carson called out to end homophobic gay … More Thousands turn out in NYC rally against hate murder in the Village

Melanie Nathan’s Annual Do Donate and Do Not Donate 2012

By Melanie Nathan, December 21, 2012. As the year comes to a conclusion the ‘send me your money e-mails ‘ are stacking up  – and I must admit many of them annoy me, especially the ones that piggy back the work of others, asking for donations in the name of some obscure couch advocacy adventure, … More Melanie Nathan’s Annual Do Donate and Do Not Donate 2012

Facebook First Social Media Company to receive GLAAD Award

Posted by Melanie Nathan, May 31, 2012, GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced that Facebook will receive a Special Recognition Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and locally by Southwest Airlines. In March, GLAAD announced … More Facebook First Social Media Company to receive GLAAD Award

Tweet: GQ Aplogizes to Adam Lambert for Homophobic Tweet

GQ Sorry for comment! After GLAAD called them out for   insulting Adam Lambert caption read: “If you wear make-up, do not grow a mustache.” The tweet was in connection with the annual Year in Style report in which the magazine lists the best and worst in men’s fashion over the last year.  With a link … More Tweet: GQ Aplogizes to Adam Lambert for Homophobic Tweet

NADLER V. FRANK = LGBT Unity?

A  Commentary- by Melanie Nathan of oblogdeeoblogda In response to this  Article By CHRIS JOHNSON,  in today’s Washington Blade  “Nadler to unveil DOMA repeal bill Tuesday  Frank not among legislation’s co-sponsors” at  http://www.washblade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=27153  There is so much LGBT popcorn popping on the Hill (D.C.) that it is tough to discern which bag to choose; the one … More NADLER V. FRANK = LGBT Unity?

As we speak…our brothers and sister are being detained, in this the “Land of the Free”

I personally can name two binational partners/spouses who are being held in ICE detention. If they were legally able to marry their same-sex permanent partner or if  their marriages recognized, by Federal Law, (i.e. no Defense of Marriage Act) their same-sex spouse would have the right to petition for them to stay in the USA.  … More As we speak…our brothers and sister are being detained, in this the “Land of the Free”

Thank you for the mainstream expose PEOPLE MAGAZINE

I had the great pleasure of working with Susan Young to bring the TAN MERCADO immigration matter to PEOPLE MAGAZINE.  I wanted to thank PEOPLE and Susan for doing justice to the Article.  The 36,000 afflicted LGBT binational couples need mainstream exposure – hopefully the readers will find the compassion and true value in family … More Thank you for the mainstream expose PEOPLE MAGAZINE

Lesbian Moms struggle to keep family unified in USA

San Francisco, California “This is a good day for this family, but their fight is not over,” said Chris Waddling, Binational Couples Outreach Director for Marriage Equality USA. Shirley Tan, the California mother of two who was to be deported April 3rd has been given a stay of deportation until April 22nd pending the possibility of further action. Thanks to the heroic efforts of her counsel, Melanie Nathan, lawyer Phyllis Beech, Rep. Jackie Speier [CA-12], Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Immigration Equality’s Julie Kruse, Ms Tan, her wife of 23 years, U.S. citizen Jay Mercado, and their two sons will not be saying goodbye to one another just yet. … More Lesbian Moms struggle to keep family unified in USA

Press Release Shirley Tan

San Francisco, California “This is a good day for this family, but their fight is not over,” said Chris Waddling, Binational Couples Outreach Director for Marriage Equality USA. Shirley Tan, the California mother of two who was to be deported April 3rd has been given a stay of deportation until April 22nd pending the possibility of further action. Thanks to the heroic efforts of her counsel, Melanie Nathan, lawyer Phyllis Beech, Rep. Jackie Speier [CA-12], Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Immigration Equality’s Julie Kruse, Ms Tan, her wife of 23 years, U.S. citizen Jay Mercado, and their two sons will not be saying goodbye to one another just yet. … More Press Release Shirley Tan

Help us Please – twin boys beg for Mother’s rights

LGBT Families torn about by lack of equal protection under Federal law.

Special Thanks to:
Martha and Lin McDewitt-Pugh – Love in Exile (http://www.loveexiles.org/)
Julie Kruse and Victoria Neilson Immigration Equality, (www.immigrationequality.org)

Melanie Nathan, CEO Private Courts, Inc. (www.privatecourts.com)
GLAAD for media support and training Cindi Creaver (www.glaad.org/
Offices of Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein … More Help us Please – twin boys beg for Mother’s rights

Feels like my entire life depends on 4 hours of alienable argument

The Court has taken the matter as submitted. Prop 8 is on the decision block. It seemed to me by listening to the questions of the esteemed Justices that proposition 8 may go through as valid. I feel despondent. Although I thought Ms. Stewart’s argument was articulate and clear and its jurisprudential profundity seemed to outweigh that of the opponent. … More Feels like my entire life depends on 4 hours of alienable argument