Anti-Semitism at Creating Change 2019 Calls for Immediate Public Apology by National LGBTQ Task Force

“From the River to the Sea…..” is a chant calling for the genocide and destruction of Jews!  When LGBTQ platforms are usurped for an agenda that serves to promote anti-semitism:  Creating Change, a preeminent annual LGBTQ conference which took place in Chicago in 2016 spiraled out of control outside a reception held by the Jewish … More Anti-Semitism at Creating Change 2019 Calls for Immediate Public Apology by National LGBTQ Task Force

Jewish Women Encouraged to proudly express identity and heritage at Women’s March San Francisco

I am a Jew, known for my global human rights work and always publicly open about my support for my people’s right to self determination. Since the first Women’s March I have never felt unloved, unwelcome, abandoned or unsafe in my marching or relationship with Women’s March, San Francisco (WMSF)! In fact organizers have reached out to me, … More Jewish Women Encouraged to proudly express identity and heritage at Women’s March San Francisco

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

BART allows Advertisement from Holocaust Denial Hate Group

Bart officials defend decision to approve advert from Institute for Historical Review, known for publishing antisemitic views BART, Bay Area Rapid Transport, the public transit agency in San Francisco, has approved advertisements from a group that promotes Holocaust denial and antisemitic views, claiming the organization has a “free speech” right to buy train station billboards. … More BART allows Advertisement from Holocaust Denial Hate Group

Heroes and Zeroes 2017

Short pictorial of my personal 2017 year in review… A most interesting variety of Heroes and Zeroes,  from the President of the United States to a local Marin County lawyer – From Donald Trump to Mercedes Gavin – read on….. Reflecting on Last year: THIS IS WHAT I wrote in 2016 for the O-blog-dee-O-blog-da 2016 … More Heroes and Zeroes 2017

An Unsual Attack on a Fellow Jew – After All these Are days of Awe!

“Listen to me you impotent bald fuckwit.,” she noted in her private Facebook message – to one of the loveliest men I am privileged to know. A father, a husband, a citizen, an activist and a well respected professional in his realm of work. Meet the messenger, the purveyor of the insult, one Revital Zarur, … More An Unsual Attack on a Fellow Jew – After All these Are days of Awe!

LGBT Community Mourns the Death of Edie Windsor

By Melanie Nathan,  September 12, 2017 Today millions of LGBTQI Americans will mourn the loss of Edith Windsor. She will be remembered with deep admiration and fondness as an LGBTQI rights icon and champion. Edie passed away peacefully today at age 88.  She touched the lives of so many people beyond her activism and beyond … More LGBT Community Mourns the Death of Edie Windsor

Jewish Lesbian Mom Regains Custody of Children

By Melanie Nathan, A Court reinstated custody to an ultra religious Jewish mother in Brooklyn, New York, The parent, an ex member of Hassidic Judaism, lost custody of her three children after coming out as a lesbian and finally regained her custody after more than two years of appeals. The Appeals Court ordered that Chavie … More Jewish Lesbian Mom Regains Custody of Children

US Jewish Leaders Plea to Israel for Same-Sex Adoption Rights

In response to the growing controversy in Israel regarding adoption by same-sex couples, A Wider Bridge organized a public letter which was published today. The letter, signed by nearly 200 Jewish Community Leaders from across America, calls on the Israeli Ministries of Justice and Social Affairs to treat same-sex couples equally in the adoption process. Lesbian, … More US Jewish Leaders Plea to Israel for Same-Sex Adoption Rights

Wiesenthal Center Urges Ukrainian Authorities to Take Action Against General’s Threats to Murder Jews

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called upon the Ukrainian government to take legal action against retired Security Service General Vasily Vovk in the wake of a recent Facebook post of his in which he wrote that he intends to murder Jews, among them Jewish MP Vadim Rabinovych. In a letter sent to Ukrainian ambassador to … More Wiesenthal Center Urges Ukrainian Authorities to Take Action Against General’s Threats to Murder Jews

Conservative Rabbis Pass Transgender Welcoming Resolution

Earlier this month an influential body of rabbis passed a resolution calling for synagogues to be “explicitly welcoming” of transgender people. As the country debates which bathrooms transgender people can use, the rabbis of Conservative Judaism officially declared their support of transgender rights. The Conservative movement is comprised of institutions including congregations, schools, camps and seminaries worldwide. The Rabbinical … More Conservative Rabbis Pass Transgender Welcoming Resolution

On Passover LA Police Arrest Rabbis Protesting Immigration Persecution

On the third day of Passover in downtown Los Angeles, 35 Rabbis, Priests, and Muslim activists — in a coalition of local faith-based groups were arrested for an act of civil disobedience. In protest of the Trump administration’s inhumane efforts to tear immigrant families apart, these leaders physically blocked the entrance to the local detention … More On Passover LA Police Arrest Rabbis Protesting Immigration Persecution

Arab, Muslim and Jewish Groups Demand Gorka Step Down

WASHINGTON — Muslim Advocates, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, and the Arab American Institute issued a joint statement following reports that established anti-Muslim bigot and top advisor to the Trump Administration Sebastian Gorka has taken a “lifetime oath” to a Nazi-affiliated group in Hungary. While Gorka did not respond to direct requests by the media … More Arab, Muslim and Jewish Groups Demand Gorka Step Down

President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS

President Obama has just appointed DC Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to take deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The President  delivered a powerful speech introducing the Judge and invoked his and the Senate’s constitutional duty, challenging the already asserted obstructionist Republican stance to deny this … More President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS

Naming Participants in the Creating Change 2016 LGBTQ Jew Bash Fest

The Mob: Who screamed for Israel’s destruction; who displayed hate above unity of purpose; who knew exactly what they were doing and who were the nochschleppers ? SCROLL DOWN for names. By Melanie Nathan, January 30, 2016 Last week the halls of The Hilton Hotel in Chicago, became the scene of a near riot.  The … More Naming Participants in the Creating Change 2016 LGBTQ Jew Bash Fest

LGBT Leaders Call on Task Force for Independent Review of Creating Change Debacle

By Melanie Nathan January 28, 2016. I am proud to be a signatory to this letter addressed to the LGBTQ Task Force. I am also proud to stand with noted and admired leaders in our community.  The letter speaks for itself.  Thank you to Roberta Kaplan and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum for leading the effort on … More LGBT Leaders Call on Task Force for Independent Review of Creating Change Debacle

Will LGBTQ Task Force Survive The Creating Change Controversy Financially

By Melanie Nathan, January 26, 2016. When the National LGBTQ Task Force found itself in the midst of an Anti-Semitic tempest, at their Creating Change Conference this week,  San Francisco activist and blogger Michael Petrelis was curious about the organizations financial health and so he explored.  It seems its heading for change, perhaps downhill!  Carrying … More Will LGBTQ Task Force Survive The Creating Change Controversy Financially

Equality California Calls Out National LGBTQ Task Force for Disservice to LGBT Movement

“…. conference organizers failed to defend these organizations and correct the false information and gross distortions….,” EQCA By Melanie Nathan, January 26, 2016. Equality California (EQCA) has posted a strong and pointed statement, calling out The National Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force, for its poor handling of the debacle at Creating Change 2016, … More Equality California Calls Out National LGBTQ Task Force for Disservice to LGBT Movement

National LGBTQ Task Force’s Halfhearted Condemnation After Creating Change Attack on Jews

ious protest that led to the shut down of a Jewish Shabbat and reception event at Creating Change Conference 2016, Rea Carey of National LGBTQ Task Force issued a statement which is headed “National LGBTQ Task Force Condemns Anti-Semitism”. But that is not really what her statement says given the veils and context. Instead its a mish-mash of zero apology and a myriad of ineffectual excuses, hiding behind verbiage which, by virtue of its context, halfheartedly condemns Anti Semitism. The below statement by Rea Carey of National LGBTQ Task Force leaves a lot of questions and much to be desired. … More National LGBTQ Task Force’s Halfhearted Condemnation After Creating Change Attack on Jews

LGBT Protesters at Creating Change Call for the Destruction of Israel

Has Creating Change taken on a New Meaning: Does that Change involve LGBTQ America Supporting Anti Semitism? By Melanie Nathan, January 21, 2016. This week will go down in history as one of the saddest and most destructive, ever, in the lives of LGBTQ Jews.  We became the target of antisemitism disguised as protesting alleged … More LGBT Protesters at Creating Change Call for the Destruction of Israel

National LGBTQ Task Force Reverses Decision to Cancel Jewish Reception

Carey: “when faced with choices, we should move towards our core value of inclusion and opportunities for constructive dialogue” By Melanie Nathan, January 19, 2016. Yesterday the internet exploded when many in our LGBT community expressed hurt and anger at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s decision to ban a Jewish event, to be held by … More National LGBTQ Task Force Reverses Decision to Cancel Jewish Reception

Famed LGBT Voices Blast Task Force For Banning Jewish Event from Creating Change Conference

The Hypocrisy of Rea Carey and the LGBT Task Force : “Our vision for the future of the movement is one that is broad, inclusive and dynamic” – and yet they ban a pre-arranged and once accepted  Jewish event within days of the Conference. See Call to Action below! By Melanie Nathan, January 18, 2016. … More Famed LGBT Voices Blast Task Force For Banning Jewish Event from Creating Change Conference

Largest Jewish Religious Group in U.S. Embraces Transgender Rights

Posted by Melanie Nathan, November 05, 2015. The Union for Reform Judaism met in Orlando, Florida this week, for its biennial conference, where it endorsed a policy detailing specific steps to be taken by synagogues to thwart discrimination against  transgender people. Included is the crucial adoption of gender-neutral language and the provision of gender-neutral restrooms, … More Largest Jewish Religious Group in U.S. Embraces Transgender Rights

Calling on Religious Leaders to look at The Face of Murderous Radical Hate

Speak Out Now against Scott Lively and other overt haters who spew hate in the name of religious dicta By Melanie Nathan, August 02, 2015. No Religion is exempt from radicalism. When one quotes from scripture, it always boils downs to interpretation- and how things are said. Radical fundamentalism leads to persecution and ultimately murder. … More Calling on Religious Leaders to look at The Face of Murderous Radical Hate

17 Year old Israeli Dies from Stab Wounds Inflicted at Jerusalem Pride

Reposted by Melanie Nathan, August 02, 2015. An Israeli woman, Shira Banki, 17, has died of the stab wounds inflicted on her by an anti-gay radical right wing ultra religious fundamentalist at the Jerusalem Pride parade. Banki was one of the six people injured, two seriously, in a stabbing at Jerusalem Gay Pride. The detained … More 17 Year old Israeli Dies from Stab Wounds Inflicted at Jerusalem Pride

First Open Lesbian Rabbi President of Reform Judaism CCAR

First openly gay president of Reform Judaism rabbi group to be installed By Melanie Nathan December 16, 2015. On Monday, Rabbi Denise Eger, 55, became the third woman and first openly lesbian (LGBT) president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement, which is holding is 126th … More First Open Lesbian Rabbi President of Reform Judaism CCAR