Hostile Host Countries further the persecution of LGBTI Refugees in Africa

A Critical frontier for Human Rights Advocacy – Melanie Nathan (2019) – the subject of 2 Articles in global press- Harpers and Mamba-Online – elucidating a critical mess for LGBTQI refugees!  This week two articles have been written by accomplished journalists at two different corners of the world, reflecting on the stories of refugees attempting to avail … More Hostile Host Countries further the persecution of LGBTI Refugees in Africa

Why The Equality Act is Critical for LGBT People

Simply stated the Equality Act would provide protections to millions of LGBT people – All members of our LGBTQI community and allies should be speaking loudly about this and contacting our representatives, regardless of their level of support, or party affiliation. Let representatives in the House and Senate know just how important this is to us and … More Why The Equality Act is Critical for LGBT People

Groundbreaking LGBTI Study Shows Ugandan Parents Anger, Denial and Stigma

GROUNDBREAKING STUDY OF UGANDAN PARENTS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS LGBTI FAMILY MEMBERS SHOWS ANGER, DENIAL, DISBELIEF, STIGMA — AND ALSO, A DESIRE TO LEARN Chapter Four Uganda, an organization working for the promotion of civil and political rights for marginalized populations today released findings of a baseline study of the perceptions and experiences of parents, families and … More Groundbreaking LGBTI Study Shows Ugandan Parents Anger, Denial and Stigma

Agriculture and Forest Products Industry Leaders Gather to Support LGBT Diversity

Portland, Oregon – The Cultivating Change Foundation hosted its third annual reception in Oregon to celebrate the love of agriculture and agriculturists on Friday, February 15.  The Foundation’s mission is one-of-a-kind: to value and elevate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the agricultural industry through advocacy, education, and community.  It’s a unique mission … More Agriculture and Forest Products Industry Leaders Gather to Support LGBT Diversity

LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Controversial Decision to Disinvite Lesbian Police Officer

Lesbian Police Officer disinvited from Creating Change  When diverse individuals and groups bring their intersections to a conference that purports to ‘create change,’ what we may find is a complex puzzle. The question is whether the connecting of ALL pieces to the puzzle is possible? Not if pieces are lost! Mixing people from diverse backgrounds, … More LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Controversial Decision to Disinvite Lesbian Police Officer

Republican Governor Mike DeWine Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Ohio state employees will continue to be protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – On his first day in office, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in state employment. This executive order extends a previous order signed by … More Republican Governor Mike DeWine Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Virginia Lawmakers Advance LGBTQ Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Efforts to secure LGBT nondiscrimination protections in Virginia are advancing with bipartisan support. Yesterday, Virginia’s Senate General Laws committee approved bipartisan legislation to protect LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination in housing and public employment. Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) is partnering with Equality Virginia, the state’s LGBTQ advocacy organization, to advance nondiscrimination legislation this … More Virginia Lawmakers Advance LGBTQ Protections

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

Speaker Pelosi Says “We Will Make America Fair by Passing the EQUALITY ACT for LGBT Americans”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says “We Will Make America Fair by Passing the EQUALITY ACT for LGBT Americans.   Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco Representative, has been elected today as speaker of the House of Representatives for the second time, cementing her legacy as one of the most effective female legislators in American history. Democrats … More Speaker Pelosi Says “We Will Make America Fair by Passing the EQUALITY ACT for LGBT Americans”

UNHCR sending Ugandan LGBT Refugees into Homophobic Kenyan Society not an Option

Asking gays and lesbians to lay low while Kenyan Government turns a blind eye to their homosexuality – is NOT a solution!  America needs to wake up to the need to open the pipeline for LGBT refugees from Africa and criminalizing countries.. When the Kakuma LGBTQI refugees protested harsh conditions and the failed security at the … More UNHCR sending Ugandan LGBT Refugees into Homophobic Kenyan Society not an Option

UNHCR Transfers LGBTI Refugees in Kenya to Unsanitary Crowded Conditions

On 11th December thirty LGBTQ refugees were attacked and beaten by Kenyan police while protesting discrimination and the harsh unsafe conditions at Kakuma refugee camp.  We reported that attack in the words of the refugees at: https://oblogdee.blog/2018/12/11/lgbt-refugee-peaceful-protest-turns-violent-at-unhcr-compound-in-kenya/ . Some days later UNHCR issued a statement condemning the attack, noting the following in their statement: UNHCR condemns … More UNHCR Transfers LGBTI Refugees in Kenya to Unsanitary Crowded Conditions

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

UNHCR Calls out the Violent Kenyan Police Attack on LGBT Refugees

African HRC and other advocates have been requesting UNHCR plan for the safe protection and humane living conditions for LGBTQ refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp for several years, with only slight ad hoc and ultimately ineffective results. The harsh conditions and insecurities led to a protest this week and an attack by Kenyan police on … More UNHCR Calls out the Violent Kenyan Police Attack on LGBT Refugees

LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya

Kenya is a hostile host to LGBTI refugees:– Thirty LGBTI Refugees in Kakuma Camp, Kenya, mostly Ugandans participating in an approved peaceful demonstration, tried to deliver a document to UNHCR, but after being refused entry into the compound were viciously attacked by police.  I have reached out to UNHCR for comment and will update accordingly. The conditions … More LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya

70th UDHR Anniversary and Deplorable Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Africa

Call Outs on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights SOUTH AFRICA:  On this the day we celebrate the 70th year of the #UDHR South Africa should take a hard look at its deplorable treatment of African asylum seekers and #refugees from Northern countries. People, including mothers with babies on their backs, are … More 70th UDHR Anniversary and Deplorable Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Africa

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

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

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

Inter Parliamentary Union Votes to Ban LGBT Debate as led by Homophobic Ugandan Delegation

At the Legislators meeting in Geneva of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), a majority voted a ban debate on the subject of LGBT human rights  – and according to Ugandan reports this is a forever-enduring ban. Some nations brought the subject to the floor, in the hope of passing an amendment to include LGBT people in … More Inter Parliamentary Union Votes to Ban LGBT Debate as led by Homophobic Ugandan Delegation

LGBT Resources: OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2018

“Largest LGBTQ+ Resource Fair Ever to be Held in San Francisco – Theme: “Over the Rainbow” Over 100 local groups serving the LGBTQ+ community will come together for a day of fun and community building in the Castro – offering a whole lot of important information. African Human Rights Coalition will be there and yours truly,  Melanie … More LGBT Resources: OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2018

LGBT Kenyans Support the Case to Overturn Ban on Film Rafiki

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu filed a petition at the High Court of Kenya this week, seeking to have the ban on her film, ​Rafiki​, ​overturned. ​Rafiki is the first Kenyan film to be invited to show at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in its 70+ year history yet remains banned for distribution, broadcast and exhibition … More LGBT Kenyans Support the Case to Overturn Ban on Film Rafiki

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

Jubilation for Global LGBT World as India Decriminalizes Homosexuality

India’s Supreme Court has struck down section 377 of its Penal Code,  decriminalizing homosexuality. Jubilation has erupted in India after the supreme court unanimously ruled to decriminalize homosexual sex in a landmark judgment for gay rights.
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Uganda Bans Popular International Music and Art Festival Blames it on the Gays

For fear that some LGBTI people may show up?- Well that in truth is what it boils down to! Using gays as scapegoats again is a basic human rights infraction. I do not think the Ugandan people will fall for this ploy… Uganda’s misguided minister for ethics and integrity, Simon Lokodo, who is obsessed with what … More Uganda Bans Popular International Music and Art Festival Blames it on the Gays

National LGBT Bar Association Launches Important COMMIT to INCLUSION Campaign

National LGBT Bar Association Launches COMMIT to INCLUSION CampaignNationwide Initiative Urges Attorneys to Reject Anti-LGBT Legal Groups and Deny Pro Bono Services that Would Advance their Discriminatory Agenda  Washington, D.C. The National LGBT Bar Association announces a new campaign that asks attorneys across the nation to COMMIT to INCLUSION by repudiating anti-LGBT legal groups like … More National LGBT Bar Association Launches Important COMMIT to INCLUSION Campaign

Justice Sought for Lesbian Couple Charged in Self-Defense Stabbing Case

A lesbian couple out for the night in Morgan Hill, California seem to have had no choice but to defend their lives, after being apparently sexually harassed and attacked by three men. All too often we hear of a dead LGBTI person, unable to thwart physical assault. Now the two women are facing serious charges, … More Justice Sought for Lesbian Couple Charged in Self-Defense Stabbing Case

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Signed by Governor

AB 2969 will codify in statute every June as LGBT Pride Month. SACRAMENTO—Today legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2969 is authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, and co-authored by all members of the … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Signed by Governor

Heathrow Airport Did Something Stunning for Pride

If you fly from the West Coast of the united Sates to South Africa, like me, you have probably spent many hours at Heathrow Airport. I report this with great PRIDE! Heathrow has embraced the colors of the rainbow in celebration of Pride in London and commissioned a unique interpretation of the iconic flag, created … More Heathrow Airport Did Something Stunning for Pride

My Tweets to Trump Led to Navy Cancelling my Pride Speaking Tour

The navy hired me to speak for their NAVAIR Warfare Weapons Center Division LGBTQI Pride Month event, at 2 bases in Southern California. While filling out the security form to access the base, I received this: “We recently became aware of several comments you’ve made on Twitter regarding our nation’s current administration. While those comments … More My Tweets to Trump Led to Navy Cancelling my Pride Speaking Tour