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

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO—Legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute passed the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization yesterday by a bipartisan vote of 9-0. 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 California Legislative LGBT Caucus. AB 2969 is … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Senate Committee

Senator Feinstein Election Night Statement

Washington, D.C. — US Senator Dianne Feinstein has released a statement after the polls have closed in the California Primary Election. Senator Feinstein recorded the statement this evening in Washington D.C. She could not be in California on Election Day as the Senate is in session. Today, the Senate voted on a motion to invoke cloture … More Senator Feinstein Election Night Statement

Case Moved Forward: El Paso Detention of Gay Man Seeking Asylum

Appeal from African Human Rights Coalition to support Asylum Seeker work: Dear Friends, In addition to  humanitarian and advocacy work, African HRC has been providing pro bono Country Conditions Reports and expert testimony for LGBTI asylum seekers from African Countries. I am writing to draw your attention to the case of Peter, (real name withheld) … More Case Moved Forward: El Paso Detention of Gay Man Seeking Asylum

When your Kid Comes out as LGBT and Bill to Establish June as Pride Month

Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Assembly AB 2969 now heads to the Senate. Dear Parents of  Marin, California, and America! In as much as our  California legislature is supporting Pride month, so should parents of teens and young adults, when your kids are coming out. Its a healthy way to conduct a parent … More When your Kid Comes out as LGBT and Bill to Establish June as Pride Month

Oklahoma Governor Signs Dangerous Anti-LGBT Child Welfare Bill Into Law

Governor gives go-ahead to legalize discrimination WASHINGTON – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today signed SB 1140 into law, codifying discrimination against legally married same-sex couples and others looking to adopt, and imperiling the well-being of youth in the state’s child welfare system. The new law will permit taxpayer funded adoption agencies to turn away same-sex … More Oklahoma Governor Signs Dangerous Anti-LGBT Child Welfare Bill Into Law

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film festival Announces Lineup

 FULL LINEUP FOR 28TH EDITION RUNNING MAY 24 – JUNE 3. Brett Haley’s HEARTS BEAT LOUD to close festival; World Premiere of Christiaan Olwagen’s CANARY selected as Centerpiece Gala. TORONTO, ON – May 4, 2018 – The 28th annual Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, one of the largest events of its kind in the world, revealed its … More Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film festival Announces Lineup

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Committee

SACRAMENTO—Legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute passed the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization by a vote of 15-0. 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 California Legislative LGBT Caucus. AB 2969 is supported by … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Committee

America Say Hi To Africa – there are floods…. and other stuff…

Some international news … absolved from cabin fever – you know that insular stuck in MERICA feeling – read: Thousands strand in flood: Central Somalia has experienced heavy rains which have flooded parts of the country. The resultant effect has been the displacement of thousands. The United Nations estimates that almost half a million people … More America Say Hi To Africa – there are floods…. and other stuff…

Bill to Declare Conversion Therapy a Fraudulent Practice Passes in California Assembly

SACRAMENTO—Assembly Bill 2943 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, to declare conversion therapy a fraudulent practice in the state of California, passed the Assembly today by a bipartisan vote of 50-18. Although conversion therapy with minors is illegal in the state, there are no such protections for adults. … More Bill to Declare Conversion Therapy a Fraudulent Practice Passes in California Assembly

Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world

Conversely, the analysis showed that the least accepting countries have become less accepting over time | New Global Acceptance Index ranks 141 countries on LGBT acceptance and legal protections and provides a link between inclusion and GDP per capita. LOS ANGELES – New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds average levels … More Acceptance of LGBT people and rights has increased around the world

HRC Endorses California Senator Dianne Feinstein for Re-Election:

You may know that back in February 26, 2018, I endorsed Senator Dianne Feinstein for U.S. Senate. I was upset that the Democratic Californian progressives had cast an inaccurate  shadow on her, in favor of her contender, Rep. Kevin de Leon and that prompted me to write a piece about the Senator, indicative of her … More HRC Endorses California Senator Dianne Feinstein for Re-Election:

Trinidad and Tobago Decriminalize Onerous Anti-LGBT Sexuality Laws

The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago delivered a verdict today striking down the old buggery law that criminalized homosexuality. ​Justice Devindra Rampersad will deliver his final ruling in three months and the Island LGBTQI communities celebrate: In March 2017, Jason Jones, an LGBT activist, took the government of Trinidad and Tobago to court, filing a lawsuit to strike down the so-called “buggery law”, … More Trinidad and Tobago Decriminalize Onerous Anti-LGBT Sexuality Laws

Nearly 250,000 LGBT in Arizona vulnerable to discrimination

Statewide civil rights laws offer no protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in areas such as employment, housing and public accommodations.  Arizona’s legal landscape and social climate put the state’s 203,000 LGBT adults and 45,500 LGBT youth at risk of discrimination and harassment. The social, economic and health effects of stigma … More Nearly 250,000 LGBT in Arizona vulnerable to discrimination