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

Botswana’s New President Groundbreaking Support for LGBTI Rights

The recently appointed President of Botswana has been applauded for publicly speaking out in support of LGBTI people. Now he should take the step to promote repeal of Botswana’s criminalizing laws In April Botswana’s new President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, took office, heralding hope for the furthering of human and civil rights in the country.  Launching the country’s … More Botswana’s New President Groundbreaking Support for LGBTI Rights

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

Passionate Residents call on Marin BOS for County Sanctuary at TRUTH Forum

The Truth Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2016, requires local governing bodies in which local law enforcement has provided ICE access to an individual to hold a community forum to receive and consider public comment. Last night the Marin County Board of Supervisors held such a forum at the Civic … More Passionate Residents call on Marin BOS for County Sanctuary at TRUTH Forum

Botswana Africa’s Next Hope for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

The Botswana High Court has announced that it will finally hear a case on the decriminalization of homosexuality next year:  According to our friends at Mamba Online, the full bench of the court ordered that a hearing challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 167 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes same-sex sexual activities … More Botswana Africa’s Next Hope for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

INFINIX Mobile Phone Billboard Promotes Violence Against LGBTQ People in Nigeria

“…these billboard add another bullet to the head of gays and lesbians and all LGBTQI in Nigeria… ” Melanie Nathan When Corporations think it is in their interests to promote homophobia on the Continent of Africa, one wonders if they realize they are actually promoting hate and harm. It is bad enough that Africa’s LGBTQI … More INFINIX Mobile Phone Billboard Promotes Violence Against LGBTQ People in Nigeria

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

Death in UNHCR Kakuma Camp and Conditions Impacting LGBTI Refugees

By Melanie Nathan, This week one death and others hospitalized! We are posting pictures of the funeral of Isaac Byaruhanga who died this week in Kakuma camp, Kenya, after contracting Typhoid.  Mr. Byaruhanga, a Rwandan national, was a friend to many other refugees in the camp and we are informed that his loss will be sorely grieved. … More Death in UNHCR Kakuma Camp and Conditions Impacting LGBTI Refugees

Malaysia Allows Torture of Muslim Women Convicted of Attempting Lesbian Sex

More than 100 people witnessed the torturing of 2 women who were subjected to Sharia Law’s punitive measure for admitting to attempting to have sex. Two Muslim Malaysian women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu, after being convicted of attempting to have … More Malaysia Allows Torture of Muslim Women Convicted of Attempting Lesbian Sex

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

African Despots Benefit from Taxing and Restricting Social Media

Mo Ibrahim called internet shutdowns “a crime” that shouldn’t be tolerated. Authoritarian governments, despots and dictators stand to benefit from restricting social media and making it unaffordable! The trend to tax social media and clamp down on internet use is quietly spreading across African countries and they seem to be influencing each other. Ugandans may want … More African Despots Benefit from Taxing and Restricting Social Media

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

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

Why Chelsea Manning is Qualified to Run for Senate

“Chelsea Manning is superbly qualified to run for the United States Senate, not only because she is an American who meets all the legal requirements, but also because she has the courage to challenge and shake up a supremely flawed elitist system” Melanie Nathan. Yup call me haughty – that is me quoting me! My … More Why Chelsea Manning is Qualified to Run for Senate

United Nations Human Rights Address warns of Mounting LGBTQI Human Rights Violations

In a landmark address, the United Nation’s first-ever independent expert investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity warned that LGBTQ people around the world are facing mounting human rights violations. Speaking before the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, Vitit Muntarbhorn, whose position was created last June, presented his full report on the global … More United Nations Human Rights Address warns of Mounting LGBTQI Human Rights Violations

African HRC Reports on New Delays for LGBTI Refugees After Trump Suspension Ends

In my capacity as executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC), where we advocate for LGBT asylum seekers and refugees from African countries, I report as follows on the African HRC website: : Since the suspension on the United States refugee program has expired, the Trump administration has ordered new measures, supposedly a stronger vetting … More African HRC Reports on New Delays for LGBTI Refugees After Trump Suspension Ends

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

Protesting DONALD’s DUMPING of DACA

PLEASE – SIGN Senator Kamala Harris  PETITION BELOW: Via CNN:  The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced the end of DACA — a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as … More Protesting DONALD’s DUMPING of DACA

Report Finds Arabic Media Perpetuates Homophobia Transphobia in Region

OutRight Action International has launched a new report titled, ‘Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017.’ The report is available in both English and Arabic. The report monitors widespread local and national newspapers in 14 countries in the Arab region, radio, TV channels, … More Report Finds Arabic Media Perpetuates Homophobia Transphobia in Region

LGBTQI Documentary to Premiere at Soho International Film Festival.

On its road to acclaim, the new LGBTQI documentary, Between the Shades, has been given a weekend block to premier at The Soho International Film Festival. The film, premiering at the New York venue on June 17th, examines the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love, while putting faces to the letters that … More LGBTQI Documentary to Premiere at Soho International Film Festival.

Shame on Advocate Magazine for Exacerbating Humiliation of Gay Victims

 Advocate has now in effect participated in the humiliation and hence in doling out the punishment, by taking their humiliation to the world stage! The Advocate Magazine quite rightly posted an online article informing its readers about the public beating in Aceh, Indonesia of 2 gay men, who were allegedly caught having gay sex. Through noting its link, … More Shame on Advocate Magazine for Exacerbating Humiliation of Gay Victims

IDAHOT 2017 Rally Pictures and African HRC Speech in Castro

Yesterday I was honored to be invited as a featured speaker for the San Francisco Castro IDAHOT rally:   Gary Virginia from Gays Without Borders organized and emceed the rally that featured speakers: • Tom Ammiano, former CA State Assemblyman; • Patrick Carney, Pride Week Pink Triangle , SF Twin Peaks; • Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African Human … More IDAHOT 2017 Rally Pictures and African HRC Speech in Castro

First 100 days Trump Hurts LGBTI Refugees and Asylum Seekers

African Human Rights Coalition has posted this response to Trump’s First 100 Days – and it is a mere tip of the Iceberg.  First Posted HERE. Harm to LGBTQI People,  in sum: *Neil Gorsuch now Justice of SCOTUS – will feel his impact on SCOTUS bench; *Revocation of Title IX Guidelines *Threats of defunding impacting the … More First 100 days Trump Hurts LGBTI Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Women’s March San Francisco Panel Series – We Marched We Rallied Now What?

By Melanie Nathan, March, 29, 2017. Last night Women’s March San Francisco launched the first in a series of panel discussions: “We Marched. We Rallied. Now What?” And it was a great success. The event was held at the JCC, San Francisco and was attended by over 150, mostly women. The panelists included: Amina from … More Women’s March San Francisco Panel Series – We Marched We Rallied Now What?

Hillary Clinton addresses LGBT Equality in Historic PGN Exclusive

“That’s why the stakes in this election are so high.” Clinton While Donald J. Trump and his henchman Mike Pence continue to promise to negate LGBT equality gains, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has penned an historic OP-ED in the Philadelphia Gay News, highlighting her support for LGBT rights (PGN) The editor comment notes the historic … More Hillary Clinton addresses LGBT Equality in Historic PGN Exclusive

San Francisco LGBT Violence Prevention Assessment Report Released

By Melanie Nathan, February 10, 2015. Today the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, The San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Learning for Action have participated  in the release of San Francisco’s first ever LGBTQI Violence Prevention Needs Assessment. This report details how members of the San Francisco LGBTQI community experience violence and the availability of … More San Francisco LGBT Violence Prevention Assessment Report Released

Crucial leadership emerges on boycotts against anti-gay Russian laws

By Melanie Nathan, August 22, 2013. While the less educated on the realities and impacts of boycotting Russia because of its new Putin signed anti-gay laws, are quick to draw conclusions that boycotts are not working, relevant leadership emerges calling for persistent boycotts. Masha Gessen is emerging as the new and prized leadership, an imperative … More Crucial leadership emerges on boycotts against anti-gay Russian laws