New Federal Funding to Serve Homeless LGBTQ Youth in NYC

Posted by Melanie Nathan, October 07, 2015. Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and the Ali Forney Center (AFC) announced three new federal grants to help continue AFC’s important work serving homeless youth in New York City, an estimated 40% of which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ). Combined, the more than $1 million … More New Federal Funding to Serve Homeless LGBTQ Youth in NYC

New York LGBT Newfest Film Festival Announces Lineup

The festival is in partnership with Outfest, and presented by HBO – Runs October 22-27 Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 21, 2015. New York, NY (September 21, 2015) – NewFest, in partnership with Outfest, today announced the lineup of their 27th annual celebration of the year’s best LGBT films from around the world. The program of nearly 100 … More New York LGBT Newfest Film Festival Announces Lineup

Urging U.S. President to Designate Stonewall as National Monument to Honor LGBT Struggle

Stonewall Inn deserves our highest recognition,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Victories like the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the passage of marriage equality in New York State and the final, decisive Supreme Court ruling securing our freedom to marry, were borne from the modern equal rights movement launched at Stonewall. It’s time for a national monument honoring the legacy of people and events that took place here.” … More Urging U.S. President to Designate Stonewall as National Monument to Honor LGBT Struggle

National Campaign Launch for First Ever National Park Site Honoring American LBGT History

Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 18, 2015. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA),  city and state elected officials, advocacy groups and community members are launching a new campaign to help create a national park for Stonewall—the site of one of the country’s most pivotal uprisings for equality.  If created, it would be … More National Campaign Launch for First Ever National Park Site Honoring American LBGT History

Praise for NY State Education Department Guidelines to protect against Transgender Discrimination

TLDEF Applauds New York State Education Department for New Guidance Designed to Protect Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students from Discrimination Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 21, 2015. New York, NY –The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) commends the New York State Education Department for releasing comprehensive guidance to help ensure that transgender and … More Praise for NY State Education Department Guidelines to protect against Transgender Discrimination

New York Attorney General Launches Transgender Medical Care Initiative

TLDEF Applauds New York Attorney General on Initiative to Ensure Equal Access to Medical Care for Transgender People By Melanie Nathan, May 18, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund commends New York Attorney General General Eric T. Schneiderman for launching a new initiative to ensure that transgender New Yorkers have equal … More New York Attorney General Launches Transgender Medical Care Initiative

Victory as New York State Lifts Medicaid Ban on Transgender Health Care

Final Step in Process Ensures Transgender New Yorkers Have Access to Medically Necessary Care Posted by Melanie Nathan, March 19, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) applauds news that transgender New Yorkers covered by Medicaid can now access the medically necessary health care they have been denied for nearly two decades. Governor … More Victory as New York State Lifts Medicaid Ban on Transgender Health Care

Activists to Protest 1% HRC Elitism and AIDS Neglect

New York and San Francisco By Melanie Nathan, January 29, 2015. The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) and other HIV activist organizations will converge to protest the neglect of the AIDS crisis by mainstream LGBT organizations at the annual self-congratulatory gala held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City by Human Rights Campaign … More Activists to Protest 1% HRC Elitism and AIDS Neglect

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

New York High Court Allows Retrial in Killing of Transgender Woman

Retrial on Hate Crime Charge in Killing of Lateisha Green Overturns Prior Conviction for Manslaughter As a Hate Crime as Inconsistent | Onondaga County District Attorney Can Resubmit Hate Crime Charge to Grand Jury for Retrial Posted by Melanie Nathan, November 24, 2014. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) … More New York High Court Allows Retrial in Killing of Transgender Woman

Activists Protest Jamaican Homophobia

First Annual International Day of Action against Jamaica’s Buggery Law –  in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom NEW YORK – On the 52nd anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from the United Kingdom, human rights activists renew their calls for the repeal of that country’s buggery law, which effectively criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender … More Activists Protest Jamaican Homophobia

First Annual International Day of Action against Jamaican Homophobia

CALL TO ACTION and  ADVISORY – Activists in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom Protest Jamaica’s Buggery Law By Melanie Nathan, August 05, 2014. NEW YORK – On August 6, human rights activists from across the globe will protest against the Jamaican government’s continuing inaction on repealing the anti-LGBT buggery law. There will … More First Annual International Day of Action against Jamaican Homophobia

LGBT Activists Demand Their Own Stoning at Homophobic Harlem Church

STONE ME WITH THAT FIRST STONE! By Melanie Nathan, March 30, 2014. Over fifty LGBT activists protested for over an hour in the rain yesterday outside ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, demanding that the church’s controversial pastor, James David Manning, emerge and administer the stonings that his public sign recently called for. Until it … More LGBT Activists Demand Their Own Stoning at Homophobic Harlem Church

GAY Activists disrupt Brian Boitano NYC Appearance

Called a coward by Activists who demand he speak out against Russia’s Anti-LGBT laws when in Sochi By Melanie Nathan, January 15, 2014, Two members of Queer Nation confronted three-time Olympian, figure skater, Brian Boitano tonight, demanding he speak out against Russia’s recently enacted anti-LGBT laws when he represents the U.S. at the Olympics next … More GAY Activists disrupt Brian Boitano NYC Appearance

Are the Police Doing Enough as Community Searches for Missing LGBT Activist

Come out for Tomorrow Night’s Gathering for Frank Goldberg By Melanie Nathan, December 26, 2013. Frank Goldberg, a 36-year-old activist for LGBT groups in Buffalo, New York, has been missing since Monday 16th December. A video put out by friends notes that up to Dec 21, the police had yet to open a file, despite … More Are the Police Doing Enough as Community Searches for Missing LGBT Activist

New Yorkers Urged to Reflect on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance  Organization Urges New Yorkers to Reflect on All Those Lost to Anti-Transgender Violence Including Harlem Resident, Islan Nettles New York, NY, November 20, 2013- On this 15th Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is urging New Yorkers to … More New Yorkers Urged to Reflect on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Gays Protest Putin’s Homophobic Laws at U.S. Olympic Committee SOCHI Launch

New York, NY (October 29, 2013) — Two dozen members of Queer Nation interrupted the smooth flow of the opening event of the US Olympic Committee’s Road to Sochi tour, which launched in Times Square today. As the Road to Sochi event began at 12:00 pm with a press conference featuring Olympic and Paralympic athletes, … More Gays Protest Putin’s Homophobic Laws at U.S. Olympic Committee SOCHI Launch

Trevor Project to mark 15th Anniversary by ringing opening NYSE bell

By Melanie Nathan, June 19, 2013. The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention to LGBTQ youth, will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Thursday, June 20th.  The organization celebrates its 15th “birthday” this August and will premiere its latest public service announcement, “Ask For Help,” at NYSE. … More Trevor Project to mark 15th Anniversary by ringing opening NYSE bell

Gay immigration detainee reunited with fiancé after detention ordeal

A young gay man who was detained in San Diego by immigration authorities — whose story was documented by San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and OBLOGDEE — has been reunited with his fiancé in New York City. Here is the follow up article after his release by our friends at SDGLN:- A happy ending? … More Gay immigration detainee reunited with fiancé after detention ordeal

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

Exploitation of binational same-sex couples continues as Immigration Equality continues to fund raise on the back of its failure

The group raised $1,765,000 in 2011 of which $1,131,220 was used for salaries and compensation, and increased employees to 20 for what? By Melanie Nathan, April 26, 2013. Immigration Equality has failed binational same-sex couples and is now scrambling to stay relevant, with the audacity to create a exploitative lobby event, all leading of course … More Exploitation of binational same-sex couples continues as Immigration Equality continues to fund raise on the back of its failure

Albany N.Y. teacher assignment asked students to argue that Jews are evil

By Melanie Nathan, April 13, 1013. Haaretz is reporting that a high school English teacher could face disciplinary action for giving a writing assignment that asked students to make a persuasive argument blaming Jews for the problems of Nazi Germany, as noted by Albany school district officials on Friday. School district spokesman Ron Leskosaid administrators … More Albany N.Y. teacher assignment asked students to argue that Jews are evil

Calling South African President Zuma in New York to Speak to AU for LGBT Human Rights

Melanie Nathan, January 10, 2012 President Jacob Zuma arrived in New York on Tuesday ahead of South Africa’s officially assuming the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for January. “SA will utilize its presidency to continue exploring concrete measures for strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations, in particular the African … More Calling South African President Zuma in New York to Speak to AU for LGBT Human Rights

New York 92 year Old Mom to witness First NY Lesbian Couple to Marry

Posted on July 19, 2011, The mother of the bride is 92 – and proud. “I am so happy,” said Mary Brown, who is thrilled she’ll finally get to watch her daughter Mimi Brown marry longtime love Carol Anastasio. “It’s so unexpected.” Brown, 57, and Anastasio, 49, were the first gay couple to show up … More New York 92 year Old Mom to witness First NY Lesbian Couple to Marry

NOM Rally for Hate in New York against Same-Sex Marriage

Whining about “lost” rights – the anti-gay group NOM simply cannot stand that Equality is an American value! So they have decided to protest  same-sex marriages  which will start in New York  State on July 24th. Imagine the thinking my equality is Maggie Gallaghers’s lost right! Via Joe My God: “NOM has announced that it … More NOM Rally for Hate in New York against Same-Sex Marriage

Gillard Government blocks Marriages of Gay Australians in New York.

July 09, 2011, by Melanie Nathan, When New York state’s new equal marriage law takes effect on July 27th same-sex couples from other countries will be able to marry there if they provide a Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage (CNI) to show they are not already married in their home country. But the Australian Government refuses … More Gillard Government blocks Marriages of Gay Australians in New York.

Same-Sex Marriage License Applications Available for NYC Couples

07/05/20011, by Melanie Nathan As of today the New York Times reports that the marriage license application form, in the City of New York,  still asks for the “groom info” and “bride info.”  However that is not likely to stop a whopping $140 million dollar surge (estimated) for the City as it braces for the … More Same-Sex Marriage License Applications Available for NYC Couples