On 25th Anniversary of Beijing World Conference American Women Face Regression

The United States is at great risk of regression – not only for women, girls, LGBTQI and minorities, but also as the world leader that should be helming the very progress we now are in the midst of destroying.   Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW), which took … More On 25th Anniversary of Beijing World Conference American Women Face Regression

AHRC Submits Comment Opposing the EOIR and USCIS New Trump Proposed Asylum Rule

On July 9 the Trump administration introduced yet another hateful asylum rule – this time exploiting pandemic fears and weaponizing specious public health claims against asylum seekers. African Human Rights Coalition submitted its public comments today. We urge as many people as possible to speak out against this shameful attack on asylum seekers. An outpouring of comments … More AHRC Submits Comment Opposing the EOIR and USCIS New Trump Proposed Asylum Rule

UNHCR Statement on Psychosocial Services Includes LGBTI Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

UNHCR is deeply concerned by a number of messages we have received in recent days from individuals outside of Kenya indicating that they have been the recipients of information concerning a small group of refugees and asylum seekers in Kakuma camp who have self-identified as LGBTI and have expressed feelings of trauma and, in some … More UNHCR Statement on Psychosocial Services Includes LGBTI Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

Lawsuit Against Trump Admin’s Horrific Rule Removing the ACA Non-Discrimination Protections during Pandemic

TLDEF, TLC, NWLC, Harvard CHLPI, and Firm Hogan Lovells File Lawsuit Against Trump Administration’s Rule Removing ACA’s Non-Discrimination Protections Today, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), Transgender Law Center (TLC), the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School, and law firm Hogan Lovells filed … More Lawsuit Against Trump Admin’s Horrific Rule Removing the ACA Non-Discrimination Protections during Pandemic

Trump Trounces Trans with Healthcare Discrimination

New Federal Regulations Encourage Health Care Discrimination Against Transgender People New York, NY – Today the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a devastating new rule that would invite insurance companies, hospitals, and health care professionals to illegally deny transgender people care despite protections mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The … More Trump Trounces Trans with Healthcare Discrimination

Citing COVID-19 AHRC Urges Kakuma Participants of LGBTI Sit-In to Return to Shelters

“African HRC urges potential protesters to consider the good of all and refrain at this time from this sit-in, which could have a detrimental impact to one’s resettlement later on, as any arrests under COVID-19 will likely be recorded on people’s portfolios which the foreign embassies examine when selecting candidates for resettlement.” African HRC (AHRC) … More Citing COVID-19 AHRC Urges Kakuma Participants of LGBTI Sit-In to Return to Shelters

Meeting Participation: Marin Board Of Supervisors Moratorium on Evictions

Board Meeting: Tuesday, April 28th, at 9:00 a.m. or thereafter Effective March 24, 2020, residential and commercial tenants throughout Marin County may not be evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Resolution applies to all rentals in every city, town, and unincorporated area of Marin County and lasts … More Meeting Participation: Marin Board Of Supervisors Moratorium on Evictions

Bay Area Counties to Extend and Revision Current Shelter-in-Place Orders

Joint Statement and Press Release: Bay Area counties extend shelter-in-place orders through end of May: From the Seven Bay Area Health Officers on Upcoming Extension and Revisions to the Current Shelter-in-Place Orders: This global pandemic of COVID-19 is still in its early stages: We expect to be responding to COVID-19 in our communities for a long … More Bay Area Counties to Extend and Revision Current Shelter-in-Place Orders

UNHCR Response to COVID-19 urging International Community support for refugees

And calls on the international community to continue its valuable support to refugees, asylum-seekers and host communities during this unprecedented situation. As the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, notes the increasing challenges faced by refugees, asylum-seekers and other vulnerable populations, and calls for continued solidarity. UNHCR appreciates the … More UNHCR Response to COVID-19 urging International Community support for refugees

Important COVID-19 Virus Pandemic Resources for Immigrants, Advocates and Allies

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) at Hastings in San Francisco has compiled a bilingual (English/Spanish) COVID-19 resource guide for immigrant communities, advocates, and allies. Protecting the health of our most vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to fight for their rights. On this page HERE is a list of … More Important COVID-19 Virus Pandemic Resources for Immigrants, Advocates and Allies

Pandemic Protection Needed for Many TPS Immigrants on Frontline

In a new article for the Miami Herald, reporter Jacqueline Charles covers the experiences of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders working on the frontlines of the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic while also fighting to stay with their families here in the U.S. The Trump administration is continuing their attempt to terminate hundreds of thousands of TPS holders’ immigration status … More Pandemic Protection Needed for Many TPS Immigrants on Frontline

FRAMELINE Postpones the FRAMELINE44 LGBTI San Francisco Film Festival

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL – Originally set to take place June 18-28, 2020, the film festival is now scheduled for Fall 2020, with expanded festival offerings throughout the year. Today,  Frameline Executive Director James Woolley announced the postponement of the Frameline44 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival.  Originally set to take place June 18-28, 2020, … More FRAMELINE Postpones the FRAMELINE44 LGBTI San Francisco Film Festival

LGBTI and All Refugees in grave danger during COVID-19 Pandemic

Among the most predictably vulnerable during the Corona Virus pandemic is clearly the world’s refugee and migration population and the most vulnerable of all refugees are LGBTQI refugees, worldwide. Over 70 countries criminalize LGBTI people for their sexuality and gender identity. Many have compromised immune systems, major trauma, and underlying medical conditions, all an added … More LGBTI and All Refugees in grave danger during COVID-19 Pandemic

International AIDS Conference AIDS 2020 to go VIRTUAL

The health and safeguarding of our community is our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), set to be held on 6-10 July 2020, in San Francisco, will become the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference. AIDS 2020: Virtual will enable delegates to access and … More International AIDS Conference AIDS 2020 to go VIRTUAL

Bay Area Extend School Closures through Due to CoronaVirus Pandemic

Campuses remain closed to students; Schools continue to offer meals, resources San Rafael, CA –Marin County has aligned with seven Bay Area county health officers, and county superintendents to make a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel … More Bay Area Extend School Closures through Due to CoronaVirus Pandemic

SONOMA Board of Supervisors Approves Eviction Defense Ordinance

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, which also serves as the Board of Commissioners for the Community Development Commission, today passed the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Ordinance, effective immediately for 60 days after the end of the local and public health emergency. The new ordinance aligns with the Governor’s Executive Order N-28-20 which authorized local jurisdictions … More SONOMA Board of Supervisors Approves Eviction Defense Ordinance

Marin Approves COVID-19 Relief Fund, Eviction Ban

Board Approves COVID-19 Relief Fund, Eviction Ban- County efforts aimed at helping our most vulnerable populations The resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19. A landlord may seek payment of unpaid rent … More Marin Approves COVID-19 Relief Fund, Eviction Ban

Dammit Marin This is not a Vacation its a Pandemic

Visitors Pack Coastal Marin Despite Order Public Health authorities urge that now is not the time to visit San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) is urging Bay Area residents not to travel beyond their communities as they engage in outdoor activities during the statewide shelter-in-place order. On Saturday, … More Dammit Marin This is not a Vacation its a Pandemic

COVID-19 Social Distancing, Kids, Seniors and Things to Do

I hope to keep updating this: Many of us are sheltering in space, under orders enforceable by law. Those who are not – should be! Our Trump led Federal Government is failing us- so Governors and local authorities are stepping up. The numbers of cases of COVID-19 pandemic carriers and patients is on the rise, … More COVID-19 Social Distancing, Kids, Seniors and Things to Do

New HIV/AIDS Analysis | Failure to Address Pandemic Among Gay Men Imperils Goal of “AIDS-Free Generation”

Includes Other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) | The report examines the progress and shortcomings of PEPFAR, the Global Fund, and the UNGASS reporting system, managed by UNAIDS, and draws on data collected from on-the-ground researchers in eight countries: China, Ethiopia, Guyana, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ukraine, and Viet Nam. NEW YORK, January 18, … More New HIV/AIDS Analysis | Failure to Address Pandemic Among Gay Men Imperils Goal of “AIDS-Free Generation”