African HRC Issues Advisory to LGBTQI Refugees, Activists and Advocates

As Executive Director for African Human Rights Coalition, and as a follow up to the articles that have appeared on this BLOG reporting on the complex and disturbing situation involving LGBTQI refugees in Kenya, and more specifically Kakuma Camp, African HRC has issued 2 advisories on its website. Here is a snippet plus links to … More African HRC Issues Advisory to LGBTQI Refugees, Activists and Advocates

Attacked While Asleep: LGBTQI Refugees injured in Orchestrated Homophobic Attacks at Kakuma Kenya

REAL TIME UPDATES- below this report. The 45 LGBTQI refugees who have been camped out at the UNHCR Kakuma Reception Center Gates have been beaten and injured in an attack tonight by a mob in white T Shirts. The report we have received is that this was an organized attack. The attackers apparently outnumbered the refugees. … More Attacked While Asleep: LGBTQI Refugees injured in Orchestrated Homophobic Attacks at Kakuma Kenya

Attacks against Trapped LGBTI Escalate at Kakuma under Failed UNHCR Protection

Solutions Awaited from UNHCR On December 21, 2019 in the early hours of the morning, over 40 plus LGBTI refugees were attacked in Kakuma Camp, Kenya. They fled and remain trapped at the UNHCR Reception Center gate at Kakuma refugee Camp, without safe access to food or water at this time. They have no papers … More Attacks against Trapped LGBTI Escalate at Kakuma under Failed UNHCR Protection

Kenya Unsafe as Turkana Mob Attacks LGBTI Refugees In Kakuma

As reported last month UNHCR and Kenya seem unable to protect LGBTI refugees from the very violence they escaped when seeking exile.  When reading the direct account of an horrific violent mob attack by Turkana locals on LGBTI refugees at Kakuma it is clearly only a matter of time before gays, lesbian and transgender people … More Kenya Unsafe as Turkana Mob Attacks LGBTI Refugees In Kakuma

Allegations that UNHCR refusing water to attacked LGBTI Refugees at Kakuma Gate

African Human Rights Coalition is requesting Urgent Assistance and Investigations : Welcoming 2020 we see no help in sight? For the past 9 days, with thanks to the generosity of a volunteer and board member of African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC) food, water, juices and medicine have been provided to approximately 50 LGBTQI refugees … More Allegations that UNHCR refusing water to attacked LGBTI Refugees at Kakuma Gate

Kenya proves it can no longer Host LGBTI Refugees due to Escalating Violence

It is Xmas day. Two nights ago, while asleep for the first time in their new shelters at Kakuma Kenya, LGBTI refugees were attacked with sticks and fists.  Terrified they were about to be killed, some ran for the bushes and others risked camping outside the Reception Center in the hope that they may finally receive some real protection and security. … More Kenya proves it can no longer Host LGBTI Refugees due to Escalating Violence

Queer Asylum in Germany: More Needed for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in Germany

Queer Asylum in Germany: Better visibility and access to legal and social support needed for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in Germany Human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity are grounds for seeking asylum in Europe. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people claiming asylum face particular legal and social … More Queer Asylum in Germany: More Needed for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in Germany

Queer Displacements Conference: Refugees and Ongoing Hardship in Australia

Catching up on the world. There is a lot going on – and here is a start: The Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration and Exile 2019 conference (Queer Displacements) was organised by two queer refugee women, emerging academics and activists Renee Dixson and Tina Dixson. Queer Displacements took place on the Traditional lands of the Ngunnawal … More Queer Displacements Conference: Refugees and Ongoing Hardship in Australia

Poetry from Hell Part 5: Attacks on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya – I AM NOT FINE

I am sitting here at the end of my week, in my comfort. My home is warm. I have food in my belly and I am safe. This is not the case for our lGBTQI brothers and sisters at Kakuma Camp in Kenya, a country proving to be hostile host to gays, lesbians and transgender … More Poetry from Hell Part 5: Attacks on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya – I AM NOT FINE

Kakuma Crisis Gay Arrests Proves Kenya Hostile Host for LGBTI Refugees

In The Words of LGBTQI Refugees The words and pictures of LGBTI refugees stranded outside UNHCR Camp Kakuma in Kenya speak for themselves. We are seeking updates from UNHCR and RAS (Refugee Affairs Secretariat of Kenya). ARRIVAL… November 03 One is that all new LGBTI refugees who report to the UNHCR-KENYA are given movement passes … More Kakuma Crisis Gay Arrests Proves Kenya Hostile Host for LGBTI Refugees

I am Fasting to Protest America Turning its Back on LGBTI Refugees who are Starving This Thanksgiving

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” –   “I am fasting each Thanksgiving until America is restored to its values – where we welcome, shelter and protect refugees and asylum seekers with full robust and fast flowing open routes, where immigrants are treated with the absolute dignity and … More I am Fasting to Protest America Turning its Back on LGBTI Refugees who are Starving This Thanksgiving

Hand in Hand the most Courageous People on the Planet

LGBTQI Asylum Seekers and Refugees – At Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the honor to work hand in hand with some of the most courageous people on the Planet- Dear Friends, THANK YOU – Let us talk gratitude! Thank you for your ongoing support of African Human Rights Coalition: At African HRC we provide humanitarian services, resources, … More Hand in Hand the most Courageous People on the Planet

Refugee Agencies Sue Trump Over Executive Order

Today HIAS,  Church World Service (CWS), and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), took Donald Trump to court over his recent executive order giving state and local officials authority to block refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions. These agencies are suing the administration because it is attempting to enact a state-by-state, city-by-city refugee ban. “It was not … More Refugee Agencies Sue Trump Over Executive Order

Urging Congress to Support the Refugee Protection Act of 2019 

The  Refugee Protection Act (RPA) of 2019, led by Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Zoe Lofgren and cosponsored by more than two dozen members of Congress seeks to restore justice to the U.S. asylum and refugee resettlement systems and revive our country’s founding commitment to offer safe haven for those fleeing persecution.  Congress must support … More Urging Congress to Support the Refugee Protection Act of 2019 

One Million Hits One Million Thanks from O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da

Dear Friends, Almost there…… 997,323 ……. The seemingly trite and amusing name of my 8 year old BLOG stands in stark contrast to the mostly serious and not funny subject matter it deals with. I am proud to say that with 2000 to go, we have almost hit the ONE MILLION view mark! O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da has … More One Million Hits One Million Thanks from O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da

Poetry from Hell Part 2: The Pain of Neglected LGBTI Kakuma Refugees

The words of a refugee suffering and bearing witness …. As I sit at my desk, with the Trump Impeachment hearings audible in the background, and Ambassador Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine, provides her poignant and moving testimony, I reflect on how the incompetent, crooked, corrupt, and maliciously xenophobic American who should NOT … More Poetry from Hell Part 2: The Pain of Neglected LGBTI Kakuma Refugees

The Poetic Pain of Hell Part 1: By an LGBTQI Refugee

So much pain reflected in the words of one LGBTQI refugee – and its speaks to the thousands who now seeking protection… Constantly escaping and escaping hate only to face hell Just this weekend I was honored to give a speech at the event hosted by Jill and Michael at Jillie’s Wine Bar and Shop … More The Poetic Pain of Hell Part 1: By an LGBTQI Refugee

Transgender Refugees Raided in Shelter Instead of Protected by Hostile Kenyan Police

Two days ago a supposed safe house sheltering transgender refugees near Nairobi Kenya (actual place purposely not mentioned for security reasons) was raided by the Kenyan police after complaints by local residents (host community) asserting that it was ‘inhabited by transgender people who were apparently in danger of corrupting the morals  of the neighborhood’s husbands … More Transgender Refugees Raided in Shelter Instead of Protected by Hostile Kenyan Police

Trump UN Speech Spews Hypocrisy through the reality for LGBTQI Refugees

African Human Rights Coalition is calling Trump out – first published HERE. The reality for LGBTQI refugees is that right now the homophobia engendered by state sanctioned persecution through criminalization of homosexuality in over 60 countries renders Trump Nationalism a dangerous and exclusionary escapade!  African Human Rights Coalition Calls Out Trump’s UN Speech While I … More Trump UN Speech Spews Hypocrisy through the reality for LGBTQI Refugees

Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Jewish New Year Message

Rosh Hashanah Walking Together in the New Year By Congressman Jerrold Nadler As we join with family and friends and prepare for the Jewish New Year, let us allow the shofar to call us to unity—and to action. Let the call of the shofar remind us that we must hold fast to our Jewish values … More Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Jewish New Year Message

Tom Shepard’s UNSETTLED Wins Prestigious OUTFEST, Los Angeles Award

With special thanks to the featured asylum seekers and refugees Mari, Cheyenne, Junior and Subhi, for having the courage and fortitude to tell your stories before you had barely landed! Dear Friends, This week I had the great honor of accepting the OUTFEST Los Angeles 2019 juried Best Feature Documentary award for the Film UNSETTLED … More Tom Shepard’s UNSETTLED Wins Prestigious OUTFEST, Los Angeles Award

Denouncing Trump’s New Rule Shutting Down Access to Asylum

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) denounces the new interim final rule announced by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security today, which will deny asylum to those seeking protection at our southern border if they do not first apply for asylum from a third country while en route to the United States. This new … More Denouncing Trump’s New Rule Shutting Down Access to Asylum

Congress Must Investigate Separation & Suffering Caused by Trump

Immigrant Rights Groups: Congress Must Investigate Separation & Suffering Caused by Trump ‘Remain-in-Mexico’ Policy Recent Stories Demonstrate Great Harm to Children on Both Sides of Border Ahead of a congressional hearing today about family separation and the mistreatment of migrant children, a group of immigrant rights organizations working on behalf of asylum seekers released a … More Congress Must Investigate Separation & Suffering Caused by Trump

The Pink Triangle 2019 – What Good is ‘Never Again’ if we Continue to Ignore!

Please watch video through to the end… I was going through my archival footage of some speeches I have given in recent years and heading into San Francisco Pride weekend, could not resist posting this on my blog for there first time. (See link below) It was in 2014 that I was most honored to … More The Pink Triangle 2019 – What Good is ‘Never Again’ if we Continue to Ignore!

LGBTI Refugees Arrested and Sent Back to Dreaded Kakuma Camp

Just this week I received the NLGJA Award for excellence in blogging. In December 2018 I had written about an attack on LGBTQI refugees while peacefully protesting the horrendous Kakuma Camp conditions and insecurities. Since the time of writing that article, many problems persisted and has brought LGBTI refugees back full circle to the dreaded … More LGBTI Refugees Arrested and Sent Back to Dreaded Kakuma Camp

MASK 05: Mistreatment of Lesbian Asylum Seeker Reveals Corrupt South African Officials

7 MASKS 1 STORY – This is MASK 05 out of 7 MASK stories which will be told each day this week: If you care you will share! If you have been following the series and already read this intro, you can skip to the header MASK 05, below: For the past ten years I have … More MASK 05: Mistreatment of Lesbian Asylum Seeker Reveals Corrupt South African Officials