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Kenyan Attorney General Appeals NGLHRC Registration Case

By Melanie Nathan, May 19, 2015. The Kenyan Court’s groundbreaking decision which ruled in favor of the regstering the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) as an NGO under the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board Act,  is now being appealed by the Kenyan Government. The Attorney General for Kenya and interested parties filed a […]

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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 […]

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Logan Airport Security Are we Safe

By Melanie Nathan, April 25, 2015. How many times have we heard that airport announcement reminding us all to report unattended bags? Each time we hear that announcement we are in essence being made aware that an unattended bag is a security risk and we are being conditioned to report such.  We realize we are […]

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Landmark Case Settled by DMV where Transgender Teen Forced to Remove Makeup

Landmark Federal Lawsuit Against South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles By Melanie Nathan, April 22, 2015. SC DMV Agrees to Allow Teen to Retake License Photo Wearing Makeup, Apologize, and Change Policy to Ensure that Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People Will Be Treated Fairly and Respectfully. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) announces […]

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TLDEF Applauds EEOC Ruling Affirming Right to Bathroom Access For Transgender People

Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 09, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) strongly commends a ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) which found that the Army discriminated against a transgender civilian employee when it required her to use a single-user restroom at work and reprimanded her for using the women’s restroom when […]

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Nancy Pelosi on Obama call for Conversion Therapy Ban

Posted By Melanie Nathan, April 09, 2015. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement today following President Obama’s call to end the harmful psychiatric therapies aimed at “converting” LGBT people, especially children and youth: “LGBT lives matter.  Yet, we have lost too many loved ones who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender as the result […]

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Anti-Transgender Petition Drive in Houston Fails

Posted By Melanie Nathan, April 08, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news that a Houston petition drive aimed at removing protections for transgender people in the city had failed. Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced late yesterday that the group spearheading the petition, Houstonians For Family Values, had failed to collect […]

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Houston Petition Aims to Dismantle Transgender Protections

TLDEF Condemns Petition Effort in Houston Aimed at Dismantling Transgender Protections  Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 07, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) denounces a petition drive in Houston aimed at removing current protections for transgender people and banning future protections. The petition, spearheaded byHoustonians For Family Values, seeks to amend Houston’s city […]

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New Poll Shows Millennials Support Comprehensive LGBT Protections

New Polling Shows Millennials Overwhelmingly Support Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 7, 2015. Despite historic progress on marriage equality over the past decade, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals still lack basic, enumerated protections from discrimination in several areas of life, from the workplace to the public marketplace. However, […]

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Justice Department’s Historic Action on Transgender Inmate Rights

TLDEF Applauds Justice Department’s Historic Action Supporting Transgender Inmate Right To Hormone Treatment Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 6, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news that the United States Department of Justice has filed a brief supporting a transgender prisoner’s right to hormone treatment in her federal case against the Georgia […]

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Playbill Kenyan Slaughter Stars Scott Lively, Matthew McLaughlin with Mohammed Kuno

The inhumanity is all the same By Melanie Nathan, April 4, 2015. Slaughtered by extremists – Here lies 148 students and teachers….. What kind of human slaughters another unarmed human in cold blood?  A bullet to each head? What kind of human calls for the bullet to the head of all Christians? What kind of […]

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Wedding for Asylum Seeking African Lesbian Couple at San Francisco City Hall

Calling on San Francisco and U.S.A. LGBT community for support as persecuted lesbian couple seeking asylum plan their marriage By Melanie Nathan, March 30, 2015 After years on the run a young lesbian couple from an African country, surviving terrifying persecution, miraculously made their way to San Francisco where they are seeking asylum.  They will […]

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Technology Giants and Entertainers Condemn Indiana Religious Law

By Melanie Nathan, March 26, 2015. Members of the entertainment industry and technology giants are reacting to the new Indiana law which condemns LGBT people to certain discrimination. Religious Freedom Restoration Act  was passed by a strong majority in the legislature, and  signed today by Indiana Governor Mike Pence, despite pleas from the business industry […]

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Nevada Bill that Discriminates against Transgender Students Condemned

Posted By Melanie Nathan, March 26, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) denounces a Nevada bill singling out transgender students for discrimination. Introduced by state lawmaker Vicki Dooling, Assembly Bill 375 would prohibit transgender students in public schools from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as boys and girls. The […]

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CA Attorney General Goes to Court to stop Murderous Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

Seeking declaratory Relief before Title and Summary is Issued By Melanie Nathan, March 25, 2015 An intense backlash has developed against Huntington Beach lawyer Matt McLaughlin, who wants to qualify a Ballot initiative calling for the murder of gays for the statewide ballot in November 2016. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued the […]

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Victory as Connecticut Lifts Medicaid Ban on Transgender Health Care

Posted by Melanie Nathan, March 25, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) applauds the state of Connecticut for making transition-related health care available through its Medicaid program. Connecticut becomes the 7th jurisdiction to expand Medicaid coverage for transgender health care. Yesterday, Connecticut’s Legislative Regulation Review Committee approved a regulation that repeals the […]

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Kentucky Bill Targeting Transgender Students for Discrimination Fails to Pass

Posted by Melanie Nathan, March 25, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news that the Kentucky Legislature had failed to pass legislation that targeted transgender students for discrimination. Introduced by Kentucky State Senator CB Embry, Jr., the bill would have barred transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that […]

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Breaking Indiana Passes Nation’s Most Anti-LGBT Law

  We urge all Indianans to contact Governor Pence at 317-232-4567 to ask him to veto this unprecedented attack on religious liberty. Posted by Melanie Nathan, March 23, 2015. Governor Mike Pence (R-Indiana) is being urged to veto SB 101, a piece of legislation that would be one of the most anti-LGBT laws in the […]

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Ugandan Preacher Gets Unexpected ‘Welcome’ in London

By Melanie Nathan, March 20, 2015. Prominent Ugandan anti-gay preacher, “Bishop” David Livingstone Kiganda, was greeted to a rowdy welcome when he arrived to speak at a London event. However it was not the welcome he had expected. When Kiganda arrived at  Commission Church, London, to preach last night, LGBTI Ugandan exiles were the first […]

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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 […]

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Outrage at UK Visit by Ugandan Anti-Gay Pentecostal Reverend

Please sign the Petition below By Melanie Nathan, March 18, 2015 A Pentecostal reverend, a major anti-gay protagonist, who called homosexuals evil, is set to speak at St James Church, Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire, in the United Kingdom and activists are outraged. The controversial preacher, Rev. Simon Peter Emiau,  General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies […]

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San Francisco Catholic Church Installs Doorway Water Showers to Drench Sleeping Homeless

By Melanie Nathan, March 18, 2015. I recall protesting the installation of viciously anti-LGBTI Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at the Archdiocese in San Francisco. Now it seems that it is not only gays that the Catholic Church in San Francisco has under attack and wants to keep from its opulent doorway. The venom has now spewed […]

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Not Gay Shock at Resignation of Rep Aaron Schock

Not Gay Shock at Resignation of Rep Aaron Schock

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LGBTI Activists to Protest Dolce Gabbana Store in London

Once Lovers now Homophobes Dolce and Gabbana turncoats | See updated pictures from protest below By Melanie Nathan, March 17, 2015. Dolce & Gabbana have not heard the last of LGBTI global community wrath.  Activists in the United Kingdom are calling for a London Boycott D&G picket which will be held at their Old Bond […]

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First Open Lesbian Rabbi President of Reform Judaism CCAR

First openly gay president of Reform Judaism rabbi group to be installed By Melanie Nathan December 16, 2015. On Monday, Rabbi Denise Eger, 55, became the third woman and first openly lesbian (LGBT) president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement, which is holding is 126th […]

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Pro Palestinian BDS Betrays South African Constitution and Mandela Legacy

See Video: South African Jews Recite Mourners Kaddish for Mandela By Melanie Nathan, March 13, 2015. When Mandela died the most pious of South African Jews and the most secular of South African Jews all mourned – we had lost Tata Madiba, the man who had brought freedom for all, to South Africa. President Jacob […]

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Legislation to Give Homeless Youth Access to High School Equivalency Exams

By Melanie Nathan, March 13, 2015. Homeless youth across California would have greater access to the high school proficiency and equivalency exams under new legislation introduced by Senator Mark Leno. Senate Bill 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing companies from charging an exam fee to young people who are homeless. “Exam fees, […]

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LGBT Women Are Among Most at Risk of Poverty in America

Groundbreaking report from broad coalition examines poverty and economic vulnerability of LGBT women. Posted by Melanie Nathan, March 13, 2015 Washington, D.C. — According to a new report released by a broad coalition of research and advocacy organizations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, women are among the most at risk of poverty in America. […]

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Proposed Texas Legislation Attacks Transgender People

By Melanie Nathan, March 13, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) strongly denounces new proposed legislation in Texas that singles out transgender people for harsh discrimination. Introduced by Republican State Representative Gilbert Peña on March 10, House Bills 2801 and 2802 come on the heels of a string of bills targeting transgender people, including a prior […]

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Announcing Legislation for Homeless Youth

SAN FRANCISCO – California State Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will join homeless youth advocates and other elected officials in San Francisco on Friday to announce important new legislation that gives homeless youth greater access to high school proficiency and equivalency exams. SB 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing companies from charging […]

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