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Transgender Woman Files Federal Suit in Bloodworks Firing

Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 01, 2015. A transgender woman has filed a federal suit against Bloodworks Northwest, formerly known as Puget Sound Blood Center, a Seattle-based blood clinic, for terminating her employment on the basis of sex. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle, alleges that […]

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Civil Rights Hero Julian Bond Dies

A Great Champion for LGBT Rights By Melanie Nathan, August 17, 2015. It is with deep sadness that I note the passing of one of my heroes, Civil Rights leader, Julian Bond. I had the great pleasure of meeting him in 2009 in D.C., at the UAFA hearing. Among all the great things he did, […]

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South Africa’s Mr Gay World 2010 Charl Van Den Berg Dies

Charl Van Den Berg, Mr Gay South Africa 2009 and Mr Gay World 2010, passed away in hospital on Thursday night.  He was only 33 years of age. Van den Berg was crowned Mr Gay World in Oslo after winning the South Africa title in November 2009. Details as to the cause are unclear at […]

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17 Year old Israeli Dies from Stab Wounds Inflicted at Jerusalem Pride

Reposted by Melanie Nathan, August 02, 2015. An Israeli woman, Shira Banki, 17, has died of the stab wounds inflicted on her by an anti-gay radical right wing ultra religious fundamentalist at the Jerusalem Pride parade. Banki was one of the six people injured, two seriously, in a stabbing at Jerusalem Gay Pride. The detained […]

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Why Cecil the Lion may not have died in Vain

Take action and ask your congressional representative to intervene with some anti-trophy legislation and the AG to extradite. By Melanie Nathan, July 31, 2015. There is probably not a single human in the U.S.A. who has yet to hear about the demise of Cecil the lion.  Cecil, a male lion who lived in the  in […]

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Consortium Reports Violations against LGBT People in Uganda Implicating Police

By Melanie Nathan, July 23, 2015. A new revealing report on persecution and discrimination against Uganda’s LGBTI community has been released by the Consortium on Monitoring Violations Based on Sex Determination, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. The report refers to 89 verified documented violations in 2014 in Uganda. That was the year the Anti-Homosexuality Act […]

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Trial to Commence as Justice sought in rape and murder of South African Lesbian

By Melanie Nathan, July 22, 2015. After sloppy police work, as alleged by the organization IRANTI, the trial against Thabo Molefe, charged with the murder of Thembelihle Sokhela,  a lesbian from Daveyton, will finally be heard at the Pretoria High Court on Monday July 27. Lihle was a 28-year old lesbian from Daveyton,  murdered on […]

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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 […]

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Disgusting AFA Article Blames Trans Teen for TLC Cancelling Duggar Show

By Melanie Nathan, July 20, 2015. Just when you thought they could not stoop any lower, the American Family Association finds its belly hitting the ground below that of the most slippery of worms! In an article on their website they in effect blame TLC’s decision to cut the Duggar show on a transgender teen […]

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London Vigil on 10th Anniversary of Iran Teen Hangings

Stop killing gays – Stop killing kids – The 10th anniversary vigil for boys hanged by Iran | This Sunday London 2-3pm. Never Forget! Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 17, 2015. To mark the tenth anniversary of Iran’s hanging of two teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, the Peter Tatchell Foundation and the African LGBTI […]

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Historic Traditional Zulu Marriage Ending in Divorce

By Melanie Nathan, July 16, 2015. Back in April 2013, the reporting of a very special wedding story went viral as a young South African same-sex couple from Zulu and Sotho traditions held a traditional wedding ceremony to celebrate their marriage. Now, 2 years later,  it is with sadness that one of the couple is […]

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Responses to Reports that Pentagon is Moving to End Ban on Open Transgender Military Service

Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 13, 2015 New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today responded to reports that Pentagon leaders are poised to end the ban on open transgender military service. The Associated Press reports that the the Pentagon is set to make a formal announcement this week that […]

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Transgender Professor’s Claim Against University Can Go Forward

Court OKs Transgender Professor’s Claim Against  Southeastern Oklahoma State University Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 13, 2015. The U.S. Department of Justice brought a complaint against Southeastern Oklahoma State University and another defendant on March 30, 2015. The suit alleged that the University terminated the employment of Dr. Rachel Tudor, an assistant professor, based on her gender, […]

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Kenyan Police detain Ugandan Refugees Victims of Anti-Gay Mob Attack

Calls into Question Whether UNHCR is able to adequately protect LGBT Refugees By Melanie Nathan, July 9, 2015 This morning, four young Ugandan urban refugees were eating breakfast in the privacy of their rental premises in Kenya, when a mob entered the gate and started banging on their door and window screaming anti-gay slurs. After […]

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Ugandan Law Team Questions Functionality of Constitutional Court

PERENNIAL LACK OF QUORUM MEANS CONSTITUTIONAL COURT FAILS IN ITS OBLIGATION TO HEAR CASES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST EXPEDITIOUSLY – OR AT ALL? Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 9, 2015. The legal team in the case of Jjuuko Adrian v. Attorney General, asks if the Constitutional Court in Uganda is taking issues of non-discrimination in […]

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Scott Lively Speaks Brazenly About his Deposition in the SMUG Lawsuit

SMUG v. Lively is a federal U.S.A. lawsuit , brought by The Center for Constitutional Rights under The Alien Tort Statute, on behalf of a non-profit umbrella organization for LGBTI advocacy groups in Uganda against Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-gay extremist, for his role in the persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda, in particular his active […]

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West Virginia Changes Policy for Trans Driver’s Licenses

Transgender West Virginians May Now Get Accurate Driver’s Licenses With Photos Reflecting Their True Selves Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 7, 2015 – West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)  can no longer tell Trans people how to dress for their photos in West Virginia. The Department has changed its license photo policy to allow […]

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Kenyans March Against Gays Warning Obama No Gay Talk

By Melanie Nathan, July 7, 2015. Kenyan anti-gay protesters took to the streets in Nairobi Monday, warning US President Barack Obama not to speak about gay rights when he visits Kenya, “the country of his ancestors,” later this month. (As the Ugandan Monitor put it!) The march today, was organized by the Evangelical Alliance of […]

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Commentary by a Conservative Gay Man on Historic Southern Same-Sex Marriage

A Rose by Any Other Name: On the Subject of Same-sex Marriage and Other Questionable Choices By Jim Wherry, First Posted July 6, 2015 | Written June 26, 2015. Last summer, I moved from Fairbanks, Alaska to Columbus Georgia for a new job.   I knew I was saying good-bye for good to arctic temperatures and […]

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LGBT Evangelicals March in Indianapolis to Offer Olive Branch to IN Lawmakers

The Message is Clear: Get to know us before making laws against us. The Evangelical Network (TEN), an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight Christians held its annual conference this year in Indianapolis, culminating in a march and prayer vigil held at the steps of the Indiana Statehouse. LGBT and Straight evangelical Christians […]

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Rick Santorum Speech at NOM Gala is Last Stand for the Dying Political Ploy

A shidduch – Rick marrying Rick is indeed acceptable but not in the way they use it! By Melanie Nathan, July 05, 2015. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual National Organization for Marriage (NOM) gala in Washington, DC. – not an unusual venue […]

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Anti-Gay Truro Church Ramps Up Latino Outreach with New Hire

By Melanie Nathan, July 03,2015. Truro Church in Fairfax Virginia, under the leadership of  Rev. Dr. Tory Baucum, is extending its anti-gay tentacles into the local Hispanic community.  Truro’s newest staff member, Jose Garrigo,  accompanied by his wife Lidia, will be joining the staff of Truro Church in September, ramping up the anti-gay split away […]

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A Big Gay and Personal Thank You to Senator Dianne Feinstein

By Melanie Nathan, June 30, 2015 Sen. Dianne Feinstein, my Democratic Senator from California, has been a consistent and stellar supporter of LGBT equality, both as a Senator and as a friend to many in our community. This week her Facebook page blazed in celebration after SCOTUS ruled in favor of marriage equality for all […]

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Turkish Police Attack Pride Marchers

Backlash attacks? By Melanie Nathan,  June 28, 2015. In stark contrast to Pride celebrations in the United States,  where being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender was celebrated with joy and a focus on recent equality victories, the Pride parade held in Turkey was marred by police violence against the thousands of LGBT people and allies […]

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Shotes Fired at San Francisco Pride

BREAKING… By Melanie Nathan, June 24, 2015. (7.30 pm) African Human Rights Coalition has a booth a Pride. A mere block away this is what happened near Hyde and Market at United Nations Plaza. Watch video. We are waiting to find out more. We will keep you updated. Please folks be aware of your surroundings […]

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Landmark SCOTUS Case Confirms Equal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in All U.S. States

America Has Marriage for All | History Made in Landmark SCOTUS Decision Melanie Nathan, June 26, 2015 There is no union more profound than marriage and now the Supreme Court of the United States of America  has ruled that every single person in the USA have an equal right to marriage! This morning at 10.00 […]

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TLDEF Denounces New York State Senate’s Failure to Pass Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)

Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 25, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) denounces the New York State Senate’s failure to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. The bill would have added transgender people to New York’s hate crimes law and protected them from discrimination in employment, housing and […]

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SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Decision Impacts LGBT America

LGBT Group Praises SCOTUS Decision on Affordable Care Act Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 25, 20915. In a 6-3 decision, a decisive victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the broad reach of the new healthcare law, ruling the government may continue to provide tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy […]

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Courageous Nigerian LGBT Program Hits the Airwaves

Asking for Global participation through support by listening and cash donations for studio equipment | See Fundraiser at bottom By Melanie Nathan, June 24, 2015. In early 2015, a Nigerian journalist and broadcaster, Mike Daemon launched an LGBTI weekly podcast, taking on the form of traditional radio programing, The show NOSTRINGS, includes periodic interviews and […]

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India’s First lesbian Ad goes Viral

By Melanie Nathan, June 22, 2015. The Times of India is reporting the first ever lesbian ad in India is going viral: The country’s first advertisement showing a lesbian couple preparing to meet the parents is making waves on social media. The online video shows two women in a live-in relationship flirting and dressing up […]

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