Melanie Nathan, Publisher & Editor of O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da
Melanie Nathan, publisher of this BLOG holds a BA LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She passed the Bar in 1982 and was admitted to the practice of law in South Africa before immigrating to the U.S.A. She is a mediator, equality and human rights activist, who advocates, speaks and writes on issues impacting LGBTI communities around the world, with a focus on the U.S.A. and Africa. She is the Executive director of the African Human Rights Coalition and directs The Peacemaker Museum World Tour. She currently mediates for Private Courts.
O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da started out as a platform to showcase the equality and human rights advocacy work of Melanie. In addition to reporting related news and stories, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da, serves as a platform for Nathan and her guests to highlight their work in a world where gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, intersex, and gender-free people are the subjects of persecution and discrimination.
Over time it has developed into a renowned blog, on subjects including U.S. politics, equality related issues, the impact of homophobia and transphobia – especially state sanctioned homophobia, the decriminalization of homosexuality, LGBTQI asylum, sexuality violence and all human rights issues, around the globe, with a special focus on Africa.
Melanie, also an internationally renowned speaker, is also a contributor to Huffington Post Gay Voices, The Advocate, SDGLN, MS Magazine, LGBTQ Nation and other online publications. She has been quoted often in the press and her work has been picked up by many publications around the world.
Her advocacy has included the issues of so called ‘corrective’ rape of lesbians in South Africa, immigration rights for bi-national same-sex couples in the U.S., humanitarian aid and advocacy for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.Her work has been quoted and she has been interviewed by the BBC, San Franciso Chronicle, Marin IJ, San Jose Mercury News, NPR, The Guardian, SF Weekly, Bay Area Reporter, PE Herald, SA TV Show Carte Blanche and others.
She is a former Marin County Human Rights Commissioner and has served on several boards. She is also the proud mom of two daughters.
In 2011 Melanie was grand marshal and keynote speaker for Cape Town Pride. She was named 100 Women We Love by Go Magazine in 2012. In 2012 she received The Fair Housing of Marin Hero Award. In 2014 she was honored for her global advocacy work by the San Francisco Pride Board as a community Grand Marshal for SF Pride 2014, under the theme, COLOR OUR WORLD WITH PRIDE, where she also appeared on the main stage to speak about criminalization of homosexuality and LGBTI people around the world and in Africa. She has been elected to the Board of Directors for San Francisco Pride for 2016-2017. In January 2016 she received The Marin County Human Rights Commission’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for outstanding effort and advocacy in the furtherance of human rights.
Melanie Nathan’s projects and work can be found at the following sites:
PRIVATE COURTS INC.: Divorce, Family Law Mediation, Conflict Resolution – READ MORE HERE
African Human Rights Coalition – READ MORE HERE
PEACEMAKER MUSEUM – Peacemaker work – READ MORE HERE
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