Sacramento Equality Awards to Honor Members of the LGBT Community

Sacramento – Equality California will honor Assemblymember Rich Gordon, Mario Guerrero of SEIU, Executive Secretary to Governor Brown Nancy McFadden, and Dana Williamson, former cabinet secretary to Governor Brown and principal of Grace Public Affairs, for their steadfast support of the LGBT community. This year’s Sacramento Equality Awards will take place Monday, March 7, 2016 at… More Sacramento Equality Awards to Honor Members of the LGBT Community

New York Rally to Protest Transgender Attack

THE NYC SGL/LGBTQ COALITION HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE & RALLY TO PROTEST ATTACK ON TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY LEADER WHEN: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th – 5:30 PM WHERE: D-Train Station at West 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue WHY: Transgender Community Leader, NYC SGL/LGBTQ Coalition Member, and Founder and Director of Everything Transgender in New York City, Jennifer Louise Lopez, was… More New York Rally to Protest Transgender Attack

Five State Senators Kill Basic Protections for LGBT Floridians

Today five Senators killed a bill that would have provided basic protections for Floridians regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. By Melanie Nathan, Feb 09, 2016.A motion to reconsider a contentious bill banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people failed in a Senate panel Tuesday, signaling its virtual demise for the 2016 Legislative… More Five State Senators Kill Basic Protections for LGBT Floridians

Housing Discrimination Laws Invoked by LGBT at similar rate to POC and Women

New Study: LGBT people, people of color and women use housing non-discrimination laws at similar rates Posted by Melanie Nathan, Feb 09, 2016. LGBT people file housing discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity as frequently as people of color and women file complaints based on race and sex, according to a new analysis… More Housing Discrimination Laws Invoked by LGBT at similar rate to POC and Women

San Francisco Pride Pink Brick Nominees Include Donald Trump

By Melanie Nathan, Feb 04, 2016. The annual San Francisco Pride Pink Brick award probably sits as a badge of honor for those in the anti-Gay world.  But one wonders how a man like Trump will spin his honor.  After all he is named alongside the luminaries of hate, and should he win, could be… More San Francisco Pride Pink Brick Nominees Include Donald Trump

Florida Historic First Hearing on LGBT Nondiscrimination

The Florida Competitive Workforce Act enjoys bipartisan support Posted by Melanie Nathan,  Feb 04, 2016. The Florida Competitive Workforce Act (HB 45/SB 120) will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday, February 8th at 1:30 PM. The meeting will be held in Room 110 of the Senate Office Building.  “This is a huge… More Florida Historic First Hearing on LGBT Nondiscrimination

Creating Change 2016 Articles in Review and Thanks

Following Articles were written this past week by Melanie Nathan covering the Anti-Israel and anti-Semitic events that occurred at Creating Change 2016. #CC16 – Followed by other links to excellent articles by others. “#CC16 Coverage -I want to thank all those who donated to O-BLOG-DEE by subscribing, this past week, unsolicited, some of whom mentioned… More Creating Change 2016 Articles in Review and Thanks

FL House Committee to Vote on Bill Could Lead to ​Extreme Anti-LGBT Legislation

Senate Judiciary Committee has stated support for expanding the bill Posted by Melanie Nathan, February 03, 2016. The dangerous and so-called Pastor Protection Act (HB 43/SB 110) is scheduled for its last vote before reaching the House Floor in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow morning at 9:00a.m. The bill passed through its first Senate committee… More FL House Committee to Vote on Bill Could Lead to ​Extreme Anti-LGBT Legislation

Is Hatem Abuddayeh Intersecting at Creating Change 2016

Hatem Abudayyeh has been with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) since 1999, and was appointed Executive Director in 2003. The son of Palestinian immigrants who themselves were leaders in Chicago’s Arab community, Hatem was born in Chicago. Back in 2010 the FBI raided the home of Hatem Abudayeh, in connection with a terrorism investigation at Creating Change 2016… More Is Hatem Abuddayeh Intersecting at Creating Change 2016

Naming Participants in the Creating Change 2016 LGBTQ Jew Bash Fest

The Mob: Who screamed for Israel’s destruction; who displayed hate above unity of purpose; who knew exactly what they were doing and who were the nochschleppers ? SCROLL DOWN for names. By Melanie Nathan, January 30, 2016 Last week the halls of The Hilton Hotel in Chicago, became the scene of a near riot.  The… More Naming Participants in the Creating Change 2016 LGBTQ Jew Bash Fest

LGBT Leaders Call on Task Force for Independent Review of Creating Change Debacle

By Melanie Nathan January 28, 2016. I am proud to be a signatory to this letter addressed to the LGBTQ Task Force. I am also proud to stand with noted and admired leaders in our community.  The letter speaks for itself.  Thank you to Roberta Kaplan and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum for leading the effort on… More LGBT Leaders Call on Task Force for Independent Review of Creating Change Debacle

Will LGBTQ Task Force Survive The Creating Change Controversy Financially

By Melanie Nathan, January 26, 2016. When the National LGBTQ Task Force found itself in the midst of an Anti-Semitic tempest, at their Creating Change Conference this week,  San Francisco activist and blogger Michael Petrelis was curious about the organizations financial health and so he explored.  It seems its heading for change, perhaps downhill!  Carrying… More Will LGBTQ Task Force Survive The Creating Change Controversy Financially

Equality California Calls Out National LGBTQ Task Force for Disservice to LGBT Movement

“…. conference organizers failed to defend these organizations and correct the false information and gross distortions….,” EQCA By Melanie Nathan, January 26, 2016. Equality California (EQCA) has posted a strong and pointed statement, calling out The National Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force, for its poor handling of the debacle at Creating Change 2016,… More Equality California Calls Out National LGBTQ Task Force for Disservice to LGBT Movement

National LGBTQ Task Force’s Halfhearted Condemnation After Creating Change Attack on Jews

ious protest that led to the shut down of a Jewish Shabbat and reception event at Creating Change Conference 2016, Rea Carey of National LGBTQ Task Force issued a statement which is headed “National LGBTQ Task Force Condemns Anti-Semitism”. But that is not really what her statement says given the veils and context. Instead its a mish-mash of zero apology and a myriad of ineffectual excuses, hiding behind verbiage which, by virtue of its context, halfheartedly condemns Anti Semitism. The below statement by Rea Carey of National LGBTQ Task Force leaves a lot of questions and much to be desired. … More National LGBTQ Task Force’s Halfhearted Condemnation After Creating Change Attack on Jews

LGBT Protesters at Creating Change Call for the Destruction of Israel

Has Creating Change taken on a New Meaning: Does that Change involve LGBTQ America Supporting Anti Semitism? By Melanie Nathan, January 21, 2016. This week will go down in history as one of the saddest and most destructive, ever, in the lives of LGBTQ Jews.  We became the target of antisemitism disguised as protesting alleged… More LGBT Protesters at Creating Change Call for the Destruction of Israel

Apology and Settlement in Transgender Woman’s Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

“We are extremely grateful to the EEOC for taking on this important case on behalf of our client and working side by side with us to achieve a settlement that marks yet another Title VII victory for transgender employees,” Weiss said. “The Jillian T. Weiss Law Firm… More Apology and Settlement in Transgender Woman’s Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

National LGBTQ Task Force Reverses Decision to Cancel Jewish Reception

Carey: “when faced with choices, we should move towards our core value of inclusion and opportunities for constructive dialogue” By Melanie Nathan, January 19, 2016. Yesterday the internet exploded when many in our LGBT community expressed hurt and anger at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s decision to ban a Jewish event, to be held by… More National LGBTQ Task Force Reverses Decision to Cancel Jewish Reception

Famed LGBT Voices Blast Task Force For Banning Jewish Event from Creating Change Conference

The Hypocrisy of Rea Carey and the LGBT Task Force : “Our vision for the future of the movement is one that is broad, inclusive and dynamic” – and yet they ban a pre-arranged and once accepted  Jewish event within days of the Conference. See Call to Action below! By Melanie Nathan, January 18, 2016.… More Famed LGBT Voices Blast Task Force For Banning Jewish Event from Creating Change Conference

Anglican Communion Restricts US Church over Gay Marriage and Ugandan Archbishop Runs Away

The rifts over homosexuality blew wide open in church in 2003 when the Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, consecrated the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire.

It is this decision that the conservative church leaders including Ntagali have been fighting.… More Anglican Communion Restricts US Church over Gay Marriage and Ugandan Archbishop Runs Away

Landmark Ruling as Transgender Woman’s Employment Discrimination Case Heads to Trial

Eleventh Circuit Overturns Lower Court Decision in Chavez v. Credit Nation Auto Sales, LLC  Posted by Melanie Ntahan, January 15, 2016. Tuxedo Park, NY- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a transgender woman may take her employment discrimination case against a Georgia auto sales company to trial. The decision (click here) in… More Landmark Ruling as Transgender Woman’s Employment Discrimination Case Heads to Trial

HUD Wants your Input on New Rules for Transgender Shelter Seekers

Transgender activists, Trans Community and all who care please take note of this call to action by the Federal Government and leading organizations! Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 14, 2016. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a new regulation that it is considering adopting, one that would, for the first… More HUD Wants your Input on New Rules for Transgender Shelter Seekers

Lambda Legal Sues Boulder County Property Owner for Denying Housing to LGBT Family

Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 14, 2016 Lambda Legal today filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a Boulder County property owner who violated the federal Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to rent a housing unit she owns in Gold Hill, Colorado, to a same-sex couple, one of whom is transgender,… More Lambda Legal Sues Boulder County Property Owner for Denying Housing to LGBT Family

Protest as Lesbian Hate and Transphobia Haunts South Africa

PROTEST: Tomorrow, Jan 12, 2016 LGBTI activists are holding a rally and will march to the Mafatsana Police Station By Melanie Nathan, January 11, 2016. Two recent horrific murder cases elucidate the horror that lesbians and trans people encounter when faced with what is still considered endemic homophobia, lesbian hate and transphobia, in South Africa,… More Protest as Lesbian Hate and Transphobia Haunts South Africa

Israeli Gay Couple Discover Surrogate Baby Mistake

Wrong Baby From Surrogate Mother in Nepal Posted By Melanie Nathan, January 08, 2016. Several weeks after completing the surrogate birth process in Nepal, a gay Israeli couple learned that the baby girl they’d been told was theirs and had been caring for is not their daughter. The error was revealed by the routine tissue… More Israeli Gay Couple Discover Surrogate Baby Mistake

Kinsey Takes Helm on Marin Board of Supervisors

Judy Arnold becomes First Vice President, Damon Connolly Second VP Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 06, 2015 San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors conducted its annual reorganization on January 4 and voted District 4’s Steve Kinsey as its President during his final year as a Board member. Kinsey, first elected in… More Kinsey Takes Helm on Marin Board of Supervisors

Broad Coalition File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions

The State of Texas has argued that the law protects the health of women seeking abortion, but the evidence at trial showed just the opposite. In fact, medical organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association have explained that the restrictions imposed by the new law are medically unnecessary and endanger, rather than advance, women’s health.… More Broad Coalition File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions

DHS Immigration Raids Reverse Policy of Deporting Felons, Not Families

By Hassan M. Ahmad, Esq, January 05, 2016. The Department of Homeland Security has begun launching raids against undocumented immigrants with recent orders of deportation. This reversal of prioritization shifts DHS’s focus to those who pose the least threat. The planned raids won’t focus on people with criminal backgrounds, or those who are threats to… More DHS Immigration Raids Reverse Policy of Deporting Felons, Not Families

Judge Rules Against FedEx in Same-Sex Benefits Case

Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 05, 2016. Yes there is still fallout from DOMA and it is scandalous to note that FedEx did not have the decency to apply the Edie Windsor case retrospectively. So now let fairness, equality and justice prevail, with thanks to these Plaintiffs, NCLR, Feinberg Jackson Worthman & Wasow, the Civil… More Judge Rules Against FedEx in Same-Sex Benefits Case