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At the NYC LGBT Community Center – and Visual AIDS present an interactive slideshow with four on-the-ground LGBT artists: Amos Mac, Devin Elijah, Ivan Monforte and Jessica Whitbred, hosted by Sacha Yanow. By Melanie Nathan, Feb 07, 2013. The Center is proud to partner with Visual AIDS to present Positive Assertions: Four Artist Snapshots, an […]

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David Cecil British Producer detained for Deportation from Uganda

By Melanie Nathan, Feb. 07, 2013.  3:00 am PST Updated: Feb 12, 2013 –  Sources in Uganda confirm that British play producer David Cecil was deported last night.  Also confirmed by  British foreign office spokesman who told the BBC that Mr Cecil was deported on Monday evening. “We are concerned that he was deported without […]

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Pastor Scott Lively as pirate | Award winning attorney’s insights into Smug v Lively

Straight ally attorney to be honored for equality work at ST. Paul’s dinner – would like to file an Amicus brief in CCR case of  SMUG v. Lively By Melanie Nathan, February 01, 2013. Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, President of St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, recently interviewed Eric Isaacson, a straight attorney and LGBT ally, […]

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Anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively radio face off provides insight into lies

WBUR – Interveiw with Lively and Kaoma about Ugandan Gay Rights Group Lawsits against  Springfield Evangelist Scott Lively | See VIDEO where Lively calls for death of gays in Springfield outside his Coffee Shop. By Cathy Kristofferson, January 13, 2013. What’s my opinion of Scott Lively and his reign of persecution?  That’s easy.  Who better […]

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New Israeli Gay Film Follows Yossi and Jagger

Yossi revisited with Israeli director Eytan Fox Israeli director Eytan Fox’s Yossi & Jagger (2002) was one of the most memorable of gay films, a tale of truly star-crossed lovers—soldiers in the Israeli army. It ended heartbreakingly with the death of Jagger, and for anyone who has ever wondered what became of his partner, Fox’s […]

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Ugandan Court Dismisses Case against British Producer of Play Featuring Gay Character

By Melanie Nathan, January 02, 2013, 2:00 AM PST David Cecil the British play producer appeared in court today charged with ‘‘disobeying lawful orders’’ from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged ‘‘The River and the Mountain’’ in Uganda’s capital last year despite orders to the contrary. All charges against the producer were dismissed. […]

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Groundbreaking Documentary Looks at Depression in Black Gay Men

BREAKING A TABOO “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” New York, NY – Depressed Black Gay Men (DBGM), a non-profit organization committed to helping raise awareness of depression, is breaking a taboo in the Black community with the premiere of a groundbreaking documentary “You Are Not Alone”. Through the courageous sharing of personal stories, Black gay men […]

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Binders, Bodies and Bullshit from Mitt By Melanie Nathan, Oct 22, 2012. How can women in the united States of America votes against their own rights. Binders, Bodies and Bullshit from Mitt implores an Obama vote.  According to Mitt Romney we should be rewinding back to what started winning back in the sixties. Lets make […]

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Lesbian Mom Answers Oprah Hurt Me to Oprah’s Weekly Lifeclass Question

Oprah Invites Rick Warren to teach Lifeclass – “Oprah perhaps you do not understand the extent to which LGBT Americans are impacted by the denial of our basic civil rights,” Melanie Nathan By Melanie Nathan, Oct 07, 2012. That lesbian mom is me. Oprah’s Lifeclass site asks its usual weekly question  “Are you hurting an […]

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Seattle to Screen Film about Palestinian Gays Fleeing to Israel

Posted by Melanie Nathan, Oct 06, 2012. A Wider Bridge and Hillel UW will host a screening of “The Invisible Men” and a discussion with its director, Israeli filmmaker Yariv Mozer. The film won the Special Jury Award at Tel Aviv’s international documentary film festival “ Doc Aviv 2012” in and the Outstanding Documentary Feature […]

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South African Gay Flag Becomes First in World to be Recognized as official National Symbol

Despite Homophobia South Africa is a World leader for LGBTI Rights – Constitutional Equality ‘flagged’ by the fight vs. homophobia By Melanie Nathan Oct 06, 2012. The South African government has announced in the official Government Gazette that Gay Flag of South Africa has been approved and accepted as South Africa’s official gay flag (an […]

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Uganda Free David Cecil Now | Censorship Prevails through Arrest of British Producer

by Melanie Nathan, September 14, 2012. While we call for the release of David Cecil, Radio one in Uganda is refusing to speak on the  air about the arrest of  the Ugandan based British producer of the play, “The River and the Mountain.”  And one will probably find the Ugandan media quiet on the subject.  […]

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British Producer Arrested in Uganda

By Melanie Nathan, September 14, 2012. David Cecil,  the British producer of a play  in Uganda is in jail pending trial on charges that he had staged a play performed without official authorization.  Cecil appeared in court Thursday charged with ‘‘disobeying lawful orders’’ from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged ‘‘The River and […]

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South African Gold Coin Exchange Gifts Mandela Coins at Hollywood Fundraiser

Editors,  September 03, 2012. As a guest of The Black AIDS Institute, The South African Gold Coin Exchange was represented at Emmy Award-winning casting director and talent executive Robi Reed’s 10th annual end-of-summer event, the “Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration…The Day Party With A Purpose” this past Saturday in the gardens of the Mayor’s home, at […]

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Celebrating Bayard Rustin with Author of “I Must Resist” Michael Long

By Melanie Nathan, August 18, 2012. The Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition, Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, City Lights Booksellers, and Atlas Leadership Strategies will all be  co-sponsoring an evening with Michael Long, author of “I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters” at the Commonwealth Club San Francisco on August 21.This special gathering marks the […]

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Mr. GAY South Africa’s Coenie Kukkuk Threatens Gay Man with Lawsuit

By Melanie Nathan, July 08, 2012. Coenie Kukkuk is a man who wears many hats. He is a founder and director of the South African for profit all male beauty pageant, Mr. GAY SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD; he is the director of the lucrative annual Pink Loerie festival in Knysna, and also a practicing attorney […]

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Kenya Gays Call Boycott of U.S. Embassy Pride Event

Melanie Nathan, June 22, 2012. Kenyan activists are divided, some up in arms, over the recent announcement that the US Embassy in Nairobi will be holding a Gay Pride event, said to be the first of its kind, to bring together local LGBT activists and dignitaries to celebrate Gay Pride Month. While on the surface […]

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The Castro Gives ‘Call Me Kuchu’ Historic Standing Ovation

By Melanie Nathan. June 20, 2012. Never in the history of a Frameline Film Festival has there been a solid five minute standing ovation following the screening of a film. Such was the resounding applause from the Castro community for the brilliant “Call Me Kuchu,” as its filmmakers Malika Zouhali-Worral, Katherine Fairfax Wright, together with […]

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World Premiere A MISSIONARY POSITION by Ugandan American Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

While the passage of  Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, known as Kill the Gays Bill, remains a threat – Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 12, 2012. LOS ANGELES, CA — Noted Hollywood actor and photographer Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Blood Diamond; Treme; Heroes; CSI) debuts his newest solo work, A Missionary Position, this summer at REDCAT (Roy and […]

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Lance Weyer Mr. Gay South Africa Uses Crown to Solicit Gay Votes for Democratic Alliance Party

By Melanie Nathan, May 31, 2012. In 2011 Lance Weyer won the Mr. Gay South Africa Pageant.  With the win the pageant owners declared him The Ambassador for South African LGBT Rights.  However Weyer is a career politician who was chosen by the Democratic Alliance, a political party to a career position as a Town […]

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More About Mr. Gay World Winner Mr. New Zealand

Mr. Gay New Zealand wins Mr. Gay World 2012 in Johannesburg at the Fourth Annual International Competition.  South Africa is first Runner up, France comes 3rd and  4th Place to Mr. USA. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – from the twenty-two gay men representing their respective countries in the 4th annual Mr. Gay World competition held in […]

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Mr. GAY World 2012

by Melanie Nathan, April 08, 2012 Congratulations to New Zealand  for winning Mr. Gay World 2012, held this past week in South Africa and culminating in a packed finale. Yes my prediction was correct after seeing the man’s man, Andreas Derleth, win the sports challenge, I knew he would be first. Now the contestant from […]

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Mr GAY World Competition See Sport Challenge Winners

By Melanie Nathan, April 07, 2012 In what promises to be an exciting and tight finish, the competitors for Mr. Gay World are heading towards tomorrow night’s finals at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef, Johannesburg, South Africa. The four day event brings results in the sports challenge portion which described by some as a  hunk-fest. […]

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Mr. Gay World is Underway in South Africa

By Melanie Nathan, April 05, 2012 The Mr. Gay World Competition is a  public performance where the delegates represent their nation as the best GAY spokesperson to embody the spirit of their nation and its not all about looks. The  2012 competition is taking place in Johannesburg  from April 4th to 10th with an intense […]

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Kirk Cameron’s Monumental Kill Gays Question

By Melanie Nathan, March 28, 2012 Kirk Cameron has come out with a pseudo-historical documentary  which premiered last night and is asking that the film, Monumental, become a movement. He is also selling material by Marshall Foster on the Monument website. We are compelled to ask Cameron where he stands, especially in light of his […]

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Michelle Clunie Transcends Maggie

llectively enticed by the first time playwright, at the utterance of the last line we all jumped up, cheered and agreed that Michelle Clunie’s maddening and whimsical exploration of humor, love, sex and politics is headed for acclaim.

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Atlantis Cruise Gay Passengers Arrested in Dominica for Sexual Contact on Deck

By Melanie Nathan, 03/22/2012 Gay Cruise and Safari community if you had been reading my blog for a while you may have noticed that  I have been talking about the criminalization of homosexuality in many African countries to which we cruise and peruse!  I have mentioned our hypocrisy as a an LGBT community for conducting […]

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Historic Mr Gay World Billboard Erected in Central Johannesburg

By Melanie Nathan, 02/28/2012, JOHANNESBURG -Great excitement hit the gay community in South Africa Monday, when the first ever gay Billboard went up in South Africa, near Melrose Arch on M1 South in Johannesburg. Much to the awe of the empowered LGBTI community in South Africa, the tone is set to ready the country for […]

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Mr Gay Zimbabwe withdraws from Gay World Competition

Johannesburg, South Africa – The Mr. Gay World Organization has announced that Taurai Zhanje, the delegate from Zimbabwe has withdrawn from the competition due to .

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Mr Gay World Includes Finalists from Criminalizing African Countries

Historic participation as Africa continues draconian criminalization of homosexuality by Melanie Nathan, February 21, 2012 For the first time black Africans will participate in the Mr. Gay World contest being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, sending a  powerful message of hope to LGBTI people in Africa and the rest of the World. The delegates representing […]

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