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South Africa Mourns as Literary Giant Dies

By Melanie Nathan, July 14, 2014.   It is with much sadness that I note the passing of South African literary giant and Nobel laureate, Nadine Gordimer. The news was made public today by a spokesperson at the law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenberg, Johannesburg. A statement released through the firm by her family confirmed that […]

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In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Rockefeller, Founding Member of Doctors Without Borders USA

June 16, 2014 Dr. Rockefeller Critical to Launch of Medical Humanitarian Organization in the United States Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Richard Rockefeller, Ed.M., M.D., who died on June 13, 2014, when the single-engine plane that he was piloting crashed outside of Westchester County […]

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Good Morning Mr Mandela Book By Personal Assistant Exposes Family Drama

By Melanie Nathan, June 16, 2014. Good Morning, Mr Mandela , a memoir by Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, has lifted the veil of secrecy and mystery on the family power struggles that went on in the last few years of his Nelson Mandela’s life, and of the chaos at his funeral last […]

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AOL Tech Guru Seeks Justice for Gay Brother’s Killing

Posted by Melanie Nathan June 6, 2014 Journalist Susan Donaldson James has encapsulated the astounding story behind a documentary film to be be shown in the U.S.A., throughout June, on the World Channel, associated with PBS, as part of series of programs for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month. The story reflects Internet pioneer […]

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Poet Maya Angelou Passes Away Aged 86

Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist, civil rights leader and actress whose work defied description under a simple label, has died, her publicist, Helen Brann, said Thursday. She died at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., Brann said. A professor, singer and dancer, among other things, Angelou’s work spans different professions. She spent her early years […]

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Another Possible Murder in Cameroon of Gay Man

First the brutal murder of Henry Mbah, and now his love of five years, Elevis Atabong, 24, dies under suspicious circumstances. By Melanie Nathan, March 26, 2014. In 2013 we reported the story of a mob murder of a gay man in Cameroon, soon after the murder of well known activist Eric Lembembe. The murder […]

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FAIR HOUSING OF MARIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO MORRIE TURNER

By Melanie Nathan, January 30, 2014. As a past Vice Chair of Fair Housing of Marin I wanted to post this tribute to Morrie Turner, Nationally Syndicated Cartoonist and creator of WEE PALS. WEE PALS was the first syndicated comic strip to portray characters of diverse backgrounds and to bring diversity into the world of […]

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Gay Holocaust Memorial Unveiled in Tel Aviv

by Melanie Nathan, January 11, 2014. A memorial honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II has been unveiled in Tel Aviv. The memorial depicts a pink triangle, the symbol gays were forced by the Nazis to wear in concentration camps. The memorial’s dedication is in Hebrew, English and German: “In […]

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Co-founder of ACT-UP Commits Suicide

Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 06, 2014. Michael Petrelis, LGBT activist from gays without Borders, Blogger on Petrelis Files and one of the original ACT-UP co-founders, reports this heartbreaking story on his blog today. Carl Goodman, one of the original ACT-UP co-founders committed suicide in Rhode Island yesterday. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mario, […]

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So called Corrective Rape of Lesbians in South Africa should Embarrass President Zuma

By Melanie Nathan, January 04, 2014. Touted in an article as the most comprehensive report on the issue, “Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of ‘corrective rape’ – aimed at ‘curing’ lesbians,” is the work of Clare Carter, who left her home in New York City in 2011 to photograph South Africa’s corrective rape […]

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Another South African Lesbian Murdered in Township

By Melanie Nathan, December 22, 2013. Maleshwane Radebe died from a stab wound to her neck after she and her girlfriend were attacked and robbed in their  East Rand township  shack in Ratanda. Charl Blignaut who blogged this at City Press has spent time with Inkanyiso, the visual activists documenting the ever-growing number of rapes […]

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Nelson Mandela Laid to Rest

REST IN PEACE TATA MADIBA Hamba Kahle By Melanie Nathan, Dec 15, 2013. From my Facebook Status: – Tata #Madiba, Father of the Nation, has brought the world to #Qunu South Africa- 6 AM, Dec 15 – All eyes are on #Qunu as we prepare our final farewell, #TATA #MADIBA . Our Nelson #Mandela will […]

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President Barack Obama pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Yesterday in Johannesburg, President Obama joined leaders from the United States and around the world at a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. In President Obama’s remarks, he reflected on what Mandela meant to him personally, as well as to the people of South Africa, and urged all of us to […]

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The Mandela Family Statement

“On behalf of the Nelson Mandela family, we take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to the religious community for the thoughts and prayers extended to our family through prayer and meditation. Indeed our burden of pain and sorrow is daily being lessened by the outpouring of national and international grief for our father […]

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Nelson Mandela WITS Alumni MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA

The University of the Witwatersrand, will host a memorial service in honor of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, unequivocally one of the greatest leaders of all time. Wits Chancellor, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke will open the ceremony. Speakers include: Advocate George Bizos Dr Ahmed Kathrada Parks Tau, Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Dr Randall […]

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Placing our Gay Flag for Nelson Mandela

By Melanie Nathan, Dec 09, 2013. When I was a child I was told by my Government that Nelson Mandela was bad man, a terrorist who wanted all white people dead. They did not allow us to see pictures of Mandela, and all images of him were banned. He was serving life in prison. When […]

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South Africa’s Jewish Community Mourns Nelson Mandela with Past President Mbeki

Songs and prayers in all religious congregations all over South Africa | “As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, its become the central task that we reflect on what needs to be done to sustain his legacy to ensure we do not betray what he and other sacrificed for and stood for” former President […]

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Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela, our father has died. The man who believed in full equality for all, for everyone everywhere … One of the most remarkable human beings of all time By Melanie Nathan, Dec 05 , 2013. Our beloved Madiba, Nelson Mandela, has just died. With deep sadness we extend our condolences to Madiba’s family and […]

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Transgender Day of Remembrance |Remembering Naoimi

On International Transgender Day of Remembrance ZIMBABWE’S GALZ Pays Tribute to Naoimi Posted by Melanie Nathan, Nov. 20, 2013. We pay tribute to Naomi, Zimbabwe’s very own trans woman who championed the struggle for LGBTI rights in so many ways. She came out at a time when there was very little to no information on […]

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New Yorkers Urged to Reflect on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance  Organization Urges New Yorkers to Reflect on All Those Lost to Anti-Transgender Violence Including Harlem Resident, Islan Nettles New York, NY, November 20, 2013- On this 15th Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is urging New Yorkers to […]

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Unveiling of Tombstone for Larry Nathan

Please join us in honoring the life of Larry Nathan, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. “HIS LIFE OUR DANCE | FOREVER IN THE HEARTS OF SO MANY” The consecration and unveiling of the tombstone marking Larry Nathan’s grave will be held on Sunday December 08, 2013  at 10.00 am at West Park Cemetery, […]

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Moving pictures as slain lesbian laid to rest amidst controversial memorial

The South African political party showing up for votes is reprimanded and words are not enough as LGBTI community screams for action By Melanie Nathan, July 14, 2013. A rainbow flag flies amidst the dust as Duduzile Zozo is laid to rest. The beloved daughter and lesbian community member from Thokoza township, Johannesburg, was remembered […]

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Protests across Turkey sparked by latest trans murder

Transphobia murders endemic in Turkey By Cathy Kristofferson, July 11, 2013 Update: July 12, 2013 Photos of today’s events below Tuesday, Dora Özer was found stabbed to death in her home by her roommate.  Dora, only 24, is the latest victim of the rampant transphobia  in Turkey.  According to Transgender Europe, at least 30 transgender individuals were […]

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Outrage at South African Government over Lesbian Murder

Heartbreaking Video expresses the scourge of  Corrective Rape while the South African Task Team Sleeps By Melanie Nathan, July 07, 2013. Last week, a memorial service was held pending the funeral of a beloved lesbian from Gauteng, bringing home the horrendous truth, that “corrective rape” and violence against lesbians continues uncontrollably, despite acute awareness on […]

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First Pride ever in Moldova | Huge Scott Lively Fail

On 19 May, the first Pride March was held in Chisinau, Moldova. By Cathy Kristofferson, May 19, 2013 I just saw this on twitter and cheered out loud: First Pride March held in Moldova http://t.co/NGwq6Bepbr%5B@Eastbook_en%5D EurAlmanac16:15 I cheered not only because I was thrilled for the Moldovan LGBT community, but also for the bitter defeat […]

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In Memoriam | Larry Nathan

By Melanie Nathan, May 14, 2013. To My Cousin Larry, For your Funeral Larry some hours from now – My heart is broken.  I am writing this for you here Larry, on my BLOG, because I know what that will mean to you – ever grateful for your undying support of my work and your […]

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South African lesbian community mourns another brutal township murder

By Melanie Nathan, April 26, 2013. In the very week when the South African LGBT community paid tribute in KwaThema to comrades fallen in violent homophobic attacks, and called for justice in the 2 year unsolved murder of Noxolo Nogwaza, another lesbian was murdered in Daveyton*, a nearby Township. The body of Patricia Mashego, 36,  […]

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Fallen lesbians and gays remembered amidst calls for justice

By Melanie Nathan, April 24, 2013. Today, April  24, on the two year anniversary of the brutal rape and murder of 24 year old  LGBT activist, Noxolo Nogwaza,  a day of remembrance was held at Ekhaya Center (PicknPay), Kwa-Thema, a short distance from where Noxolo’s body was found, while activists called on the South African […]

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Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren’s son committs suicide

The 27-year-old son of the Rev. Rick Warren, one of America’s most influential religious anti-gay leaders, committed suicide, Mr. Warren said in an e-mail released on Saturday to staff members and congregants at his 20,000-member Saddleback Valley Community Church. NBC News reported that Warren was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound around 10 a.m. […]

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Ugandan anti-gay pastors hold hate rally next to gay hero David Kato’s grave

“Say No To Homosexuality” Campaign officially launched By Melanie Nathan, March 31, 2013. Ugandan Pastors Solomon Male & Rev. Musoke are conducting an anti gay rally next door to David Kato ‘s burial grounds in Mukono Uganda to not only further persecute LGBTI Ugandans, calling for hate in the name of Christianity, but also to […]

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