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Senate Fails to Protect Homeless LGBT Youth in Human Trafficking Bill

Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 22, 2015. Laura E. Durso, Director of the Center for American Progress’ LGBT Research and Communications Project, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to include reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, or RHYA, as an amendment to the human trafficking prevention legislation currently being considered. […]

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Nancy Pelosi on Obama call for Conversion Therapy Ban

Posted By Melanie Nathan, April 09, 2015. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement today following President Obama’s call to end the harmful psychiatric therapies aimed at “converting” LGBT people, especially children and youth: “LGBT lives matter.  Yet, we have lost too many loved ones who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender as the result […]

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San Francisco Catholic Church Installs Doorway Water Showers to Drench Sleeping Homeless

By Melanie Nathan, March 18, 2015. I recall protesting the installation of viciously anti-LGBTI Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at the Archdiocese in San Francisco. Now it seems that it is not only gays that the Catholic Church in San Francisco has under attack and wants to keep from its opulent doorway. The venom has now spewed […]

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Legislation to Give Homeless Youth Access to High School Equivalency Exams

By Melanie Nathan, March 13, 2015. Homeless youth across California would have greater access to the high school proficiency and equivalency exams under new legislation introduced by Senator Mark Leno. Senate Bill 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing companies from charging an exam fee to young people who are homeless. “Exam fees, […]

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Announcing Legislation for Homeless Youth

SAN FRANCISCO – California State Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will join homeless youth advocates and other elected officials in San Francisco on Friday to announce important new legislation that gives homeless youth greater access to high school proficiency and equivalency exams. SB 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing companies from charging […]

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Report Shows Difficulties Faced by Transgender Homeless Youth

Posted by Melanie Nathan, Feb 02, 2015. Washington, D.C. — Youth homelessness in America is nearing epidemic levels, and the problem among the transgender community is disproportionately acute. At least one in five transgender young people have experienced homelessness, and many of them have encountered discrimination, harassment, and abuse in shelters and other services meant […]

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HRC Calls in San Francisco Police for LGBT Castro Protest

Peaceful Protest attracts curious tourists, reporters and Castro community By Melanie Nathan, January 31, 2015. About 2 dozen LGBT activists from San Francisco and community members held a vigil outside the San Francisco Human Rights Campaign (HRC) souvenir store in the Castro today. The gathering, which took the form of a sidewalk noon brunch, outside […]

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One Step Closer for MA Homeless Queer Youth

As the Commonwealth enacts law to improve housing and services for homeless youth… By Cathy Kristofferson, December 31, 2014. Two years ago, on January 1st 2013, I posted here on OBLOGDEE about the ongoing plight of homeless queer youth. Every now and then that post gets renewed interest when someone quotes and/or links to it. That happened again […]

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Melanie Nathan Meets Ham Darly on his arrival as refugee from Uganda at Oakland International Airport . Photo: SFALI.org

Protected: Gay Ugandan Refugee Finally Arrives Home in the USA

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Groundbreaking Homeless Trans Teen Film

BECOMING MORE VISIBLE,  – A burgeoning crisis Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 25, 2014. From behind the lens of photographer Josh Lehrer, a groundbreaking film will tell the compelling stories of five, homeless transgender teens. Their backgrounds are diverse, but their stories are strikingly similar. Rejected by their families and lured to New York City with […]

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Homeless Youth | “Street Child: A Memoir”

Award Winning Author Justin Reed Early releases new edition of acclaimed “Street Child: A Memoir”  Continuing National Tour Providing Books at No Cost to Homeless and At-Risk Youth  (& Social Workers) Posted by Cathy Kristofferson , May 19, 2013. Los Angeles, CA, May 10, 2013….This week the acclaimed book “Street Child: A Memoir” was re-released […]

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Re-introduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act

By Cathy Kristofferson, May 07, 2013. Tomorrow, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF) will be re-introduced in Congress.  The Act would ban discrimination in adoption or foster care placement based on the marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity of the potential parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child. […]

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Breaking ground in South Africa with a traditional Zulu gay wedding

By Melanie Nathan, April 07, 2013. South Africa is a leader in the world of equality, enjoying an all inclusive constitution, where same-sex marriage is legal and discrimination against LGBTI people outlawed. However that has not stopped homophobia and fear to embrace LGBTI South Africans as fully equal. This video  and the report of the […]

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After the Apology demands that HRC be all inclusive on all issues

Will HRC put its money where its mouth is? By Melanie Nathan, April 1, 2013 Thousands of LGBT community members and allies showed up at the steps of SCOTUS this past week to support marriage equality, and many were there because of the extraordinary organizing efforts of a coalition of LGBT organizations under the title, […]

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National Organization for Marriage insults all adopted children by calling adoption ‘second best’

By Cathy Kristofferson, March 14, 2013. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) specializes in insults.  Usually such insults are directed at the gay community – our love, our marriages, our families.  But today they struck out against adopted children.  And not just children in gay adoptions, but all adoptions!  NOM’s chairman, John Eastman, said: “Certainly […]

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A New Way to Support Our LGBTI Advocacy

Have you thought that this  BLOG may be more than just about the news? That some BLOGS are as important in their advocacy as any organization representing LGBT rights out there?    O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-da™ is blogging drenched in advocacy™  and while you do not need a paid subscription to visit and read, it does help to […]

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Atlanta area gay community’s inspiring project to save homeless queer youth

Lost-n-Found – A do it yourself homeless queer youth shelter By Cathy Kristofferson, January 29, 2013.  Update Feb. 7 2013: Creating Change ’13 Conference session handout. In the fall of 2011 I saw posts online about a new queer youth shelter opening in Atlanta.  Local homeless queer youth were being turned away from shelters and […]

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Uganda’s Brave Gay Youth reach out to the World for help

Help Youth on Rock Find a Home and a Safe house by Melanie Nathan, January 27, 2013. I reported the unlawful arrest of a young leader from the human rights group in Uganda, Youth on Rock Foundation (YRF), around New Year’s Eve, after the break in at SMUG’s offices, where computers containing sensitive information were […]

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Homeless Queer Youth – Emancipation, is it really so “out of the box”?

Legal emancipation can give homeless queer youth the tools they need to become independent By Cathy Kristofferson, January 21, 2013. Thinking about a comment I had heard that maybe we need to ‘think out side the box’ for solutions to help with issues of queer youth homelessness I thought of emancipation.  It’s not a new […]

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San Francisco Help LGBT Homeless Youth on MLK Day of Service

Help LGBT Homeless Youth on MLK  – Day of Service, 1/21/13 At HRC and Larkin Street Youth Services, we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our LGBT youth, who make up 40 percent of homeless and at-risk youth. In our first year participating in MLK Day of Service, […]

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Berkeley Queer Concert to benefit homeless youth

Singer/Songwriters and Spoken Word Artists come together to raise funds and awareness of our most vulnerable population By Melanie Nathan, January 17, 2013. Well I am definitely going to what promises to be an amazing evening – but more important the cause. I hope to meet some of our readers on Saturday, January 19th at […]

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Homeless queer youth | the Massachusetts Special Commission

Can Massachusetts be a case study to improve the odds for homeless queer youth? By Cathy Kristofferson, January 09, 2013. The epidemic of homeless queer youth is an issue I’ve followed and advocated for because to me our youth are the most vulnerable among us.  They are empowered by our successes and are coming out younger and […]

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The Ongoing Plight of Homeless Queer Youth

Will 2013 be the year the gay community does something about it? By Cathy Kristofferson, January 01, 2013. Author’s note: The epidemic of homeless queer youth is an issue I’ve followed and advocated for because to me our youth are the most vulnerable among us.  They are empowered by our successes and are coming out […]

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