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

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

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

Transgender Man Wins Health Insurance Coverage for Gender Transition

Victory! Union Affirms Ongoing Coverage for Transition-Related Care in Health Plan By Melanie Nathan, December 22, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has secured insurance coverage for a transgender man’s medically necessary care after his union-sponsored health insurance plan refused to cover it.  Adrian Sealy works in a… More Transgender Man Wins Health Insurance Coverage for Gender Transition

Hillary Clinton Policy Plan does not go far enough for Global LGBT needs

December 19, 2015 Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African HRC Candidate for the Democratic U.S. Presidential nomination, former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has outlined a comprehensive LGBT policy plan for domestic and global LGBT issues. While we at African Human Rights Coalition are grateful to Secretary Clinton for her recognition of the plight of… More Hillary Clinton Policy Plan does not go far enough for Global LGBT needs

Exiled Gay Pastor Struggles to Survive After Being Outed by LGBT Christian Ministry

This is for those Other Sheep who recklessly expose the names and faces of LGBTI people in Africa. By Melanie Nathan, December 09, 2015. A few months ago, I was contacted by a man identifying himself as a gay pastor from an African country.  The man sought emergency help. He was on the border between… More Exiled Gay Pastor Struggles to Survive After Being Outed by LGBT Christian Ministry

International Human Rights Day 2015 Statement by Secretary Kerry

By Melanie Nathan, December 10, 2015. Statement by U.S. Secretary of State , John Kerry, released for International Human Rights day, lacks a robust reflection on all corners of this globe: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the aftermath of World War II to protect freedom and prevent future atrocities. As we… More International Human Rights Day 2015 Statement by Secretary Kerry

AIDS Quilt Documentary “The Last One” Plans World AIDS Day Screenings

Film Spotlights AIDS Memorial Quilt; Reveals Progress, Setbacks and Hope in the Quest to End AIDS; Youth Campaign (Combining the Quilt Display with Screenings of the Film) Aims to Remind Young People About the History of HIV/AIDS and the Seriousness of the Disease Posted by Melanie Nathan, November 24, 2015. NEW YORK, NY–  Red Thread Productions… More AIDS Quilt Documentary “The Last One” Plans World AIDS Day Screenings

Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

TLDEF Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance Posted by Melanie Nathan, Nov 20, 2015. New York, NY- The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) commemorates the 17th Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to memorialize all those lost to anti-transgender violence and to honor the spirit and resilience of transgender people worldwide. TDOR began in… More Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

University Resolution Supports Nondiscrimination Protection for Transgender Individuals

Posted by Melanie Nathan, November 09, 2015. The Western New England University School of Law faculty voted unanimously on Friday, November 6, 2015, in favor of a resolution of support for pending legislation that would expand nondiscrimination protection for transgender individuals in businesses and other facilities that are open to the public, including within higher… More University Resolution Supports Nondiscrimination Protection for Transgender Individuals

TLDEF Urges Administration to Adopt Rule to Improve Transgender Health Access

Submits Comments to HHS Supporting Broadest Possible Rule to Ban LGBT Health Care Discrimination Posted by Melanie Nathan, November 09, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), expressing support for improving the health and wellness of transgender Americans… More TLDEF Urges Administration to Adopt Rule to Improve Transgender Health Access

Colombian Constitutional Court Rules Same-sex Couples can Adopt

By Melanie Nathan, November 06, 2015. In a victory for the country’s LGBT community, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled on November 4, 2015, that same-sex couples in Colombia can adopt children. Previously couples could only adopt a child if it was the offspring of one of the partners, but after hours of debate a 6-2… More Colombian Constitutional Court Rules Same-sex Couples can Adopt

Sen. Bob Casey Asks DOJ for Guidance on Annulment of Gay Partner Adoptions

By Melanie Nathan, November 02, 2015. Years ago many gay partner couples entered into adoptions thinking that the possibility of marriage would never be a reality in their lifetimes. Entering into an adoption guaranteed these couples certain legal protections like hospital visitations and inheritance rights. In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decisions in… More Sen. Bob Casey Asks DOJ for Guidance on Annulment of Gay Partner Adoptions

Rugby Breakthrough as First Openly Gay Referee Chosen for World Cup Game

Posted by Melanie Nathan, October, 28, 2015. In the traditionally macho sport of rugby, the World Cup will break new ground this weekend, when for the first time it will be refereed by an openly gay man. While we look forward to the day when homosexuality is so acceptable that sexuality warrants no mention,  and… More Rugby Breakthrough as First Openly Gay Referee Chosen for World Cup Game

Ugandan Trans Activist Brutally Assaulted by Anti-LGBT Mob

  By Melanie Nathan, October 22, 2015. A well known Ugandan transgender activist is in hospital after being beaten by an angry anti-LGBT mob in Uganda, today. Beyonce Karungi, 35, went into hiding after receiving several hate threats. When she emerged, she was attacked by a group of five unknown men, sustaining serious facial and … More Ugandan Trans Activist Brutally Assaulted by Anti-LGBT Mob

Film About AIDS Memorial Quilt Covers its Birth and Impact

AIDS Quilt Documentary The Last One Gears Up for Fall 2015 Screenings and 2016 National Youth Outreach Campaign Posted by Melanie Nathan, Oct 20, 2015.   Film Spotlights AIDS Memorial Quilt; Reveals Progress, Setbacks and Hope in the Quest to End AIDS; Youth Campaign (Combining the Quilt Display with Screenings of the Film) Aims to… More Film About AIDS Memorial Quilt Covers its Birth and Impact

UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners

where the revised rules could be strengthened from a human rights perspective..
The first concerns the prohibition of discrimination,” he said, adding that he is “disappointed that sexual orientation and gender identity were not explicitly recognized as grounds for discrimination, given their recognition by most human rights treaty bodies.
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History made as South African Church Votes to Bless Same-sex marriage and Ordain Gay Ministers

YES! for Gay People in Dutch Reformed Church – NG Kerk  – There were Tears of joy after the announcement. By Melanie Nathan, October 08, 2015. History was made in South Africa today, when the synod of  what was once probably the most conservative church on the planet, the Dutch Reformed Church, (NG Kerk/ DRC)… More History made as South African Church Votes to Bless Same-sex marriage and Ordain Gay Ministers

Suspicious Timing in Release of Transgender Prisoner

October 06, 2015, Cross Blog from The Recorder. A federal appellate panel on Monday questioned whether California prison officials accelerated the release of a transgender female prisoner to avoid having to provide her with sex-reassignment surgery. In April, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of the Northern District of California ordered state officials to provide sex-reassignment… More Suspicious Timing in Release of Transgender Prisoner

Sharia Police Arrest Women for being Lesbian because of Public hug

By Melanie Nathan, Oct 02, 2015. A few days ago, the Sharia police, in Indonesia, arrested  two young women aged 18 and 19, when they saw the pair hugging in a public place in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital. A police official told reporters that they “suspected the women were lesbians.” Yes with a mere… More Sharia Police Arrest Women for being Lesbian because of Public hug

Barriers LGBT Homeless Youth Face in Obtaining Important ID Documents

CAP Report Outlines Barriers  Homeless Queer Youth Face in Obtaining Important Identification Documents Posted by Melanie Nathan, October 01, 2015. Washington, D.C. — Research suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, youth experience homelessness at a much higher rate than their non-LGBT peers. Like for most homeless youth, this leads to significant challenges… More Barriers LGBT Homeless Youth Face in Obtaining Important ID Documents

Was Fanning Chosen by President Obama to Lead the Army Because he is Gay?

Gregg Jaffe at The Washington Post seems to think so…. By Melanie Nathan, September 18, 2015. President Obama will apparently nominate Eric Fanning to lead the United States Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services. While the Washington Post reports that this is… More Was Fanning Chosen by President Obama to Lead the Army Because he is Gay?

Ugandan Chris Mubiru Sentenced to 10 years in Sodomy Case

By Melanie Nathan, September 17, 2015. Buganda Road Court in Kampala, Uganda, has sentenced the former soccer manager of the team Uganda Cranes, Christopher Mubiru Kisingiri, to 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of fifty million Ugandan Shillings, approximately $14,000 USD. In the highly controversial case, Mubiru was found guilty of… More Ugandan Chris Mubiru Sentenced to 10 years in Sodomy Case

Hate Group Leader Visits CA Coastal Community Under Protection of Republican Women’s Group

1AngryOldLesbian.org puts spotlight on Brad Dacus and Pacific Justice Institute Update: Event photos below An otherwise idyllic year-round vacation spot became host today to a fear mongering, falsehood generating, anti-LGBT hate group—The Pacific Justice Institute and its President, Brad Dacus—speaking at the Estero Bay Republican Women Federated luncheon at the Morro Bay Golf Course, the… More Hate Group Leader Visits CA Coastal Community Under Protection of Republican Women’s Group