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See Shackled Rapist Murderer of South African Lesbian as Judge announces Sentence

Sitting in the dock, shackled in chains, a murdering rapist awaits his fate.  By Melanie Nathan, July 31, 2015. Thabo Molefe, 47, has been sentenced to a concurrent 22 years for murder and 12 years for raping Lihle Sokhela, 28, a lesbian from Daveyton, Gauteng, South Africa. A large group of lesbians and supporters descended […]

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Convicted Radical in another Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem Gay Pride

By Melanie Nathan, July 30, 2015. Six people have been injured in a stabbing attacker at Jersualem Gay Pride. The suspect has been named as Yishai Schlissel, a radical right wing ultra-Orthodox Jew. Schlissel was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a similar attack in 2005.  he was released from prison only three weeks […]

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Aetna Denies Coverage for Trans Women Surgery Violating Colorado Law

A Colorado Transgender woman is demanding that Aetna Life Insurance Company cover her medically necessary gender reassignment surgery, noting that Aetna’s Coverage Denial Violates Colorado Law. Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 28, 2915. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is demanding that Aetna Life Insurance Company reverse its decision to deny coverage for […]

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9.5M LGBT Adults in U.S. would be Protected under New Equality Bill

Public opinion polling indicates that 78% of Americans support federal protections from discrimination for LGBT people. Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 23, 2015. According to the Williams Institute, The Equality Act, introduced today in Congress, would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, credit, federal funding and […]

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Landmark LGBT Equality Act Introduced into U.S. Congress

By Melanie Nathan, July, 23, 2015. The Equality Act, was introduced today by U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) to provide protections against discrimination for LGBT Americans in all aspects of life, including housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, and education. Finally, federal comprehensive […]

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Consortium Reports Violations against LGBT People in Uganda Implicating Police

By Melanie Nathan, July 23, 2015. A new revealing report on persecution and discrimination against Uganda’s LGBTI community has been released by the Consortium on Monitoring Violations Based on Sex Determination, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. The report refers to 89 verified documented violations in 2014 in Uganda. That was the year the Anti-Homosexuality Act […]

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Trial to Commence as Justice sought in rape and murder of South African Lesbian

By Melanie Nathan, July 22, 2015. After sloppy police work, as alleged by the organization IRANTI, the trial against Thabo Molefe, charged with the murder of Thembelihle Sokhela,  a lesbian from Daveyton, will finally be heard at the Pretoria High Court on Monday July 27. Lihle was a 28-year old lesbian from Daveyton,  murdered on […]

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Kenyan Police detain Ugandan Refugees Victims of Anti-Gay Mob Attack

Calls into Question Whether UNHCR is able to adequately protect LGBT Refugees By Melanie Nathan, July 9, 2015 This morning, four young Ugandan urban refugees were eating breakfast in the privacy of their rental premises in Kenya, when a mob entered the gate and started banging on their door and window screaming anti-gay slurs. After […]

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Kenyans March Against Gays Warning Obama No Gay Talk

By Melanie Nathan, July 7, 2015. Kenyan anti-gay protesters took to the streets in Nairobi Monday, warning US President Barack Obama not to speak about gay rights when he visits Kenya, “the country of his ancestors,” later this month. (As the Ugandan Monitor put it!) The march today, was organized by the Evangelical Alliance of […]

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Commentary by a Conservative Gay Man on Historic Southern Same-Sex Marriage

A Rose by Any Other Name: On the Subject of Same-sex Marriage and Other Questionable Choices By Jim Wherry, First Posted July 6, 2015 | Written June 26, 2015. Last summer, I moved from Fairbanks, Alaska to Columbus Georgia for a new job.   I knew I was saying good-bye for good to arctic temperatures and […]

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LGBT Evangelicals March in Indianapolis to Offer Olive Branch to IN Lawmakers

The Message is Clear: Get to know us before making laws against us. The Evangelical Network (TEN), an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight Christians held its annual conference this year in Indianapolis, culminating in a march and prayer vigil held at the steps of the Indiana Statehouse. LGBT and Straight evangelical Christians […]

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Rick Santorum Speech at NOM Gala is Last Stand for the Dying Political Ploy

A shidduch – Rick marrying Rick is indeed acceptable but not in the way they use it! By Melanie Nathan, July 05, 2015. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual National Organization for Marriage (NOM) gala in Washington, DC. – not an unusual venue […]

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Anti-Gay Truro Church Ramps Up Latino Outreach with New Hire

By Melanie Nathan, July 03,2015. Truro Church in Fairfax Virginia, under the leadership of  Rev. Dr. Tory Baucum, is extending its anti-gay tentacles into the local Hispanic community.  Truro’s newest staff member, Jose Garrigo,  accompanied by his wife Lidia, will be joining the staff of Truro Church in September, ramping up the anti-gay split away […]

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Turkish Police Attack Pride Marchers

Backlash attacks? By Melanie Nathan,  June 28, 2015. In stark contrast to Pride celebrations in the United States,  where being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender was celebrated with joy and a focus on recent equality victories, the Pride parade held in Turkey was marred by police violence against the thousands of LGBT people and allies […]

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Landmark SCOTUS Case Confirms Equal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in All U.S. States

America Has Marriage for All | History Made in Landmark SCOTUS Decision Melanie Nathan, June 26, 2015 There is no union more profound than marriage and now the Supreme Court of the United States of America  has ruled that every single person in the USA have an equal right to marriage! This morning at 10.00 […]

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SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Decision Impacts LGBT America

LGBT Group Praises SCOTUS Decision on Affordable Care Act Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 25, 20915. In a 6-3 decision, a decisive victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the broad reach of the new healthcare law, ruling the government may continue to provide tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy […]

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Courageous Nigerian LGBT Program Hits the Airwaves

Asking for Global participation through support by listening and cash donations for studio equipment | See Fundraiser at bottom By Melanie Nathan, June 24, 2015. In early 2015, a Nigerian journalist and broadcaster, Mike Daemon launched an LGBTI weekly podcast, taking on the form of traditional radio programing, The show NOSTRINGS, includes periodic interviews and […]

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India’s First lesbian Ad goes Viral

By Melanie Nathan, June 22, 2015. The Times of India is reporting the first ever lesbian ad in India is going viral: The country’s first advertisement showing a lesbian couple preparing to meet the parents is making waves on social media. The online video shows two women in a live-in relationship flirting and dressing up […]

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Impressions of Israel by Nigerian LGBT Activist Invited to Tel Aviv Pride

June 15, 2015, Posted by Melanie Nathan Respected Nigerian born LGBTI activist and human rights defender, Davis Mac-lyalla, who has personally experienced unconscionable persecution and discrimination, attended what turned out to be Tel Aviv’s largest ever Pride festivities this past week. I asked him to write a brief note about his experience at Pride. Here […]

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Breakthrough African Academic Report Shows Basis for Anti-Homosexuality Laws Fail Science

Crucial tool for lobbying to misinformed African politicians June 11, 2015, by Melanie Nathan This month by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) countering the notions that underpin homophobia and the criminalization of LGBTI people in Africa and the impact on HIV. Eleven respected experts, mostly academic scientists based in South Africa, authored […]

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Groundbreaking AMA Resolution No Medically Valid Reason for Military’s Transgender Ban

Groundbreaking Resolution Reflects Consensus that Policy is Outdated While Dismissing Military’s Rationale for Transgender Exclusion By Melanie Nathan,  June 09, 2015. The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s oldest and largest physicians group with nearly 220,000 members, made history today by passing a resolution declaring that “there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender […]

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The Importance of Ireland’s Popular YES Vote in the Global LGBT Arena

Why the Irish Vote in favor of marriage equality is so important to Homophobic Countries  and leaders perpetuating lies about LGBTI people By Melanie Nathan, May 24, 2014. Ireland has become the first country in the world to legalize marriage equality by popular vote in a national election. On Friday, May, 22, 2015, Irish voters […]

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UNHRC Recommends the United States Establish a National Human Rights Body

Posted by Melanie Nathan, May 21, 2015. I am posting this Williams Institute report which links to the UNHRC Report.  What stood out for me important to note in this report is the recommendation – “One recommendation asked the U.S. to ensure that religious exemptions are regulated to protect the human rights of LGBT people.”  What […]

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President Obama and US Organizations Commemorate IDAHOT May 17

May 17, 2015, Posted by OblogdeeOblogda, IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. In under a decade, it has established itself as an important annual occasion celebrated in more than 130 countries, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014. AFRICAN HRC: Today, […]

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Center for American Progress Brief calls for LGBT Health Care Protections

New Rules for Affordable Care Act Implementation Are an Opportunity to Eliminate LGBT Discrimination in Health Care Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 30, 2015. Washington, D.C. – The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is changing the health care landscape for millions of people, including for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, Americans. However, […]

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Newly Married Same-Sex Asylum Seeking Couple Grateful for Outpouring of Love

By African HRC, April 24, 2015. After years of persecution, Mari and Cara, a lesbian couple from Angola, whose real names have been withheld to protect family members in Africa, made their way to the Bay Area, San Francisco, where they were married on Friday April 17th. The couple, now applying for asylum in the […]

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Xenophobic Mayhem and Murder may make South Africa a Skunk Nation yet again

Xenophobia a Scourge and Scapegoat felt by all immigrants also impacting LGBT refugees By Melanie Nathan, April 17, 2015. The sordid side of South Africa, reared its ugly head this past week, as Xenophobic mobs attacked foreigners and immigrants, causing at least 5 deaths in the Durban area. This brewing inferno, which spread to other […]

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Jamaican Activist asks President Obama to keep Visa Ban of gay hate Reggae Artists

By Melanie Nathan, April 13, 2015. A famous Jamaican Reggae artist is begging for a visa so he can come back to the United States. Yes, America is a fine place to make money for recording and performing artists. But should we support hate with our U.S. dollars? As Americans  we should be standing behind […]

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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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New Poll Shows Millennials Support Comprehensive LGBT Protections

New Polling Shows Millennials Overwhelmingly Support Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 7, 2015. Despite historic progress on marriage equality over the past decade, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals still lack basic, enumerated protections from discrimination in several areas of life, from the workplace to the public marketplace. However, […]

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