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Ugandan Embassy in D.C. Targeted for Homophobia

By Cathy Kristofferson, April 19, 2014 Today, demonstrators, with a mural of eight posters, reminded the Ugandan Embassy in Washington D.C. that their country’s state sponsored homophobia has not been forgotten. As Martin Luther King said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The injustice that is the Anti-Homosexuality Act and the persecution the LGBTI […]

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Asylum Seekers Sue Obama Administration to End Unjust Long Waits

Department of Homeland Security Routinely Violates Laws Requiring Timely Reasonable Fear Interview Posted by Melanie Nathan April 17, 2014 A lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, alleging the government violated the law in thousands of cases, with individuals waiting in detention for many months for a ruling on their […]

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Lambda Legal Sues Doctor and Clinic for Denying Medical Care to Transgender Woman

“Doctors receiving federal funds cannot discriminate in providing patient care just because a person is transgender.” (Urbana, IL, April 16, 2014) – Yesterday, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Naya Taylor, a transgender woman denied medical care after she […]

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Uganda Beautiful Uganda is Aid cut helpful or not?

By Melanie Nathan, April 11, 2014. Uganda ah Uganda – may you live free one day for your people – all of them are truly beautiful and deserving. May the haters and political opportunists find their peace too – Museveni, Ssempa, Bahati, Kadaga! Here is some food for thought: HERE is an article as it […]

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LGBT Activists Demand Their Own Stoning at Homophobic Harlem Church

STONE ME WITH THAT FIRST STONE! By Melanie Nathan, March 30, 2014. Over fifty LGBT activists protested for over an hour in the rain yesterday outside ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, demanding that the church’s controversial pastor, James David Manning, emerge and administer the stonings that his public sign recently called for. Until it […]

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Still No EO Relief for LGBT Employment Discrimination Despite Biden’s ‘Barbaric’ Bomb

4 possible reasons why and call for 220+ congressional allies to do more By Cathy Kristofferson, March 26, 2014 Following Monday’s street theatre action in front of the White House, we picked up the trail Wednesday, making trips to Vice President Biden’s home and Labor Secretary Perez’s office. Could they influence the President to sign […]

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Shocking Hypocrisy of HRC in Fight Against Religious Bigotry

Despicable contradiction – does he take us for idiots? By Melanie Nathan, March 24, 2014. I must say I am in a state of shock at the hypocrisy of the latest HRC (Human Rights Campaign) fund raising ploy.  The fundraiser is focused on fighting religious bigotry because, as they say, our enemies are “Using religion […]

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HRC Boots Activist Protesting ENDA’s Broad Religious Exemptions

Lesbian Avenger film screening event makes perfect backdrop for ENDA religious exemption protest By Cathy Kristofferson, March 21, 2014 Last week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced a $2 million campaign to push for the House Vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA). This campaign partnership with Americans for Workplace Opportunity (AWO) is similar to […]

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Molokov Mitchell Senate Campaign Manipulates Via Gay Hate Denials

Molokov “cocktail” Mitchell throws Bomb at Liberals while pretending NOT to be participating in Kill the Gays of Uganda! While Molokov purports not to want to meddle, he is adept at using persecuted gay and LGBTI Ugandans as a weapon and tool for his own political gain. He is using the plight of Ugandans now […]

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Arrests, Rallies and Speakers Mark Global Day of Action in Support of Nigeria’s LGBT Community

By Cathy Kristofferson, March 7, 2014 Today is the Global Day of Action in Support of Nigeria’s LGBT Community called by Solidarity Alliance Nigeria. Here in the U.S. demonstrations were held in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Consulate in New York City. The protests were in solidarity with the LGBT Community of […]

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Global Day of Action Against Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

By Cathy Kristofferson, March 5, 2014 Today is the Global Day of Action Against Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law. Actions were seen at the Ugandan Embassy in Washington, D.C., in New York City at the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the UN, and at Scott Lively’s Holy Grounds Coffee House in Springfield, MA. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the country’s […]

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Ambassador DeLisi clarifies rumors of Kampala Embassy closure

Despite the stand-off between Kampala and Washington governments, the US is not closing its mission in Uganda By Cathy Kristofferson, March 5, 2014 Yesterday, the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda clarified the United States’ position with Uganda following the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law February 24th.  Since that time there have been many reports […]

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Global Days of Action for Uganda and Nigeria this week!

Plus updated guidance for international supporters… By Cathy Kristofferson, March 3, 2014 Update: #IStandw9jaLGBT is now #IStandwith9jaLGBT This week there are two Global Days of Action set for standing in solidarity with African LGBT communities suffering severe anti-gay persecution. For Uganda the day is  Wednesday (5th) and for Nigeria it’s on Friday (7th). OBLOGDEE knows of actions […]

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NPR Talks About Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill Impacting Asylum to the U.S.A.

‘A Lot Of People Are In Panic Mode’ By NPR, February 26, 2014. Today this report appeared on NPR Radio. “But winning asylum in the United States is no easy feat. Granted, the U.S. has recognized LGBT status as grounds for asylum since 1994, but the government keeps no records on how many claims it […]

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Activists Execute Eviction Notice at Uganda’s D.C. Embassy

While others pay another visit to Scott Lively… By Cathy Kristofferson, February 24, 2014 Today in Washington D.C. and Springfield, MA – and many other locales worldwide we hope! – activists reacted to this morning’s signing of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, better known as Kill The Gays, by President Museveni with action. An eviction notice was […]

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Transgender Women Win Legal Document Case

Transgender Women Can Obtain Legal Documents to Match Who they Are, After First Being Denied Under North Carolina Law By Melanie Nathan, February 23, 2014. New York, NY February 23 2014- The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund today announced favorable decisions for two transgender women seeking name changes in North Carolina. Síle Kelleher and Hadassah […]

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Overlooked Veterans will now be honored by President Obama

Things we love to hear about Melanie Nathan, Feb 21, 2014., President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, to 19 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American veterans overlooked previously because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds. The unusual presentation […]

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White House Releases President Obama Statement on Uganda Anti-Gay Bill

We have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda By Melanie Nathan, February 16, 2014. President Barack Obama informs the world that he has indicated to President Yoweri Museveni that this anti- homosexuality Bill will complicate US relations with Uganda.  And damn right it will. Because as an […]

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Caution! Danger! D.C. #CheersToSochi Demo Anti-gay Laws and Sochi

By Cathy Kristofferson, February 9, 2014 With the Red Army Choir belting out the Russian Anthem in the background, intrepid activists today protested at the Russian Embassy in D.C.  Signs held read “Love Not Hate. Stop Killing Us”, “Discrimination is Incompatible with Olympics” and Scott Wooledge’s masterful “Silence = Death” on the Russian flag. Caution and […]

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Denied by Ambassador Exiled Ugandans Reflect

I call upon all those than still have some humanity in them to rise up and fight for all marginalized LGBT people across the world.” VictorMukasa,Feb 5 2014 By Cathy Kristofferson, February 6, 2014 Tuesday the Kuchu Diaspora Alliance(KDA) protested in front of the D.C. Ugandan Embassy against the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) along with […]

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National Prayer Breakfast: Inspiring Global Peace or Hate?

By Cathy Kristofferson, February 6, 2014 This morning was the National Prayer Breakfast, the sixth of Obama’s presidency. He spoke of how “history shows that nations that uphold the rights of their people — including the freedom of religion — are ultimately more just and more peaceful and more successful.” And “promoting religious freedom is […]

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Your Dollars Can Help Stop Scott Lively Anti-Gay Extremist

By Cathy Kristofferson, February 5, 2014 The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is now moving to the critical discovery phase of the SMUG v. Lively Crimes Against Humanity case. We have reported on the case extensively here on OBLOGDEE. For that very expensive international endeavor, CCR has set up a CrowdRise fundraising site needing to raise $30,000. “Scott […]

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Chasing Chad

Human Rights Campaign’s Chad Griffin Heading to Sochi Olympics or simply playing footsie with the rest of the 1%? This what Michael Petrelis reports on January 23, 2014 on his BLOG at http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2014/01/human-rights-campaigns-chad-griffin.html “Recent history may provide clues about a potential action or two in the near future for the Human Rights Campaign and its new-found […]

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Eastside Catholic’s Head Resigns in Wake of Mr Z Controversy

By Melanie Nathan, January 21, 2014. The protests and the controversy surrounding Mr. Z of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Washington firing has taken a new turn. The President of the school has finally resigned in the aftermath. Sister Mary Tracy, who apparently lied about the firing of the popular gay vice principal and swim […]

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Ted Olson and Prop 8 | Friend or Foe

Prop 8 and Citizens United Super Lawyer  By Kristina Lapinski, January 21, 2014. Just below the surface, politics is a horribly messy entangled web of personalities, egos, and conflicting interests with an ultimately mysterious and unknowable truth buried at the center. Whatever happens behind closed doors and the true motives of those in power can […]

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Gay Activists Protest Matt Lauer Today Show

Demand Olympic Network Cover Anti-LGBT Oppression in Russia Posted by Melanie Nathan. New York, NY (January 16, 2014) — A dozen members of the gay activist group Queer Nation zapped the broadcast of NBC’s Today Show this morning, demanding that NBC report on the Russian government’s ongoing attacks on gay men and lesbians and other human rights violations. NBC […]

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Shame On West Hollywood for Removing City Hall Rainbow Flag

West Hollywood Removes Rainbow Flag from City Hall By Melanie Nathan, January 13, 2014. Notwithstanding the fact that over 40% of West Hollywood’s population identifies as gay or lesbian, or the fact that WEHO is an iconic LGBT neighborhood, and after much debate, the rainbow flag that sits on top of West Hollywood City Hall […]

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U.S. State Department Warns of Danger to Gays in Sochi Olympic Travel Advisory

By Melanie Nathan, January 11, 2014. The United States State Department has issued a travel advisory warning Americans of the dangers in attending the February Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The alert advises Americans about the anti-gay laws where Russia criminalizes so called “propaganda” about homosexuality. Indeed the notice also warns that terrorists have threatened […]

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U.S.A. Perpetuates the Criminalization of LGBT Asylum Seekers

Shocking revelation as we in the U.S.A. further the persecution LGBT Asylum seekers through systematic recriminalization of those seeking to escape unjust criminalization! By Melanie Nathan, January 08, 2013. Seventy Six countries criminalize homosexuality. Most recently we have focused on, amongst others,  Russia, India, Uganda, Gambia, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Belize and Nigerian. We  are […]

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Ready Aim Fire – Eastside Catholic May Have another Gay firing on their hands

By Melanie Nathan, January 06, 2014. Students walked out of Eastside Catholic and several Seattle-area Catholic schools following the firing of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda in December. Zmuda was forced out after marrying his male partner, an act the administration claimed violated church teachings. The students in the school showed support for “Mr. Z” with […]

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