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Ugandan Gays in Kenya Desperate, Sick and Fear Death

The Ugandan LGBT who fled to Kenya are desperately seeking help from our United States LGBT community. Here is the call. By Melanie Nathan, June 16, 2014 Most refugees, when finding shelter in UNHCR camps, despite the difficult conditions, can at least find solace in the fact that they have escaped the persecution that sent […]

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Gearing up for LGBT Family Week 2014

Family Equality Council®and COLAGE Set For Family Week, 2014 | Event Brings LGBTQ Parents & Families Together in Provincetown, MA July 26 to August 2 Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 14, 2014.   Family Equality Council®, the national organization which represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer in the […]

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Why I am Happy that Ugandan Foreign Minister is Now President of the United Nations

He is compelled to enagage with civil societies and now lets compel him to hear LGBTI truths | Let us bombard him with appointments! By Melanie Nathan, June 14, 214. Much to the horror of the world’s LGBTI community, the United Nations has gone ahead with designating Ugandan Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, […]

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North Jersey Pride to Present First “Outstanding Ally Award” at Pride Festival 2014

Founders of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Joseph and Jane Clementi, Will Receive the Honor By Melanie Nathan, May 30, 2014.   Maplewood, N.J.- North Jersey Pride, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equality, awareness, and understanding in the upper Garden State will be awarding the inaugural “Outstanding Ally Award” at its fourth annual Pride Festival on Sunday, June […]

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LGBTQ Organization and USDA Team up for Rural Pride

Posted by Melanie Ntahan, May 29, 2014. From The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR): The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is alive and well in rural America and your government wants to hear from you! In a historic partnership, NCLR has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a new […]

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What we can do as dramatic increase in persecution of Ugandan Gays since Anti-Homosexuality Act

Updated 7/9/2014. This post had been removed to archives private because it is an OLD post dated May 16, 2014, and its is being misused by some as a reference for a current Relief Fund , which it is not. It referred to an older relief fund campaign which has since closed. A new relief […]

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Dangerous Costly Bed Quotas hurts LGBT Detainees

Center for American Progress  | RELEASE: New Analysis and Infographics Show the Dangerous and Costly Effects of Detainee Bed Quotas Washington, D.C. — New CAP analysis and infographics detail the dangerous and costly toll of the congressionally mandated bed quota on our immigration system. Beginning in 2009, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or […]

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Federal Court’s refusal of benefits in Employee Plan shows why religious exemption hurts ENDA

Federal Court Rejects Discrimination Claim Against Catholic Hospital’s Refusal to Cover Same-Sex Spouse Under Employee Benefit Plan and ENDA is in danger Why I am calling on Freedom to Marry, NCLR, Lambda Legal, GLAAD, ACLU, Transgender Law Center,  GetEQUAL to thwart the HRC push for Senate’s ENDA By Melanie Nathan, May 07, 2014. Although both […]

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NCLR to be Honored by Grassroots MEUSA

By Melanie Nathan, May 02, 2014. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will be honored on May 28th at the 2014 Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) Awards Reception! NCLR has worked for many years in partnership with MEUSA and both organizations have done a tremndous amount of work to further the marriage equality gains in […]

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GAY INC Money Exposes NGLTF Leader Rea Carey in Exclusive Club

By Melanie Nathan, May 02, 2014. So says Michael Petrelis and I am re-posting his article here. Michael Petrelis, who is the only blogger activist I know keeping an eye on Gay Inc. and its money trail. The article speaks to GAY INC., Rea Carey from NGLTF and some LGBT issues languishing in obscurity! Petrelis […]

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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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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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Pussy Riot Disrupts Russian Orchestra in San Francisco

See Video: Pussy Riot Disrupts Russian Orchestra in S.F. With Rainbow Flag By Michael Petrelis Cross-posted As I was unable to attend this protest due to my travels, we are most fortunate to have a report from one of the organizers, Michael Petrelis: The St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performance on Monday, March 3 at Davies Hall […]

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Amnesty International on Museveni’s Signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Uganda: Rights and freedoms under attack with new legislation Posted by Melanie Nathan AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: AFR 59/005/2014 24 February 2014 President Yoweri Museveni’s approval by assent of the Anti-Homosexuality Act confirms the Ugandan government’s increasing use of legislation to diminish fundamental rights and freedoms secured under Uganda’s Constitution and in regional […]

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Gays to protest Sochi Olympic opening at Russian Consulate

 GAY PROTESTERS WILL RETURN TO RUSSIAN CONSULATE  | February 6 Queer Nation Demo To Mark Opening of Sochi Olympics Vladimir Putin’s Anti-Gay Laws and State-Sanctioned Anti-Gay Violence at Issue Posted  by Melanie Nathan New York, NY (January 30, 2014) — Members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s […]

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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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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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Capitol Hill Briefing on Asylum as LGBT Persecution Escalates

What you can do to help LGBT Asylum Seekers – PLEASE SIGN THE CRITICAL PETITION BELOW By Melanie Nathan, January 6, 2014. Faith Network Capitol Hill Briefing on Asylum as LGBT Persecution Escalates | LGBT-FAN and the LGBT Congressional Caucus address needs of LGBT asylum seekers On January 8th, there will be a  Faith Network […]

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President Obama Urged to Expand Russian Human Rights Violators on Magnitsky List

See Our Open Letter January 3, 2014 Several  prominent human rights, political, community & non-profit organizations, activists and journalists are urging President Obama to reconsider his administration decision, asking the President to expand the Magnitsky List, designed to ban Russian human rights violators from entering the US, and having all their assets at US financial […]

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How can I think PINK when you exclude the Lesbians?

ENTER TO WIN A FREE GAY WEDDING IN CHICAGO IL | FOR MEN ONLY ?  By Melanie Nathan, December 31, 2013. I cannot tell you how many times I have taken male centric gay media to task in private e-mails. I have decided to provide this one recent example here in this post. The Pink […]

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NOM fails to present public tax returns at deadline

By melanie Nathan, Nov 17, 2013. We all know that cashing in can be a lucrative enterprise for those who have declared war on marriage equality in the United States. National Organization for Marriage (NOM) under the leadership of Brian Brown, in the footsteps of Maggie Gallagher, is one such organization. Rights Equal Rights (RER), under […]

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European Union Court of Justice rules lesbian and gay asylum seekers can’t be told ‘go home and hide’

By Oram, November 07, 2013. Lesbian and gay asylum seekers in the European Union can no longer be told to go home and pretend they’re straight. The European Union Court of Justice ruled Thursday, November 7th, that ‘voluntary discretion’ is not an acceptable rationale for rejecting asylum claims based on persecution grounded in sexual orientation. […]

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Global LGBTI refugee organization joins Europe’s premier refugee network

Posted by Melanie Nathan, October 17, 2013. San Francisco, 16 October 2013 – Europe’s leading civil society network for refugees accepted its first LGBTI member, last week. ORAM (Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration) – is proud to announce that the European Council of Refugees & Exiles (ECRE) Board has voted to accept ORAM into […]

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President Obama to Meet with LGBT Russians During G20 Summit

By Melanie Nathan, September 02, 2013. Buzzfeed is reporting that President Obama will be meeting with Russian LGBT activists while in Russia. The President had cancelled a bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin while there for the G20 summit. I agree with Buzfeed that Obama may anger the Kremlin further by meeting with Russian […]

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Outrcry as Petitioners Protest Delayed Justice in Ugandan Minorities Case

By Melanie Nathan, July 25, 2013. This week Ugandan Constitutional Court saw protests when, according to the Daily Monitor,  “minority groups stormed the Constitutional Court in Kampala on Tuesday, protesting what they called ‘delayed justice’. The potential landmark case of Jjuuko Adrian v. Attorney General Constitutional Petition No.1 of 2009,  has yet to receive a ruling, […]

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Ugandan LGBT Group Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Important Reminders

  The anti homosexuality Bill is still in parliament and on the order paper of business to follow. We urge that you continue consulting activists on the ground as we chose to take on a more subtle way of lobbying as spontaneous actions from our partners especially those not from Africa is always met with […]

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Renewed calls for Olympic boycott as gay arrests continue in Russia

An action to demonstrate the danger of  the new anti-LGBT laws By Cathy Kristofferson, July 2, 2013 Amidst current graphic protests, there is a renewed call for the boycott of the Sochi Olympics, as gay arrests continue in Russia following President Putin’s signing into law the nationwide so-called “anti-propaganda bill,” banning the so called ‘promotion’ […]

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Making Love a Crime

Report by Amnesty International | Criminalization of Same-Sex Conduct in Sub-Saharan Africa June 28, 2013 This report provides an analysis of the legal environment and wider context of human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent years have seen increasing reports of people being harassed, marginalized, discriminated […]

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ZERO LGBT protections with $44.9 BILLION in profits

Now it is our turn to be heard – read on… By Cathy Kristofferson, May 29, 2013 Once again today, as they have done for the past 14 consecutive years, ExxonMobil shareholders voted down non-discrimination protections for the company’s LGBT employees.  This year the vote was 81-19%, the lowest vote for non-discrimination in all those […]

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Scott Lively | Satan wins back the scouts

By Cathy Kristofferson, May 27, 2013 Ever since the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) reported that they were going to be voting on a resolution to allow under 18 year old open gay scouts while reaffirming their ban on open gay adults, including 18+ scouts, there has been a debate in the blogosphere as to […]

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