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

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

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

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

Historic Traditional Zulu Marriage Ending in Divorce

By Melanie Nathan, July 16, 2015. Back in April 2013, the reporting of a very special wedding story went viral as a young South African same-sex couple from Zulu and Sotho traditions held a traditional wedding ceremony to celebrate their marriage. Now, 2 years later,  it is with sadness that one of the couple is… More Historic Traditional Zulu Marriage Ending in Divorce

South African Doctor Winner of Grand Challenges Explorations

June 17, 2015, Posted By Melanie Nathan. Gateway Health Institute Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development Pretoria – Gateway Health Institute announced  today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Coenie Louw will pursue an innovative… More South African Doctor Winner of Grand Challenges Explorations

Calls to End Xenophobia by LGBT Group Protesting South African Embassy in London

Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 21, 2015. Protests calling for the South African people and government to bring an end to xenophobic attacks, riots and murders are taking place around the world. The African LGBTI group Out and Proud Diamond Group, (OPDG) based in London, organized a protest in London at the South African High… More Calls to End Xenophobia by LGBT Group Protesting South African Embassy in London

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

Pro Palestinian BDS Betrays South African Constitution and Mandela Legacy

See Video: South African Jews Recite Mourners Kaddish for Mandela By Melanie Nathan, March 13, 2015. When Mandela died the most pious of South African Jews and the most secular of South African Jews all mourned – we had lost Tata Madiba, the man who had brought freedom for all, to South Africa. President Jacob… More Pro Palestinian BDS Betrays South African Constitution and Mandela Legacy

BDS Protest Triggers Calls to Kill South African Jews

The BDS movement is clearly now a tool for anti-Semitism By Melanie Nathan, March 12, 2015. Threatening to kill South African Jews is surely not the South Africa Mandela would have endorsed. Unfortunately the BDS movement in South Africa is causing anti-Semitic terror.  Reports have emerged from Johannesburg, that Protesters chanted anti-Semitic slogans and threatened… More BDS Protest Triggers Calls to Kill South African Jews

Justice as Game Ranger in Anti-Gay “Man Up” Camp Found Guilty of Murder

Alex de Koker and Michael Erasmus were found guilty of murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, by the Vereeniging Regional Court in South Africa, today. By Melanie Nathan, February 27, 2015. Finally, after years of uncertainty and trial, Alex de Koker and his henchman Michael Erasmus were found guilty… More Justice as Game Ranger in Anti-Gay “Man Up” Camp Found Guilty of Murder

Johannesburg Gay Murder Trial Accused Expresses Backhanded Remorse

 By Melanie Nathan, February 12, 2015. Two men involved in the murder of Professor Carl Mischke  turned on each other in court, with each blaming the other for the beating that claimed the University of Johannesburg academic’s life, during an apparent robbery.  At the time of the murder it was speculated that the Professor was… More Johannesburg Gay Murder Trial Accused Expresses Backhanded Remorse

South Africa Trial of 2 Men Accused of Raping Lesbian

The guise of so called “corrective” rape against lesbians are hate attacks by men who believe woman are there for their use! By Melanie Nathan, January 28, 2015. The trial of two men accused of raping a lesbian, to supposedly “correct” her sexual orientation commenced in the South African city of Port Elizabeth, Wednesday. The… More South Africa Trial of 2 Men Accused of Raping Lesbian

From Congo to Castro UNHCR Resettles Persecuted LGBTI Activist in the U.S.A.

Welcome Home Junior! By Melanie Nathan, December 16, 2014. I first met Junior Mayema back in 2011 when I was invited to keynote speak at Cape Town Pride’s Pink Gala in South Africa. At the time Junior, approached me along the Pride parade route. He told me that he was an LGBTI refugee from the… More From Congo to Castro UNHCR Resettles Persecuted LGBTI Activist in the U.S.A.

Art In Memory of Mandela

Poignant Art Exhibition Honoring Mandela Opens on Anniversary of His Death Posted By Melanie Nathan, Dec 05, 2014. On the one-year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death, an exhibition curated by Natalie Knight featuring works created after Mandela’s passing on 5 December 2013, will be launched at Stephan Welz & Co. in Johannesburg. We Love Mandela:… More Art In Memory of Mandela

Rapist and Murderer of South African Lesbian Sentenced

By Melanie Nathan, November 25, 2014. The South African Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court has sentenced the brutal rapist and murderer of 26-year-old lesbian Duduzile Zozo.  Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng, who pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of the young lesbian, will spend 30 years in prison. The half-naked body of  was found in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni,… More Rapist and Murderer of South African Lesbian Sentenced

Jon Qwelane No Longer High Commissioner to Uganda

People are speculating about corruption and ineptitude in the South African Embassy in Uganda | Why is High Commissioner seat in Uganda Vacant? By Melanie Nathan, November 17, 2014. Following the story in South African press that Jon Qwelane is back in Court, I noted terminology referring to Mr. Qwelane as the “former high commissioner”… More Jon Qwelane No Longer High Commissioner to Uganda

Homophobic South African Ex Ambassador to Uganda Back in Court

Why is Qwelane no longer Ambassador to Uganda – why the secrecy? By Melanie Nathan, November 14, 2014. While the Johannesburg High Court must decide whether the Jon Qwelane’s hate speech case and a constitutional challenge to the Equality Act are closely linked enough so that the Court can hear both cases as one, it… More Homophobic South African Ex Ambassador to Uganda Back in Court

South African Scourge Heightens with Child dragged to Death in Hijacking

Twenty years of democracy, one of the most magnificent countries in the world, is there hope? By Melanie Nathan, November 12, 2104. Below is a mere smattering of examples of recent Hijackings in South Africa. This horrific criminal behavior has been going on for the past 20 years, since the end of Apartheid. One can… More South African Scourge Heightens with Child dragged to Death in Hijacking

Trans Woman Hunger Strike as South Africa refuses to Change Identity

Willing to die rather than live without authentic identity By Melanie Nathan, October 09, 2014. Nadia Swanepoel from Gauteng South Africa is willing to die rather than to be forced to continue to live with the legal identification of a man. Swanepeol began transitioning to a woman over four years ago, has started a hunger… More Trans Woman Hunger Strike as South Africa refuses to Change Identity

South African Appeals Court Rejects Fired Methodist Lesbian’s Appeal

By Melanie Nathan, October 03, 2014. The Supreme Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein, South Africa, has dismissed an appeal by the Methodist minister who had been fired for marrying her same-sex partner. The Court ruled that courts should not be expected to decide on internal religious matters. Back in March 2011, I was invited to… More South African Appeals Court Rejects Fired Methodist Lesbian’s Appeal

Boksburg Communiqué Report on SRHR and HIV/AIDS Services for Key Populations In ESA

By Melanie Nathan, September 23, 2014. I participated in this forum back in May, in South Africa, as a panel speaker with Justice Edwin Cameron, on the issue of homophobia in Africa and its impact on key populations, and was also panel chair.  Here is, with thanks to SAfAIDS, the Boksburg Communiqué on the Tweet@ble… More Boksburg Communiqué Report on SRHR and HIV/AIDS Services for Key Populations In ESA

South Africans Concerned About Government Supporting LGBT in UN Resolution

Our friends in South Africa are tackling this issue with concern. Here are 2 reports which can be fully read on their respective sites: GROUPS SAY SA GOV MUST BACK UN LGBTI RESOLUTION Updated – South Africa did support the Resolution – See  http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2014/09/26/united-nations-hrc-passes-resolution-condemning-lgbt-discrimination/ posted by Luiz DeBarros | September 24, 2014 |  Human rights… More South Africans Concerned About Government Supporting LGBT in UN Resolution

Another South African Lesbian Murdered in Daveyton as Known Rapist Turns Himself In

By Melanie Nathan, September 17, 2014. Distraught South African LGBTQI community is reporting another  murder of a lesbian, Thembelihle,  described by friends as a butch lesbian who lived at Sgodi Phola Section in Daveyton, a South African Township in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality of Gauteng. Affectionately known as Lihle by her friends, she was last… More Another South African Lesbian Murdered in Daveyton as Known Rapist Turns Himself In