Creating Change 2016 Articles in Review and Thanks

Following Articles were written this past week by Melanie Nathan covering the Anti-Israel and anti-Semitic events that occurred at Creating Change 2016. #CC16 – Followed by other links to excellent articles by others. “#CC16 Coverage -I want to thank all those who donated to O-BLOG-DEE by subscribing, this past week, unsolicited, some of whom mentioned… More Creating Change 2016 Articles in Review and Thanks

LGBT Leaders Call on Task Force for Independent Review of Creating Change Debacle

By Melanie Nathan January 28, 2016. I am proud to be a signatory to this letter addressed to the LGBTQ Task Force. I am also proud to stand with noted and admired leaders in our community.  The letter speaks for itself.  Thank you to Roberta Kaplan and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum for leading the effort on… More LGBT Leaders Call on Task Force for Independent Review of Creating Change Debacle

LGBT Protesters at Creating Change Call for the Destruction of Israel

Has Creating Change taken on a New Meaning: Does that Change involve LGBTQ America Supporting Anti Semitism? By Melanie Nathan, January 21, 2016. This week will go down in history as one of the saddest and most destructive, ever, in the lives of LGBTQ Jews.  We became the target of antisemitism disguised as protesting alleged… More LGBT Protesters at Creating Change Call for the Destruction of Israel

National LGBTQ Task Force Reverses Decision to Cancel Jewish Reception

Carey: “when faced with choices, we should move towards our core value of inclusion and opportunities for constructive dialogue” By Melanie Nathan, January 19, 2016. Yesterday the internet exploded when many in our LGBT community expressed hurt and anger at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s decision to ban a Jewish event, to be held by… More National LGBTQ Task Force Reverses Decision to Cancel Jewish Reception

Famed LGBT Voices Blast Task Force For Banning Jewish Event from Creating Change Conference

The Hypocrisy of Rea Carey and the LGBT Task Force : “Our vision for the future of the movement is one that is broad, inclusive and dynamic” – and yet they ban a pre-arranged and once accepted  Jewish event within days of the Conference. See Call to Action below! By Melanie Nathan, January 18, 2016.… More Famed LGBT Voices Blast Task Force For Banning Jewish Event from Creating Change Conference

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

Reassuring LGBT Refugees – Donald Trump is not the Voice of America

Trump’s remarks are so outrageous and irresponsible that at this point, although we are not a political organization, we cannot keep silent, to reassure the Muslim community of refugees and to condemn these statements. It is our opinion that all civil society organizations, especially those in the field of equality and human rights should speak out vehemently against Donald Trump’s continued use of the presidential campaign as a security risk and bully pulpit. … More Reassuring LGBT Refugees – Donald Trump is not the Voice of America

Human Rights Fraud Says Gays Are not People and Threatens to Burn Down Organization

“I don’t believe gays are people. ….. they should not be respected….. I feel that…” Agenonga Robert, whose LINKEDIN page says he works with LGBT and who purports to lead a Human Rights Group. By Melanie Nathan, October 19, 2o15. Human rights donors, grantors and foundations around the world may see requests for funding from… More Human Rights Fraud Says Gays Are not People and Threatens to Burn Down Organization

Uganda Pride 2015 The Proud and Brave Revisited

This week has been a coup for Uganda’s LGBTI community, as yet again, despite the anti-gay atmosphere in that country, the LGBT leadership and community pulled together a great week of Ugandan Pride.. Ugandan Pride has since come a long way – despite the odds- with great overseas interest, and participants from around the world in attendance.… More Uganda Pride 2015 The Proud and Brave Revisited

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… More Landmark LGBT Equality Act Introduced into U.S. Congress

A Big Gay and Personal Thank You to Senator Dianne Feinstein

By Melanie Nathan, June 30, 2015 Sen. Dianne Feinstein, my Democratic Senator from California, has been a consistent and stellar supporter of LGBT equality, both as a Senator and as a friend to many in our community. This week her Facebook page blazed in celebration after SCOTUS ruled in favor of marriage equality for all… More A Big Gay and Personal Thank You to Senator Dianne Feinstein

Vote OPDG for National Diversity Awards 2015

June 19, 2015, By Oblogdee. The African Lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex organization Out and Proud Diamond Group (OPDG) , based in the United Kingom, has been nominated in UK National Diversity Awards 2015 under the category of Community organizations. These awards celebrate the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues… More Vote OPDG for National Diversity Awards 2015

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

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

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,… More President Obama and US Organizations Commemorate IDAHOT May 17

Deputy President of Kenya wants to Eradicate Gays

Posted from African HRC, May 4, 2015 As homophobia continues to rise in many African countries, Kenya seems to be joining the crusade against its LGBTI citizens. Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, has told worshipers at a church service in Nairobi that homosexuality has no place in Kenya. “We will not allow homosexuality in our… More Deputy President of Kenya wants to Eradicate Gays

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

Outrage at UK Visit by Ugandan Anti-Gay Pentecostal Reverend

Please sign the Petition below By Melanie Nathan, March 18, 2015 A Pentecostal reverend, a major anti-gay protagonist, who called homosexuals evil, is set to speak at St James Church, Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire, in the United Kingdom and activists are outraged. The controversial preacher, Rev. Simon Peter Emiau,  General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies… More Outrage at UK Visit by Ugandan Anti-Gay Pentecostal Reverend

LGBTI Activists to Protest Dolce Gabbana Store in London

Once Lovers now Homophobes Dolce and Gabbana turncoats | See updated pictures from protest below By Melanie Nathan, March 17, 2015. Dolce & Gabbana have not heard the last of LGBTI global community wrath.  Activists in the United Kingdom are calling for a London Boycott D&G picket which will be held at their Old Bond… More LGBTI Activists to Protest Dolce Gabbana Store in London

Shocking Report Reveals Uganda Police Abuse Gays

 By Melanie Nathan, February 27, 2015. A new 27 page report has been published indicating grave violations and human rights abuses in Uganda by Ugandan Police towards people arrested under suspicion of being LGBTI. The report categorically notes that the Ugandan police harass and physically abuse gay (LGBTI) people in custody. Chapter Four Uganda documented… More Shocking Report Reveals Uganda Police Abuse Gays

UNHCR Puts Hold on Registrations of Large Groups of Ugandans

Of Large Groups of Ugandans who claim to have an LGBT Profile By Melanie Nathan, February 20, 2015. I reported at African HRC that unscrupulous people may be conducting scams and taking advantage of LGBTI people who seek to escape their countries of origin. Of the several problems that seem to be happening at this… More UNHCR Puts Hold on Registrations of Large Groups of Ugandans

2014’s Most Popular Posts on O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da

By Melanie Nathan, December 29, 2014. Out of 506 articles written and posted on O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da during the course of 2014, here are the most popular 36 by reads. The top article about the Ugandan Catholic Church’s Easter message had over 43,000 reads, with 20,000 in its first day of posting. If an article is dated… More 2014’s Most Popular Posts on O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da

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.

Gay Men from The Gambia on the Run with No Help

“Quite frankly I am sick of hearing how ‘upset’ everyone is about this new law, while doing absolutely nothing to help our fellow LGBTI in The Gambia” By Melanie Nathan, November 26, 2014. While Gay people from The Gmabia are on the run, the U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the decision by Gambia’s president… More Gay Men from The Gambia on the Run with No Help

LGBTI For The Record | Via Facebook Posts by Melanie Nathan | Advocacy and News

Posts – 11/2/2014 #‎LGBT‬ community – OK here comes the huge big ask, an asylum seeker is coming into San Francisco/ Bay Area/ North Bay/ East Bay – in a few days time. We plan to raise money to help with his support. However for the a month or 2 we are going to need… More LGBTI For The Record | Via Facebook Posts by Melanie Nathan | Advocacy and News

Ugandan Case Dismissed Against Two Accused Under Anti-Gay Penal Code

By Melanie Nathan, October 22, 2014. Two Ugandans charged under a draconian anti-homosexuality Penal Code in Uganda have had all charges against them dismissed by the Magistrates Court, in Buganda. The charges in the case of Uganda v. Mukisa Kim and Mukasa Jackson, Criminal Case No. 0085 of 2014 have been dropped as the prosecution,… More Ugandan Case Dismissed Against Two Accused Under Anti-Gay Penal Code

Does the Hunts Post Show Anti-Gay Bias in St. Neots Protest Report

You be the Judge By Melanie Nathan, October 15, 2014. Below you will find a press release which I sent to The Hunts Post,  reporting on a protest which took place outside Cornerstone Cafe, St. Neots, United Kingdom, last week, where LGBT Ugandan exiles demonstrated against Paul Shinners, a radical Christian extremist, who shared a… More Does the Hunts Post Show Anti-Gay Bias in St. Neots Protest Report