December Articles for The O-BLOG-Dee

Americans must Heed the Cry of African LGBTI Victims

Posted: December 22, Melanie Nathan “Actions speak louder than words!” by Melanie Nathan Dec 22, 2011. SAN FRANCISCO – Shorty after Secretary Clinton and President Obama spoke out about LGBTI Global human rights, the bloggers and press began to buzz with statements and comments from those impacted by the speech and memo, respectively.  The most sought after statements came from […]

Michelle Bachelet on the Egyptian Violence against Women & Children

Posted: December 22, 2011  Melanie Nathan,  December 21 2011 | Women’s Political and Civil Rights in Egypt Here is the statement of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, following the attacks on women and children in Egypt. Wednesday, 21 December 2011.   I note with great concern the reports of direct attacks in the past few days on […]

URGENT HOLIDAY APPEAL for Help : GAY Ugandan Stuck in U.S. Detention

Posted: December 21, 2011 Editor, Dec 21, 2011 Let us help get Joseph home for XMAS DONATE HERE – Joseph Bukombe, a San Diegan man has been in detention for two years because his attorney was unable to prove to the court that Joseph was a gay man and by returning to his native Uganda, it would endanger his […]

EU Commission Export Control on Lethal Injection

Posted: December 21, 2011 By Melanie Nathan, Dec 21, 2011 Commission extends control over goods which could be used for capital punishment or torture Brussels, 20 December 2011 – The European Commission decided today to extend the list of goods subject to export controls, to prevent their use for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment […]

Pink Trash Cans Gifted by Gays Cause Furor In Zimbabwe City

Posted: December 20, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, Dec 20, 2011 Just when we thought we had heard it all from Zimbabwe this week – The notorious gay hating Robert Mugabe being challenged by a politician flip flopping to pro LGBTI equality – to a member of Parliament being arrested for calling Mugabe a homosexual –  all here on O-Blog-dee-O-Blog-Da […]

Zimbabwe: MP Arrested – Allegedly called Robert Mugabe a Homosexual

Posted: December 20, 2011  by Melanie Nathan ; 12/20/2011 “Way to Dress Robert Mugabe;- What a fellow!” Mrs Lillian Kirenyi, a legislator from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was on Tuesday charged with undermining the authority of President Mugabe. This is a re-post from the Daily Nation – an Article hard to resist! […]

Women March in Egypt at Great Risk

Posted; December 20, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, Dec 20, 2011 I believe what I am seeing in the video below is a march of women in the streets of Egypt, presumably Cairo. I could be wrong.  I am having the marching chant translated at the time of posting and will update. In the meantime what I am getting is […]

Who are The Witsies Now?

Posted: December 19, 2011  by Melanie Nathan;  Dec 20,2011. From Far Away I observe and wonder…Witsies show their gay pride -The University of Witwatersrand held a pride march for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (LGBTIA) community in September of this 2011 year!  Now it is time to Protest against discrimination in the rest of Africa and for […]

Saudi Prince Investment in Twitter Could Impact Gay Tweets within Kingdom

Posted: December 19, 2011  by Melanie Nathan , Although Liberal in relation to other members of the Saudi Royal Family, what does Saudi prince Twitter Purchase mean for Gay World? by Melanie Nathan, Dec 19, 2011 Reuters is reporting that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi billionaire and an investor in some of the world’s top companies, has bought a stake in microblogging […]

VIDEO: Gay Binational Couple Challenges Hillary Clinton’s Human Rights Pledge:

Posted: December 19, 2011, LGBT Organizations Call on Secretary Napolitano to Bring Exiled Lesbian and Gay Couples Home; This Holiday Season, Thousands of Binational Lesbian and Gay Couples Remain Exiled or Separated Due to DOMA  Posted by Melanie Nathan, Dec 19, 2011 NEW YORK, NY — This holiday season, while millions of families across the country come together to […]


U.S. Department of Justice Fights DOMA in Golinski Case

Posted: December 18, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, Dec 18, 2011 “Tony West Assistant Attorney General  from the  U.S. Department of Justice notes one of the greatest moments in his career was when Karen Golinski thanked him for the DOJ position in her case.” On Friday in San Francisco, the Justice Department made its first court appearance in a lawsuit […]

Watch Video: Iraqi Gays and The Bush War Legacy

Posted: December 16, 2011  All Americans are relieved that the U.S., led by Commander in Chief President Barack Obama has concluded the unwanted Bush War in Iraq.  But for Gay (LGBTI) Iraqis there is no relief, just a desperate reality as they seek refuge from their hopeless displacement.” By Melanie Nathan, Dec 15, 2011. With the lowering and return […]

UNHCR Issues Report Highlighting Violence Based on Sexual Orientation

Posted: December 15, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, Dec 15, 2011 UN  High Commissioner for Human Rights:   “ Repeal laws used to criminalize individuals on grounds of homosexuality for engaging in consensual same-sex sexual conduct, and harmonize the age of consent for heterosexual and homosexual conduct. “ The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) today released the […]

What is Kofi Annan Doing About LGBTI Human Rights In Africa?

Posted: December 14, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, December 14, 2011 Back in August  2003, then United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan came out in favour of  marriage equality.  LGBTI Africans knew they had a friend in Kofi Annan, who attended part of a LGBTI activist conference held at the United Nations which demanded that international treaties such as the […]


Ghana Minister of Education to Eradicate Homosexuality Through Education

Posted: December 14, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, Dec 14, 2011, I read an Article in an African internet publication known as the The MAIL – written by BELINDA ENYONAM HENYA (Cut and pasted) and noted the seriousness of what could either be a case of misreporting, muddled message or pure ignorance and perhaps all of the above! This is […]

My Thanksgiving Week From Heritage Foundation to Holocaust Museum

Posted: December 13, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, November 24, 2011 I am Not Thankful if I am not Me! It is easy to be thankful if I am simply me!  But what if I allow myself to be someone else – for just a short while?  My head spun this week with images and my thoughts were provoked by […]

The Israel Uganda Connection: ‘Never Again’ or ‘We Did not Know?’

Posted: December 13, 2011 B’Vakashah, which is it going to be? by Melanie Nathan, Dec 13, 2011 Rumor has it that former minister and Israeli career politician Rafael “Rafi” Eitan, now 85 years of age, is trying to do business in Uganda, seeking to start an agricultural enterprise. I wonder if Eitan knows that Ugandans are currently ‘scape-goating’ gays, […]

Fair Housing Settlement Serves as Warning Against Familial Status Discrimination

Posted: December 13, 2011  by Melanie Nathan, Dec 13, 2011 I have been a Vice President and proud board member of Fair Housing of Marin for the past eight  years. The work of FHOM extends to other Bay Area Counties, including Sonoma County.  Here is a story, one of many such matters, most of which go unreported. In this […]

My Queer* Answer to Michael Savage’s Bribe to Gingrich

Posted: December 12, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, a Lesbian liberal Democrat… Dec 12, 2011 I remember once turning my radio dial and hearing the nuttiest commentary ever. It was a man called Michael Savage. He was ranting like a crazy person saying stuff I would not repeat in my deaf dog’s ear.  I turned the dial again and he […]

Senator Chuck Schumer Fails Binational Same Sex Couples while Providing New VISAS for Irish

Posted: December 12,  by Melanie Nathan – Dec 12, 2011 Please watch the Video below which was recorded on June03, 2009.  Nothing has happened out of Congress for binationals since Schumer made these statements.  To pitch VISAS for new immigrants is disingenuous until such time as interim VISAS can be provided for same-sex couples by Congress. The Irish […]

ACLU Sues: Abusive Treatment Of Transgender Asylum Seeker in U.S.A.

Posted: December 11, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, Dec 11, 2011 Paul Canning  from the United Kingdom has reported to O- Blog-dee O-Blog-da about a recent ACLU lawsuit:- The appalling treatment of a transgender asylum seeker held in US detention has drawn a lawsuit from the ACLU. The suit is against the federal government, local government and Corrections Corporation of […]

Geneva: LGBTI International Human Rights Defenders Meet Secretary Hillary Clinton

Posted: December 11, 2011 iby Melanie Nathan, Dec 11, 09 In Photo (right to left): Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Alice N’kom (Cameroon), Anastasia Danilova (Moldova), Sanja Juras (Croatia), Adrian Jjuuko (Uganda), Sass Sasot (Philippines), Polina Savchenko (Russia), Vladimir Simenko (Lithuania), Arvind Narrain (India), Zoryan Kis (Ukraine), Santiago Eder (Colombia), N’dumie Funda (South Africa), Pouline Kimani (Kenya), and Rev. […]

Adviser to Ugandan President Speaks Against Hillary Clinton’s Pro Gay Tone

Posted: December 11, 2011 in by Melanie Nathan, December 11, 2011 Last week Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama in a statements and  memo, respectively, called for sweeping pro LGBTI foreign policy and human rights recognition, noting emerging assistance for LGBT organizations and asylum seekers, worldwide. Calling discrimination of homosexual and transgender people “one of the remaining human rights […]

Uganda’s LGBTI Leaders Speak Passionately for their Human Rights

Posted: December 10, 2011 by Melanie Nathan, Dec 10,2011 Calls for Dignity and Justice for all :   Reject the Anti-homosexuality bill  ( Kill the gays Bill) that is still pending, as this would further heighten the witch-hunt of LGBTI persons and make it impossible for us to live freely and safely in our country. The Ugandan LGBTI leadership […]

 Mr Gay South Africa and Mr Gay Namibia Speak Out After Brutal Attack

Posted: December 9, 2011 in  by Melanie Nathan, via Mr. Gay South Africa™ East London, South Africa   December  09, 2011 – Following my earlier article about a physical attack on Mr. Gay Namibia. Lance Weyer, a representative Councillor of the Buffalo City Municipality, which includes East London, Bisho and King William’s Town, issued a statement relating to the physical […]


Mr. Gay Namibia Assaulted – Motive Could be Hate and/or Greed

Posted: December 8, 2011  by Melanie Nathan, Dec 07, 2011 On Sunday evening , 04 December 2011, Wendelinus Hamutenya, Mr Gay Namibia title holder, was physically assaulted near his residence in Katutura, Windhoek, in what can be described as a brutal “mugging” with monetary gain as incentive. Hamutenya arrived home around 22:00 from visiting with friends. He was dropped

 LGBT Foreign Policy Applauded AND Human Rights should Start at Home with Fiance Visas and Greencards for Same-sex Couples

Posted: December 6, 2011  Foreign Policy Applauded,  YET Obama Administration Fails Binationals at home; surely being separated from fiance’s and spouses is a human rights issue too? Melanie Nathan by Melanie Nathan, Dec 06, 2011 Building on pro-gay policies put in place by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama today ordered overseas federal agencies to fight local […]

USA GAY Lesbian Advocates Applaud Geneva Speech of Secretary of State Clinton

Posted: December 6, 2011  We applaud the First Major Speech to push LGBT rights Abroad. by Melanie Nathan  San Francisco, CA, December 6, 2011—Amongst the many accolades this morning, The National Center for Lesbian Rights applauds Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her groundbreaking speech today on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people […]

 U.S. President OBAMA Orders Far Reaching Pro-Gay Foreign Policy

Posted: December 6, 2011 in “This critical move by the Obama administration is cause for celebration,  especially at a time when  violence against LGBTI people  is on the increase, through the institutionalization of discriminatory laws, such as the criminalization  of homosexuality in Africa.”  Melanie Nathan By Melanie Nathan President Obama ordered U.S. diplomatic missions and federal agencies working abroad to […]

Guest Activist: Calls for defiance of Church Same-sex Marriage Ban

Posted: December 5, 2011 – by Melanie Nathan Commenting on a warning by the Church of England hierarchy that same-sex civil partnerships will be banned in Anglican churches – even after the new regulation comes into effect today, Monday 5 December, allowing religious organisations to conduct civil partnership ceremonies on their premises if they wish to do […]

South Africa: DIRCO’s Dithering Defense of Homophobia in Africa

Posted: December 4, 2011  Now is the Time for South Africa to Recall Anti-Gay Ambassador Jon Qwelane from  “Kill-the-Gays-Bill” Uganda – Melanie Nathan’s scathing attack on DIRCO, ZUMA and ANC Administration “In light of Bahati’s Kill-The-Gays Bill, the virulent homophobia so prevalent in Uganda, and the constitutional imperative placed on President Zuma, we call for the immediate recall of […]

Shame on Cain: Herman Cain unable to pull off a “Clarence Thomas”

Posted: December 3, 2011   Herman Cain suspends his campaign for 2012 GOP presidential nomination  By Melanie Nathan, December 3,  Herman Cain, was an unknown businessman a few months back until he decided to run for the Republican presidential nomination.  Soon a bunch of whistle blowing harassment survivors seized the imperative duty to inform the American public that our erstwhile godfather  […]

 Fred Karger Republican Presidential Candidate Fights for ENDA

Posted: December 2, 2011 By Melanie Nathan, Dec 02, 2011 Yesterday, Fred Karger launched his issues campaign.  It was my pleasure to write an article for the Advocate that posted at the moment of Karger’s launch. While still a staunch Democrat and supporter of President Obama, I believe that I am still obligated to provide Fred Karger, the first […]


Posted: December 1, 2011 in  WATCH: If  Newt Gingrich is the Republican Nominee …… Posted: December 3, 2011 Then Let us remember this Ron Paul Campaign Advertisement…..  Watch Video click here  “Watch Ron Paul’s ad about Newt Gingrich and his Flip flop embarrassing serial hypocrisy.”  Written for The December 01, 2011 11:25:36 AM ET Op-ed: Fred Karger Gets […]

World AIDS Day Around the Globe

Posted: December 1, 2011  By Melanie Nathan, December 01, 2011   The fight against HIV/ AIDS  took to the World stage today, with countries focusing on plans and accomplishments, as the globe partners to bring an end to the epidemic that has taken so many millions of lives. This  internationally most recognized time of year dedicated to health, all […]


Posted: November 30, 2011  “When governments legitimate persecution – they provide the license for genocide! “ –  Melanie Nathan, International Human Rights Advocate… Nigerian Senate Votes for an Anti-Gay Law by Peter Tatchell  Sweeping criminalization contravenes Article 42 of the Nigerian constitution Same-sex marriage and civil unions to be banned 14 years jail for participants, 10 years jail for […]

2011 Reflections- The Face of (so called) Corrective Rape in South Africa

Posted: November 29, 2011  Ndumie Funda attended to the brutally beaten Millicent Gaika and I was asked to show the world the face of  so called “corrective rape” of lesbians  in South Africa. I followed the story from three days after the brutal attack until the time of the court proceedings, only to witness the lack of solicitude, funding, […]

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