United Nations Makes History on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

UN human rights body establishes an Independent Expert In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity”, to mandate the appointment of an Independent Expert on the subject. It is a historic victory for the human rights of… More United Nations Makes History on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Two of US Most Anti-LGBT Lawmakers Toppled in Primary Battles

Voters in CO and UT also make history, handing victories to two transgender candidates for Congress    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two of the nation’s most virulently anti-LGBT legislators lost their primary elections on Tuesday night. South Carolina state Senator Lee Bright’s 52-48 loss in a runoff election with former Representative Scott Talley comes after he introduced legislation that… More Two of US Most Anti-LGBT Lawmakers Toppled in Primary Battles

Emotional San Francisco Pride Parade Stops in Silence for Orlando

The usual cheers and celebratory atmosphere came to a dramatic halt Sunday when San Francisco Pride’s 46th annual Parade, held its first ever intentional Parade stop, as over one million spectators and 240 marching contingencies stood, some with arms in the air, shaping the letter “O”,  in a deeply moving moment of solidarity,  remembering the… More Emotional San Francisco Pride Parade Stops in Silence for Orlando

Watoto Church Uganda Accused of International Kidney Transplant Racket in India

Watoto Church in Uganda, and its missionary founders, Gary Skinner and wife, have not been immune to scandal, despite the seemingly angelic nature of their work. Sometimes those who do ‘evil’ in the world hide behind the veneer of deeds in the name of Christianity. Some have called Watato Church a money making, land stealing… More Watoto Church Uganda Accused of International Kidney Transplant Racket in India

LGBT Asians Deeply Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Denying Immigrants’ Rights

But is relieved that Court upholds affirmative action Washington, DC – Today, a badly divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in the case U.S. v Texas. The decision upholds a lower court’s ruling to block President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration, which expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created… More LGBT Asians Deeply Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Denying Immigrants’ Rights

Sacramento Church Lease will not be renewed due to Hate by Pastor Jiminez

After self proclaimed Pastor Roger Jiminez launched his hate attack and slandered the lives and memories of the 49 massacred LGBTQIA in Orlando, people from all over California traveled to Sacramento to protest outside the Church.  The protests were robust and heartfelt and Jiminez  is now starting to feel the brunt of one certain fact… More Sacramento Church Lease will not be renewed due to Hate by Pastor Jiminez

10 Facts Showing Trump is Lying that LGBT People Support Him

I have been watching the Trump bullshit machine at work. The man cannot seem to think logically beyond his shoot from the hip rhetoric.    After the Orlando massacre, a tragedy that left 49 LGBT people dead, most of whom are Hispanic, and  immigrants or children of  immigrants, Trump gave several speeches, where he suggested that… More 10 Facts Showing Trump is Lying that LGBT People Support Him

London and African Asylum Seekers Mourn For LGBT Orlando in a Very Big Way

There has been an enormous national and global outpouring of emotion and love for the 49 young LGBT heroes slaughtered in the worst gun massacre in American history, as well as the 53 injured, many of whom lost loved ones and close friends.  Out of all the vigils and rallies I have seen reports on,… More London and African Asylum Seekers Mourn For LGBT Orlando in a Very Big Way

Equality Florida’s Urgent Call to Action Noting Gay Bans

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: This coming Wednesday, June 15th, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner will ask his colleagues to stand in solidarity with our Tampa Bay and Orlando communities by doing three things: – Raise the Pride Flag at the County Center – Officially recognize June as LGBT Pride Month in Hillsborough County – Set… More Equality Florida’s Urgent Call to Action Noting Gay Bans

South African message of condolence to US following Orlando Massacre

It am pleased to note that  South Africa’s President Zuma has issued a statement condemning the massacre of LGBT Americans.   Indeed this is an important statement to make and I am grateful for it. Yet cannot help but note the hypocrisy and in doing so – lets hope speaking out brings renewed consciousness. Here… More South African message of condolence to US following Orlando Massacre

RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Here are 36 names and faces of the 50 people brutally slaughtered by a rabid homophobe, Jihadist ISIS supporter, who may have had mental issues, who had easy access to an assault weapon, a gun he did not need, except to use to massacre these LGBT Americans and members of America’s Hispanic immigrant community.  We… More RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Outpouring of Grief for and by the LGBTQI Community Mourning with Orlando

In the wake of the biggest mass shooting in American history, which took the lives of 50 people and wounded 53 more, in a LGBT nightclub massacre, politicians, organizations, and individuals in the United States and from around the world, are showing solidarity with an outpouring of grief and words of support: Equality Florida: We… More Outpouring of Grief for and by the LGBTQI Community Mourning with Orlando

Global Vigils in Solidarity for Orlando LGBT Massacre

SAN FRANCISCO – stands with our brothers and sisters in Orlando. Please join us!  We will be joining together to mourn the loss of 50 lives and 53 injured (the last count) from the nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fl.  Please bring candles and some to share if you can. Also, please remember to protect your… More Global Vigils in Solidarity for Orlando LGBT Massacre

Geneva Panel on Violence Against LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Detention

The 32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 June – 1 July at the United Nations Palais des Nations. This year, following on from a 2014 HRC resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, the Council will once again consider an initiative… More Geneva Panel on Violence Against LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Detention

Headliner and Performers Announced for 2016 San Francisco Pride Celebration

PEACHES TO HEADLINE THE 46TH ANNUAL SF PRIDE CELEBRATION  | TWO DAYS AND OVER 20 ENTERTAINMENT VENUES ARE PLANNED TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY, COMMEMORATE LGBT HISTORY AND EDUCATE ATTENDEES ON TOPICS OF RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE  San Francisco, CA – SF Pride will culminate its 2016 Celebration at Civic Center with… More Headliner and Performers Announced for 2016 San Francisco Pride Celebration

South African Minister Promises Change for Home Affairs to become LGBTI Friendly

South Africa has a relatively new Constitution, birthed soon after iconic former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison and Apartheid ended. Included in that dramatic change was equality for all, including LGBTI people. Yet, despite its all inclusive Constitution, South African gays, lesbians, and transgender community has experienced profound homophobia and transphobia, often resulting… More South African Minister Promises Change for Home Affairs to become LGBTI Friendly

My Marin Endorsements for Democratic Primary and San Francisco Bernie Rally

I am voting in Marin County. The following are the candidates I am endorsing in the June 07, Primary Election: PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – Bernie Sanders – Democrat San Francisco and the Bay Area are feeling the BERN yuuuuugely and big time!  Please let me know if you will be at the historic… More My Marin Endorsements for Democratic Primary and San Francisco Bernie Rally

Tel Aviv Pride Attracts Tens of Thousands of Tourists

Poll Shows Dramatic Increase in Israeli Public Support of LGBT Community Israeli media has reported that 200,000 people attended LGBT Pride festivities as Tel Aviv celebrated its annual Gay Pride Parade on Friday, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. It is believed that more than 30,000 tourists from around the world,… More Tel Aviv Pride Attracts Tens of Thousands of Tourists

Expert Reports in Crimes Against Humanity Case of Christian Extremist Scott Lively

Reports Examine Atrocity Crimes, Minority Stress, International Law Today, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released three independent expert reports submitted in conjunction with SMUG’s lawsuit against the U.S.-based anti-gay extremist Scott Lively charging him with conspiring to persecute the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Uganda. In… More Expert Reports in Crimes Against Humanity Case of Christian Extremist Scott Lively

Shocking Exclusion by United Nations of LGBT Groups at High Level AIDS Meeting

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Indonesia, Sudan, Egypt and Uganda blocking full and fair participation The United Nations is scheduled to host a global meeting to stop the AIDS epidemic, yet several countries want to exclude groups that represent LGBTI people or drug users. From 8 to 10 June 2016, world leaders, government representatives, HIV program implementers… More Shocking Exclusion by United Nations of LGBT Groups at High Level AIDS Meeting

Did Padres Participate in Out at the Park Homophobia

” Out at the Park event at Petco Park turns into mass homophobia” – SDGLN Headline. According to SDGLN: The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) didn’t get a chance to sing the National Anthem at The annual “Out at the Park” event at Petco Park on Saturday, instead their microphones were turned off, and… More Did Padres Participate in Out at the Park Homophobia

Meet and Greet San Francisco Pride 2016 Celebrity Grand Marshals

San Francisco, CA – On Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00-9:00 PM, San Francisco Pride and AsiaSF are hosting a Meet-n-Greet with the cast of the trailblazing Fuse TV docu-series TRANSCENDENT. The TV show features a group of talented trans women from San Francisco, Bambiana, Bionka, L.A., Nya, and Xristina, as they navigate their professional, personal… More Meet and Greet San Francisco Pride 2016 Celebrity Grand Marshals

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Applauds New Health Care Regulations and Schools Directive

Obama Administration extends nondiscrimination protections to transgender individuals seeking health care and directs schools to allow transgender students to use appropriate bathrooms. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) applauds the new regulations prohibiting health care discrimination against transgender people across the United States. Adopted today by the U.S. Department… More Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Applauds New Health Care Regulations and Schools Directive

Lesbian Icon Sally Miller Gearhart Honored by San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride has announced lesbian icon Sally Miller Gearhart as the recipient of the Heritage of Pride, Pride Freedom Award, as chosen by the SF Pride Board of Directors, for outstanding contributions to advancing civil rights and freedom for LGBTQ people. “I am honored to receive the Heritage of Pride – Pride Freedom Award… More Lesbian Icon Sally Miller Gearhart Honored by San Francisco Pride

Free The Nipple To Protest Trump in Bay Area

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump will be in Burlingame, California on Friday and so will the members and allies of Free The Nipple. The California GOP Convention will be held near SFO, and Free The Nipple will be there to protest Trump’s hateful rhetoric and offer a positive alternative: the Equal Rights Amendment. The old… More Free The Nipple To Protest Trump in Bay Area

Ugandan Attorney General Fails to Show up at Court Hearing in Case Impacting LGBT Rights

The Ugandan Constitutional Court has finally allowed argument, for a second time, in a case which has been waiting to be heard for the past 8 years, despite the Defendant’s absence.  Back in July 2015, when the case was previously postponed, the Plaintiff expressed bewilderment at the Court’s perennial lack of a quorum and wondered… More Ugandan Attorney General Fails to Show up at Court Hearing in Case Impacting LGBT Rights

Iconic Lesbian Film Celebrates 20th Anniversary in the Castro during SFIFF

By Melanie Nathan, April 26, 2016. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Cheryl Dunye’s iconic film The Watermelon Woman (1996) has been restored and digitally remastered for worldwide release and will be screened at The Castro Theater during the San Francisco International Film Festival season this coming Sunday. SFIFF Expanded explores the cultural and political… More Iconic Lesbian Film Celebrates 20th Anniversary in the Castro during SFIFF