TLDEF to Honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at 12th Annual Freedom Awards

  New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund will honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at its 12th annual Freedom Awards. The event is set for Thursday, June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Manhattan Penthouse. The Freedom Awards is TLDEF’s signature cocktail event that brings together 300 guests to celebrate the … More TLDEF to Honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at 12th Annual Freedom Awards

LGBTQI Documentary to Premier at Soho International Film Festival.

On its road to acclaim, the new LGBTQI documentary, Between the Shades, has been given a weekend block to premier at The Soho International Film Festival. The film, premiering at the New York venue on June 17th, examines the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love, while putting faces to the letters that … More LGBTQI Documentary to Premier at Soho International Film Festival.

Shame on Advocate Magazine for Exacerbating Humiliation of Gay Victims

 Advocate has now in effect participated in the humiliation and hence in doling out the punishment, by taking their humiliation to the world stage! The Advocate Magazine quite rightly posted an online article informing its readers about the public beating in Aceh, Indonesia of 2 gay men, who were allegedly caught having gay sex. Through noting its link, … More Shame on Advocate Magazine for Exacerbating Humiliation of Gay Victims

Historic Stonewall Inn to Launch “Stonewall Inn Gives Back” Initiative

Event Set for Thursday, June 1, 2017 NEW YORK, NY (May 19, 2017) – The historic Stonewall Inn, the very place where the spirit of LGBTQ Pride was born, is launching The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative on June 1st. The event will feature remarks by special guest Chelsea Clinton and a performance by out … More Historic Stonewall Inn to Launch “Stonewall Inn Gives Back” Initiative

Official Airlines for 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Offering Discount

A message from San Francisco Pride:   We hope that you can join us for the 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade on June 24th and 25th. As San Francisco also commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, our travel partners are here to ensure that you get the most out of … More Official Airlines for 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Offering Discount

IDAHOT 2017 Rally Pictures and African HRC Speech in Castro

Yesterday I was honored to be invited as a featured speaker for the San Francisco Castro IDAHOT rally:   Gary Virginia from Gays Without Borders organized and emceed the rally that featured speakers: • Tom Ammiano, former CA State Assemblyman; • Patrick Carney, Pride Week Pink Triangle , SF Twin Peaks; • Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African Human … More IDAHOT 2017 Rally Pictures and African HRC Speech in Castro

WORLD BANK Organizes Events to Commemorate IDAHOT

The World Bank: Despite some legal and social advances in the past two decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people continue to face widespread discrimination and violence in many countries. This leads to exclusion and adversely affects both the lives of LGBTI people as well as on the communities and economies in which they … More WORLD BANK Organizes Events to Commemorate IDAHOT

SC Mom Reflects on Gay Son’s Murder Speaking Out Against Anti- LGBTQ Violence

Greenville, South Carolina– On Tuesday, May 16, Greenville resident Elke Kennedy will observe the 10-year anniversary of her son Sean Kennedy’s death. Sean was brutally murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in 2007.  Ms. Kennedy has spent much of the last decade traveling the country and advocating for an end to hate violence. A decade after … More SC Mom Reflects on Gay Son’s Murder Speaking Out Against Anti- LGBTQ Violence

SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE 2017 TO FEATURE ANITA BRYANT/BRIGGS “WE FOUGHT BACK!” CONTINGENT

San Francisco Pride is pleased to announce veteran organizers of the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade will be highlighted in this year’s Pride Parade and March. 1977 and 1978 were turning points in the struggle for equal rights for LGBT people, when they fought back against attacks from political forces, personified by Anita Bryant … More SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE 2017 TO FEATURE ANITA BRYANT/BRIGGS “WE FOUGHT BACK!” CONTINGENT

San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

The date of Chelsea Manning’s liberation coincides with the IDAHOT, on May 17 The San Francisco Bay area community will gather for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on Wed., May 17, 2017, 6 to 7pm, at Harvey Milk Plaza (2401 Market at Castro Street.) Participants in IDAHOT events globally will be posting … More San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

interACT: Calls on the Society for Pediatric Urology to Condemn Nonconsensual Medically Unnecessary Surgeries

On Intersex Infants, Including Clitoral Reductions and Vaginoplasties  | Advocates for Intersex Youth  Children born with intersex traits—variations that cause their bodies to transcend typical notions of male and female—continue to suffer brutalizing and traumatic surgeries performed without their consent, often before they are even old enough to speak. Today, May 12th, 2017, marks the opening of … More interACT: Calls on the Society for Pediatric Urology to Condemn Nonconsensual Medically Unnecessary Surgeries

JENNIFER HUDSON TO HEADLINE 2017 PITTSBURGH PRIDE IN THE STREET

DELTA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES: Note: Central Outreach Wellness Center located on the North Side, participants who schedule a free wellness exam will receive a discount of $20.00 off their Pride in the Street ticket. May 10, 2017—Pittsburgh, PA—The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson … More JENNIFER HUDSON TO HEADLINE 2017 PITTSBURGH PRIDE IN THE STREET

African HRC Calls for Apology from South African Relationship ‘Specialist’ regarding Anti Gay Teaching

“Please let me know if you would be willing to review your material and revise your publication with corrections, and also if you would be willing to issue an apology to the LGBT community. I am not sure how much harm has been done at this point, yet it is never too late to right … More African HRC Calls for Apology from South African Relationship ‘Specialist’ regarding Anti Gay Teaching

My Mom is a Lesbian – A Foster Adopt Child’s Letter to Donald Trump

 “My Mom is a lesbian…” We are told that Donald Trump is scheduled to sign an Executive Order today:  “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom”. The name is a hideous mask – a guise – a ruse.  While it seems to invoke religious freedom, in truth it is an excuse to trample on the constitutional … More My Mom is a Lesbian – A Foster Adopt Child’s Letter to Donald Trump

Village Voice Partners with NYC Pride to Launch Awards

 ‘THE VILLAGE VOICE PRIDE AWARDS’  The Village Voice Pride Awards to honor LGBTQ local and global heroes contributing to the community’s growth, at VIP gala, June 21 New York, NY—May 3, 2017—The Village Voice announced today the launch of ‘The Village Voice Pride Awards,’ which recognizes local and global heroes in the LGBTQ movement. The … More Village Voice Partners with NYC Pride to Launch Awards

Groundbreaking Fourth International Intersex Forum

Between the 20th and 23rd of April 2017, a Fourth International Intersex Forum was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The world’s largest intersex human rights forum to date was attended by 40 representatives of intersex organizations and independent advocates across all regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Post-Soviet countries, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania. The depth and breadth … More Groundbreaking Fourth International Intersex Forum

Jews Disgusted by TRUMP Speaking at Holocaust Remembrance

  Trump speaks on Capitol Hill during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Days of Remembrance ceremony Today, I watched Donald Trump speak at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in the Capital Rotunda. My reaction was visceral and I could not control the surge of anger. It was as if I had just seen, at that very microphone, … More Jews Disgusted by TRUMP Speaking at Holocaust Remembrance

San Francisco Pride Announces 2017 Grand Marshals and Honorees

San Francisco, CA – The 47th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade will be held on June 24 and 25, 2017. The Parade/March is Sunday, June 25thin the heart of downtown San Francisco beginning at 10:30 AM. A two-day Celebration and Rally is scheduled from Noon to 6:00PM on Saturday, June 24th, and … More San Francisco Pride Announces 2017 Grand Marshals and Honorees

Those Republicans Want Retributive Murder But SCOTUS said NO

The US supreme court has ended a dramatic day of legal tussles over Arkansas’ unprecedented plan to execute eight prisoners in 11 days, declining to allow the state to go ahead with Monday night’s scheduled killings in what amounted to a major victory for the condemned inmates’ lawyers and anti-death penalty campaigners. The nation’s highest … More Those Republicans Want Retributive Murder But SCOTUS said NO

On Passover LA Police Arrest Rabbis Protesting Immigration Persecution

On the third day of Passover in downtown Los Angeles, 35 Rabbis, Priests, and Muslim activists — in a coalition of local faith-based groups were arrested for an act of civil disobedience. In protest of the Trump administration’s inhumane efforts to tear immigrant families apart, these leaders physically blocked the entrance to the local detention … More On Passover LA Police Arrest Rabbis Protesting Immigration Persecution

Holocaust Survivor has a Message for Sean Spicer

By Melanie Nathan, April 13, 2017. Sean Michael Spicer is the White House press secretary and former communications director for Donald Trump. He apologized profusely for saying saying this while trying to defend the U.S. missile attack on Syria: “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” Mr. Spicer said. “You know, you had … More Holocaust Survivor has a Message for Sean Spicer

European Court Ends Forced Sterilizations of Transgender People

The European Court of Human Rights today found that the sterilization requirement in legal gender recognition violates human rights. Setting the legal precedent for Europe, this decision will force the remaining 22 countries using the infertility requirement to change their laws. This historic decision is delivered in three joined cases against France about the lack … More European Court Ends Forced Sterilizations of Transgender People

Appellate Court Affirms Civil Rights Act Title VII Includes Gay, Lesbian and Bi People

Today, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act also protects LGB employees from workplace discrimination, the first time a federal appellate court has come to that conclusion. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an historic 8-3 en banc ruling,  in favor of Kimberly Hively, a math teacher who was fired from … More Appellate Court Affirms Civil Rights Act Title VII Includes Gay, Lesbian and Bi People

2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A three-judge panel on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion in Christansen v. Omnicon, the case of Matthew Christiansen, an HIV-positive gay man who faced extreme harassment and discrimination in his workplace by his supervisor.The panel determined that Christiansen made a successful Title VII claim with regard to gender stereotyping, but that the … More 2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

California Appropriations Committee Vote 5-0 to Approve Religious Freedom Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a vote of 5-0 with two members abstaining. Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced the California Religious Freedom Act (S.B. 31).  Senate Bill 31 prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based … More California Appropriations Committee Vote 5-0 to Approve Religious Freedom Act

Bianca Jagger leads Saudi petition hand-in to UK Prime Minister

The 159,000 signatures petitions the UK to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia , Protests Yemen war & the jailing of Raif Badawi & other political prisoners  Bianca Jagger, Peter Tatchell and Baroness Jenny Jones led the hand-in of a 159,000-signature petition to the United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May, at 10 Downing Street today Wednesday, … More Bianca Jagger leads Saudi petition hand-in to UK Prime Minister

US Gvt Appoints Hate Group Reps to Annual Women’s Rights Meeting at United Nations

On Monday, the United States Department of State announced that its official delegation to the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) includes representatives of two organizations known to oppose the UN human rights system, LGBTIQ rights, and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Included were the representatives from  the Center … More US Gvt Appoints Hate Group Reps to Annual Women’s Rights Meeting at United Nations

Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Statewide survey shows addictive products edge out healthy alternatives San Rafael, CA – A statewide review of tobacco, alcohol and food products in community stores shows unhealthy products edge out healthier ones, and Marin retailers near schools sell addictive products aimed at youths. “Healthy retail is an important part of community health,” said Dr. Matt … More Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

African HRC Issues Press Statement as Trump ‘s Anti Refugee Order Hurts LGBTI Refugees

Below is the Statement at African Human Rights Coalition on Trump’s new anti Refugee Order and Muslim Ban.  I am noticing that few to none news outlets are speaking out about the impact of the Trump Executive Order on LGBTI refugees – calling it ONLY a Muslim Ban. We speak out against the Muslim Ban as well as … More African HRC Issues Press Statement as Trump ‘s Anti Refugee Order Hurts LGBTI Refugees