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

Supreme Court Sends Historic Transgender Equality Case Back to Lower Court 

Order follows Trump administration’s withdrawal of nonbinding federal guidance on how to protect transgender student WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Supreme Court announced that it will not hear G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, the historic transgender equality case on behalf of a Virginia transgender boy named Gavin Grimm. In light of President Trump’s decision to … More Supreme Court Sends Historic Transgender Equality Case Back to Lower Court 

Transgender Americans Voice Support for Gavin Grimm as His Landmark Title IX Discrimination Case Heads to The Supreme Court

TLDEF Brief Spotlights Positive Contributions of Transgender Americans and Harms of Denying them Basic Freedoms that Allow Full Participation in Society New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed a friend-of-the court brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm. Grimm is a transgender 17-year-old from Virginia who is challenging the … More Transgender Americans Voice Support for Gavin Grimm as His Landmark Title IX Discrimination Case Heads to The Supreme Court

Voting Opens for San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshal

It is time to cast your vote for the San Francisco Pride 2017 Community Grand Marshals! Annually, the general public votes for both an individual and an organization to be honored at the parade and celebration, which is held on the last weekend in June. Voting is live and will continue until 12:00 Noon on … More Voting Opens for San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshal

Leading Artists Urge Texas Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Legislation

WASHINGTON – More than 140 artists and entertainers from across the country released a letter today urging Texas lawmakers to reject SB 6 and other bills currently pending in the legislature that would make it easier to discriminate against LGBT people. Equality Texas, GLAAD and the Ally Coalition released the letter, and signatories include Sting, Connie … More Leading Artists Urge Texas Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Legislation

African Human Rights Coalition Advocates Against Trump Ban

February 6, 2017 Some LGBTI refugees in Africa, who were scheduled to travel under the United States Refugee Resettlement program had their travel plans revoked last week under Trump’s illicit Executive Order which suspended the refugee program.  Now several have been rescheduled for travel this week,  with thanks to the court order halting Trump’s ban/ suspension and … More African Human Rights Coalition Advocates Against Trump Ban

SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument in Historic Transgender Rights Case

Today the Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral argument in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board on March 28. The case is being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a Virginia transgender boy named Gavin Grimm. Grimm is challenging a policy in his local school district that singles out transgender students for … More SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument in Historic Transgender Rights Case

The Anti LGBT Order Being Considered by Trump

This executive Order is apparently under consideration by  the Trump administration and it would allow discrimination against LGBT people Order Could Impact Hundreds of Thousands of LGBT People, Including Tens of Thousands of LGBT Youth in Foster Care and Same-Sex Couples Seeking to Foster or Adopt President Trump is considering issuing an executive order that provides … More The Anti LGBT Order Being Considered by Trump

LGBT Record of Trump SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

With many thanks to the Williams Institute at UCLA LAw School, we examine the LGBT Record of Supreme Court Nominee, Scalia like,  Neil Gorsuch: Today, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. … More LGBT Record of Trump SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

The Shocking Incendiary Press Statement Firing Sally Yates

What you are about to read will blow your mind. Here is the language  Donald Trump used to announce the firing of Sally Yates, an Obama appointee who has been the acting United States Attorney General, pending the  Trump nominee confirmation for the position. To use the word “betrayal” and to slam Yates as ” weak on illegal immigration” is … More The Shocking Incendiary Press Statement Firing Sally Yates

Californians Demand Senators Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee

Californians Demand Sens. Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee And Use Every Tool Available To Reject The Pick Thousands Join Courage Campaign in Urging California Democrats to “Just. Say. No.” CALIFORNIA — A new petition from the California-based Courage Campaign is calling on the state’s Senators — Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris … More Californians Demand Senators Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee

Trump Ban Challenged as Refugees Detained by the United States

Today the U.S. Government put its ban on Muslim refugees into action by detaining two Iraqis as they landed in the United States. Included is a contractor serving in a trusted position for the U.S. military in Iraq. According to the ACLU, lawyers for the two Iraqis who had been granted visas to enter the United States … More Trump Ban Challenged as Refugees Detained by the United States

What Trump’s Inauguration Means to this Jewish Mother Lesbian Activist

As I write this it has come to my attention that Trump has been sworn in and within minutes the Department Of Labor has removed all reference to LGBT equality while the White House has removed reference to climate change from their respective websites…. I was awakened this morning at about 4.00 am by the formidable and … More What Trump’s Inauguration Means to this Jewish Mother Lesbian Activist

Trump Confirmations | Mattis Past Positions on LGBT Troops and Women in Combat Raise Concerns

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – As Trump appointees face off with Senators in confirmation hearings, we at O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da will provide opinions and statements, noting the condemnation of these ridiculous Trump choices, many of whom clearly are unqualified and/or unable to perform these duties in the best interests of the American people: Retired Gen. James Mattis will attend … More Trump Confirmations | Mattis Past Positions on LGBT Troops and Women in Combat Raise Concerns

NAACP Withdraw or Arrest Message to AG Nominee Jeff Sessions

” Withdraw or arrest us,” is the message the NAACP is sending to Senator Jeff Sessions, as they stage a sit-in at the Senator’s  Alabama office, to demand his withdrawal as the Donald Trump nominee for U.S. Attorney General. And aptly so: Sessions is a known racist whose history of bigotry proves that the is absolutely incapable of representing all Americans … More NAACP Withdraw or Arrest Message to AG Nominee Jeff Sessions

Equality Wins at UN General Assembly with Protection of SOGI Independent Expert

Today in the United Nations General Assembly, a cross-regional group of states affirmed the principles of universal human rights by blocking a hostile attempt to prevent the work established by the UN Human Rights Council of the Independent Expert on Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. A small group of States … More Equality Wins at UN General Assembly with Protection of SOGI Independent Expert

Response to Nationwide Spike in Hate-Filled Incidents

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Southern Poverty Law Center Respond to Nationwide Spike in Hate-Filled Incidents |  National Civil Rights Organizations Underscore Commitment to #StopTheHate WASHINGTON, D.C. and Montgomery, Ala., December 6, 2016 – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued the following … More Response to Nationwide Spike in Hate-Filled Incidents

Anti-Gay Gambian President Ousted

Yahya Jammeh, the Gambian president, known for his virulent homophobia and vicious anti-gay threats, has been ousted in this week’s presidential election in The Gambia. Jammeh, an authoritarian president for 22 years, suffered this surprise defeat in the country’s general election. He will be replaced by a property developer, Adama Barrow, who won more than 45% of … More Anti-Gay Gambian President Ousted

Marin Rallies to Reject President Elect

Over a thousand rally behind high school organizers   By Melanie Nathan, Nov 20, 2016. San Rafael -“REJECT THE PRESIDENT ELECT” – “LOVE TRUMPS HATE” reverberated down 4th Street, San Rafael, Marin County as over 1000 people marched and rallied peacefully, to protest the looming Trump presidency.  Clearly Donald J. Trump is not a popular man … More Marin Rallies to Reject President Elect

Extra Concern on Trans Day of Remembrance

Today is the annual international Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), dedicated to the memory of those whose lives have been lost because they are transgender. According to Freedom for All Americans,  this year, there are at least 25 reported cases in the U.S. alone of transgender people who have been murdered. Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed … More Extra Concern on Trans Day of Remembrance

Racist Bigot Homophobe Jeff Sessions Chosen as Trump Attorney General

By Melanie Nathan, Nov 18, 2016. President Elect Donald Trump has appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to the job. The United States Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice per 28 U.S.C. § 503, concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United … More Racist Bigot Homophobe Jeff Sessions Chosen as Trump Attorney General

Bank Accused of Redlining and Violating Fair Housing Act

CALIFORNIA REINVESTMENT COALITION AND FAIR HOUSING ADVOCATES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FILE FAIR HOUSING COMPLAINT, URGING IMMEDIATE HUD INVESTIGATION INTO CIT GROUP’S ONE WEST BANK By Melanie Nathan, November 17, 2016. Yesterday, two nonprofit organizations formally filed a complaint requesting that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) investigate whether CIT Group violated and … More Bank Accused of Redlining and Violating Fair Housing Act