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

Experiencing the Hate of Jeff Sessions First Hand – Rabid Anti Gay Racist Could Be Trump AG

“Mr. Sessions is a throwback to a shameful era that we thought was in the past.  Inconceivable to me that a person of this attitude could be a Judge or even a US attorney. ” Senator Ted Kennedy: “He is now the ranking member of the very committee that rejected him and we were one of … More Experiencing the Hate of Jeff Sessions First Hand – Rabid Anti Gay Racist Could Be Trump AG

Immigration Attorney Explains Fears in Trump Land

Scroll down for Spanish Translation: By Sasha N. Westerman, November 10, 2016. As we settle into the reality of a Trump Presidency, after a campaign of attacks on immigrants,  many are weighing in on what to expect. Thank you to immigration attorney, Sasha Westerman for this realistic clarification in the following instances: LETTER TO CLIENTS AND … More Immigration Attorney Explains Fears in Trump Land

LGBT Ugandans Argue Against U.S. Hate Pastor in Federal Court

In Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively for His Role in LGBTI Persecution in Ugandan|  Lawsuit Charges Lively with Crime Against Humanity November 9, 2016, Springfield, MA – Today, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, appeared in court to argue that a federal lawsuit against Abiding Truth Ministries … More LGBT Ugandans Argue Against U.S. Hate Pastor in Federal Court

Ugandan LGBTI Activists to Argue Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist in Federal Court

Sexual Minorities Uganda Lawsuit Charges Abiding Truth Ministries President Scott Lively with Persecution   | Oral Argument in Springfield, MA Wednesday, November 9, 11:00 AM Springfield, MA – On Wednesday, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, will argue in a federal lawsuit against Abiding Truth Ministries President, Scott Lively. The … More Ugandan LGBTI Activists to Argue Case Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist in Federal Court

African States sell out LGBT Human Rights in bid to end role of UN Expert

By Melanie Nathan, November, 07, 2016. Several African countries are demanding that the appointment of a United Nations expert on LGBT rights be suspended, saying his mission to report on anti-gay violence had nothing to do with human rights. In September the UN Human Rights Council appointed to a three year term, international law professor Vitit Muntarbhorn … More African States sell out LGBT Human Rights in bid to end role of UN Expert

Callen-Lorde Awards to Celebrate LGBT Health and Wellness Trailblazers

At Annual Community Health Awards Event Monday, November 7, 6 PM to 9 PM Tribeca Rooftop at Three Sixty, 10 Desbrosses St, New York New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center announces its upcoming Community Health Awards honoring outstanding leaders in the fields of LGBT health and wellness. The Community Health Awards draws hundreds of … More Callen-Lorde Awards to Celebrate LGBT Health and Wellness Trailblazers

HRC Board Members OKAY with the Deplorable Endorsement of Republican Mark Kirk for US Senate

Well my question is are they? Melanie Nathan, October 29, 2016. #HRCdumpKIRK According to the website of the preeminent LGBT organization, Human Rights Campaign, the HRC Board of Directors “has the ultimate authority over the organization’s actions, including fiscal management and budget approval. Board members also establish the official policies that direct HRC.”  That means, … More HRC Board Members OKAY with the Deplorable Endorsement of Republican Mark Kirk for US Senate

HRC Fails to Withdraw Endorsement of Republican Senator Despite Bigoted Comments

Since the day the preeminent LGBT organization, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement in favor of Republican Senator Mark Kirk, (R-IL) the incumbent for the Illinois Senate seat,  instead of supporting the Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth who has a 100% equality rating to Kirk’s 76% , many LGBT activists have questioned the move … More HRC Fails to Withdraw Endorsement of Republican Senator Despite Bigoted Comments

Callen-Lorde and Edie Windsor to Dedicate the Thea Spyer Center in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Callen-Lorde and Marriage Equality Champion Edie Windsor to Dedicate the Thea Spyer Center in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; Facility Housing Callen-Lorde’s Mental Health Program Named in Honor of Late Pioneering Psychologist’s Work Thursday, November 3, 9 AM, Ground-level entrance to the Thea Spyer Center at Callen-Lorde 230 W 17th Street (between 7th and 8th Aves) New … More Callen-Lorde and Edie Windsor to Dedicate the Thea Spyer Center in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

South Africa Releases Draft Bill Proposing Jail for Hate Speech

Historic Hate Crimes Bill released – proposes 3 years in jail for hate speech Ten years in the making, the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has now been published in South Africa, for comment. The proposed legislation, inter alia, provides a three yer sentence  for those found guilty of hate … More South Africa Releases Draft Bill Proposing Jail for Hate Speech

Lawsuit Filed Seeking Information on ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

San Francisco – The ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP), the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law (CGRS), and pro bono counsel at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila (RSHC) today filed suit against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for refusing to release … More Lawsuit Filed Seeking Information on ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

TLDEF to Host 2016 Freedom Awards

New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is set to host the 2016 Freedom Awards, commemorating 11-years of transgender advocacy. This year TLDEF honors U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whose unwavering support and leadership at the Department of Justice has helped advance transgender rights. TLDEF will also honor HBO for its work on … More TLDEF to Host 2016 Freedom Awards

President Obama’s Statement on the Death of Israeli Former President Shimon Peres

September 27, 2016 Statement by President Obama on the Death of Former Israeli President Shimon Peres There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of … More President Obama’s Statement on the Death of Israeli Former President Shimon Peres

International Human Rights Court in Africa delivers Judgment Blow in Historic First LGBT Case

This morning the East African Court of Justice delivered a blow with its judgment in a matter initially brought before it by a Ugandan based Human Rights coalition. The matter of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) v Attorney General of Uganda (and the Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS))  … More International Human Rights Court in Africa delivers Judgment Blow in Historic First LGBT Case

Bloomsburg Fair in Pennsylvania Fails to Apologize for Nazi Flag

A Trump Win Means A Nazi America: If you think that  Donald J. Trump’s  mere candidacy is providing comfort for Nazis to come out of the woodwork, can you imagine what a presidency will invoke? By Melanie Nathan, September 26, 2016. Tonight starts the debates between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton, as the candidates … More Bloomsburg Fair in Pennsylvania Fails to Apologize for Nazi Flag

Sioux Tribe Invites UN Human Rights Council Special Rappateur to Standing Rock

Today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, in front of representatives from hundreds of countries attending, the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, David Archambault II, personally handed Ms. Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, an invitation to come to Standing Rock to witness first-hand how the Dakota … More Sioux Tribe Invites UN Human Rights Council Special Rappateur to Standing Rock

South Africa Bans U.S. Gay Hate Pastor Steven Anderson Entering the Country

By Melanie Nathan, September 13, 2016. South Africa has barred the controversial US pastor Steven Anderson from visiting the county, because of his critical remarks about homosexuality, noting he is considered an “undesirable person” under the Immigration Act. Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba has announced that American gay hate pastor Steven Anderson, and his … More South Africa Bans U.S. Gay Hate Pastor Steven Anderson Entering the Country

Soccer Legend Wambach tells Her Truth in Memoir, Forward

By Melanie Nathan, September 12, 2016. Soccer legend Abby Wambach expresses her “Truth” on her Facebook timeline, while announcing the launch of her memoir, “Forward”. Wambach, an open lesbian, having scored 184 career goals, is the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer. She retired in December after 15 years with the U.S. … More Soccer Legend Wambach tells Her Truth in Memoir, Forward