” I have been fighting for my life since Reagan was in office. I remember the conversation about AIDS Nancy Reagan started–I remember the dark black wind of nothingness,” Matt Ebert Democratic candidate for the United States presidency, former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton praised Nancy Reagan for “starting the conversation… More ACT UP AIDS Activist’s Letter To Hillary Clinton
In an interview conducted at Nancy Reagan’s funeral today, Hillary Clinton praised her for “starting the conversation on AIDS” and then later, after an outcry by the Gay community, retracted her comment, saying she misspoke. Today we are reminded that some of our politicians have stood up against those who wish to the rewrite history… More California State Senator Speaks out Against Reagan on AIDS
December 19, 2015 Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African HRC Candidate for the Democratic U.S. Presidential nomination, former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has outlined a comprehensive LGBT policy plan for domestic and global LGBT issues. While we at African Human Rights Coalition are grateful to Secretary Clinton for her recognition of the plight of… More Hillary Clinton Policy Plan does not go far enough for Global LGBT needs
December 1, 2015, by Melanie Nathan. World AIDS Day Message: “Today is World AIDS day: While we remember those lost to AIDS we must note that the goal to eradicate HIV/AIDS will never be met for as long as we criminalize sexuality!” Melanie Nathan, Executive Director African HRC. On this World AIDS Day, the one… More One Reason We May Never Eradicate AIDS
Film Spotlights AIDS Memorial Quilt; Reveals Progress, Setbacks and Hope in the Quest to End AIDS; Youth Campaign (Combining the Quilt Display with Screenings of the Film) Aims to Remind Young People About the History of HIV/AIDS and the Seriousness of the Disease Posted by Melanie Nathan, November 24, 2015. NEW YORK, NY– Red Thread Productions… More AIDS Quilt Documentary “The Last One” Plans World AIDS Day Screenings
AIDS Quilt Documentary The Last One Gears Up for Fall 2015 Screenings and 2016 National Youth Outreach Campaign Posted by Melanie Nathan, Oct 20, 2015. Film Spotlights AIDS Memorial Quilt; Reveals Progress, Setbacks and Hope in the Quest to End AIDS; Youth Campaign (Combining the Quilt Display with Screenings of the Film) Aims to… More Film About AIDS Memorial Quilt Covers its Birth and Impact
where the revised rules could be strengthened from a human rights perspective..
The first concerns the prohibition of discrimination,” he said, adding that he is “disappointed that sexual orientation and gender identity were not explicitly recognized as grounds for discrimination, given their recognition by most human rights treaty bodies.
… More UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Planned Parenthood Patients Hold Press Conference to Underscore Planned Parenthood’s Vital Work in African American Communities Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 25, 2015. Washington, D.C. – In the face of a looming government shutdown, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04), Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-04), and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), will… More Press Conference to Underscore Planned Parenthood’s Vital Work in African American Communities
By Jennifer Davis, Guest Contributor, September 2015 I feel like I am “coming out” all over again! Guess what everyone – I not only stand with PLANNED PARENTHOOD, I HAVE USED PLANNED PARENTHOOD!!! OMG, I know… the stigma and shaming associated with this proven effective national healthcare organization is astounding to me. So many people… More Coming OUT as Pro-Abortion
LGBT Group Praises SCOTUS Decision on Affordable Care Act Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 25, 20915. In a 6-3 decision, a decisive victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the broad reach of the new healthcare law, ruling the government may continue to provide tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy… More SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Decision Impacts LGBT America
June 17, 2015, Posted By Melanie Nathan. Gateway Health Institute Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development Pretoria – Gateway Health Institute announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Coenie Louw will pursue an innovative… More South African Doctor Winner of Grand Challenges Explorations
Open Letter to HRC Calls to Partner on AIDS/HIV Issues By Melanie Nathan, February 11, 2015. February 11, 2015 – New York, NY – The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) released the text of an open letter to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as a follow up to its protest of HRC´s gala held on… More OPEN LETTER AS AIDS ACTIVISTS PRESS HRC ON HIV AIDS FIGHT
The greater good of the community demands that we take action to prevent any further spread of the measles in Marin County. By Melanie Nathan, February 04, 2015. I barely write about local issues. Marin Country, where I live, has become the epicenter of the controversy around Measles and parents who refuse to allow their… More Marin County School Superintendent Pleads for Measles Vaccinations
Peaceful Protest attracts curious tourists, reporters and Castro community By Melanie Nathan, January 31, 2015. About 2 dozen LGBT activists from San Francisco and community members held a vigil outside the San Francisco Human Rights Campaign (HRC) souvenir store in the Castro today. The gathering, which took the form of a sidewalk noon brunch, outside… More HRC Calls in San Francisco Police for LGBT Castro Protest
New York and San Francisco By Melanie Nathan, January 29, 2015. The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) and other HIV activist organizations will converge to protest the neglect of the AIDS crisis by mainstream LGBT organizations at the annual self-congratulatory gala held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City by Human Rights Campaign… More Activists to Protest 1% HRC Elitism and AIDS Neglect
Melanie Nathan, January 22, 2015 The Ugandan Refugee Law Project (RLP) which works directly with refugees and asylum seekers in the refugee settlements was suspended on 14 March 2014 following allegations that RLP was promoting homosexuality under the guise of human rights promotion and protection. This suspension was subsequently extended to their offices in Kampala… More Accused Human Rights Group Reopens in Uganda
A President and His Tacit Call to Kill Gays with little to no help for survival By Melanie Nathan, September 09, 2014. Under The Gambian law Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years to include men and woman. However now the law has bee amended to include so called “aggravated homosexuality” with terms… More Gays from The Gambia need Urgent humanitarian help
By Melanie Nathan, July 25, 2014. The Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS (MANERELA+) is a voluntary membership network of religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS in Malawi. It is an interfaith network, hence, people from any faith community are eligible to… More Malawi Religious Leaders Take Stand Against the Discrimination Fueling HIV
June 16, 2014 Dr. Rockefeller Critical to Launch of Medical Humanitarian Organization in the United States Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Richard Rockefeller, Ed.M., M.D., who died on June 13, 2014, when the single-engine plane that he was piloting crashed outside of Westchester County… More In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Rockefeller, Founding Member of Doctors Without Borders USA
The Ugandan LGBT who fled to Kenya are desperately seeking help from our United States LGBT community. Here is the call. By Melanie Nathan, June 16, 2014 Most refugees, when finding shelter in UNHCR camps, despite the difficult conditions, can at least find solace in the fact that they have escaped the persecution that sent… More Ugandan Gays in Kenya Desperate, Sick and Fear Death
Posted by Melanie Nathan, May 01, 2014. has provided the English translation for the March 22, unanimous Resolution of the Belgian Parliament regarding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill which was made official law of Uganda on march 10, 2014. WE REQUEST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: 1. to emphasize the importance of respecting sexual orientation and gender identities in… More Belgian Parliament Resolution on Uganda
By Melanie Nathan, April 28, 2014. It is clear that the Ugandan government is doing everything that the Hitler Government did – that which preceded the holocaust. As if the scapegoating and Anti-Homosexuality Bill is not enough, now the Ugandan Government is looking to close loop-holes in its new already onerous law, which became law… More Uganda Seeks to Introduce More Anti-Gay Laws to Stop NGO Services
By Melanie Nathan, April 23, 2014. The Ugandan police of Inspector General’s Office, Kampala, report alleges that the U.S.-Backed HIV Center Was “collecting sperm in masturbation rooms.” The official report on an April 3 police raid also says the clinic maintained rooms for “practicing” homosexuality as part of the center’s “homosexual recruitment project”. Recently we… More Ugandan Police Report Accuses Walter Reed of Gay Masturbation Rooms
By Melanie Nathan, April 11, 2014. Uganda ah Uganda – may you live free one day for your people – all of them are truly beautiful and deserving. May the haters and political opportunists find their peace too – Museveni, Ssempa, Bahati, Kadaga! Here is some food for thought: HERE is an article as it… More Uganda Beautiful Uganda is Aid cut helpful or not?
By Melanie Nathan, April 10, 2014. Michele Sidebè of UNAID warned Uganda before the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that its policies could lead to disaster for all Ugandans when it comes to HIV/AIDS research prevention and services. We had a glimpse of the unfolding disaster last week when the Walter Reed Research project was… More Medical Association Begs USA To Keep Funding Ugandan HIV AIDS despite Dangerous Raids
BY Melanie Nathan, April 09, 2014. To Team Museveni, Bahati, Lokodo, Kedaga and the rest of you who do not understand homosexuality, and support putting gays in prison forever. PART 1 We are not soldiers. We cannot be recruited! We are human beings. We do not choose our sexual attractions. We are attracted. We cannot… More Can Someone Please Tell The Ugandans Its Impossible to Recruit Gays
More LGBT Ugandans placed at risk of death while Project left with no choice but to suspend activities By Melanie Nathan, April 4, 2014. According to a Ugandan Government spokesperson, and confirmed by an OBLOGDEE source at the scene, as well as AP reports, the Ugandan police raided The Makerere University Walter Reed Project in… More HIV AIDS Services Raided by Ugandan Police in War on Gays
Marin launches outreach campaign to engage residents in response to HIV/AIDS San Rafael, CA – Greater than AIDS, the leading national public information response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, has launched its Speak Out Campaign in Marin to encourage open communication about HIV in relationships and in the community. Printed ads will be displayed in mall… More Marin County Opens Up on HIV AIDS
Plus updated guidance for international supporters… By Cathy Kristofferson, March 3, 2014 Update: #IStandw9jaLGBT is now #IStandwith9jaLGBT This week there are two Global Days of Action set for standing in solidarity with African LGBT communities suffering severe anti-gay persecution. For Uganda the day is Wednesday (5th) and for Nigeria it’s on Friday (7th). OBLOGDEE knows of actions… More Global Days of Action for Uganda and Nigeria this week!
A witness to government persecution of gays in Uganda Posted by Melanie Nathan, written by JP Conly, January 23, 2014. JP Conly and I were in communication when he was in Uganda late last year. He was able to make contact with members of the Ugandan LGBT community while working as a nurse volunteer. Here… More Meeting with LGBT Activist Ganafa After Shocking Raid Arrest in Uganda