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Melanie Nathan’s Annual Do Donate and Do Not Donate 2012

By Melanie Nathan, December 21, 2012. As the year comes to a conclusion the ‘send me your money e-mails ‘ are stacking up  – and I must admit many of them annoy me, especially the ones that piggy back the work of others, asking for donations in the name of some obscure couch advocacy adventure, […]

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Support Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence memorial for nuns who have died of AIDS

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,  to remember and honor every Nun of the Above By Melanie Nathan, November 19, 2012. They have supported us for over thirty years and now it is our chance, as the worldwide LGBT community, to show our love and thanks. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are creating a unique place […]

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GAY U.S.A. Elections 2012 Vote Obama

Tomorrow’s vote for President Barack Obama represents the single most important vote the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex community will ever make – my opinion. While we may still find ourselves with an obstructionist congress, that allows for very little, if any, pro-equality legislation in the USA, setting the tone, maintaining the dignity of […]

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South African Gay Flag at San Francisco Pride 2012

By Melanie Nathan, June 24, 2012. Today the Gay Flag of South Africa passed   a million people lining the streets of San Francisco as the LGBTI community celebrated San Francisco Pride 2012. San Francisco Pride parade is a world-renowned LGBT pride parade attracting tourists and Television crews from around the world. Thousands of people […]

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A Million Cheers for Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo at San Francisco Pride 2012

By Melanie Nathan, June 24, 2012. Amidst a sea of rainbows, over one million people lined the streets of San Francisco and cheered as Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo, the heroic clergyman and LGBT rights ally activist from Uganda, made his way through the San Francisco Pride 2012 route,  as its Global Grand Marshall leading a fitting […]

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San Francisco Dyke March 2012

By Melanie Nathan, June 23, 2012. The twentieth San Francisco Dyke March set off at 6:00 PM Saturday in San Francisco’s Dolores Park, to the traditional roar of hundreds of Dykes on Bikes and the cheers of tens of thousands of  lesbians, women, womyn, gender-queers, gender-frees, transgender, men and allies. The march took place  through […]

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HRC’s New Chief Chad Griffin gets a GAY Flag of South Africa

Chad Griffin , of  USA Largest LGBT Rights Organization and Dustin Lance Black , Director of MILK, photographed with the  Gay Flag of SA as a Symbol of grass roots activism SA Editorial, June 11, 2012. Sunday in the Castro was buzzing when Chad Griffin, the new President of the Human Rights Campaign,  made a […]

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California Prop 8 on the Way to Victory Revisiting My Child’s Wounds

by Melanie Nathan, June 05, 2012 We are on  the home stretch of Proposition 8’s wild ride through the Courts with a set of victories that will either reinstate same-sex marriage for Californians or result in the Supreme Court of the United States hearing the case. I wrote a very personal article back in 2009 […]

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California Same-Sex Marriage Victory Stands as Ninth Circuit refuses to Re-Hear Prop 8 Case

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a request from anti-marriage forces to reconsider its landmark ruling in Perry v. Brown that found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Proposition 8 stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry.

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Letter to Eric Holder as Senators Urge Protections for Same Sex Binational Couples Facing Deportation

By Melanie Nathan, May 11, 2012. BOSTON – Following President Obama’s announcement to support same sex marriage, Senator John Kerry, along with 16 of his Senate colleagues, today renewed their call for the Obama Administration to protect married gay and lesbian couples facing possible deportation. In a letter sent to the U.S. Attorney General and […]

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Melanie Nathan’s Response to Dustin Lance Black’s Threat Against Support for President Obama

By Melanie Nathan, April 29, 2012 It was difficult for me to read Dustin Lance Black’s outlandish article on the Hollywood Reporter.  I found it to be irresponsible, unsophisticated  and quite poorly written. I sent my detailed response to the piece to  both ‘The Advocate’ and ‘LGBTQ Nation’ which are publications I have written several […]

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California Senator Leno introduces Bill to Limit Strip Searches

For  Non-Violent Detainees By Melanie Nathan, April 19, 2012 SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno today announced introduction of legislation to protect Californians from intrusive strip and body cavity searches when they are taken into custody for minor offenses that do not involve drugs, weapons or violence. Senate Bill 1536 clarifies existing state law to allow […]

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Look Mom The Sims has No Sperm Bank

Melanie Nathan and Pikachu, 03/26/2012 My children have two moms, lesbians!  Yesterday my fifteen year old daughter and her friend called me into the bedroom, they were giggling; “What should we tell her mom? Not sure how to handle this, ” they queried. The six year old was playing “Sims” on the computer and trying […]

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Teen Suicide Note | Excerpts from GAY U.S.A. the Movie, SDGLN and Huffington Post Gay Voices

The eulogies effectively conveyed the message that EricJames had sought to impart, when he noted so succinctly in his final written words: “My pain is not caused because I am gay. My pain was caused by how I was treated because I am gay.” Never before had the sound of ‘Edge of Glory’ been so […]

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Unprecedented Ruling on Immigrants’ Right | Freedom from Arbitrary Detention

Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 20, 2012 District Court Rules that “Arriving Aliens” May Not Be Subjected to Prolonged Detention Without a Hearing To Determine Whether Detention Is Justified SAN DIEGO — A district court today ruled that the Department of Homeland Security may not detain an immigrant for a prolonged period without proving that […]

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California Health Care Bill | Senator Leno’s Single-Payer Bill Clears Senate Appropriations

SB 810 Creates a Private-Public Partnership That Provides Universal Coverage by Redirecting the Funds Californians Already Spend on Health Care  SACRAMENTO – The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the California Universal Health Care Act, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). Senate Bill 810 guarantees all Californians comprehensive, universal health care while reducing the state’s […]

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