Facebook Banned Italian LGBT Campaign Against Racism

On Monday 21 March (International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), three Italian LGBT organizations presented a campaign to defeat the prejudices related to ethnic and religious differences and to inform LGBT migrants and asylum seekers about their rights. But a few minutes later, Facebook censored the campaign: a drawing of a bare-chested man… More Facebook Banned Italian LGBT Campaign Against Racism

Pope Fires Vatican Ambassador Who Stirred Kim Davis Controversy

Do you recall the Pope’s visit to the United States and the huge yarn that Kim Davis legal team spun around her so called “meeting” with the Pope, in a manner that attempted to convey the Pope’s ‘support’ for Davis’s refusal to do her job to marry people equally, as a County employee?  Well the… More Pope Fires Vatican Ambassador Who Stirred Kim Davis Controversy

Rugby Breakthrough as First Openly Gay Referee Chosen for World Cup Game

Posted by Melanie Nathan, October, 28, 2015. In the traditionally macho sport of rugby, the World Cup will break new ground this weekend, when for the first time it will be refereed by an openly gay man. While we look forward to the day when homosexuality is so acceptable that sexuality warrants no mention,  and… More Rugby Breakthrough as First Openly Gay Referee Chosen for World Cup Game

Famed Ugandan Activist Urges UK Home Office Not to Deport Lesbian

“UK has been very supportive of the Uganda Gay rights movement and it will be an embarrassment that your office doesn’t live up to its expectations in protecting those that need the protection most from persecution..” Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera. By Melanie Nathan, December 11, 2014. Despite appeals and petitions the United Kingdom’s Home Office informed… More Famed Ugandan Activist Urges UK Home Office Not to Deport Lesbian

African LGBTI Group a first to Protest at The Hague

By Melanie Nathan, November 24, 2014. For the first time, an African LGBTI group will stage a demonstration at The Hague in the Netherlands, to draw attention to complaints arising out of how the Netherlands Immigration authorities treat the claims of  LGBTI Africans seeking asylum in that country. Out and Proud Diamond Group, an LGBT… More African LGBTI Group a first to Protest at The Hague

Transgender Troops | Military Experts Historic International Conference

Palm Center and ACLU Host Convening on Lessons Learned from Transgender Service in Foreign Militaries Posted by Melanie Nathan, October 20, 2014. WASHINGTON, DC – Currently serving ​transgender service members from five of the 18 foreign militaries that allow transgender service today gathered alongside U.S. service members in Washington D.C. The gathering, Perspectives on Transgender Military Service… More Transgender Troops | Military Experts Historic International Conference

Praying For Gay Ugandan Richard to Win Asylum Appeal

By Melanie Nathan, Oct 07, 2014. United Kingdom – Richard M. is a young Ugandan man who fled Uganda after being outed by Red Pepper Magazine. He was apparently falsely accused of promoting homosexuality in the schools. His subsequent asylum journey has been a typical roundabout of hell, exacerbating his abuse. On arrival in the… More Praying For Gay Ugandan Richard to Win Asylum Appeal

Urgent Stop Ugandan Foreign Minister from Becoming President of UN General Assembly

Call to Urgent Action Show your outrage — “Let us tell the United Nations that we do not reward Homophobic countries with positions of global leadership,” Melanie Nathan By Melanie Nathan, May 28, 2014. Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa is set to become President of the UN General Assembly on 17 June – unless you… More Urgent Stop Ugandan Foreign Minister from Becoming President of UN General Assembly

Life or Death to Save Lesbian Aidah from UK Deportation to Uganda Please Sign Now

#SAVEAidah Her fast track deportation is set for mere days ahead – May 24 |  we received a desperate request for help from her team here in the UK.  I am meeting with them in London today. They want to hear from you NOW and there is no time to waste! UPDATED MAY 23: LAST… More Life or Death to Save Lesbian Aidah from UK Deportation to Uganda Please Sign Now

Prestigious Awards Cancels Gala Venue owned by Sultan of Brunei

By Melanie Nathan, May 15, 2014. In a PinkNews Exclusive, it is reported that The British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) announced it will no longer have its awards dinner at the London Dorchester hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei – due to his country’s new rule on stoning gays and adulterers to death. The… More Prestigious Awards Cancels Gala Venue owned by Sultan of Brunei

Eurovision Win by Drag Artist is an F U to HOMOPHOBE PUTIN

By Melaie Nathan, May 10, 2014 Congratulations Queen Conchita the Eurovision winner for Austria’s victory – its a first in 48 years! And she won despite Ukraine and Russian attempts to ban the bearded drag artist. The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest has been won by Austria and Conchita Wurst. Her entry ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’… More Eurovision Win by Drag Artist is an F U to HOMOPHOBE PUTIN

Swedish Authorities Complicit in Persecuting LGBT Uganda by Refusing Workshop Visa

Sweden and other allies have a duty to act and not just talk – you need to practice what you preach , says Bob Bwana By Melanie Nathan, May 04, 2014. LGBT activists are very upset about the denial by Sweden of a visa to a Ugandan human rights defender. It is being reported from… More Swedish Authorities Complicit in Persecuting LGBT Uganda by Refusing Workshop Visa

Belgian Parliament Resolution on Uganda

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

Jews Persecuted with Orders to Register in Ukraine

By Melanie Nathan, April 17, 2014. Ukrainian and Israeli media are reporting actions that smack of Nazi Germany as Jews in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings, were told it is complusory to “register” as Jews and pay special taxes with the Ukrainians who are trying to make… More Jews Persecuted with Orders to Register in Ukraine

Refugee Action vs UK Home Office policy on asylum wins support rates ruling

CONGRATULATIONS and CALL TO ACTION – See BRING BACK DIGNITY CAMPAIGN BELOW Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 16, 2014. A High Court judge in the United Kingdom, ruled that current Home Office policy on asylum support rates is unlawful. Dave Garratt ,Chief Executive, of Refugee Action, Victoria Charity Centretook , U.K., took the Home Office… More Refugee Action vs UK Home Office policy on asylum wins support rates ruling

European Parliament resolution Calling for Action against Ugandan and Nigerian Anti-Gay laws

The Condemnation of Uganda and Nigeria | where is the U.S.A.? By Melanie Nathan, 13 March 2014 Today, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning new laws to imprison lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals in Nigeria and Uganda. The resolution calls on the European Commission and Member States to take immediate action in the fields of… More European Parliament resolution Calling for Action against Ugandan and Nigerian Anti-Gay laws

Protest Against Anti-Gay Laws by Ugandan Kuchus and Exiled African Gays in Sweden

By Melanie Nathan, February 18, 2014. Today about 50 people, from various African countries, together with allies, gathered in Sergel’s Square in Stockholm, Sweden, to protest the LGBT situation in Africa.  In true African style, a protest, though sad and serious, brought people out in dance and song. This information was shared with Oblogdee by… More Protest Against Anti-Gay Laws by Ugandan Kuchus and Exiled African Gays in Sweden

Commonwealth Secretary-General on Protection of Dignity for Gays

AS critical to promoting equitable, peaceful and prosperous societies in which we all wish to live: “The people of the Commonwealth are committed to equality and human rights for all…” By Melanie Nathan, 30 January 2014. In the wake of the rising terror now facing LGBT people in Commonwealth countries, where old draconian penal codes… More Commonwealth Secretary-General on Protection of Dignity for Gays

U.S. State Department Warns of Danger to Gays in Sochi Olympic Travel Advisory

By Melanie Nathan, January 11, 2014. The United States State Department has issued a travel advisory warning Americans of the dangers in attending the February Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The alert advises Americans about the anti-gay laws where Russia criminalizes so called “propaganda” about homosexuality. Indeed the notice also warns that terrorists have threatened… More U.S. State Department Warns of Danger to Gays in Sochi Olympic Travel Advisory

Capitol Hill Briefing on Asylum as LGBT Persecution Escalates

What you can do to help LGBT Asylum Seekers – PLEASE SIGN THE CRITICAL PETITION BELOW By Melanie Nathan, January 6, 2014. Faith Network Capitol Hill Briefing on Asylum as LGBT Persecution Escalates | LGBT-FAN and the LGBT Congressional Caucus address needs of LGBT asylum seekers On January 8th, there will be a  Faith Network… More Capitol Hill Briefing on Asylum as LGBT Persecution Escalates

Croatians deny LGBT community, defeat marriage referendum by 64%

“Homosexuality is not a choice, hate is a choice” By Cathy Kristofferson, December 1,2013 Today, voters in Croatia went to the polls to decide the fate of the country’s anti-gay marriage referendum. They decided by a 64% margin to deny the Croatian LGBT community equality. The Croatian constitution will now be amended to ban same-gender… More Croatians deny LGBT community, defeat marriage referendum by 64%

European Union Court of Justice rules lesbian and gay asylum seekers can’t be told ‘go home and hide’

By Oram, November 07, 2013. Lesbian and gay asylum seekers in the European Union can no longer be told to go home and pretend they’re straight. The European Union Court of Justice ruled Thursday, November 7th, that ‘voluntary discretion’ is not an acceptable rationale for rejecting asylum claims based on persecution grounded in sexual orientation.… More European Union Court of Justice rules lesbian and gay asylum seekers can’t be told ‘go home and hide’

Tuxedoed Gay Activist Seizes Stage at London Symphony

GAY ACTIVIST ONCE AGAIN DISRUPTS CONCERT CONDUCTED BY PUTIN SUPPORTER VALERY GERGIEVAT THE BARBICAN IN LONDON Posted by Melanie Nathan, Nov 01, 2013. London, November 1, 2013— The opening night of London Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Valery Gergiev’s new concert season at the Barbican in London was disrupted last night (31 October) by a protest… More Tuxedoed Gay Activist Seizes Stage at London Symphony

Budapest to receive $22 million Holocaust memorial center

Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 16, 2013. According to JTA, Budapest will build a $22 million memorial at a train station from which Hungarian Jews were deported during the Holocaust. The Hungarian prime minister’s chief of staff, Janos Lazar,  said the memorial will feature an educational center and will be opened by spring next year… More Budapest to receive $22 million Holocaust memorial center

Success at Baltic Pride 2013 March despite eggs and bottles thrown

“Gay haters attacked the Swedish Minister with eggs” By Cathy Kristofferson, July 27,2013 After months of court battles, Baltic Pride 2013’s March for Equality, today successfully proceeded along Gediminas Avenue in the center of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. Escorted by 500 police, fire brigade and a helicopter overhead, an estimated 600 proud marchers were met by an array… More Success at Baltic Pride 2013 March despite eggs and bottles thrown

Moldova secretly adopts anti-propaganda law

“Politicians specifically sought to avoid debating the bill in public.” By Cathy Kristofferson, July 18, 2013 An article introduced in the Parliament of Moldova on May 23rd titled “Public activities with negative impact on minors” has now been secretly passed and adopted.  Today, the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights is reporting that “A new… More Moldova secretly adopts anti-propaganda law

Wildly successful Budapest Pride March 2013 attended by U.S.’s Stuart Milk

Budapest Pride 2013: Rise up for diversity and human rights By Cathy Kristofferson, July 06, 2013 Today Budapest celebrated its 18th annual Gay Pride Parade. The Budapest Pride Film & Cultural Festival 2013 has been held on the first Saturday of July every year since 1997.  This year’s seems to be wildly successful as HVG.HU reported: “The Andrássy… More Wildly successful Budapest Pride March 2013 attended by U.S.’s Stuart Milk

South African Lesbian photographer’s big ask of Norway’s Crown Princess

Please tell other Monarchs, especially in Africa, that being gay is OKAY By Melanie Nathan, June 21, 2013 The Crown Princess of Norway, Her Royal Highness Mette-Marit, met famed South African photographer, filmmaker and LGBTI activist Zanele Muholi recently at an exhibition of Muholi’s work in Norway. The event took place last night at the Kunstplass… More South African Lesbian photographer’s big ask of Norway’s Crown Princess

Poland Pride’s success dampened by first openly gay PM assault

By Cathy Kristofferson,  June 17, 2013 Saturday about 8 thousand marched in Poland’s annual Equality Parade, Parada Równości 2013, under the slogan ‘Fully-fledged Diversity’.  Since Poland has become more accepting these days, the organizers decided to march for Russia and Eastern Europe where the LGBT communities are currently under attack.  Prior to the parade bout… More Poland Pride’s success dampened by first openly gay PM assault