Activists to Rally at Court in Trans Murder Case

PLEASE rally to demand  Justice for Transgender murder victim Islan Nettles New York, NY — Everything Transgender in NYC (ETNYC) is calling on advocates and activists for transgender justice and allies in the greater New York City area to rally at the courthouse for Islan Nettles, tomorrow, Thursday March 31, 2016 at 9 a.m. Last year… More Activists to Rally at Court in Trans Murder Case

SA Film & Publications Board refuses to condemn Kenyan homophobia

Our friends at Mambaonline have followed up on an earlier report and now note a disturbing turn as the South African Film & Publications Board refuses to condemn Kenyan homophobia. South Africa’s Film and Publications Board (FPB) told Mambaonline that it will not condemn its Kenyan counterpart’s persecution of LGBT people. Earlier this month, we… More SA Film & Publications Board refuses to condemn Kenyan homophobia

Virginia Governor Vetoes Anti-LGBT Bill

Victory: Virginia Governor Vetoes Anti-LGBT Bill, Citing Harms in Other States RICHMOND – Today Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses and individuals to cite their religious beliefs as a reason to refuse services to LGBT people. In opposing the legislation, the governor said: “Businesses and job creators do not want… More Virginia Governor Vetoes Anti-LGBT Bill

Jerusalem LGBT Pride Murder Impacts the Reclaiming of Zion Square

Zion Square, one of the landmarks of Jerusalem in Israel, is set to undergo a redesign project, embracing pluralism and tolerance, evolving through circumstances and the passionate activism of several organizations and individuals. Diverse organizations, ad hoc groups and activists have worked together to bring this extraordinarily progressive plan to fruition, by meeting each Thursday… More Jerusalem LGBT Pride Murder Impacts the Reclaiming of Zion Square

Nigerian Activist Wins Federal High Court Case Against Police

A Nigerian Court has ruled in favor of a renowned human rights and sexual health activist, who sued the Nigerian Police after his constitutional rights were infringed through an illegal detention. Ifeanyi Orazulike, who has advocated for LGBTI rights, is the Executive Director of the International Center for Advocacy on the Rights to Health (ICARH),… More Nigerian Activist Wins Federal High Court Case Against Police

TLDEF Responds to Report of Sexual Assault at Stonewall Inn

Police looking for Information regarding the report of  a Sexual Assault Against Transgender Woman at Stonewall Inn New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news reports that a 25-year-old transgender woman was sexually assaulted last Saturday night in a single-occupancy bathroom at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan’s West Village. The… More TLDEF Responds to Report of Sexual Assault at Stonewall Inn

LGBTQ Families Celebrate Purim in Jerusalem

On Thursday last week, LGBT families in Israel celebrated the first ever LGBT family event held by Jerusalem’s LGBT community groups. Members of Jerusalem’s LGBT community celebrated a daylong Purim festival called Puriya b’Tachana. The event, which included arts and crafts projects for children and parents, was promoted as an “LGBTQ-friendly Purim celebration for the… More LGBTQ Families Celebrate Purim in Jerusalem

Five Reasons why LGBT Activists Endorse Tammy Duckworth

Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is running against incumbent Republican Senator Mark Kirk, to represent Illinois in the United States Senate.  In the face of a senseless endorsement of the Republican by a prominent LGBT organization, leaders and activists have expressed outrage, and are now calling for the support of Representative Duckworth. Following her career as… More Five Reasons why LGBT Activists Endorse Tammy Duckworth

World Congress of GLBT Jews to hold Shabbaton in D.C.

The World Congress of GLBT Jews, with Bet Mishpachah and GLOE as co-hosts are holding a Shabbaton in Washington DC, at the DC Jewish Community Center, next month from April 8th to April 10th. The Program and contact information is detailed below. The World Congress is a networking resource for LGBTQ Jews from around the… More World Congress of GLBT Jews to hold Shabbaton in D.C.

TLDEF Condemns North Carolina Anti-Trans Student Law

North Carolina Law Strikes Down LGBT Protections, becoming First State to Exclude Transgender Students from School Bathrooms and Locker Rooms New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) condemns a new law passed by North Carolina lawmakers and signed by Governor Pat McCrory, which will ban transgender students in schools and all transgender… More TLDEF Condemns North Carolina Anti-Trans Student Law

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

Ugandan Hate Preacher Given Visa to Speak in the UK

When Uganda passed its Anti-Homosexuality Act back in December 2013, several religious leaders pushed hard for the Ugandan President to assent to the Bill, which came to be known as The Kill the Gays Bill.  Two such religious leaders include a certain married  couple,  Dr. Joseph Serwadda and  Pastor Freda Serwadda,  from the Victory Christian… More Ugandan Hate Preacher Given Visa to Speak in the UK

Halt the Carnage | MSF Calls for UN Security Council States to Abide Resolutions

While much of the world is vocal with the rejections of Syrian refugees, civilians – children are under relentless attack in Syria’s five-year-old conflict, with 1.9 million people under siege, borders closed to refugees, and rampant bombings of medical facilities and heavily populated areas. Those of you who are noisily complaing about refugees are you noisy… More Halt the Carnage | MSF Calls for UN Security Council States to Abide Resolutions

South Africa Aligns with LGBTI Censorship

South Africa’s Film and Publications Board, headed by Sipho Risibia,  has seen it fit to align itself with Kenya’s homophobic publications board, which regularly attacks the LGBTI community and the right to freedom of speech. Thanks to our friends at Mamba Online for alerting us to the  story about the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB)… More South Africa Aligns with LGBTI Censorship

Trans Woman’s Confessed Killer Refuses Plea Deal

New York- The man accused of fatally beating Islan Nettles, a 21 year old transgender woman, turned down a plea deal today in a Manhattan criminal court, and will now face a jury trial scheduled for March 30, 2016. Judge Robert Stolz offered James Dixon only 12 years behind bars in exchange for pleading guilty… More Trans Woman’s Confessed Killer Refuses Plea Deal

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

President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS

President Obama has just appointed DC Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to take deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The President  delivered a powerful speech introducing the Judge and invoked his and the Senate’s constitutional duty, challenging the already asserted obstructionist Republican stance to deny this… More President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS

ACT UP AIDS Activist’s Letter To Hillary Clinton

” 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

California State Senator Speaks out Against Reagan on AIDS

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

Protesters Win in Shutting Down Trump Rally

Just when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thought he was infallible, and that he could get away with racist violence at his rallies, Americans in Chicago responded to his bigotry and his calls for violence with a protest the likes of which has not been seen at a political rally in American history.  Protesters succeeded… More Protesters Win in Shutting Down Trump Rally

San Francisco Groups to Protest Trump Hate Fest and Violence

From many of our perspectives,  Donald Trump is promoting a series of hate fests at his Presidential campaign rallies. San Francisco activists are getting together to protest Trump and his underlying message which is serving to promote violence, corporate greed, homophobia, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment. PLEASE JOIN US TO EXPRESS OUTRAGE – Here is the… More San Francisco Groups to Protest Trump Hate Fest and Violence

San Francisco Pride Announces 2016 Community and Organizational Grand Marshals

San Francisco Pride has announced two of the winners for Community Grand Marshal and the organizational Grand Marshal for 2016 Pride Celebration and Parade to take place on the last weekend of June, 2016. The 2016 Public and Member’s choice vote for Community and Organizational Grand Marshals for the 2016 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration… More San Francisco Pride Announces 2016 Community and Organizational Grand Marshals

Outrage as South African Court Grants Parole to Killer of Anti-Apartheid Hero

A South African court ruled Thursday that a Polish immigrant Janusz Walus, 63, who shot and killed the South African anti-apartheid hero Chris Hani in 1993, should be released on parole after 23 years behind bars. Many South Africans, including the ruling ANC party are outraged by this decision. Walus is serving a life sentence… More Outrage as South African Court Grants Parole to Killer of Anti-Apartheid Hero

LGBTQ Discrimination Leads to Call for NCAA to Divest

NC, March 9, 2016  –  Led by Campus Pride and Soulforce, a coalition of more than 80 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ), sports, religious and youth advocacy groups signed on to a letter issued publicly today calling on NCAA to divest from all religious-based institutions who have made Title IX requests to discriminate against… More LGBTQ Discrimination Leads to Call for NCAA to Divest

Racist Vandalism at San Leandro Unified School District

On Monday morning of this week, employees of the San Leandro Unified School District apparently  arrived at work to see a disgusting and frightening display of racism, hate and bigotry. I am not sure if this was reported to police or FBI, but it seems a source is concerned that nothing is going to be… More Racist Vandalism at San Leandro Unified School District

Environmental Activist Murdered

Prize-winning Honduran environmental activist murdered WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last night assailants attacked and killed Berta Cáceres, an indigenous activist who earned the Goldman Prize in 2015 for her work stopping a dam project in Honduras. Cáceres co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH. She won a fight of many years… More Environmental Activist Murdered