Bank Owned Homes Leads to Massive Housing Discrimination Complaint

Today, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC) joined the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and other partners in announcing its collection of new evidence in support of allegations that Deutsche Bank, Ocwen Financial, and Altisource companies continue to discriminate against communities of color in 30 metropolitan areas across the United States. The twenty agencies … More Bank Owned Homes Leads to Massive Housing Discrimination Complaint

Breaking: Condemnation for Trump Banning Transgender Service Members

Trump: Transgender People a “Disruption’ to the Military, Are Banned From Service” Today the U.S. current President, Donald Trump declared that transgender Americans would be banned from serving in the U.S. armed forces in any capacity. In a string of morning tweets, Trump characterized transgender service members as a burden and a disruption. The policy implications of … More Breaking: Condemnation for Trump Banning Transgender Service Members

Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children in the United Sates

Medically Unnecessary Operations Risk Lifelong Suffering (Chicago, July 25, 2017) – Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. Despite decades of controversy over the procedures, doctors operate on children’s gonads, internal sex … More Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children in the United Sates

US Jewish Leaders Plea to Israel for Same-Sex Adoption Rights

In response to the growing controversy in Israel regarding adoption by same-sex couples, A Wider Bridge organized a public letter which was published today. The letter, signed by nearly 200 Jewish Community Leaders from across America, calls on the Israeli Ministries of Justice and Social Affairs to treat same-sex couples equally in the adoption process. Lesbian, … More US Jewish Leaders Plea to Israel for Same-Sex Adoption Rights

Critical Truth in Telling Gay Love Stories of Africa

By Melanie Nathan, July 24, 2017. The importance in showcasing love stories and the relationship evolution to marriage, illustrating how couples avail themselves of tradition and of the laws that equally pertain to all, is critical to an LGBT movement in Africa-  where homophobia is rampant through the lies that have perpetuated misunderstanding. This outward … More Critical Truth in Telling Gay Love Stories of Africa

Transgender Education Network of Texas Advisory – How to Testify Tomorrow

Details for the hearing – Austin Texas The Senate State Affairs committee will hold a hearing on a SB3 and SB91 (the “Bathroom Bills”) this Friday at 9:00am.  We would like to see as many of you turnout to testify as we can. Registration for testifying will be outside of the committee room E1.036 by … More Transgender Education Network of Texas Advisory – How to Testify Tomorrow

Will Trump Intervene as Saudi Arabia About to Behead University Student

A Saudi Arabian student who was arrested five years ago as he was about to fly to Michigan to attend college, is believed to be facing imminent execution by beheading. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is asking U.S. President Donald Trump, who recently visited Saudi Arabia and concluded an arms deal with the country, … More Will Trump Intervene as Saudi Arabia About to Behead University Student

NY State Department of Corrections called out on Abuse of Transgender Woman

Transgender Legal Calls on New York State Department of Corrections to Immediately Address Reports of Abuse Targeting a Transgender Woman at the Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone, New York New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is deeply disturbed by reports that Eyricka King, a transgender woman being held at the Franklin Correctional … More NY State Department of Corrections called out on Abuse of Transgender Woman

OHIO Urgent Call to Action to RESIST Judicial Appointments

Thanks to Lambda legal for providing the following call to Action: Two Trump judicial appointees with vicious anti-LGBT views are poised to become some of the most powerful judges in the country. People in Ohio have the chance to stop it. John K. Bush, nominated to fill a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals … More OHIO Urgent Call to Action to RESIST Judicial Appointments

U.S. Refugee Program Can Continue under SCOTUS Ban Decision

 So what should happen to LGBT and other Refugees already accepted by the USA for resettlement after the US Supreme Court decided to allow a limited portion of the Muslim Travel Ban to stand: …. Read the position of CGRS in their response and the bottom line is we too at African Human Rights Coalition … More U.S. Refugee Program Can Continue under SCOTUS Ban Decision

Speech at the 2017 Installation of Pink Triangle Twin Peaks San Francisco Pride

My SPEECH DELIVERED at PINK TRIANGLE Installation Ceremony today – Sat June 24, 2017 – Melanie Nathan – ED of African Human Rights Coalition and Vice President of San Francisco Pride Board. Thank you all for being here today – greetings to our elected officials, and to Patrick Carney – a big thank you for … More Speech at the 2017 Installation of Pink Triangle Twin Peaks San Francisco Pride

Chicago Dyke March Commits Religious Bigotry Against American Dyke Jews

See petition at end of this article: Chicago Dyke March, an annual event in Chicago turned the Jewish marchers away from their event. Laurie Grauer a member of Chicago’s queer Jewish community and her friends were turned away from the Dyke March when they showed up with their rainbow flags embossed with a Star of David. … More Chicago Dyke March Commits Religious Bigotry Against American Dyke Jews

LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers to March at San Francisco Pride

As Vice President of San Francisco Pride Board, I am really proud that SF Pride has provided the platform for this message of resistance, love and this opportunity for awareness: This message is published on the African HRC website as a message of love and hope to LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers, in Africa around … More LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers to March at San Francisco Pride

California Legislative LGBT Caucus Celebrates June Pride Month Honors LGBT Individuals

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislative LGBT Caucus will celebrate June 2017 as Pride Month with the adoption of House Resolution 41 during Assembly Floor Session and Senate Resolution 46 during Senate Floor Session on Monday, June 19, 2017. As part of the ceremony, the Caucus will honor 10 LGBT individuals and the San Francisco Gay … More California Legislative LGBT Caucus Celebrates June Pride Month Honors LGBT Individuals

Ronnie Spector to Perform San Francisco Pride Main Stage

San Francisco Pride is thrilled to announce that Ronnie Spector will be performing on the Main Stage during the Celebration and Rally in Civic Center Plaza on Sunday, June 25th. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Spector is one of only a few artists in history who have been capable of defining an … More Ronnie Spector to Perform San Francisco Pride Main Stage

Serbia’s First Woman and First LGBT Prime Minister

Serbia‘s President has nominated the minister Ana Brnabic as Prime Minister, the first woman and first openly-LGBT politician  (lesbian) to occupy the role in the highly conservative Balkan country. Ms Brnabic, who is an independent, became Serbia’s first openly gay  / lesbian  / LGBT minister last year, making headlines around the world because of the country’s … More Serbia’s First Woman and First LGBT Prime Minister

When it Comes to LGBT Refugees here is Food for Thought

The work for African Human Rights Coalition has been extensive these past few months – here is a brief report: 1) After weeks of preparation, we  have established a new fund appeal starting today: We have been working for some time to establish a plan to support  200 LGBTI refugees in Kakuma Camp. They need … More When it Comes to LGBT Refugees here is Food for Thought

The Alleged Ball Game Shooter Identified – Angry Days Courtesy Trump

At least five people were injured when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where Republican members of Congress and their staffers. Lack of gun control and political vitriol is a lethal mix! Oh – and then add the specifics of Trump and the hate that begets hate – … More The Alleged Ball Game Shooter Identified – Angry Days Courtesy Trump

An Open Letter to Bend the Arc in Money Plea for Linda Sarsour

I am writing this letter to Stosh Cotler, Executive Director, of Bend the Arc, described on its website as: “A Jewish Partnership for Justice”. Bend the Arc does some great work and are to be admired. Yet I am perplexed and was thus compelled to write this letter below, which speaks for itself: Dear Ms. Cotler, … More An Open Letter to Bend the Arc in Money Plea for Linda Sarsour

Join Global Russian Protests in San Francisco

INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS ON 25th ANNIVERSARY  – OF THE DAY OF RUSSIA The Day of Russia (Russian: День России, Den’ Rossii) ) celebrates the end of Communist rule and the beginning of the Russian Federation. It is the national holiday of the Russian Federation. It has been celebrated annually on June 12 since 1992.  It commemorates … More Join Global Russian Protests in San Francisco

PUERTO VALLARTA PRIDE

Vallarta Pride 2017 Reaches Record Figures in Attendance – Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña Joins the Parade  The fifth edition of Vallarta Pride was a historical festival for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and its local and visiting LGBTQI community and its allies. Over 7,000 people attended the parade with 60 floats, a record for the festival which also … More PUERTO VALLARTA PRIDE

2017 Hearst National Championships Winners Announced

JUNE 5, 2017 HEARST – 2017 HEARST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED Special congratulations to first place winner of the Hearst National Championship Annual Multi-Media Competition: Claire Collins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who themed an LGBT refugee.  I was also pleased to participate in the short winning piece – especially because it gives this … More 2017 Hearst National Championships Winners Announced

Group Calls Trump out on Response to Increased Hate Crimes

On June 6, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national South Asian racial justice and civil rights organization, participated in a critical hate crimes forum facilitated by the US Department of Justice Community Relations Service in Kansas. Representatives from government agencies, diverse community leaders, and advocacy organizations gathered at the Hindu Temple and Cultural … More Group Calls Trump out on Response to Increased Hate Crimes

Help Amnesty International get Ivanka Trump to Visit Baby Jail

Candles, birthday cake, presents, friends and family. That’s what every parent hopes for their child’s birthday. Instead of festivities, Tomás spent his eighth birthday behind bars—for the second year in a row. The reason why? Because Tomás and his mom were jailed in the only place in the country where you can hold a child … More Help Amnesty International get Ivanka Trump to Visit Baby Jail

Retired Generals Urge Mattis Not to Reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Transgender Troops

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In response to recent news reports that the Defense Department may reinstate “don’t ask, don’t tell” for transgender individuals because of resistance by some military leaders and social conservatives, three retired General Officers issued the following statement urging  United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis not to reinstate the discriminatory policy: “Anonymous sources … More Retired Generals Urge Mattis Not to Reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Transgender Troops

Shame on Texas Governor Pushing Anti-LGBT Agenda

Texas Governor Calls Special Legislative Session to Advance Anti-LGBT Agenda – Abbott’s decision is a capitulation to the Lone Star State’s rabidly anti-LGBT lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick WASHINGTON – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is calling a special legislative session to tackle an inordinate agenda — including HB 2899, discriminatory legislation that bans municipalities … More Shame on Texas Governor Pushing Anti-LGBT Agenda

Court Smacks Scott Lively Across his Immoral Face while Dismissing SMUG Case on Jurisdictional Grounds

A Scathing Ruling, Court Affirms SMUG’s Charges Against U.S. Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively While Dismissing on Jurisdictional Ground  – Historic Case Has Broken New Legal Ground, Documented Lively’s Campaign of Persecution in Uganda June 6, 2017, New York – Yesterday, a federal court minced no words in affirming that U.S.-based anti-gay extremist Scott Lively aided and … More Court Smacks Scott Lively Across his Immoral Face while Dismissing SMUG Case on Jurisdictional Grounds

Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Historic Transgender Nondiscrimination Legislation

 This morning, for the first time in state history, Wisconsin lawmakers introduced legislation to extend nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and public spaces to transgender individuals. “We Wisconsinites are proud of our efforts to protect people from discrimination, and deservedly so,” said Katie Belanger the Acting CEO and President of Operation for Freedom for All Americans. … More Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Historic Transgender Nondiscrimination Legislation