~~February 26, 2014~~
Melanie Nathan, Publisher & Editor
The time is now to end prejudice and discrimination against LGBTI people around the world!
Melanie Nathan, the publisher of this BLOG, is a lawyer, mediator, equality activist, and human rights advocate who speaks and writes on issues impacting LGBTI communities around the world, with a focus on the U.S.A. and Africa.
In addition to reporting related news and stories, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da, serves as a platform for Nathan and her guests to highlight their work in a world where gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, intersex, and gender-free people are the subjects of persecution and discrimination.
O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da started out as a platform to showcase the equality and human rights advocacy work of Melanie.
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Over time it has developed into a renowned BLOG , consisting mostly of unique content, on subjects ranging from U.S. politics and equality to the decriminalization of homosexuality, LGBTQI asylum, sexuality violence and all human rights issues around the globe, with a special focus on Africa.
Melanie, a lawyer, is the founder of Private Courts, Inc., an advocacy and conflict resolution practice headquartered in the Bay Area, California.
Nathan, who has been writing her BLOG since 2009, is a commentator and speaker.
She is an OP-ED contributor to The Advocate, SDGLN, MS Magazine, LGBTQ Nation and other BLOGS; her work has been picked up by blogs and press around the world.
Melanie is also co-producing GAY U.S.A. the Film, a documentary about the political and religious attacks on gays since the 50′s and LGBT rights in America. See www.gayusathemovie.com/about/
More details See CV at www.visualcv.com/melnathan
Melanie was born in South Africa where she practiced as an attorney during the apartheid era.
~~Links to Melanie Nathan’s Work~~
Melanie’s work: Editor/ Writer / Journalist / Blogger / Social Media Strategy
Advocacy – strategy, orchestrating and representing select private advocacy clients for domestic equality and international human rights cases; legislative reform consulting
Conflict resolution – mediation, settlement consulting, multiparty consensus building
Politics – strategy, communications, writing, speaking, consulting
Co-Producer & Publisher for GAY U.S.A. the Movie and Blog
Speaker – see www.visualcv.com/melnathan
Expertise in LGBT issues in United States of America and Africa; well sourced globally to include European Union, United Kingdom, and Middle East
MORE ABOUT MELANIE NATHAN.
~~PROUD TO SAY I KNOW HER PERSONALLY & CONSIDER HER A FRIEND~~
~~PROUD TO BE A KUCHU~~
“I just found out that Red Pepper Tabloid named me, Melanie Nathan, as one of Uganda’s 200 top Homos, in their article which was designed to OUT and persecute gays, – their intent being to promote the lynching of gays. This is not the first time that Red Pepper staff have threatened my life.
This current article was done after Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. I feel privileged to be amongst my Kuchu friends – though easy for me because I live openly and safely, while they have all now been forced to hide and starve . If anyone has a photo of the Tabloid with my name and picture – please send it to me – I have yet to see it and the context.”
~~Two ends of the World, stark contrast: Oppression vs Freedom~~
“This is beyond weird. Virtually on the same day that I find my name on an invitation to kill the gays list in Uganda, outing “Uganda’s top 200 Homos” I also find myself on a list of Gays where I can celebrate my freedom of sexuality, in San Francisco. Within 24 hours of my name appearing in Red Pepper magazine, a tacit invitation to lynch and kill, my name is on a nomination for San Francisco Pride Community Marshall.
Go figure the timing!”
~~Rescue Fund to Help LGBT People Escape Africa~~
Rescue Fund for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual and Transgender people persecuted and trapped in African countries that criminalize their sexuality
“I have established a Rescue Fund to help persecuted LGBT Africans escape from their countries, as well as supporting safe housing, and quests for asylum.
I was born in South Africa and became an attorney during the Apartheid era, before immigrating to the U.S.A. in 1985. I am a former Marin County Human Rights Commissioner, and founder of Private Courts, a conflict resolution and global human rights advocacy firm based in the Bay Area. All my advocacy work has been pro bono. I blog at www.oblogdeeoblogda.me, and use my writing as a platform for my advocacy work.
I learned at a young age about the Holocaust and scapegoating and the importance of Jews in the Diaspora to help others escape persecution. As a member of the global LGBT community I could not sit back and ignore the plea for help generated by my writing, from Africa’s LGBTI community.The letters I have received will break your heart and they are numerous.
While the US has made strides in equality for LGBT people, African countries such as Uganda and Nigeria have passed Draconian legislation, that has served to increase persecution against gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
Currently LGBTI people are being arrested, taunted, paraded in front of press, outed in tabloids, seized and assaulted in incidence of mob justice, and all this after being rejected, ostracized by family, friends and Government alike. They are terified and have nowhere to turn, as President Museveni is poised to sign a Bill that will put many of them in prison for life. This is URGENT!
Most of the persecuted are from Uganda where the President is about to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which mandates Life in prison for gays.
The stories of rejection by parents, family and friends, the arrests under these laws and resulting assaults, insidious mob justice are horrendous.
~~Many fear for their lives~~
By contributing to this Rescue Fund you will help me to save more gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people from Africa escape terrifying persecution. For some this is a matter of life or death. I have been doing this since 2010 and can no longer do it alone. The need is far too great.”
Full information here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rescue-fund-to-help-lgbt-people-escape-africa
We ALL fight the fight!!
~~SF Sheriff Officer Saenz and Mel Nathan at SF City Hall Sit in~~
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We ALL are ONE!!