Melanie Nathan

Melanie Nathan is an activist for equality and a human rights advocate who writes and speaks about ending prejudice and discrimination against sexuality minorities. Melanie was born South Africa, where she practiced as an attorney during the apartheid era. She now has an advocacy and conflict resolution practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

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Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi gets no justice

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tyler Clementi was bullied to death and the Judge heard guilty 288 times, yet sentenced his convicted antagonist to 30 days, 300 hours of community service and a $10,000 donation. While I do not doubt that Ravi was put through a measure of hell, knowing that he could be sentenced to a maximum of ten years and be the subject of deportation, I ask why this Judge even bothered to sentence him, at all. [ Read more → ]
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South Africa’s constitutional review of its sexual orientation rights is shocking

Friday, May 4, 2012
Since the end of Apartheid and the inception of South Africa’s new constitution some twenty years ago, the country has been lauded for its lead on the entrenchment of anti-discrimination rights that renders it one of the few in the world to protect sexual orientation and gender identity in its Constitution. Gays and lesbians (LGBTI) enjoy full equality in South Africa. Notwithstanding this South Africa has never managed to escape the brutality of rampant homophobia which is underscored by the high incidence of so called “corrective” rape in its townships, the deployment of an anti-gay ambassador to homophobic Uganda, and its failure to lead the decriminalization of homosexuality in the rest of Africa. [ Read more → ]
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Wise up, Dustin Lance Black!

Sunday, April 29, 2012
The moment I saw Dustin Lance Black’s headline in the Hollywood Reporter all my admiration came a-tumbling. While one cannot disregard the work of the screenwriter turned activist and its impetus on marriage equality, his latest critique of President Obama, and worse yet its luminous abode engorges like an unwelcome cloud on a sunny day. As an activist in the community, I want to clearly disassociate myself from the ominous loom of Black’s threatening blur... [ Read more → ]
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Muslim lesbians fight deportation in Canada in fear of ‘honor killing’

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TORONTO -- An Arab-Israeli lesbian couple, who fled to Canada from Israel in fear of death at the hands of their Muslim family have been told they can remain in Canada for another chance at receiving asylum. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Ugandan gay rights group files lawsuit against U.S. evangelist Scott Lively

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A Ugandan gay rights group on Wednesday filed suit in federal court in Massachusetts against notorious American evangelist, Scott Lively, accusing him of violating international law by inciting the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda. [ Read more → ]
Jeff Wilfahrt

Father of gay soldier killed in Afghanistan campaigns for Minnesota legislature

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Jeff Wilfahrt is an unassuming man who has more than served his citizenry. He testified before the Minnesota state legislature against passing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as "between a man and a woman only," supported the repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell." and lost his son in an American war. [ Read more → ]
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Historic Mr. Gay World billboard erected in central Johannesburg

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Excitement hit the gay community in South Africa on Monday, when the first ever gay billboard went up in Johannesburg in advance of the upcoming Mr. Gay World competition. [ Read more → ]
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