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Examples of Accomplishments :-

Elected to Board of San Francisco Pride, 2016-2017
Marin County HRC,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, 2016A
Community Grand Marshal San Francisco Pride 2014:  "Color Our World With Pride"
Grand Marshal, Cape Town Pride, 2011

African Human Rights Coalition - Director - LGBTI relief campaigns, forums, strategies and resources impacting decriminalization of sexuality, LGBTI advocacy and resources for asylum seekers and refugees,.

Private Courts :-  Conflict resolution, mediation, communications and strategies, specializing in family and divorce, and human rights.

Advocate:- Orchestrated and led advocacy to obtain the introduction of Private Bill # 867 by Senator Feinstein in April 2009, on behalf of Shirley Tan, a lesbian mother who faced immediate deportation; resulted stay of deportation and in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the issue.

Advocacy strategy -  led and successfully orchestrated by advocating to member of the U.S. Congress the release of an undocumented lesbian partner from detention.

Provided testimony to Senator Patrick Leahy, (D- VT) for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA)  (June, 2009);

Testimony in California Assembly and Senate for a resolution in support of UAFA;

Participated in conference to advise Secretary for Housing & Urban Development for President Obama's commission on discrimination against gays and lesbians (LGBT) in housing and tenancy; the series led to sweeping reforms.

Creator and author of innovative special LGBT immigration visa to assist same-sex spouses and partners with entry and residency in the U.S.A.

Pitched and accomplished publication of Shirley Tan's story as a matter of urgency to press as a strategy to win public support - the story published in PEOPLE MAGAZINE and San Jose Mercury News, to be picked up by multiple TV networks and news outlets.

Advocated successfully to deny Ugandan Anti-gay editor a visa to USA and further to isolate him as a journalist from academia

Appointed by Marin County Board of Supervisors to serve on Marin County Human Rights Commission, 2009-2013;  VP on Board, Fair Housing of Marin, 2003-2009.

Activist -After blogging and following the story of so called "corrective" rape victims and survivors, in South African townships, writing numerous articles which served as the impetus for the international on-line petition on resulting generated over 200,000 global signatures. This resulted directly in an invitation by South Africa's Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Hon. Jeff Radebe, to attend a meeting with him in Parliament to discuss reforms.

Drafted reforms for ministerial meeting, prepared NGO's and attended forum as lead spokesperson for Luleki Sizwe, resulting in a second meeting and an agreement for Government and LGBTI to partner in a task force for reforms and hate crimes legislation in South Africa. (2011)

Advocated and reports in numerous  cases for LGBTI asylum seekers

Blogging platforms and advocacy for decriminalization of homosexuality in Africa.

ADVOCACY writings at 

As a Political Editor; assisted in bringing new blog to a popular high ranking and politically influential News/ Magazine/Blog site;

As an LGBT Activist Blogger / Writer:- Written over 2500 Articles (news, opinion & advocacy)  - LGBTI, social justice,  human rights and political Issues: so called "corrective rape" of lesbians in Southern Africa,  Ugandan anti-homosexuality law,  Same-Sex couples and immigration to the USA,  marriage equality, immigration reform, international LGBTI refugee and asylum advocacy;

Attorney: Cases included family law, contract law,  entertainment law. Successful representation in  death sentence case in South Africa during Apartheid era;

Mediator: Settled approximately 300 divorce/ custody cases/ and 30 commercial disputes;

Film: Producer Short Videos:  Gay PSA Announcement , Music Video, LGBT  Commercials

Guest / OP-ED Contributor:

  • The Advocate
  • LGBTQ Nation
  • Florida Agenda
  • MS. magazine
  •  NPR


  • Speaker SAfAIDS Forum South Africa 2014.
  • Speaker SFALi Forum with Ugandan Member of Parliament 2014
  • San Francisco Pacific Fertility Center 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, One Pride Florida, 2013.
  • Speaker - Mainstage San Francisco Pride 2014
  • Keynote Speaker: Cape Town Pride, South Africa 2011 -  Gala and Stadium Main stage
  • Speaker:Rally Teen Suicide , County of Marin,  2010
  • Speaker:Castro memorial for Ugandan Activist, David Kato (2011)
  • MEUSA: Proposition 8 Rally; Ninth Circuit Rally (2011)
  • FHOM: MC Not a Genuine Black Man - Brian Copeland Performance 2010
  • FHOM: Annual Fundraiser Fashion Show - (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • MHRC: Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award Dinner, San Rafael, CA - Speaker and Presenter (2010)
  • Guest Host on Swirl Radio; (2011)
  • Equality Across America: Speaker & Workshop Presenter, Austin Texas, (2010)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association: Guest Speaker  (2007)
  • San Francisco Human Rights Commission: Guest Speaker with Tom Armiano on immigration equality (2010)
  • Marriage Equality Rally Across Golden Gate Bridge: Rally speaker


    • Commissioner  on the Human Rights Commission 2009-2013 - Marin County- Confirmed by County Board of Supervisors, appointee of Supervisor Steve Kinsey
    • BOARDS  AND VOLUNTEER WORK: Fair Housing of Marin 2003-2009 - Vice President on Board of Directors. (Non-profits)
    • Past Boards:- Bnai Brit, Beverley Hills; Congregation Gan Halev, Marin County.


    Martha McDevitt-Pugh

    Martha McDevitt-Pugh

    Owner and General Manager, McDevitt Communications Amsterdam, Netherlands. was with another company when working with you

    “Working with Melanie has been an incredibly rewarding experience. She is a force of nature, approaching problems creatively, inventing solutions that surprise and delight clients and partners alike. She is tenacious, persistent in working towards her goals, and stretches herself to take on challenges that most would find daunting. She is one of the first people I call if I want out-of-the-box thinking to accomplish unimaginable results.” May 8, 2009





    Bi-National Visa Advocacy

    Bi-National Spouses


    Work experience

    Jan 2000Present

    Executive Director


    Services include:

    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, multi-party consensus building

    Politics - strategy, communications, writing, speaking, consulting

    Editor/ Writer /  Blogger / Social Media 

    Co-Producer & Publisher for GAY U.S.A. the Movie and BLOG

    Speaker (25 years)

    Expertise in LGBT issues and community in  United States of America and Africa; well sourced globally to include European Union, United Kingdom,  and Middle East.

    GAY U.S.A. the Movie  - Co Producer - Release date 2013The film will address the law and politics of LGBT rights in the U.S.A., and how these issues impact our families across the countries and generations, the philosophical core of the religious and scientific debate. Gay U.S.A. is an in depth exploration of the gay rights debate. The making of the film has impacted the LGBT movement through work in the LGBT community to include the sting operation on the Bachmann Clinic in MN, blogging, and networking with LGBT families and activists around the USA.

    Blogs - Publisher and Editor O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da  GAY U.S.A. the Movie and Blog



    Nathan & Associates

    Consulting - Entertainment Industry - Tax Shelter Financing for Film Industry; Contract Legal work for Law Firms.Advocacy and Mediation

    Business Consulting



    Law Office of Melanie Nathan

    Attorney/ Articled Clerk

    Singer Horwitz Favish & Barrable
    Jan 1979Nov 1979


    Campus Law Clinic
    Jan 1979Nov 1979

    Case Manager

    Urban Training Project

    Union Law Clinic for Factory workers- Associate Attorney


    Mediation Certification

    University California, Berkeley

    B.A. LL.B

    University of Witwatersrand

    Bar Exam

    South African Law Society

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