Melanie Nathan

Melanie Nathan

Conflict resolution, equality and human rights advocate, public relations, publisher, blogging as advocacy platform,

San Francisco Bay Area
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Melanie Nathan's Overview

  • Publisher and Editor at O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da
  • Founding Director at PRIVATE COURTS INC.
  • Publisher / Blogger at GAY U.S.A. the Movie and Blog

500+ connections


Melanie Nathan's Summary

Thank you to San Francisco Pride for honoring my work by appointing me a
Community Grand Marshal for San Francisco Pride 2014.

Conflict resolution specialist /Mediator
Speaker . Strategist . Equality and human rights advocate
Publisher, Editor, Writer
LGBTI political commentator and speaker

Advocacy is my passion and I use my BLOGS as a platform for the work.

I am also co-producing GAY U.S.A. the Movie. - See

My work is showcased at

If you are interested in finding out more about the Nelson Mandela AIDS/HIV Red Ribbon Twin Set to benefit non profits, contact me at

"Her peers call her “a force of nature.” Melanie Nathan, a South Africa-born attorney, used her law school experience to assist African workers who were victims of apartheid in the 1980s. After immigrating to the U.S., she founded Private Courts, Inc., a mediation and human rights advocacy firm in Marin County, California. She is also a prolific blogger and journalist who uses her writing “as a platform for my advocacy work…to get results such as helping LGBT asylum seekers.” It’s taken her to some controversial places: regular communication with the author of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, an investigation of “corrective rape” of lesbians in South Africa, which led to a Parliamentary Task team. Read GO Magazine - One Hundred Women we Love

Specialties: Civil and human rights advocacy - LGBT issues; conflict resolution; mediation; consulting; private advocacy; strategy development; government liaison, multiple party consensus building and project coordination.

Melanie Nathan's Experience

Publisher and Editor


April 2009Present (5 years 6 months) California

Blogging for equality and human rights.

Writer of OPEDS for The Advocate, LGBTQ Nation, GayStar News, MS Magazine, SDGLN, Gay USA the Movie and BLOG, and others,

Founding Director


April 2001Present (13 years 6 months) Northern California

Private Courts is a conflict resolution, civil and human rights advocacy firm:

Services include:
Writing and Editing
Advocacy, referrals, case management for LGBTI and equality related issues
Speaker LGBTI and equality issues, U.S.A. and International

Co-Producer of GAY U.S.A. the Movie

Publisher / Blogger

GAY U.S.A. the Movie and Blog

October 2000Present (14 years) Worldwide

BREAKING NEWS: Press - Loveexile, 4/23/09
Melanie Nathan of Private Courts, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Tan-Mercado family, announced on her blog that Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced a special legislative remedy in congress that will keep Shirley in the country through December 2010. She was facing leaving her home and family on 10 May 2009. Never doubt that one person can make a difference.

San Francisco, California “This is a good day for this family, but their fight is not over,” said Chris Waddling, Director for Marriage Equality USA. Shirley Tan, California mother of two who was to be deported April 3rd has been given a stay of deportation until April 22nd pending the possibility of further action. Thanks to the heroic efforts of her counsel, Melanie Nathan, lawyer Phyllis Beech, Rep. Jackie Speier [CA-12], Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Immigration Equality’s Julie Kruse .....

Melanie Nathan's Projects

  • The Nelson Mandela AIDS/HIV Medallion

    Team Members: Melanie Nathan

    Capturing the legacy of one of the most influential icons in the world, The South African Gold Coin Exchange (SAGCE) and The Scoin Shop (Scoin) has released a limited edition commemorative Nelson Mandela HIV/AIDS medallion, the first of its kind for sale in the United States.

    Only 2,500 of these collectibles will be minted worldwide. If you are a collector, investor or new to the idea of collecting medallions, this is a fabulous addition. This makes an extraordinary XMAS, Jewish New Year, Confirmation, Graduation, Birthday, Anniversary Bat/Barmitzvah gift while benefiting non-profit organizations including the Mandela Foundation, Nobel Institute, and Black AIDS Institute. (Additional beneficiaries to be announced soon.)

  • Visual CV

    Team Members: Melanie Nathan
  • Blogging as an Advocacy Platform

    Team Members: Melanie Nathan

Melanie Nathan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Blogging
  2. Social Media
  3. Public Speaking
  4. Mediation
  5. Non-profits
  6. Editing
  7. Start-ups
  8. Online Advertising
  9. Publishing
  10. Public Relations
  11. Research
  12. Entrepreneurship
  13. Activism
  14. Human Rights
  15. Nonprofits
  16. Strategic Communications
  17. Social Media Marketing
  18. Civil Rights Law
  19. Conflict Resolution
  20. Online Marketing
  21. Facebook
  22. Courts
  23. Media Relations
  24. Creative Writing
  25. Copy Editing
  26. Press Releases
  27. Advocacy
  28. Journalism
  29. Social Networking
  30. Entertainment
  31. Politics
  32. Immigration Law
  33. Strategy
  34. Copywriting
  35. Family Law
  36. Fundraising
  37. General Awesomeness
  38. Government
  39. Community Outreach
  40. Speech Writing
  41. Newsletters

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Melanie Nathan's Education

University of the Witwatersrand



Activities and Societies: Campus Law Clinic; Urban Training Project.

King David High School


Parktown Girls High


Summerwood Primary


University of California, Berkeley

Mediation Certification

Activities and Societies: Coursework and 40 hour certification class

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