Huffington Post - This week marks National Pro Bono Week, a time to celebrate the dedication and generosity of pro bono attorneys. For asylum seekers like Timothy, a lawyer can mean the difference between life and death. With representation, asylum seekers have a much better chance of receiving protection.
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The Advocate - This week, four months after the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, a U.S.-based international anti-LGBT hate group is hosting a four-day conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Advocate also published this article.
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Center for Transatlantic Relations - Meet the first Nigerian man to appear in a printed newspaper saying that he is gay and proud. "The reason I decided to go public with my sexuality was because of the increasingly dysfunctional attitude of the Nigerian Anglican Church. I came out as a consequence of the exasperation I felt in the context of the increasingly homophobic attitudes of the Nigerian Anglican Church and its leader, Peter Akinola."
Washington Blade - Under clear blue skies, the setting for the fourth China AIDS Walk may indeed have been spectacular. Given the choice, however, organizers of this event held every fall at the Great Wall would much rather have marched somewhere near downtown Beijing instead. That way, they would be more likely to raise public awareness about HIV/AIDS and to end discrimination against those with the virus in China.
Gulf News - Omanis expressed outrage on Thursday when France’s Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya hosted a gay Omani activist last week. Additional reporting by albawaba here.
Human Rights Watch says Tragic Death of Belarusian Gay Man Underscores Need for U.S. Pressure to Advance Human Rights
Human Rights First - Seventeen months after being viciously beaten outside of a nightclub in Minsk, Belarus, Mikhail Pishcheuski succumb to his injuries. Pishcheuski’s attacker served only 11 months for the crime. Writes Human Rights First: “In their sorrow, LGBT Belarusians are demanding their government take action to change the environment of violence and impunity in the country. Radio Free Europe also reported on Pishcheuski's death.
Washington Blade - A poll released this week indicates anti-LGBTI discrimination and attitudes remain commonplace throughout the Balkans. This data comes after four U.S. organizations polled 655 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Local.no - Norway’s twelve bishops on Friday voted to back the creation of a special liturgy for the marriage of same-sex couples, opening the way for the first same-sex church marriages within the next two years. This development was also covered by Yahoo! News.
Gays with Kids - Donovan and Eric, two gay men of Mexican origin, met online after having been married to women, fathering children, and ultimately realizing they were unhappy. The two are now engaged, and look forward to being a family.
Star Observer - Trans man Jeremy Wiggins is helping to redefine what it means to be a man in a short documentary he took part in for the Movember Foundation. This year he will take part in the month-long fundraising event where men around the world shave their beards and grow moustaches during November to raise awareness around men’s health. Jeremy speaks with the Movember Foundation in this video.