Poignant Belarus video shows that love comes in all forms, straight and gay

MINSK, Belarus -- Video director Max Anatskaya has released the first-ever Belarusian LGBT video in support of equality.

The three-minute video tells the poignant love stories of two couples: one straight and one gay. It addresses the issues of love, warmth and tenderness without resorting to stereotypes or making judgments.

The video is now showing on gayby.net.

Year in review: A roundup on LGBT asylum and refugees

In May a Spanish academic estimated that 6000 LGBT Africans flee to Europe each year.

In the UK, authorities bureaucratically codified the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2010 ending the concept that refused asylum seekers could (and should) “go home and be discreet” or relocate to avoid repression. They also began to record sexuality-based asylum claims.

This “discretion” argument, widely employed to refuse asylum, was rejected by a U.S. Ninth Circuit court in March but used in cases elsewhere.

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San Diego Pride offers year-round volunteer opportunities in 2012

SAN DIEGO -- While it is widely known that an army of nearly 1,000 volunteers come together to produce the annual San Diego LGBT Pride festivities, many don't know that the organization operates a year round volunteer program called "Pride 365."

Those who wish to learn more about year-round volunteer opportunities with San Diego Pride are encouraged to attend the organization's next volunteer information session, to be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 am.

San Diego Pride has put together a list of the many opportunities it has available:

Applications are available for Victory Fund's summer 2012 internship

WASHINGTON -- The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund hopes to help develop the next generation of openly LGBT public leaders through its Victory Congressional Internship Program, which is currently accepting applications.

The summer program will provide participants with leadership training and the opportunity to intern with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.

The internship was launched last summer to provide young people with a chance to witness the impact LGBT members of Congress are making each day, while learning about the barriers they have overcome along the way.

Why ABC's new sitcom "Work It" hurts the transgender community

On January 3, ABC is set to premiere the new comedy Work It, a sitcom about two men who dress as women to secure employment. During a period in which the transgender community now routinely finds itself in the cultural crosshairs, the timing couldn’t be worse for a show based on the notion that men dressed as women is inherently funny. In fact, shows like this have the power to put the transgender community in an even more dangerous position.

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LGBT activist Peter Tatchell is a rebel with many causes

A “mini-fortress” is how the human rights activist Peter Tatchell describes his south London flat. Looking at the window bars, the steel-reinforced door and the sign warning of CCTV surveillance, it is hard to demur.

SUNDAY: Gay For Good seeks volunteers for native garden restoration project

SAN DIEGO -- Gay for Good San Diego (G4G) is looking for volunteers to participate in its next community service project to take place Sunday, Dec. 18, at 9 am.

Volunteers will work with the San Diego River Park Foundation to help them replant the Point Loma Native Plant Garden, which houses many rare and endangered native plants. The foundation says that some plants in the collection are unique to the region, and are not found naturally anywhere else in the world.

VIDEO: San Diegans to rally for release of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning

SAN DIEGO -- A rally will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 5 pm in support of the release of openly gay Bradley Manning, who was imprisoned on July 29, 2010, after being accused of releasing classified documents to WikiLeaks.

The documents consist of video of U.S. Apache helicopter crew in New Baghdad opening fire on innocent people, including two employees of Reuters and two children. It caused an international backlash against America’s foreign wars.

Federal agency to support Lambda Legal/CWLA guidelines for LGBTQ youth in foster care

NEW YORK -- To ensure that all children in foster care are provided safe treatment, Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) released "Recommended Practice Guidelines to Promote the Safety and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living with HIV in Child Welfare Settings."

The guide includes national practice guidelines for state and local child welfare agencies to ensure safe and proper care consistent with the best interests LGBTQ children in the child welfare system.

NCLR applauds California ruling recognizing same-sex parent of adopted children as a legal parent

SAN FRANCISCO — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds the California Court of Appeal decision confirming that when a same-sex couple raises a child together who was legally adopted by only one of the partners, both parents should be recognized under California law. NCLR submitted an amicus brief to the Court of Appeal in the case supporting recognition of both parents.