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Gay Man Attacked with Glass Bottle in Oslo After Being Asked if He is Gay

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Keith Brooks-Bekkestrom was attacked in a park in Oslo, Norway by two men who approached him on a bench and asked if he was gay. Brooks-Bekkestrom sais he was confused about why they asked him but replied 'yes' when they did.

CutThe two men then proceeded to attack him and when he fought back to defend himself a third man approached and struck him in the head with a bottle. Another man who was in the park with his family came to help and the attackers fled, according to media reports.

The man helped Brooks-Bekkestrom wash his wounds in a fountain and call police.

Said Brooks-Bekkestrom to Norwegian media: "They had to sew a deep wound, so I have a pain in my head. They had to sew over my eye, and I have a wound on his arm. I do not feel safe here anymore, it will take some time."

Wrote Brooks-Bekkestrom yesterday on Facebook: "I'm very happy to report that today's hearing at the Oslo Courthouse went incredibly smoothly. The three men who attacked me were not present in the courtroom. I was required to describe the incident to a prosecutor, defense lawyers and judges, with help of an interpreter. We will see how the case continues, but I have to show my deep appreciation to Alexander Aronsen,Martin Phillip Fjellanger, Sebastian Forbes, and the American embassy representative (c/o Ashley Rainey Donahey) who were with me the entire hearing, along with Eirik Willyson, who came as well. And of course, all of you in spirit. It meant a great deal to me that you were there, and that I was not alone."

Brooks-Bekkestrom also wrote a note to Towleroad: "A lot of people have perceptions about Norway and Scandinavia being safe for LGBT people, but this illustrates that homophobia exists everywhere and that there is still much work to be done around the world."


Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands Redirect Aid Away from Ugandan Government Over Anti-Gay Law

Three countries have made moves restricting AID to Uganda after President Museveni's signing of the anti-gay bill, Al Jazeera reports:

Cnn_museveniThe Netherlands froze a $9.6m subsidy to Uganda's legal system, arguing that "if the judiciary is to enforce such laws, we do not wish to assist that process". Denmark and Norway said they would redirect around $8.5m each in government aid towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organisations.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the U.S. is "beginning an internal review of our relationship" in a statement released yesterday. The British Foreign Secretary has denounced the bill and said it would "continue to press the Government of Uganda to defend human rights for all."


Sport is For Everyone, No Matter What Team You Play For: VIDEO

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XXL, a Norwegian sports and outdoor clothing retailer across Scandinavia, created an ad to coincide with the Sochi Games that sends a message in support of the LGBT community: sport is for everyone, no matter what team you play for.

Many athletes take part in the commerical, including former world champion footballer Anders Solum, alpine skier Edward Beach, and frisbee player Sune Wentzel. The music was written by Tommy Tysper, a Swedisn songwriter and producer now based in L.A.

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Death-Defying Backwards Bicycle Ride of the Day: VIDEO

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Eskil Ronningsbakken decided to ride his bike backwards down a slick hairpin mountain road in Trollstigen, Norway. Because forward is not challenging enough.

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Norwegian Coast Guard Officers Show Off Their Bods and Boat: VIDEO

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Writes Jon Lind Omstad on YouTube:

"Once upon a time, on a vessel far far north, there were four brave souls who decided to make a short film about the daily events of their service in the Royal Norwegian Coast Guard. Viewer discretion is advised."

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Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg Shows His Pride

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Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has his Pride on full display on Facebook: "Because everybody should be able to mary the one they love."

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