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March 7, 2015

In all, 379 companies say marriage bans create logistical and economic problems

Some of the biggest media companies in the US on Friday urged the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay marriage when it considers cases from four states next month.

More than 300 companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Disney and Facebook signed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief which points out that marriage bans hurt businesses because they create many economic and logistical hurdles.

February 24, 2015

Users will also be able to choose from one of six different skin tones

Apple are launching a new range of emojis that will include racially diverse images and LGBTI families for the first time. 

The new emojis, part of the iPhone's iOS 8.3 update, appeared online yesterday (23 February) after Apple gave developers a taster of the forthcoming operating system ahead of its public release later in the year. 

The new update includes emojis with six different skin tones, as well as a selection of family-based emojis which include children posing with exclusively male or female parents. 

February 18, 2015

Former Alabama state rep has a record of fighting against LGBTI rights

Apple has fired an Alabama lobbyist with a record of fighting against LGBTI rights while a state representative.

Jay Love appeared on the Alabama Ethics Commission list of lobbyists for 2015 as a representative of Apple, whose openly gay CEO, Tim Cook, also hails from the yellowhammer state.

This prompted questions about how the seemingly contradictory relationship would work?

The answer is it doesn't.

Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet confirmed yesterday that Love had been fired.

February 18, 2015

Former Alabama state rep has a record of fighting against LGBTI rights

Apple has fired an Alabama lobbyist with a record of fighting against LGBTI rights while a state representative.

Jay Love appeared on the Alabama Ethics Commission list of lobbyists for 2015 as a representative of Apple, whose openly gay CEO, Tim Cook, also hails from the yellowhammer state.

This prompted questions about how the seemingly contradictory relationship would work?

The answer is it doesn't.

Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet confirmed yesterday that Love had been fired.

February 16, 2015

Apple CEO says the president's new cyber privacy rules could put gay people at risk

Tim Cook Friday (13 February) challenged US President Barack Obama on gay rights at a cyberprivacy summit at Stanford University.

Obama signed an executive order at the White House summit to encourage information sharing between the private sector and the government in order to prevent future cyber attacks like the Sony hacks.

However, the openly gay CEO of Apple challenged the president in an impassioned speech, in which he said privacy was often a matter of 'life and death' for LGBTI people.

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

December 5, 2014

Out CEO fully supports the measure to protect LGBTI workers

Apple CEO Tim Cook has lent his support and his name to an anti-gay workplace discrimination bill in his native Alabama.

Patricia Todd, the first gay lawmaker in the state, said he fully supported the legislation she plans to introduce.

Cook became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to come out as gay in an op-ed published by Bloomberg Businessweek in October.

November 28, 2014

Taiga Ishikawa could become the first out male lawmaker in the country

A LGBTI Tokyo assemblyman has announced that he will run for parliament in next month's elections.

If successful, Taiga Ishikawa, 40, will become the first gay male lawmaker in the conservative country.

'My goal is to promote diversity in the community,' he told the Wall Street Journal.

November 20, 2014

Facebook, Yelp, Apple and Xerox are among the top scorers

A record 366 US companies have received a perfect score for LGBTI workplace inclusion in the new Corporate Equality Index released yesterday (19 November).

Top scorers included newcomers Facebook and Yelp as well as stalwarts Apple and Xerox, who have been leaders in LGBTI equality in the workplace since Human Rights Campaign began the biannual survey in 2002.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently came out as gay, celebrated the company's 13th consecutive perfect score on Twitter:

November 11, 2014

He seems to be annoyed about the little things

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has called out a journalist for writing an article saying he appeared to be supporting Apple CEO Tim Cook who has just come out as gay.

The British singer, who because of being in the band is subject to rumors over his sexuality, responded to the article. He said: 'I am in fact straight.'

November 10, 2014

Statue was labled 'homosexual propaganda' after Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay

Elton John performed in St. Petersburg over the weekend and had a few things to say about the anti-propaganda laws that discriminate against LGBTI people in Russia.

John blasted the government for their recent removal of a statue of Apple founder Steve Jobs because his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay last month.

November 3, 2014

Nobody tell them about Alan Turing

A Russian memorial to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has been torn down as CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay.

The tribute, a giant six foot iPhone with a large screen and QR code showing moments from Jobs' life, was taken down by the company that funded its erection in 2013.

ZEFS claimed they needed to tear it down in order to abide by the law banning 'gay propaganda'.

The memorial was removed the day after Cook officially came out.

November 1, 2014

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper has had to apologize after publishing a scathing attack on Apple CEO Tim Cook for saying he’s proud to be gay

A Swiss daily newspaper has had to apologize after criticizing US Apple CEO Tim Cook for coming out as gay this week.

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung is a Swiss, German-language newspaper which is published in Zurich.

On Thursday 30 November the paper published an article entitled: ‘The coming out of Tim cook: missions, power and abuse.’

October 31, 2014

'I was always afraid of that reporter asking me the question outright - are you gay?'

Finance guru Suze Orman says she's happy to see Apple CEO Tim Cook come out on his own terms this week.

'Tim Cook's coming out publicly will be the door opener for a lot of other people that so want to come out but they're just afraid to do so,' Orman tells CNN.

October 30, 2014

Orange is definitely not the only fruit

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially come out as gay.

'I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,' he writes in a personal essay in Bloomberg Businessweek.

'I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.'

The head of Apple, who took over from Steve Jobs in 2011, has never denied being gay and to an extent it has been considered to be public knowledge

But until today, Cook has also never confirmed his sexuality.

October 30, 2014

Vitaly Milonov: 'What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there'

Tim Cook has received widespread support after coming out publicly but his action has at least one public official in Russia calling for the Apple CEO to be banned from his country.

'What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there,' Vitaly Milonov, a member of the St. Petersburg City Council told the FlashNord website.

Milonov added: 'Ban him for life.'

July 8, 2014

CEO Tim Cook is in the video showing Apple employees showing their Pride in San Francisco

Apple has become the latest company to flaunt their pro-gay views with a new video celebrating Pride.

It shows its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, at San Francisco Pride on 29 June.

The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade, from cities including Munich, Paris and Hong Kong.

‘We believe that inclusion inspires innovation,’ Apple said in a statement.

During the parade, Apple handed out free music gift cards and set up an LGBT station on iTunes Radio.

June 27, 2014

Simon Hobbs says after awkward silence: 'Oh dear, was that an error?'

Apple CEO Tim Cook was ranked second this year on Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

The year before, he was ranked first.

But because he has never publicly uttered the words 'I'm gay,' there was an awkward moment Friday (27 June) on CNBC's Squawk on the Street show during a discussion about the lack of openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

March 21, 2014

Gay Star News, Stonewall, G-A-Y and Ben & Jerry’s are teaming up for Britain’s biggest same-sex marriage party

Lovers and those looking for love can come celebrate at Britain’s biggest gay marriage party.

Taking place at Heaven nightclub in London on 28 March, the party will be one you won’t be able to forget as the first lesbian and couples become legally married in England and Wales.

Not only that, Ben & Jerry’s will be joining the celebrations where they will be showing off their new marriage equality ice cream, Apple-y Ever After.

December 15, 2013

In acceptance of award from Auburn University, Apple CEO Tim Cook connects his experiences growing up in the US South to today's struggle for LGBTI rights

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, repeated his call for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The out business leader made the comments in a speech in New York City this past week. His alma mater, Auburn University, gave him the International Quality of Life Award.

December 15, 2013

Amazon, The Home Depot and Sony on list of 26 brands which don’t make the mark for anti-gay consumers at Christmas

American Express, Adidas, Microsoft and Target have all been listed as too gay-friendly for Christmas by anti-gay Christians.

They have made a list, they’ve checked it twice, they’ve decided who is naughty and nice.

While some companies like Hallmark and Toys R Us still make it into the ‘faith-friendly’ category despite supporting LGBTI equality, others like Gap, Visa and Sears are deemed beyond the pale.

November 12, 2013

Student, 15, with two lesbian moms asks historically LGBTI friendly Apple to remove insulting definition of ‘gay’ from its dictionary

A 15-year-old student with two lesbian moms has asked Apple to stop describing ‘gay’ as ‘foolish, stupid’ is its dictionary.

Becca Gorman in Sudbury, on the outskirts of Boston, Massachusets, US, is sadly used to the insulting phrase ‘that’s so gay’. But she never expected a company like Apple to join in.

The Apple dictionary explains ‘gay’ can mean ‘homosexual’ or lighthearted or carefree.

But it adds a third ‘informal’ definition saying it means ‘foolish, stupid, or unimpressive’.

May 22, 2013

Annual forum will discuss innovation and how it can be achieved in a diverse environment

Google, Apple, Microsoft and many more worldwide companies are coming together to at a gay-friendly business forum.

Debating at an event organized by the pro-gay Radius business group, they multi-national businesses will work to build partnerships between LGBT people and the business world.