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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.

April 10, 2013

Anderson Cooper ranked fifth in first year on list as openly gay man

Anderson Cooper was ranked fifth in OUT magazine's annual top 50 list of powerful gay men and lesbians - the first year he made the list as an openly gay man.

Cooper had made the list year after year - one year even appearing on the cover of the magazine with Jodie Foster - but it wasn't until last summer that Cooper he publicly acknowledged being gay.

Foster, despite her very public coming out speech at the Golden Globe Awards in January, did not make the top 50 list which was unveiled today.

February 28, 2013

US Justice Department to submit brief in Prop 8 case today

President Barack Obama will ask the US Supreme Court to allow gay marriages to resume in California in a brief to be filed by his Justice Department today - the filing deadline.

There had been mounting pressure on Obama to file a brief in the case which challenges the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, a referendum approved by voters in 2008 banning gay marriage.

In recent days, nearly 100 US corporations including Nike, Apple and Facebook have filed briefs as have a dozen US states and more than 100 political and social conservatives.

February 27, 2013

Several US companies, including Apple, Nike and Morgan Stanley, have said marriage equality bans are bad for business

Facebook, Apple, and other companies have announced they will be backing marriage equality fights in the US.

Several American companies have submitted briefs to the US Supreme Court, saying same-sex marriage bans are bad for business.

In a note on LGBTQ@Facebook, the company said: ‘This week, Facebook is proudly joining many other businesses in submitting briefs to the US Supreme Court supporting same-sex marriage.

January 24, 2013

Award-winning actor will produce 'inspiring and entertaining' show about genius children

The Big Bang Theory gay actor Jim Parsons is developing a new television series about child prodigies.

The 39-year-old known for playing geeky neuroscientist Sheldon Cooper in the US sitcom will executive produce the show.

Titled Prodigies, the series will profile exceptionally gifted young people based on a series of videos on YouTube channel THNKR, which has over 100,000 subscribers and 12 million views.

June 15, 2012

Users of Apple's new mobile operating system will be able to text pictures of unsmiling gay and lesbian couples

Apple has announced its new mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads will include gay and lesbian 'emojis'.

People will now be able to text icons of same-sex couples holding hands, reports The Register.

Other options include pictures of a boy and girl kissing, a straight family and a girl in a bridal dress.

Strangely, however, the new gay emojis are the only figures not smiling.

May 11, 2012

Sleek and simple to use, you’d better watch out if you have something other than a Mutewatch

Mutewatch doesn’t just look cool, it also works just like our favorite Apple products.

The Swedish watch been winning awards and celebrity endorsements – fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has bought three, priced at £199 ($320 €247) each.

Not only is it sleek, it’s simple to use too. Swipe your finger across the screen and the Mutewatch functions will appear, tap, pinch or flick your wrist in a 90 degree motion and the digital face become interactive.

April 26, 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Ellen DeGeneres, Peter Thiel, Ryan Murphy, and Rachel Maddow are top 5 - Anderson Cooper #6 unveiled its annual Power 50 list of LGBT individuals on Thursday (26 April) and placed Apple CEO Tom Cook at the very top of it.

Cook was followed on the list by talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Rounding out the top five are venture capitalist and hedge find manager Peter Thiel, Glee creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.