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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.

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

Out.com 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.