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May 27, 2015

Speaking at a Sydney festival, the entrepreneur and publisher warned that excessive health and safety regulations were harming the city’s party image and the country’s global reputation

The gay businessman behind revered design and travel magazines has blasted authorities in Australia for the harm that he believes they are doing to the country’s image abroad.

Tyler Brûlé made his name as the creator of Wallpaper magazine, which he launched in 1996. He subsequently sold the title to Time, Inc in 1997 for a reported £1million ($1.54million/€1.4million).

In 2007, he launched global affairs and lifestyle publication and website, Monocle.

May 27, 2015

India-based HR professionals labeled as ‘totally clueless’ and ‘insensitive’ to the situation faced by LGBT workers in the country

A new report from India has revealed that the vast majority of Indian businesses have yet to have embraced any form of LGBT diversity and inclusion practices.

Inclusion in India Inc. – Diversity, the core of our cultural fabric’ was produced by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in association with Biz Divas Foundation.

Biz Divas is an India-based organization that works specifically to promote female leadership in business and public life.

May 22, 2015

A report estimates that over $400million in ad revenue was placed with over a hundred LGBT media titles across the US in 2014

An annual report on advertising spending in the US LGBT press has concluded that ad revenue for 2014 increased by 6.4% - up from $381.4million (€340million) in 2013 to an all-time high of $405.7million (€363million) in 2014.

At the same time, ad spending with mainstream consumer publications has declined.

May 20, 2015

LGBT and working in the legal professions in the US? Details have been announced for this year’s Lavender Law conference, including networking events, workshops and a careers fair

The 2015 Lavender Law Conference and Careers Fair will take place in Chicago, Illinois, between 5-8 August 2015.

Lavender Law is organized by LGBT Bar, a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations.

May 19, 2015

A gay-run business that produces an innovative range of chutneys and pickles has recently won Ocado's prestigious ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’ award. Gay Star Business talks to Andre Dang, founder and CEO of Manfood

Thinking of launching your own business? The rise of Manfood’s provides a textbook example of how to go from zero to hero in two short years.

The brand is the brainchild of 40-year-old Andre Dang. Born to a Malaysian mother and Vietnamese father, British-born Dang studied horticulture at Reading University.

A placement with leading department store chain M&S – which brought him into contact with buyers and food students – convinced him that he actually wanted to work in the food sector.

May 18, 2015

Ice-cream brand Magnum premiered a new commercial at the Cannes Film Festival last week – and it includes a former contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race

Ice-cream brand Magnum, owned by Unilever, has made a promotional film featuring – according to their own marketing material – ‘drag queens’.

The film, entitled Be True to Your Pleasure, received its premiere at a party on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Against a slow and atmospheric cover version of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ by the band Mechanical Bride, four gender-bender performers are seen eating the brand’s ice creams and looking seductively at the camera.

May 15, 2015

Rankings were announced today for Hong Kong's first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index – with some employees highlighted for specific honors

Community Business, a not-for-profit organization focusing on diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, has today revealed the results of its inaugural Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index.

Earlier this year, companies were invited to make submissions for the Index, which follows the success of similar indexes in the US, UK and Australia.

However, compared with those countries, LGBT diversity and inclusion remains a more controversial subject in Hong Kong and wider Chinese society.

May 15, 2015

Australian LGBTI workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity has announced the winners of its annual business awards and many industry leading companies and institutions are among the winners

PwC has been named Australia’s 2015 Employer of the Year for LGBTI workers – becoming only the first company to win the award twice since the founding of workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity in 2012.

The Australian arm of the global professional services firm topped a list of 20 organizations which were honored today at a luncheon in Sydney organized by Australia’s only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.

May 14, 2015

'It's just happening now, and we still have to work out the details'

Someone is trying to make a quick buck off Bruce Jenner's transition by launching a TransJenner clothing line.

A Los Angeles man named Phillip Maltin has filed to trademark TransJenner for the range of 'adult novelty gag clothing items,' including socks, Athletic shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses and accessories.

May 14, 2015

If it is to be passed, HB 4105 has until midnight tonight to be discussed in the Texas House of Representatives – a deadline that has prompted businesses to step up and state their stance on the legislation

Following our story yesterday on how businesses were being urged by LGBT equality campaigners to speak out against anti-gay legislation being introduced in Texas, tech giant Dell has made a statement specifically opposing HIB 4105.

May 13, 2015

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

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When religious freedom bills were being discussed in Indiana and Arkansas earlier this year, voices from the business community were among the loudest in condemning the proposed legislation.

May 13, 2015

The resort is teaming up with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates for a day of thought leadership and guidance on diversity and inclusion

The world-famous Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is to host a one-day LGBT Equality Institute workshop. The initiative comes about in partnership with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

San Francisco-based Out & Equal describes itself as ‘the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.’

It offers a range of resources to help LGBT employees and runs events to held advance diversity and inclusion practices within the world of business.

May 12, 2015

MyGwork is open to professionals, students and companies looking to promote their diversity and inclusiveness

A new website is touting itself as ‘a LinkedIn for LGBT professionals’.

MyGWork was launched last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.

The Gauberts grew up in Montpellier in France, but relocated to London around four years ago to study for their Masters degrees; Adrien at Kings College and Pierre at London School of Economics (LSE).

May 11, 2015

In order to recruit top talent, members of the Hong Kong business community wants the High Court to overthrow a decision by the Government not to recognize same-sex partnerships

The High Court in Hong Kong has been asked to rule on a decision by the regional Director of Immigration not to recognize foreign, legally registered same-sex partnerships and marriages.

The decision is being challenged by a woman who entered into a civil partnership in the UK but who now resides with her partner in Hong Kong.

The hearing of the so-called ‘QT case’ is expected to take place in Hong Kong’s High Court on 14-15 May.

Hong Kong does not currently recognize same-sex partnerships – whether between citizens or those from abroad.

May 11, 2015

The hugely successful hookup app for gay men – which has 5million global users – is reportedly taking advice on finding a buyer

Grindr has declined to comment on rumors that it may be looking for a buyer.

According to Bloomberg, the hugely popular gay dating app has hired banking firm Raine Group LLC to provide it with advice on a possible sale.

Bloomberg said it had received its information from sources which wished to remain anonymous. The sources were unable to say what value might be placed on the company.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 8, 2015

The woman alleges that the bookstore discriminated against her when she told management that she wanted to transition

A transgender, former employee of Barnes and Noble has lodged a lawsuit against the company, alleging that she faced discriminatory treatment, before eventually being fired, after telling her bosses that she wished to undergone gender transition from male to female.

She has brought the action with the help of the Transgender Law Center, Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP and the Law Offices of G. Samuel Cleaver.

‘I loved my job at Barnes & Noble,’ said Victoria Ramirez in a statement.

May 7, 2015

EY hosted a webinar today that explored eight key ways to advance LGBT policies and strengthen global LGBT inclusion

Multinational professional services firm EY hosted a webinar this morning in which panelists discussed LGBT inclusion at work.

Part of the discussion included the crucial role that active and vocal allies can play in furthering LGBT inclusion at a global and local level.

Broadcast from a studio in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, the panel was chaired by Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of the Economist.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

May 6, 2015

Alan Joyce, the openly gay CEO of Qantas, was among those to speak out at a business conference about his company’s support for gay marriage

The openly gay CEO of Qantas – one of Australia’s best known companies – has again reiterated his organization’s stance in support of same-sex marriage.

Alan Joyce [pictured] was talking yesterday at a business leaders function in Sydney organized by the Australian Marriage Equality campaign, reports

May 6, 2015

Would you ever consider relocating to the Middle East for work purposes? And is the situation different for gay people who move there as opposed to nationals?

Countries in the Middle East are among the worst in the world when it comes to laws relating to LGBTI people.

If you’re gay, what might it be like to relocate to the region for work purposes?

The Middle East is a large and diverse area. While being gay can result in capital punishment and imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, the situation if very different in Israel, where same-sex sexual activity is legal and gay people go about their lives without too much fear of persecution.

May 5, 2015

The site, which allows people to find a room in the homes of LGBTI people around the world, has grown rapidly since its launch two years ago

A travel accommodation website that’s positioned itself as an LGBTI equivalent to airbnb has secured itself $2million in seed funding. was launched in 2013 after Frenchman Matthieu Jost and his boyfriend booked themselves a rented room in an apartment in Barcelona, only to find out that their hosts didn’t like the idea of two men sharing the same bed.

May 5, 2015

The submission survey for this year’s Workplace Pride Global Benchmark – which evaluates organization’s on their gay-friendly credentials – is now available to complete online

Workplace Pride, a non-profit LGBTI workplace advocacy group based in Amsterdam, has now opened up submissions for its 2015 Global Benchmark.

The organization was formed in 2012. Its broadest aim is to ensure that ‘lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) are fully visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society, leading the way for others.’

Its 43 members employ more than two million people worldwide.

May 1, 2015

The weekend wine festival returns to Northern California’s Sonoma Valley this summer

The organizers of Gay Wine Weekend 2015 have announced that this year’s event, due to take place 19-21 June in Northern California’s Sonoma Valley, will include an LGBTI Business Expo.

Gay Wine Weekend 2015 will offer world-class wine, awe-inspiring food, music, dancing and networking.

Events will include a welcome reception at host hotel, Macarthur Place Hotel and Spa, several dinners and winery visits, cookery demonstrations and poolside dance parties. A wine auction will raise money for Face2Face – a local HIV network.