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April 23, 2015

Extends marital leave to gay employees

Gamania has become the first listed company in Taiwan to recognize same-sex marriage by extending marital leave to gay employees.

The computer game developer Wednesday (22 April) announced that the policy had taken effect on 1 April.

Gay employees can now apply for eight days of paid marital leave by presenting their wedding invitations, marriage certificate or other evidence.

April 23, 2015

The co-producers of the LGBTI-oriented business and marketing conference had the honor of ringing the closing bell at the New York-based stock exchange yesterday

The inaugural LGBT Week NYC – a week of business-related LGBT and marketing conferences – draws to a close tomorrow (24 Apr).

As well as hosting events at the New York City headquarters of Google and Microsoft, organizers were yesterday given the honor of ringing the closing bell at Nasdaq in Times Square.

April 22, 2015

The global banking group will support this year’s week-long festival and use the tie-up to promote its new Pingit payment app

The organizer's of Pride in London have confirmed that global banking group Barclays will again be the festival's headline sponsor for 2015.

This year’s festival will run from 21 to 28 June, with the headline parade taking place on Saturday 27 June. Last year’s event attracted around 30,000 for its parade, while organizers estimated that around 750,000 attended the overall festival.

Barclays has supported Pride in London since its inception two years ago, when the event was taken over by an entirely new organization and management team.

April 22, 2015

The New Zealand organization, which specializes in providing LGBTI diversity training for businesses, celebrated its one-year anniversary this week

Rainbow Tick, the Auckland-based organization that provides diversity training to private and public sector companies, celebrated its first anniversary this week with a party at the Sub Rosa café in the Auckland Viaduct on Monday night.

April 21, 2015

The furniture giant has been criticized by gay rights groups for supporting an evangelical, family-oriented illusion show starring a pastor who has been vocal in his condemnation of LGBT people

Following our news story on the weekend about IKEA Singapore promoting a family-oriented evangelistic magic show by an anti-gay pastor, the owners of the Singapore stores have issued a statement re-iterating their backing of the show.

IKEA Singapore is supporting and promoting the Vision magic show by Lawrence Khong.

April 21, 2015

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

April 20, 2015

The tech giant, which is currently expanding in Monroe, has spoken out against proposed legislation that would allow business to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings

IBM has become one of the first global companies to publicly speak out against a proposed religious freedom law being considered in Louisiana.

Last week, GSN reported on how Governor Booby Jindal was hopeful that legislation, HB 707, would be passed.

April 20, 2015

The Australian division of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has pulled together local experts to help boost its diversity work in the region

PwC Australia has announced a number of appointments to a new external advisory board that will be charged with moving the firm towards greater diversity and inclusion.

The professional services company is already regarded as something of a market leader in this field.

It scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index in 2015 and 2014, and also regularly features in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index in the UK.

April 17, 2015

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality

Stonewall’s 12th Workplace Conference took place in London today – and was the biggest in the event’s history.

Around 750 delegates turned up at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster – up from around 630 last year.

Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT advocacy group, carries out extensive work with businesses to ensure they are more diverse and inclusive with regard to LGBT staff and best practice policies.

April 16, 2015

At an event in Dublin’s Digital Exchange, Ireland’s Taoiseach joined 150 business leaders in calling for the public to vote in favor of same-sex marriage in the republic

Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, joined tech business leaders at a press conference in Dublin this morning to speak out in support of equal marriage.

Ireland will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage on 22 May.

Kenny has previously said that his government supports same-sex marriage, but this morning’s conference was designed to highlight the fact that the corporate world also believes it to be the right thing to do.

April 16, 2015

That’s one of the messages being promoted by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, who represent the likes of Social Driver – a business owned by husbands Thomas Sanchez and Anthony Shop

Ahead of an expected ruling in the new few weeks, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is one of many advocate groups lobbying the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

This week, NGLCC highlighted the fact that it represents many businesses that are owned by gay couples – individuals more directly affected by the discrepancy in marriage laws.

One such couple are Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez, who run the tech company, Social Driver.

April 15, 2015

Two TSA colleagues colluded on a scam that would allow one male worker to pat down the crotch area of men who he found attractive

Two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff – one male and one female – working at Denver International Airport have been fired for manipulating the screening process so that one – the man – could pat down specific male passengers.

CBS4 reports seeing law enforcement reports that indicated how the fired worked had explained the ruse to a new female colleague in 2014.

April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 14, 2015

Following the passing of its controversial religious freedom law, Indiana is spending $2million+ with a PR firm in an attempt to repair its image

The state of Indiana has hired a global PR firm to help repair its image after the passing of its controversial religious freedom bill.

The message of the campaign? Indiana is a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.

The PR firm tasked with promoting the message is Porter Novelli. It has been hired by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

April 13, 2015

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

April 13, 2015

World Bank is investigating one of its employees for an alleged leak of information. Fabrice Houdart, who was the president of the bank’s LGBT employee organization, denies any wrongdoing

A leading advocate for LGBTI global rights within the World Bank is under investigation for allegedly leaking documents.

But Fabrice Houdart denies wrongdoing and claims he is being targeted by his bosses because he criticised the organization’s president and his senior management team for awarding bonuses at a time of cut-backs in the bank.

Houdart has hired lawyers who specialise in working with whistle-blowers to represent him but currently remains employed and working at the bank.

April 10, 2015

Find out what it takes to be shortlisted for an Asia LGBT Milestone Award

Business is at the heart of securing positive change for LGBTI people in Asia.

They sponsor pride parades and festivals, try to support their gay and trans staff, and even change hearts and minds.

Here are the 11 organizations shortlisted for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

100 judges are now choosing the final winners who will be announced at a ceremony in Bangkok on 14 April with tickets available here.

April 10, 2015

The company, which is the third biggest health insurer in the US, is encouraging the LGBT community to ‘Be Proud. Be Well’

Health insurer Aetna has launched a concerted campaign to target the LGBT community, reports AP.

The United State’s third biggest health insurance company has launched a dedicated website and is utilizing mobile apps and print ads to target the country's estimated 9million-strong LGBT population.

The campaign’s tagline is ‘Be Strong. Be Well.’

April 10, 2015

We all carry a level of unconscious bias and assumptions about others. This can impact on business performance – particularly so when recruiting, hiring and promoting staff. But what's the best way to address it?

Unconsciously, people tend to like people who look like them, think like them and share similar backgrounds.

Everyone likes to think he or she is open-minded and objective, but research has shown that the beliefs and values gained from family, culture and a lifetime of experiences heavily influence how we view and evaluate both others and ourselves.

April 10, 2015

New professional network will help industry improve the experience of gay and trans holidaymakers

Britain’s first network for LGBTI travel professionals has launched – promising to improve all our holidays.

The group has already scheduled its first industry summit on 13 July offering ‘insight, information and discussion about the growing LGBT market and how your business can tap into this lucrative sector’.

Called TTG LGBT, it is named after Travel Trade Gazette, the industry magazine that has founded it.

April 9, 2015

Are you wanting to start an LGBTI network group at work but are unsure how to start? Read some advice from people involved with such groups

Convinced of the business case for embracing diversity and inclusion practices, it’s now common for global corporations to have LGBT networks or employee resource groups.

However, for those working in medium to large-sized organizations, such groups remain rarer.

Are you thinking of starting a group? Here are some of the things that you might want to bear in mind:

Think about the reasons an LGBT group could benefit your company

April 9, 2015

An Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination will affect all those working for federal contractors and subcontractors

President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination has now come into effect.

The US President signed the bill last July and it came into effect yesterday (8 April).

It is now forbidden for federal contractors and subcontractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual discrimination or gender identity.

April 8, 2015

A long-running TV commercial has prompted complaints after a recent airing in Australia: some viewers felt it could turn people gay, while others felt that it was mocking man-on-man affection

Viewers in other parts of the world, including the UK, will no doubt be familiar with a Maltesers advert in which two sleeping men cuddle up with one another.

The advert, which has been airing since 2007, shows two men asleep on a sofa.

Two female friends – presumably their girlfriends – are eating Maltesers and watching TV. Mischievously, the women position the men so that they are snuggled up against one another, and one of the men subsequently kisses the other man while they sleep.

April 8, 2015

Diverse teams mean more ideas, more innovation, and better problem-solving, says Michael Sinkinson, Assistant Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Recruiters on campus these days are big on diversity, and with good reason – diversity is simply good for business.

Top firms have discovered that creating a workplace that welcomes all is a winning formula: diverse teams mean more ideas, more innovation, and better problem-solving.

In today’s economy, it is ideas that propel a company ahead of its competitors, and no one type of person has a monopoly over great ideas.