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March 30, 2015

With campaigners emphasizing that big business is opposed to the legislation, pressure continues to be applied to Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the state’s ‘religious freedom’ bill

The Human Rights Campaign has published adverts warning that Arkansas could seen be ‘closed for business – due to discrimination.’

The LGBT advocacy group hopes that by emphasizing the economic consequences of the state adopting a new ‘religious freedom’ law, it can persuade Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, to think twice before signing the bill into law.

March 27, 2015

In the same week that financial analysts predicted Apple may be valued at $1trillion before the end of the year, the company’s openly-gay CEO has said that he wants his personal wealth to be put to charitable use

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told Fortune magazine that he intends to give away his personal fortune to charity.

Reuters reports the 54-year-old as saying that, besides paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s education, his estimated $785 million fortune would go to charitable causes.

‘You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,’ said Cook.

March 27, 2015

Clifford Chance says that allowing those who don’t define themselves as male or female need their human rights to be protected

International law firm Clifford Chance has submitted a report to the UK’s HM Passport Office questioning the Government’s decision not to allow passports that do not specify the gender of the holder ('X' passports).

The report has been submitted on behalf of the Non-Gendered campaign launched by Christie Elan-Cane. The campaign seeks legal recognition for individuals who do not identify as either male or female.

March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 26, 2015

At a panel conference at this week’s Advertising Week Europe event in London, the tech giant’s UK CMO, Philippa Snare, wondered why some companies speak out on certain causes

Microsoft’s UK Chief Marketing Officer, Philippa Snare, has questioned the ice-cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, for marketing itself as a supporter of gay marriage – despite the fact that Microsoft has itself featured a same-sex wedding in one of its marketing campaigns.

March 25, 2015

Former Trade Minister Lord Davies reveals that almost one in four UK board members are now female – but challenges remain to boost that number further

The number of female board members in FTSE 100 companies has nearly doubled since 2011 – rising from 12.5% then to 23.5% in early 2015.

The statistics were announced today by former Trade Minister, Mervyn Davies, Lord Davies of Abersoch.

Following the formation of the UK’s coalition government in 2010, a target was set by then Minister, Lord Davies, following a request from Business Secretary, Vince Cable.

March 25, 2015

The event will take place as part of the Asia LGBT Milestone Awards and will feature speakers from BP and IBM – as well as a former Chinese policeman, Geng Le, who has created a multi-million dollar gay dating app empire

The Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMA Awards 2015) will return for its second annual outing in mid-April.

Organizers have today announced that the event will include an international business forum to discuss issues around social diversity and inclusion concerning LGBTI minorities.

The headline topic for discussion will be: What you can do – today’s key challenges to achieving greater diversity in the workplace.

March 24, 2015

Does it matter if people still think of certain jobs as ‘gay’? And do the people in those professions mind?

If you met a man and he told you that he was an air steward, would you wonder if he was gay?

Nowadays, most people appreciate that gay people are found in every walk of life and in every place of work.

In fact, in Pride festivals around the world, people sometimes make a point of marching in their work outfit to drive the point home. Certainly, in the UK, the sight of LGBT police, army and navy is not uncommon at the bigger Pride parades.

March 24, 2015

The association for legal professionals will be throwing an afternoon of celebrating and networking at the W hotel in Los Angeles

Work in the law? Will you be in or around California this weekend? If so, The LGBT Bar – the US-based professional networking and advocacy group – are hosting a poolside event in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon (29 March).

Legalitea is described as ‘An LGBT Bar V.I.P experience’, bringing together top attorneys, firms, corporations and law students. It will take place at the W Los Angeles between 1 and 4pm.

March 23, 2015

The online travel firm offered Twitter users the chance to win a ‘romantic getaway’ to Great Britain and illustrated their tweet with an interracial gay couple

Online travel booking company Expedia has prompted a storm of reaction on Twitter with a competition to win a trip to the United Kingdom.

The reason? The tweet advertising the compeition – ‘Win a romantic getaway to Great Britain’ – featured a photo of a gay male couple.

The tweet was posted last Thursday, since which time it has received hundreds of comments, with some Twitter users outraged by the imagery and others praising the company for its choice of models.

March 23, 2015

The Denver employee, with the backing of his pastor, has written a blistering open letter blasting the company for supporting an LGBT History Month initiative

An employee at Home Depot’s North Lakewood store in Denver was so disgusted and angered by a notice on a staff noticeboard advertising an LGBT History Month in June that he has written an open letter to his employer challenging it on its stance towards diversity and inclusion.

In the letter, Timothy Noffsinger says that LGBT people ‘practice and promote’ sexual behaviors that are ‘morally evil and self-destructive sexual deviations.’

March 20, 2015

Two Republican lawmakers have argued that it is vital to protect ‘corporate conscience’ – and this includes allowing business owners to act according to how their faith dictates

A pair of Republican lawmakers in the US have compared a decision by restaurant chain Chipotle not to serve pork to the choice taken by some business owners with strong religious beliefs to refuse service to certain sections of society.

The argument has been put forward by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and in an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

March 19, 2015

As anti-gay legislation allowing businesses to discriminate edges closer to becoming law in the state, an Indianapolis man says he is ‘very surprised’ by an explosion of interest he has had in his ‘Open for Service’ sticker campaign

The US is currently seeing a wave of anti-LGBT bills being introduced by lawmakers.

Many of these bills are concerned with ensuring that business owners with strong religious beliefs are legally permitted to refuse service to LGBT customers.

Although it is those companies that have refused to provides services for same-sex marriages that have been making headlines, businesses that are happy to support all sections of the community are now making themselves heard.

March 19, 2015

The 20 were all included in this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

The UK’s LGBT advocacy group, Stonewall, has celebrated what it regards to be the 20 most inclusive law firms for LGB staff in 2015

The list follows the publication in January of Stonewall's annual Workplace Equality Index, which ranks organizations by their gay-friendly credentials in terms of diversity and inclusion polices and practice and the measures they may have taken to promote LGBT awareness.

March 18, 2015

The Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Equality is Out Business’ program was launched in the state this week

Following its arrival earlier this month in Nebraska and Arkansas, the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) ‘Equality is Our Business’ program was launched in Alabama this week.

Within the US, Alabama has a comparatively poor record in relation to LGBT rights.

It does not have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, does not allow same-sex couples to adopt, and has no specific hate crime laws relating to gay or transgender people.

March 18, 2015

The tech giants will host forums for LGBT entrepreneurs and the tourism and hospitality industry as part of the inaugural LGBT Week NYC

Details are being finalized for the first LGBT Week – a new series of conferences, symposia, workshops and events aimed at the LGBT business community and those looking to explore the LGBT market.

LGBT Week NYC will take place from 20-24 April 2015, and will be followed by future conferences in Orlando (4 June) and Seattle (18 September).

The NYC event builds upon the success of the annual LGBT Marketing Week – which will be incorporated into this new event – and will look specifically at business, marketing and technology.

March 18, 2015

Aimed at ‘the complete lesbian community’, women’s app Dattch has rebranded itself Her – and secured funding from the founders of Bebo and Reddit

The women’s dating app Dattch, launched by London entrepreneur Robyn Exton, has announced that it has rebranded itself under a new name, Her, and secured $1million in seed funding.

It’s believed that the branding change came about after both users and potential investors expressed confusion over the meaning of the previous name.

Exton, who formerly worked for a brand strategy agency in London, taught herself coding in her spare time before launching Dattch in September 2013.

March 17, 2015

The briefing, which took place yesterday in Washington, heard arguments both for and against the introduction of federal legislation to protect LGBT workers

Yesterday, in a historic move, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held its first briefing on the discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in the workplace.

The USCCR is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issues federal civil rights enforcement reports.

The meeting took place in Washington DC, and subjects discussed included general workplace issues faced by LGBT people, specific transgender issues and religious exemption bills.

March 16, 2015

Gay Star Business talks to Samuel Rensing, an MBA student at London Business School and a co-leader of the institute’s Out in Business club

The London Business School (LBS) is widely acclaimed as one of the top educational institutions in the world. Earlier this month, for the second year in a row, it ranked in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s World Rankings 2015.

The School has around 800 students enrolled in its acclaimed MBA program, with a further 400 students in various Masters programs.

March 16, 2015

Sander van’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive Products Operating Group at Accenture, offers advice for anyone starting in a new job

LinkedIn Influencer, Sander van’t Noordende, published this post originally on LinkedIn.

March 13, 2015

British campaigning group Stonewall has turned its attention towards improving attitudes within the construction industry

Following the success of its ‘rainbow laces’ campaign to raise awareness of homophobic attitudes in football, UK LGBT advocacy group Stonewall has widened the campaign to target the property and construction industry.

March 13, 2015

If a business wants to discriminate against LGBT people then it must advertise the fact in advance, says a Democratic member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives

An attempt to pass a law in Oklahoma that would allow businesses to refuse certain services to LGBT people has stalled, and it could be partly due to an amendment introduced by an opponent to the bill.

Earlier this year, Republican state Rep. Chuck Strohm introduced his ‘Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act’ (HB1371).

If passed, this would allow businesses to deny services to customers if they felt that such services were ‘against the person’s religious beliefs’.

March 12, 2015

The bill prohibits employment and accommodation discrimination against LGBT people, but gives religious organizations exemptions. It also allows people to express religious beliefs at work without facing the risk of being fired

A bill in Utah that bans employment and housing discrimination against LGBTI people, while at the same time allowing exemption to religious organizations, has been passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

The legislation, SB296, was introduced by lawmakers last week.

March 12, 2015

At Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, the openly gay CEO of Apple responded to comments that there should be more people of color in top management positions

A day after launching the Apple Watch, Tim Cook took to the stage again on Tuesday at the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino, California.

One of the guests as the event was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke about the lack of color diversity in the upper echelons of the company.

‘We urge you to put more people of color in top management ... and look like America,’ he said.

Jackson has praised Apple for attempting to tackle a lack of diversity in the tech industries, but indicated that more needs to be done.