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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 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 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 Samesame.com

May 2, 2015

'If there is an infection, we should try and cure it, not stigmatize it.'

An Austrian magazine has used ink infused with the blood of three HIV+ people to print a special edition of their current issue.

Vangardist magazine, usually only available online, release their third print issue, called the Heroes-issue, next week.

A special edition of 3.000 copies have been printed with ink containing blood donated by three HIV positive men; a further 15.000 copies have been printed using normal ink.

April 23, 2015

Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and white evangelicals are the least supportive

Buddhists and Jews are two the major religious groups most supportive of gay marriage, according to a recent survey.

Some 84% of Buddhists and 77% of Jews support gay marriage, as well as 77% of the religiously unaffiliated and 75% of Americans who selected 'other religion' also support gay marriage.

The findings from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans.

April 15, 2015

Rounding out top five are Rachel Maddow, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Anderson Cooper

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has become increasingly vocal on LGBTI issues in the past year, tops this years' Annual Power 50 list unveiled Wednesday by Out Magazine.

The list ranks the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture and looks at how the on the list have power, how they wield it, and who it affects.

Cook, second last year, is the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500. He knocked Ellen DeGeneres down one space after the talk show host headed last year's list.

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.

April 7, 2015

Over 100 tech leaders have signed a joint statement demanding non-discriminations civil rights protections for LGBT people

More than 100 tech leaders in the US have signed a statement calling for nationwide LGBT non-discrimination protections, reports Human Rights Campaign

The statement, printed below, comes in response to the wave of ‘religious freedom’ laws being considered in several states, and the recent passing of such laws in Indiana and Arkansas.

April 1, 2015

Paul Cons made his name as brand manager of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda club, but is now the CEO of '21st century cake shop' Konditor & Cook. He talked to Gay Star Business about his journey and the brand’s growth

Recent news stories focusing on bakers refusing to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples – in the US and Ireland – obscure the fact that there are many, many businesses out there only too happy to serve gay customers.

April 1, 2015

Pussies galore!

A new lesbian dating app has released a new version, and it turns out to be just pictures of cats. 

For April Fools' Day HER joked they were rebranding as HER CAT, an app for lesbians and cats.

On the social and dating app, which you can download on the iPhone App store, every user's photo is of their cat.

For those who are without a whiskered friend, don't worry, as your photo will be replaced with someone else's cat (this is potentially false feline advertising, so just let them know.)

April 1, 2015

‘The notion that you can tell businesses that somehow they are free to discriminate is madness’

Earlier this week, tech figureheads Tim Cook (Apple) and Max Levchin (PayPal and Yelp) spoke out forcefully on their disapproval of Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

March 31, 2015

Max Levchin, a chairman of Yelp and Glow and director at Yahoo! has spoken out strongly against both Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law and proposed legislation in Arkansas

Max Levchin, the co-founder of PayPal, CEO of Affirm, chairman of Yelp and Glow, and director at Yahoo!, is the latest business leader to speak out against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

March 30, 2015

‘On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges … This is about how we treat each other as human beings.’

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has written an op-ed column for the Washington Post  explaining why he regards so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws, and their ability to allow businesses to discriminate, as dangerous.

Cook is speaking out just days after one such law was passed in Indiana.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

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

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 25, 2015

CEO's email to bar owner states 'Sadly, homosexuals are not part of our target audience'

A German drinks start-up is at the center of a shitstorm after refusing to sell their new lemonade to a gay bar because homosexuals are ‘not their target audience.’

TMW Kern GmbH, looking to advertise their new lemonade called Phantasia, initially sent an offer to Boots Westernbar, a gay bar in the south German town of Stuttgart.

Boots placed an order, but when the start-up found out that they would be delivering their drink to a gay bar they retracted the offer.

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 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 13, 2015

National AIDS Trust ‘deeply concerned’ by cuts
 

A 50% cut in a HIV prevention project funding could have grave consequences, the UK's National AIDS Trust (NAT) has warned today.

The funding for the programme HIV Prevention England (HPE) has been halved from £2.4 million ($3.5 million €3.4 million) to £1.2 million ($1.8 million €1.7 million),with a further £1.2 million allocated to a mixture of testing services and grants.

 

 

NAT CEO Deborah Gold said today (13 March): ‘We are deeply concerned about the level of upheaval to HIV prevention provision across the country.

March 2, 2015

The President and Founder of Witeck Communications reflects on a key moment in corporate America’s evolution regarding the public endorsement of LGBT issues

One evening in 1998, when the CEO of American Airlines telephoned, I could feel my temperature rising.

My anxiety didn’t stem from his title or the surprise nature of the call. Rather, it stemmed from an ongoing battle with conservative groups over the company’s right to serve LGBT customers.

But let me back up a few years.

In 1994, I began to consult closely with marketing colleagues at American Airlines to launch an innovative effort to help grow the company’s loyal and frequent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers.

March 2, 2015

Lord Browne of Madingley writes of his hopes and ambitions in teaming up The Glass Closet and Gay Star Business

Welcome to Gay Star Business and welcome to the new platform for glasscloset.org.

When I wrote The Glass Closet I hoped it would become more than a book. I expected it to become a movement to advocate and support LGBTI workplace equality around the globe.

February 26, 2015

Research found that LGBTI homeless youths are significantly more likely to experience sexual exploitation than their non-LGBTI peers

A groundbreaking new study has found that almost one quarter of homeless youths in the UK are LGBTI. 

The research, carried out by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), aimed to explore the experiences of homeless youths – aged 16-25 – who identify as LGBTI living in the UK. 

A survey, consisting of 36 questions, was distributed to 473 housing providers across England, Scotland and Wales.