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April 15, 2014

Michael Sam, Rachel Maddow and Andy Cohen also in the top 10

Boosted by her triumph hosting the Academy Awards last month, Ellen DeGeneres has landed atop Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks of the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

DeDeneres, who finished second on the list last year, moved up a spot based in the Oscars which were the highest rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade and resulted in the temporary crashing of Twitter due to the host's all-star selfie.

April 11, 2014

LGBTI diversity and inclusion is behind race and gender in workplaces, but is making strong progress says Barclaycard CEO

The CEO of Barclaycard says not just hiring people who are like you is vital to the future of a business.

She shared the advice with more than 600 delegates at the 2014 Workplace Conference of leading British gay campaign organization Stonewall today.

In her speech Val Soranno Keating reflected comments she had made to Gay Star News in an exclusive interview published earlier this year.

April 6, 2014

'This is just the most open and blatant example of the new fascism...'

US Republican Newt Gingrich puts the problems of Mozilla's former CEO at the feet of 'new fascism.'

The GOP 2012 Republican primary challenger was a guest on the ABC News show This Week With George Stephanopoulos.

There was a segment on Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who stepped down after the revelation he made a $1,000 donation supporting the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008.

April 5, 2014

Bill Maher discussed the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich during on online segment of his HBO talk show Real Time, saying ‘I think there is a gay mafia. I think if you cross them, you do get whacked’

Bill Maher, host of US talk show Real Time, suggested a ‘gay mafia’ was responsible for Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s resignation on Thursday (3 April).

The subject was discussed during an online segment of the show, featuring Forbes journalist Carrie Sheffield and former Republican Tom Davis.

Eich’s resignation came after he was found to have donated $1,000 (€725) to California’s Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, which aimed to ban equal marriage in the state.

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

April 3, 2014

Co-founder could not overcome controversy over his donation to  Prop 8 anti-gay marriage referendum

After less than two weeks on the job, Brendon Eich has resigned as CEO of Mozilla Corp.

His undoing was a $1,000 donation supporting the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, an anti-gay marriage referendum that was successfully overturned last year.

News of the donation emerged last week and the backlash continued to gain momentum with company employees using Twitter to call for his ouster and the dating site OK Cupid temporarily blocking the site.

April 1, 2014

Online dating website OkCupid has weighed in on Mozilla’s controversial new CEO Brendan Eich – urging its users to switch browsers over his past anti-LGBTI rights activism

Online dating website OkCupid has urged its users not to use Mozilla’s Firefox browser over the company’s appointment of a new CEO that donated to keep California’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

Mozilla appointed JavaScript creator Brendan Eich to be its new CEO on 24 March, raising the eyebrows of many LGBTI employees of the company as he had donated a thousand dollars to the campaign that put same-sex marriage on the ballot paper in California – resulting in the state ceasing to marry same-sex couples from November of 2008 until June of 2013.

March 30, 2014

Mozilla employees posts united and nearly simultaneous messages on Twitter calling on newly named CEO Brendan Eich to 'step down'

Shortly after Brendan Eich was named the new CEO of Mozilla Corporation last week, it was revealed he had donated US$1000 to support California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in 2008. The proposition passed the same year and was only struck down in 2013.

Multiple employees at Mozilla have openly called for Eich’s resignation over his anti-gay marriage stance, posting similar messages on Twitter.

March 25, 2014

Back in 2008, Brendan Eich donated $1000 to support California's anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8

Some internet users are boycotting Firefox after the company promoted a man who has donated to anti-gay causes to CEO.

Brendan Eich, formerly Mozilla’s chief technology officer and known as the 'father of Javascript', was announced as the man taking over the job yesterday (25 March).

Very soon after the announcement, it was revealed he had donated $1000 (€725) to support California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in 2008.

March 17, 2014

' ... You learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it'

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy now wishes he hadn't dragged his fast food restaurant chain into the debate over gay marriage even though he remains opposed to it.

'Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make,' Cathy says in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

March 11, 2014

Virgin founder and fourth richest man in the UK Richard Branson has written about why LGBTI acceptance is good for business and his fears that Russia’s treatment of gay people will harm its economy

Virgin founder Richard Branson has written about why acceptance of LGBTI people is good for business in a column for Entrepreneur.com.

The 11 March column was written in a response to a question from a reader asking, ‘How do you merge the cultural diversity of individuals into a profitable brand?’

Branson replied that having people from a diverse range of backgrounds was important in any business’ success.

February 26, 2014

New survey finds at least a third of US adults 18-34 left religion over 'negative teachings and treatments' towards the LGBTI community

A staggering number of young people have left their religion over the negative treatment of gays, a new survey has found.

While it is widely recognized younger people are more likely to be atheist than their elders, this is one of the first surveys to ask why Americans under 34 are less religious.

Released today by the Public Religion Research, it found nearly one third of millenials left the faith as they grew up because of ‘negative teachings’ or ‘negative treatment’ related to gays and lesbians.

February 25, 2014

California School Success and Opportunity Act allows trans teens access to facilities of their choice and opportunity to play on sports teams

A group trying to repeal a new California law that seeks to protect and provide equal opportunity to transgender students has officially failed to qualify their referendum for the ballot.

California’s Secretary of State reported Monday that the repeal effort - led by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group - did not have the 504,760 valid signatures that were needed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

February 19, 2014

We meet two of the UK’s most senior ‘straight allies’ in business and learn what motivates them about LGBTI issues

How does a business leader go from ‘I’ve got lots of gay friends’ to being a champion of LGBTI equality?

‘Straight allies’ is a new buzzword in top companies and we spoke to two women who are every bit as passionate about this issue as gay activists themselves.

They have been key to making Barclays one of the most LGBTI-friendly firms in the world and instrumental to groundbreaking gay inclusion in a TV commercial.

January 19, 2014

Five of the biggest names in advocacy have come to the Gay Star Beach Party to discuss the ethics of LGBTI travel

Globally renowned LGBTI leaders have spoken out on Nigeria, travel and the problem of boycotting homophobic countries today (19 January).

Attended by an intelligent, opinionated audience, the debate was held at the LGBTI Travel Show in London organized by Gay Star News.

The panelists were:

January 16, 2014

Founder of the Virgin Group, comprising 400 companies including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Media and Virgin Trains, said he will be meeting with government leaders to 'encourage compassion'

Virgin CEO and British billionaire Richard Branson will be working with Nigerian government leaders on gay rights.

The bill, signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, makes it illegal to be gay.

The founder of the Virgin group was responding to backlash after he said he would not do business in Uganda due to their ‘dreadful’ anti-gay laws.

But now Nigeria has introduced the most draconian new anti-gay legislation in the world in recent memory, Virgin has yet to pull out there.

January 13, 2014

The lesbian twins from Canada and hip-hop’s Australian darling have been announced as the headline acts for one of the biggest lesbian festivals in the world: Dinah Shore Weekend

Lesbians of the world rejoice: Iggy Azalia and Tegan and Sara are set to dominate at Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs.

23-year-old Iggy Azalia has set the music charts on fire with her sharp tongue and smooth curves, earning her quick hip-hop cred in a male-dominated music genre.

Openly lesbian indie-rock duo Tegan and Sara are identical twins from Canada, who both play guitar and keyboards and write their own music.

January 11, 2014

The two men arrested have been in a relationship for over 10 years, the mother of one of the men told a local newspaper

In what’s a rare case in a country which has a reputation for a low crime rate, the police have arrested two Singaporean men, believed to be responsible for kidnapping a 79-year-old woman for a ransom of S$20 million.

Heng Cheng Boon, a 50-year-old credit card salesman, and 41-year-old odd-job worker Lee Sze Yong were arrested and charged on Friday for allegedly kidnapping Ng Lye Poh on Wednesday, according to local media reports.

December 24, 2013

Out of all the anti-gay politicians, priests, professors and preachers we encountered this year, which was the biggest bigot of 2013?

American author Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: 'The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.'

For as much progress countries and communities are making with regards to marriage equality, homophobic bullying and transgender discrimination, the fight is far from over.

With the rapid-fire speed of social media, it seems someone, somewhere, is always making harmful comments to and about the LGBTI community.

December 23, 2013

The founder of the Virgin Group, comprising 400 companies including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Media and Virgin Trains, tweeted: 'I wouldn’t do business in Uganda due to their dreadful anti-gay laws. Urge others to follow suit'

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin group, refuses to do business in Uganda over the African country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The bill, which passed Parliament last week, makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

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.

November 19, 2013

The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has given anti-gay Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy its Community Empowerment award at its Equal Opportunity Day dinner and gala

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has been the unlikely recipient of an equality award after he was honored by the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at the group’s annual gala and dinner celebrating Equal Opportunity Day.

Cathy was given the group’s Community Empowerment Award on Saturday for his charitable works around inner city issues and disadvantaged youth but his getting the award considering his history of opposition to the rights of LGBTI people – particularly around same-sex marriage - raised many eyebrows.

November 11, 2013

Plan to include housing complex for seniors and homeless youth

The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center is embarking on an ambitious $25 million fundraising plan to pay for a major expansion to be completed in 4-5 years.

CEO Lorri L. Jean announced on Saturday at The Center's annual gala that on 25 October she had signed an agreement with the state of California to purchase property that will be transformed into ‘an LGBT campus the likes of which have never been seen before.’

November 4, 2013

Tim Cook has urged the US Senate to back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, saying allowing LGBT people to be who they are at work is good for business

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has urged the US Senate to stop discrimination against LGBTI employees.

Writing an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, the highest paid CEO in the world has said allowing people to be free to be who they are is simply good for business.

He challenged the House of Representatives to bring the Employment Non-discrimination Act to the floor for a vote.