LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Chief of Staff

January 23, 2015

Cory Jobe is the (handsome) new face of tourism in the Midwestern state

The state of Illinois has a new director of tourism – the openly gay Springfield city council member Cory Jobe.

Jobe was formally the Deputy Chief of Staff for the state under both the late Judy Baar Topinka and Leslie Munger.

Jobe will juggle his commitments until May 31 before commencing his new job full-time in June, Governor Bruce Rauner announced earlier this week.

The 41-year-old politician was previously elected Ward 6 alderman in April 2011, with 95% of the total votes cast.

January 8, 2014

State will not recognize marriages performed before Supreme Court ordered halt to ceremonies

Same-sex couples who got married in Utah in recent weeks have had their marital status placed 'on hold' by Governor Gary Herbert.

Herbert's office today sent a memo to state agencies stating that the more than 900 marriages performed after a federal judge declared Utah's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional are not to be recognized as the state appeals the ruling.

July 12, 2013

GSN reports for duty at the UK’s Ministry of Defence and admires the leadership being shown on workplace diversity

It was a Friday afternoon in London. A proper summer’s day when it’s warm and sunny, with blue sky and everything.

London looks kind of spectacular in the summer – I walked through Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall, taking photos like a tourist, overwhelmed by the imposing buildings and monuments that line the streets in this part of the city.

The main headquarters of the UK’s Ministry of Defence is in Horse Guards Avenue. It’s an impressive building with predictably tight security.

March 6, 2013

Mike Bonin to replace old boss Bill Rosendahl who was first gay councilman in city history

Openly gay candidate Mike Bonin was elected to the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday (5 March).

He replaces his boss, Bill Rosendahl, who was the first openly gay council member in the city's history. Rosendahl is retiring after two terms and had endorsed his longtime chief of staff Bonin.

On his campaign website today, Bonin described himself as 'grateful, relieved and thrilled.'

January 31, 2013

Massachusetts governor does not appoint former congressman to John Kerry's vacated seat

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man in history to serve in the US Congress, will not be returning to Washington DC as a senator.

Frank had hoped to be appointed, on an interim basis, to the seat vacated this week by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. But the state's governor, Deval Patric, instead appointed his former chief of staff William 'Mo' Cowan.

October 9, 2012

Bill Rosendahl has endorsed hias chief of staff, also gay, to succeed him

Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay man ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, told his constituents on Tuesday (9 October) that he would not be seeking reelection so he can focus on his battle with cancer.

Rosendahl, 67, has been representing the city's 11th district for seven years and had initially vowed to run for the third term this year.

But now Rosendahl has decided to hand the baton to his longtime chief of staff Mike Bonin, who is also gay.

October 1, 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wed two gay couples in his office while California governor but denies he supports same-sex marriage

Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger has revealed he married two gay couples while he was governor of California.

The Terminator star told CBS News last night (30 September) that he married his former chief of staff Susan Kennedy, who he once dubbed a 'cigar smoking lesbian'.

'I performed the wedding in the office,' the Austrian hard-man revealed to interviewer Lesley Stahl after she asked whether he went to Kennedy's wedding.

'I married her in the office, in the governor's office.'

May 3, 2012

Leading advocate accused of marrying for political reasons ahead of senate inquiry into gay marriage.

A leading Australian marriage equality advocate has been defended from a Christian lobby attack suggesting that his impending same-sex marriage is politically motivated.

Aspersions were cast on national convener of Australian marriage equality Alex Greenwich’s reasons for marrying his partner in Argentina.

April 10, 2012

Activists slam media for identifying 18 men arrested in LA restroom

Activists in Los Angeles say the naming and shaming of 18 men arrested in an undercover gay sex sting could 'destroy lives'.

The LA Gay and Lesbian Center has slammed newspapers and TV channels, including the Daily Breeze and CBS2, for publishing the names, mugshots and birthdates of suspects arrested in a Manhatten Beach public restroom last week.

Leaders of the center say the coverage of the story could lead to public humiliation and claim one of the men attempted suicide as a result.