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March 2, 2015

The latest LGBTI business news, interviews and analysis from a global team of reporters and expert analysts

Gay Star News has today launched a new Business Section, to complement its existing, extensive coverage of the LGBTI world.

The website, which scored its best ever monthly traffic at the beginning of 2015 with over 5 million unique visitors in the month of January, has teamed up with The Glass Closet to produce the section; helmed by Gay Star News’ new Business Editor, David Hudson.

February 27, 2015

The book that convincingly and forcefully explains why coming out is good for business

Today gay men and women in the Western world enjoy greater acceptance and more legal protection than ever before. Yet an alarming number of businessmen and women choose to remain closeted at work.

In the critically-acclaimed book, The Glass Closet, John Browne argues that whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, it’s better for you, your business and the economy when you bring your authentic self to work.

February 23, 2015

The Glass Closet – the book and website launched by Lord Browne of Madingley – has teamed up with Gay Star News to launch a new online resource on the world of business, workplace best practice and careers

Gay Star News is excited to announce that it will be uniting with The Glass Closet to produce a new, online LGBTI business section – to be launched next Monday (2 March).

The launch of the section is the latest development in the evolution of Gay Star News, which is now one of the top five LGBTI news websites in the world. In January it recorded its best ever month of traffic, with over 5 million unique visitors.

February 12, 2015

Former CEO of a multinational company wants to help improve the environment for LGBTI people in the business world

Gay Star News can announce Lord Browne of Madingley has become a shareholder in the business, taking a 12.5% stake, today (12 February).

Seven years after his resignation as CEO of BP, Lord Browne wrote The Glass Closet, a book about the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business. He has since become a high-profile advocate for greater openness in the corporate world.

Lord Browne said: ‘When I wrote The Glass Closet, I always hoped that it would grow into something more than just a book. Gay Star News provides the perfect platform for that growth.

February 9, 2015

New survey reveals how many teachers feel unable to come out and stay safe

A shocking number of LGBTI teachers have suffered homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at school.

Union NASUWT has found more than half of its members in attendance were discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity during their teaching career.

Nearly a quarter said they felt they needed to stay closeted, with only a third saying they felt they could be out and safe at school.

November 25, 2014

'It's like wearing a toupee. It suggests that you’re not proud of who you are'

Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson has been one of the highest-profile power players in the movie industry for more than two decades.

She's also an out and proud lesbian and has little respect for those who choose to remain in the closet.

'It’s a detriment to be closeted,' she tells The New York Times Magazine.

November 8, 2014

The former head of BP, who was outed in 2007, spoke movingly today at business and diversity forum EurOUT 2014: warning tomorrow’s business leaders to be open about their sexuality

Lord Browne of Madingley, who was outed by a newspaper in May 2007 after it discovered details of his relationship with a man, spoke movingly today at a leading business and diversity conference in London.

The annual EurOUT 2014 conference – now in its fourth year – was held at the London Business School, Regents Park. The event is aimed at tomorrow’s business leaders; both students and recent alumni.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

June 3, 2014

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest'

Doris Day still grows emotional when talking about the late Rock Hudson, her co-star in three romantic comedies including the 1959 smash Pillow Talk.

'The world lost a talented actor and a fine human being when he passed away,' Day says in a new video for Turner Classic Movies which is paying tribute to Hudson this month.

The actress, now 90, gets choked up a bit and adds: 'I lost one of my dearest friends and I still miss him so much.'

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest.'

May 22, 2014

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study will be the first to measure the level of homophobia in the sporting arena in different countries and is taking place now to report back in time for the world cup of gay rugby in August

The first international study on homophobia in sport is aiming to shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field.

Researchers will also gather national data for the USA to compare it with other countries to find which countries have sporting cultures that are the most welcoming of same-sex attracted people.

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study was launched in the wake of controversy around Michael Sam’s draft and in time for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel

April 12, 2014

Promoting her book, the US conservative says that Christian prayer can help people out of the gay ‘lifestyle’

US conservative Christian Linda Harvey has once again spoken out against gay people, this time saying that they should all remain in the closet.

Harvey, who is president of the far right group Mission America, was on the Janet Mefferd radio show to talk about her book called Maybe He’s Not Gay.

When asked about young gay people coming out to their family and friends she had her own theory on what they should do.

March 5, 2014

A new film will take a snapshot of the gay world through the eyes of 20-somethings in the hope of changing hearts and minds

National treasure and all-round nice bloke, Sir Ian ‘X-Men’ McKellen, was recently quoted as saying: ‘I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out.’

Nine out of 10 cats need the confidence of a safe environment in order to feel ready with those first steps out of the closet.

But how can anyone even begin to feel great about themselves when Uganda, Nigeria, India, Russia and various states within the US of A are passing legislation that makes it illegal to live a full LGBTI life?

February 22, 2014

'I often thought my gravestone would say, 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out,"' says the 75-year-old actor who came out publicly 25 years ago

Speaking with BuzzFeed Brews interview on Friday, gay British actor Ian McKellen commended his X-Men co-star Ellen Page for coming out last week, and encouraged LGBTs who are in the closet to consider doing the same.

The 75-year-old, who publicly came out more than 25 years ago, is best known for playing Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

September 23, 2013

'It's up to them to decide if they want to come out or not'

Lance Bass came out publicly with a big splash on the cover of People Magazine and the headline 'I'm Gay' in the summer of 2006.

The N Sync singer had been given a big push out of the closet by blogger Perez Hilton who posted photos of Bass and then boyfriend Reichen Lehmkuhl wearing each others' clothes.

Bass, during an appearance Monday (23 September) on Bethenny Frankel's daytime talk show, says he would never put another gay person in that position.

He was asked on the show: 'Would you ever lie to help a closeted celebrity stay closeted?'

May 23, 2013

Scott Thorson says Liberace told him: 'I can’t admit a thing'

Liberace, who died in 1987 from complications from AIDS, never publicly admitted to being gay during his lifetime.

His former lover Scott Thorson - whose memoir the film Behind the Candelabra is based - is sharing details of some of the lengths the late entertainer went through to remain closeted.

May 2, 2013

Now NBA giant Jason Collins has come out as gay, Reverend Irene Monroe looks at what it will mean for sports fans and gay African Americans

The professional sports world has been waiting for a Jason Collins moment – a gay athlete currently playing in a major league to come out publicly. What you may not know is that the subtext is that it was hoped the moment would star an African American male.

The African American community, let alone the sports world, desperately needed an openly gay, current, male, professional player.

October 31, 2012

A campaign by the Royal Dutch Football Association asks gay sportsmen to come out and the video is going viral

Why not step out of the closet? The team is on your side, a video sponsored by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) urges.

And the YouTube clip featuring a player trapped inside a real life closet was commissioned by Dutch broadcaster BNN, and is now going viral.

Soccer is not a gay-friendly environment, this is true. But in the Netherlands the main football association is trying to make footballers come out of the closet.

October 4, 2012

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are asking people to join them and mark International Coming Out Day

A pink closet will be travelling around the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester to help people come out.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are asking people to join them on International Coming Out Day on 11 October and show their support for the mentally and emotionally challenging task that so many people face.

The annual event's aim is to raise awareness of the network of support that is available to the general public when they come out, making it that little bit easier.

September 13, 2012

A top Bundesliga player has spoken anonymously about being in the closet, saying there is still 'little hope' for gay athletes to be open about their sexuality

A top German footballer has secretly come out as gay but refuses to go public because of fears for his safety.

Speaking anonymously to magazine Fluter, the Bundesliga player said: 'I would no longer be safe if my sexuality was to be made public.

'I don’t know whether I will be able to take the constant tension between the model heterosexual player and the possible discovery until the end of my career.'

August 23, 2012

Can the culture of outing a closeted LGBT person ever be justified?

American journalist Anderson Cooper became the latest high-profile personality to be forcefully dragged out of the closet last month, despite years of contentment of dodging the question.

His sexuality had been one of the worst kept secrets in show business, having featured as one of the cover stars of Out magazine’s ‘glass closet’.

August 12, 2012

Megan Rapinoe, Judith Arndt, and Carl Hester are among the openly gay Olympians to impress in London 2012

Nearly half, 43%, of openly gay athletes have won a medal at the London Olympic Games.

In comparison to the United States, only 18% of 530 American athletes have graced the podium so far.

Out of the 23 openly gay athletes, comprising of 20 women and three men, 10 of them have won a medal solo or in a group.

If they were Team LGBT, they would have won four gold medals, one silver, and two bronze between them.

This means they would be number 19 in the official rankings, beating countries like Spain, Brazil, and Canada.

July 31, 2012

South African Olympic archer Hultzer has confirmed she is lesbian but won’t be hitting the target with a medal

South African Olympic archer Karen Hultzer has come out openly as lesbian during the games.

There had been speculation about Hultzer’s sexuality before London 2012 with her partner Tracey Kim Saunders telling Mambaonline that Hultzer is happy to be identified as a gay athlete.

But now 46-year-old Hultzer, born in Cape Town, has commented for the first time on her sexuality.

July 5, 2012

Gay Star News takes a look at the CNN anchor's campest moments before he announced he was gay

We love Anderson Cooper for many things. He’s an excellent journalist, a talented CNN anchor and now an out and proud gay man.

He’s also not a great keeper of secrets, because apparently some people might have guessed about Cooper’s sexuality long before he came out of the closet