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May 25, 2015

Australia, Canada, England, Israel are among the countries to have successfully integrated transgender people into their militaries

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund on Monday (25 May) renewed its call for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.

TLDEF honored the transgender men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty - while serving in silence - and had a message for the US Defense Department on Memorial Day.

May 24, 2015

British Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall MP writes that she will take the LGBTI message global as she welcomes Irish same-sex marriage

Friday’s Irish referendum was a joyous moment for all of us who seek love, justice and human rights available to all and equal to all. The Irish public voted in huge numbers to bring about a seismic change in our closest neighbor’s constitution.

For those of us watching in Britain, the sense something momentous was happening came well before the result, as we watched thousands of Irish residents in Britain making the effort to travel home to vote for equal marriage.

May 22, 2015

'I’ve deeply hurt our community – and I am truly sorry'

Gay hotelier Ian Reisner has apologized again for hosting a dinner with homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and has donated $20,000 to the Fire Island Pines' advocacy arm.

Reisner and business partner Mati Weiderpass, who is also gay, own the Out NYC Hotel. Reisner paid $10.1 million in January for a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines, which along with the hotel have been boycotted by their mainly gay clientele.

May 21, 2015

Matt Lister and David Hill are supporting UK athletes prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio

In a move to help raise the profile of elite athletes that are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, the British Athletes Commission (BAC) has appointed to ambassadors.

Matt Lister and David Hill are the athletes that have been appointed.

Lister is a World Championship medallist in the sport of canoe slalom; and Hill is a Paralympian in the sport of triathlon.

May 21, 2015

'They have no clue that I’m gay!'

Sam Smith has said he loves that there may be homophobes who listen to his music and don't know he's gay.

The 23-year-old British singer appears on the cover of French gay magazine Têtu's 20th anniversary edition this month.

'I like the idea that there may be homophobic guys who listen to my record and they have no clue that I’m gay!' he told the publication.

'I would like to become a voice for gay youth in difficulty around the world,' he continued.

'I just created a foundation.'

May 17, 2015

Brett Lee says that he has no doubt that there are professional level cricketers who are gay but he fears they feel they still need to hide their sexuality

Australian cricket legend Brett Lee has used the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) to express his concern that no top level cricketer in Australia has felt comfortable to come out as gay yet.

May 16, 2015

Nororiously private about her own sexuality, Latifah laments intolerance

Queen Latifah has made clear that she will not dicuss her sexuality publicly.

But her role as 1920’s bisexual blues legend Bessie Smith in an HBO movie premiering Saturday (16 May) has her talking about sexuality, acceptance and equality.

'People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,' Latifah tells Uptown magazine.

May 15, 2015

Gaelic footballer Ger Brennan is 'sick' of being branded homophobic

Irish sports star Ger Brennan will be voting against gay marriage, but has said that does not make him homophobic.

The Gaelic footballer has said, even though he says he loves his gay friends and family, he does not want equal marriage.

Writing in the Irish Independent, he said: 'I am voting "No" because I don't want our Constitution to deny that it is a good thing for a child to have a mother and a father.'

May 13, 2015

'They didn’t know gay people could have sex facing each other until they saw our show'

During his two seasons on HBO's Looking, Jonathan Groff's character of Patrick had plenty of sex.

And the person he had sex with the most as with his boss, Kevin, who finally became his boyfriend in season two.

Groff says what surprised some of his straight friends the most was not that Patrick and Kevin had a lot of sex but that they were able to have it face to face.

May 12, 2015

Plaintiff was outed in viral online video that 'affected the company's image'

A court has thrown out China's first gay workplace discrimination suit due to lack of evidence.

The plaintiff, only identifed by the pseudonym Mu Yi, was fired from a design company in the southern city of Shenzhen a week after he was outed as gay in a viral online video in October.

He accused the company of violating his right to equal employment by dismissing him because of his sexual orientation and requested an apology and 50,000 yuan in compensation for 'spiritual damages.'

May 12, 2015

In a desperate attempt to prove he was telling the truth, Orashia Edwards said he was forced to take explicit pictures of him and his boyfriend

A Jamaican bisexual asylum seeker has said he is so desperate to stay in the UK, he felt like he was forced to show a photo of himself having sex with a man.

Orashia Edwards, 34, could be deported at any moment after losing his case with the UK government.

While he was once married to a woman in Jamaica, he is in a relationship with a man based in Leeds. He fears he will be murdered if he is sent back.

May 12, 2015

MyGwork is open to professionals, students and companies looking to promote their diversity and inclusiveness

A new website is touting itself as ‘a LinkedIn for LGBT professionals’.

MyGWork was launched last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.

The Gauberts grew up in Montpellier in France, but relocated to London around four years ago to study for their Masters degrees; Adrien at Kings College and Pierre at London School of Economics (LSE).

May 12, 2015

'Boycotting me for a discussion? When did we grown so small and intolerant?'

Out hotelier Mati Weiderpass no longer appears to be sorry for hosting homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and slammed 'gay extremists' who attacked him on social media.

Weiderpass and business partner Ian Reisner own the Out NYC Hotel and have a shared 80% stake in Fire Island Pines, as well as other venues patronized by LGBTI people.

Weiderpass initially defended his decision to host Cruz, a vocal opponent of LGBTI rights and gay marriage.

May 11, 2015

US ranks worst in sports homophobia

Only 1% of people feel gays are 'completely accepted' on sports fields, according to the first international and largest survey of homophobia in sports.

Nearly 9,500 people were interviewed for the survey, released Sunday (10 May), which was initiated by the Sydney organizing committee of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.

One in four gay male respondents said they had received verbal threats of harm or been bullied while playing sports, and about 80% of people said they had witnessed such discrimination.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 7, 2015

EY hosted a webinar today that explored eight key ways to advance LGBT policies and strengthen global LGBT inclusion

Multinational professional services firm EY hosted a webinar this morning in which panelists discussed LGBT inclusion at work.

Part of the discussion included the crucial role that active and vocal allies can play in furthering LGBT inclusion at a global and local level.

Broadcast from a studio in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, the panel was chaired by Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of the Economist.

May 7, 2015

With society and the law against us, we can only protect ourselves

Yesterday I met face-to-face for the first time with a Facebook friend, Rohan, who lives in my city. As both of us are gay we talked about all the LGBTI issues in India.

The topic then turned to sex and blind dates. And that meant we very quickly started talking about the molestation and vulnerability of gays.

Rohan told me he had a very bitter experience and argued gays in India are really unsafe and vulnerable.

May 7, 2015

Teachers in trouble for saying ‘trans’ was like ‘gay’ on official form

A college of higher education is in trouble for not knowing what transgender is.

Henley College in Coventry, England has already hit the headlines this year for having an illegal block on their computer system, so students couldn’t see LGBTI content online.

Now they have confused gender with sexuality.

All new students have to fill in a form that asks what their sexuality is.

The options given are ‘heterosexual’, ‘gay/lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, ‘I do not wish to disclose’ – or ‘transgender’.

May 7, 2015

'Bruce Jenner’s unwavering courage and bravery inspired' new transition fund

A transgender porn site is offering to pay for gender reassignment surgeries.

Ross Bleustein, co-owner of the relatively new Trans500.com, last week announced the creation of a transition surgery fund.

Bleustein said the inspiration came from watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and former Olympian Bruce Jenner come out as transgender on national TV.

May 6, 2015

Gay couple reportedly thrown out of the venue because their kissing could offend other patrons – Balans vigorously denies claims

The management of the most famous 'gay' restaurant in London's Soho has been forced to deny claims they booted out a same-sex couple for kissing.

The allegations made last night are already creating a storm on social media.

A woman, who has asked not to be named, claims staff in Balans ‘hustled out’ her two gay friends because ‘they have been seen kissing and that was offensive to the general people at the bar’.

May 5, 2015

Says newly out Fox News contributor: 'I think we should be better than that in this country'

Republican commentator Guy Benson, who came out publicly this week, accused gays of 'punishing' and 'purging' those who are politically conservative.

Benson appeared on Fox News for an interview with Megyn Kelly who felt the need to assure him he was in a 'safe place.'

Benson, political editor of Townhall.com, has said that while he is gay, equal rights for the LGBTI community is not something that dominates his thoughts or his passions.

May 4, 2015

The prominent gay businessman hosted an event for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz last month (April)

Gay business man Ian Reisner has claimed that gay men are 'cheap' and 'entitled'. 

Reisner, one of New York's most prominent gay businessmen, caused controversy last month (April) when he and Mati Weiderpass hosted an evening event for a dozen guests and Republican Presidentual hopeful Ted Cruz at a Central Park South penthouse.

April 30, 2015

The former head of BP has said that employee network groups must be supported by senior allies and role models in order to be truly effective

Following up comments he made during a speech at Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Conference in London, Lord John Browne of Madingley has expanded further on his belief that senior role models are crucial for companies that are trying to foster an environment of inclusiveness.

April 28, 2015

The hotel’s gay owners held an intimate gathering at their apartment last week for Ted Cruz, a virulent opponent of same-sex marriage

Around 100 protestors took to the street outside New York’s gay hotel, The OUT NYC, yesterday evening.

They were protesting the fact that the hotel’s owners, gay businessmen Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, hosted an intimate party last week at their penthouse apartment for Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his wife.