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February 20, 2015

VP, Head of Public Sector of global IT services provider, Fujitsu, UK and Ireland

If you’re LGBT and not out at work and it troubles you in any way, I urge you to consider reaching out for help and support to see if you can take that liberating step. If you’re out at work and there are no, or not many, visible LGBT role models, I urge you to stand up and be one.

Here’s why.

February 6, 2015

Rhinestone-covered cash machines print 'out and proud' on receipts

A New Zealand bank has transformed four of its most prominent ATMs into rhinestone-covered GAYTMs in support of diversity and inclusion.

The GAYTMs, which were by introduced by ANZ Australia last year to celebrate the famous Sydney Mardi Gras and quickly became a sensation on social media, were commissioned in New Zealand as part of the bank’s diversity program.

Antonia Watson, chief financial officer and ANZ Pride Network executive
sponsor, said celebrating diversity was not only the right thing but also made good business sense.

January 18, 2015

Finally married! After being turned away three times and having their ceremony last Saturday cancelled due to a complaint that they 'suffer from madness'

Victor Manuel Aguirrre and Fernando Urias have become the first same-sex couple get married in the Mexican city of Mexicali, near the border with California, on Saturday after local officials ended an 18-month fight that led to a Mexican Supreme Court order to permit the wedding.

The lawyer for the couple had filed a complaint on Friday against Mexicali officials after authorities again blocked the marriage despite the high court ruling.

Only the capital Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila permit same-sex unions.

November 28, 2014

Former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth, wants you to take shower selfies to demonstrate that – HIV positive or negative – we’re all ‘clean’

Despite advances in medication and treatment, there remains a huge amount of stigma around HIV.

Combatting this stigma has proved a consistent challenge, but a new social media campaign launched by HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is attempting to tackle preconceptions head on and raise money for a good cause in the process.

November 5, 2014

Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jim Parsons also get nods

The nominations for the People's Choice Awards have been announced and while it is not a particularly LGBT-heavy year, there is some representation in the television and music categories.

The gays actually outnumber the straights in the Favorite Comedic TV Actor category with Chris Colfer of Glee, Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family and Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory nominated along with Two and a Half Men's Ashton Kutcher and Modern Family's Ty Burrell.

November 3, 2014

Rob Kearney came second in the 2013 World’s Strongest Man competition and he just came out as gay, acknowledging his boyfriend on Facebook, and the reaction couldn’t be better

One of the world’s top strength athletes has come out as gay, acknowledging his boyfriend on Facebook.

Weightlifter and fitness coach Rob Kearney came second in last year’s World’s Strongest Man competition.

However prior to 21 October he had not publicly acknowledged that he is gay or that he is in a relationship.

That day he posted to Facebook using the hashtag #MCM – short for Man Crush Monday, posting ‘My ‪#‎mcm‬ goes to this guy, my boyfriend, Joey Aleixo!’

September 27, 2014

A lesbian employee, who racked up medical bills of more than $100,000 for her wife's ovarian cancer treatment before Walmart’s same-sex partner health benefits came in effect this year, is seeking past damages for medical expenses and emotional distress

The US Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has filed a charge of discrimination on behalf of a Walmart employee in Swansea, Massachusetts who was denied spousal health insurance for her wife.

Jacqueline Cote’s wife, Diana Smithson is currently battling ovarian cancer, and between 2006 and 2012, Cote attempted to add Smithson to her insurance. However, when Cote entered her spouse’s gender as 'female,' Walmart’s online system would not proceed with the application.

September 22, 2014

The pictures, which are splashed all over social media, show a naked Payne look alike lounging on a bed with another man

One Direction's Liam Payne wants everyone to know if any sexy photos of his are made public they will be in better taste than the pictures that are supposed to be him.

July 1, 2014

Just days after a CNBC host speculated about his sexuality, Apple computers boss Tim Cook has given a send off to 5,000 Apple staff before they marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance before the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, paying tribute to those marching under the slogan ‘Apple Pride’ with 5,000 employees.

Cook posed for photos with Apple staff before the parade and tweeted a photo of Apple’s entry in the parade to his 536,000 followers on Twitter.

The 53-year-old attended the launch event for Apple's marchers just days after CNBC host Simon Hobbs worried he had outed Cook, asking why there were not more openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

May 24, 2014

The Australian Federal Police recognized as the highest-ranking public sector employer in advocating for LGBTI employees

The Australian arm of the global financial services firm Goldman Sachs topped a list of 20 organisations to be named Australia’s Employer of the Year for 2014 for recognising workplace support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

May 10, 2014

CEO defends hotel saying it has done 'nothing wrong' and asks if consumers will boycott other hotels and businesses with links to countries that have similar laws

The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California says boycotts led by celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Fry, Jay Leno and Virgin CEO Richard Branson have resulted in cancellations of several major events worth US$1.5 million, according to NBC News.

The Motion Picture & Television Fund thhis week announced it won't hold its annual Night Before the Oscar party at the hotel as it has for many years.

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.

March 11, 2014

A gay Inuit Canadian man has launched a Facebook page in support of LGBTI indigenous Canadians after two Inuit politicians complained about the raising of a rainbow gay pride flag

Gay Canadian and Inuit man Robbie Watt has launched a Facebook in support of LGBTI indigenous Canadians in response to a number of Inuit local politicians saying it was against Inuit tradition to be gay.

The saga began when a rainbow flag was hoisted over Iqaluit City Hall in Nunavut territory on 11 February to highlight gay rights in Russia during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

That same night one of the city’s councilors, Simon Nattaq, complained about the flag, claiming that it was ‘not Inuit custom to be gay.’

December 9, 2013

Nearly 35,000 people in less than 24 hours have watched a coming out video posted online by young Australian actor Harry Cook in which he says he had to come out as gay to be true to himself

22-year-old Australian actor Harry Cook has come out as gay in a YouTube video which has gone viral, with 35,000 people watching it in less than a day.

In the video Cook acknowledged being ‘pretty scared about doing this’ and also that he had some fears about how it could affect his career.

‘I thought about it for a really long time and really stewed over it. I was like “Oh my God, this could ruin my career.”’

August 27, 2013

Announcement made quietly via postcard to employees

Behemoth retail chain Walmart has surprised many - including its employees - by announcing this week that they will begin offering benefits to same-sex partners.

The retailer, which has 10,900 stores in 27 countries, informed its employees of the change in a low-key way. They received a postcard pointing out several changes to their benefits plan including the addition of domestic partners including those of the same sex.

August 19, 2013

Advert has divided viewers with some calling it offensive and homophobic and others saying there is an element of 'self-ridicule'

IKEA Taiwan is being accused of homophobia following the release of a tongue-in-cheek gay-themed advert premiered last week.

Promoting IKEA's 2014 range, the advert posted on 12 August shows two men in a street at night. After a short conversation, one of them is carried away into the back of a lorry.

The other man returns home to find a third younger man waiting in his apartment, who he goes to embrace.

August 2, 2013

A church billboard telling Christians to get over the fact that some people are gay in the Australian city of Gosford has gone viral on the internet and made international news headlines

When Gosford Anglican Church’s Father Rod Bower put up a gay affirming message on his church’s billboard he probably didn’t expect to make headlines as far away as the United States and Canada.

But when he posted a photo of the billboard on Facebook, which read, ‘Dear Christians, some people are gay – get over it – love God,’ on 24 July it quickly went viral, with over 7,200 people ‘liking’ the photo and over 3,700 sharing it.

August 1, 2013

Local mayor ‘flabbergasted’ to find new village for over 50s is being targeted at gay people

A British man building a new village for gay people aged over 50 in France has told GSN they will be welcome despite the local mayor’s objections – and he may build more.

The Villages Group has created the 107 eco-friendly homes at Salleles-d’Aude but the local mayor, Yves Bastie, has said he was ‘flabbergasted’ to find they are being marketed to LGBT people.

Despite this Danny Silver, Villages Group managing director, told GSN he has been overwhelmed by inquiries since announcing he was turning the development gay.

July 17, 2013

800 people have gathered for the first Pink Dot Okinawa LGBT pride event when organizers were only expecting around 100

Organizers of Pink Dot Okinawa have been overwhelmed by the turnout at the event, held Sunday, 14 July in Naha City, with eight times the number of people expected attending.

‘We're very happy to announce we had our first Pink Dot Okinawa successfully with 800 people,’ the Pink Dot Okinawa organizing committee said in a statement following the event.

‘Compared to pride events in other big cities, it's by far smaller, but for us in Okinawa we can say it's a big breakthrough and historical first step.’

July 16, 2013

Europe’s largest HIV and sexual health charity faces ‘continual change’ and ‘significant challenges’ as long-term gay head leaves

Sir Nick Partridge, the gay head of Britain’s leading HIV organization, Terrence Higgins Trust, is leaving after three decades.

Partridge’s departure comes after several years when THT has seen rounds of redundancies.

But officials at the charity today (16 July) said that was not the reason he was leaving his role as chief executive of Europe’s largest HIV and sexual health charity.

THT spokesman Will Harris told GSN: ‘We have had redundancies over the last few years going back to 2009.

May 25, 2013

After brief retirement, he's set to become first openly gay player in Major League Soccer

Yes, Robbie Rogers did retire from pro soccer after coming out last February as a gay man.

But he's ready to resume his career and he will be doing so with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, USA Today reports.

The Galaxy, the team for which David Beckham played for five years, has not officially announced the deal but USA Today confirmed details with two people familiar with the negotiations who insisted on anonymity.

May 17, 2013

Finland’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest Krista Siegfrids due to kiss one of her dancers at the end of her act in the finals on 18 May but censors may stop her

Gay digital activists All Out are urging the Eurovison Song Contest bosses not to stop a lesbian kiss at the finals tomorrow (18 May).

If the kiss goes ahead, at the end of Finland’s entry, Marry Me, by Krista Siegfrids, it will be the first of its kind since the pan-European TV extravaganza started in 1956.

It will also be seen by 100 million people around the world.

May 2, 2013

LGBT sports organization confident that homophobia in sport is ‘not really an issue’ in Australia

As professional sportspeople around the world tentatively begin to be open about their sexuality, there has been a lot of discussion in the media about how to create a safe environment for LGBT people in sport.

It seems that Australia may be leading the way. We spoke with Ian Wilby, president of LGBT sports organization Team Sydney, to find out more about their work and why they’re not focusing on homophobia in sport.

When was Team Sydney established?

April 4, 2013

Moral running low at Nepal's biggest LGBTI rights organization, Blue Diamond Society, where staff haven't been paid for seven months

Nepal's biggest LGBT rights organization, Blue Diamond Society (BDS), is battling against low morale after wages have not been paid for seven months.

Founded in 2001, BDS successfully lobbied the government for recognition of a third gender and recently got LGBTI issues on the school curriculum.

It has achieved significant gains for LGBTI rights in the country but now their work is being thwarted by a government office.