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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 28, 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.

February 14, 2013

GSN profiles LGBT aquatics club Northern Wave in north west England and finds they are diving in to a range of events

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we catch up with Donald Vaughan and Trevor Burchick MBE of Manchester’s aquatics club Northern Wave in north west England.

When was the Northern Wave club established?

Northern Wave was established in 1998. It started as an NHS [National Health Service] project to begin to tackle heart disease in Greater Manchester, the project was called Team Manchester.

January 26, 2013

GSN meets LGBT aquatics club Team Auckland Masters Swimming

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we meet Damien Strogen - president of Team Auckland Masters Swimming (TAMS).

When was the TAMS club established?

We were formally set up in 1992. Ron Judd initiated the creation of TAMS. The idea germinated in 1990 at the Vancouver Gay Games and came into being 1992 with poolside coaching two times per week and registration as a masters club.

January 7, 2013

Spain’s beachside party town gears up for a major LGBT multi-sport event in 2013

As we look ahead to a big year of LGBT sport around the world, we catch up with Jacques Schoofs, president of Panteres Grogues - the Barcelona sports club that is organizing the multi-sport event known as Panteresports.

How many years has the Panteresports event been held?

December 28, 2012

Gay Star News travels the world to find the best places to ring in the New Year

If you're looking for somewhere a little more exciting to spend New Year's Eve than your local boozer, then take a look at the celebrations the rest of the world has to offer.

There are concerts, fireworks and parties going on all over the world, each one with its own unique and exciting selling points.

December 3, 2012

After seeing too many of their friends die of Aids before even taking an HIV test, a group of gay men in Manila formed Love Yourself to educate their peers that they have nothing to fear but fear itself

HIV among gay men in the Philippines is spreading rapidly, but in an age when the virus is a manageable disease the tragedy is that many are getting sick and dying before taking the test because they fear the stigma.

'It used to be that the friend of a friend of a friend that would catch it but now it’s friends,' says writer and academic J. Neil C. Garcia. 'And they’re just dying. The stigma is so bad they don’t even consult with doctors even if they are getting sick all the time.'

November 27, 2012

AP says calling anti-gay hate a ‘phobia’ is inaccurate but word’s inventor says it is needed and ‘hard won’

The Associated Press (AP) has banned its journalists from using words like ‘homophobia’ and ‘transphobia’.

Its new Stylebook, which dictates the language reporters must use, also scraps the word ‘Islamophobia’ and the phrase ‘ethnic cleansing’ which it says is a euphemism.

American newswire service AP has 3,400 employees, scattered in bureaus around the world. But its guide is even more influential as many other publications use it rather than create their own.

November 8, 2012

New Zealanders plan gathering to show Prime Minister that ‘gay’ is not an insult

A group of parents have declared this Friday (9 November) ‘Gay Red Shirt Day’ after New Zealand Prime Minister John Key used ‘gay’ as an insult when he criticized a radio host’s ‘gay red top’.

The day was inspired by Green Party members who posed wearing red tops in response to Key’s comment. Green Party MP Kevin Hague (right in photo) was one of the most outspoken critics of the prime minister’s gaffe.

October 11, 2012

For Coming Out Day, Wayne Dhesi, founder of rucomingout.com, looks at how Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz challenged stereotypes recently by coming out as gay

When Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz recently came out I expected the huge wave of support he received but what I didn’t expect was the ‘so what?’ attitude that many people displayed on social networks and comment threads.