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April 23, 2015

A UK sportswear shop staff member allegedly used the anti-gay slur to describe the couple

A gay couple are mortified after a staff member of JD Sports allegedly referred to them as 'battymen'.

Gavin Matthews, and his partner Craig Hards, went to the Eltham store in south-east London on 5 April to buy new trainers when a male worker made the alleged remark.

Shocked, they complained to JD Sports' head office to tell them they were referred to with a homophobic slur.

April 20, 2015

The Australian division of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has pulled together local experts to help boost its diversity work in the region

PwC Australia has announced a number of appointments to a new external advisory board that will be charged with moving the firm towards greater diversity and inclusion.

The professional services company is already regarded as something of a market leader in this field.

It scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index in 2015 and 2014, and also regularly features in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index in the UK.

April 15, 2015

Two TSA colleagues colluded on a scam that would allow one male worker to pat down the crotch area of men who he found attractive

Two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff – one male and one female – working at Denver International Airport have been fired for manipulating the screening process so that one – the man – could pat down specific male passengers.

CBS4 reports seeing law enforcement reports that indicated how the fired worked had explained the ruse to a new female colleague in 2014.

April 9, 2015

Says her prose is about love: 'It's two people connecting - with four other people. And aliens'

It is Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren who steals the show in the season three trailer for Orange is the New Black unveiled by Netflix on Thursday (9 April).

Portrayed by Emmy and SAG award winner Uzo Aduba, the lesbian prisoner with a violent history has been doing some writing. When confronted and told her writing is 'obscene' and 'pornographic, Crazy Eyes is having none of it.

She explains: 'It's not sex, it's love. It's two people connecting - with four other people. And aliens.'

April 2, 2015

Accenture, Home Depot Canada, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, Ontario Public Service, KPMG and the YMCA of Greater Toronto are all among the winners

Now in its ninth year, the annual Canada’s Best Diversity Employers list has just been released – recognizing those organizations that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.

The initiative, which is coordinated by Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes diversity in a number of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: LGBT people, women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 16, 2015

'There was quite a strong taste of kebab that was a bit off putting'

Orlando Bloom locked lips with David Walliams for the annual Comic Relief telethon on Saturday (13 March) night.

The Little Britain actor set a new record for the most kisses in 30 seconds – with 55 men and women planting pecks on his cheeks.

But it was a surprise appearance from the Hollywood hearthrob before the record attempt had even begun that was on everyone's lips.

Before the record attempt, Bloom warmed up the openly bisexual comedian smooch on the lips that lasted four seconds.

March 9, 2015

A Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group, Nick Goad spoke to GSN Business about his work, the value of good mentors, and how a supportive partner has helped make him happy in his career

Nick Goad is a Partner and Managing Director in the Washington, DC office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he has been a management consultant for over eleven years.

Boston Consulting Group has approximately 9,700 staff in 81 offices across 45 countries.

As an active member of the global leadership team for BCG’s LGBT Network, Nick heads the People Development Initiative; the initiative received The Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 Award for Workplace Equality Innovation.

March 9, 2015

More women are being promoted to the boardroom level, but not enough to hit a 25% Government target set back in 2011

The UK government’s target for women to hold a quarter of FTSE 100 board directorships looks unlikely to be achieved before May’s General Election, reports the Financial Times.

The target was set in February 2011 by former trade minister Lord Davies, who had been asked by business secretary, Vince Cable, in 2010 to look at ways to boost the number of women on corporate boards.

March 6, 2015

A Vice President at Bank of America Merill Lynch, Docherty reflects on the success of the organization’s Ally program in fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion

Bringing my whole self to work

I think it’s fair to say that when people think of financial services they don’t automatically think of it as a progressive sector for diversity and inclusion.

However, in my experience valuing people and equality is at its heart. The sector is one of the most diverse and its inherent global nature means that I am constantly meeting new and different people.

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch we have a saying that the business wholeheartedly embraces – ‘bring my whole self to work’.

March 5, 2015

Conscience Clause Bill would allow businesses to defy the Equality Act

The Church of Ireland is split over whether to allow Christians and other religious people to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Paul Givan, of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, has proposed the controversial Conscience Clause Bill that would allow businesses to defy the Equality Act and refuse service based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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.’