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April 30, 2015

The gay scene publication has been bought by Multimedia Platforms, the company that owns Guy magazine and FunMaps

US multimedia technology and publishing company Multimedia Platforms Inc. (MMP) has signed a letter of intent to buy New York-based LGBTI magazine Next from RND Publications.

News of the acquisition comes just two months after the Fort Lauderdale-based business purchased the 33-year-old Columbia Funmap, Inc – which distributes LGBTI neighborhood ‘FunMaps’ to scene venues across the US.

April 22, 2015

'I was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none'

Andreja Pejic has made history by becoming the first transgender model to be profiled in US Vogue.

The May edition of the magazine features a four-page photo shoot and interview with the 23-year-old, who took to Instagram to share her excit ement.

April 22, 2015

The New Zealand organization, which specializes in providing LGBTI diversity training for businesses, celebrated its one-year anniversary this week

Rainbow Tick, the Auckland-based organization that provides diversity training to private and public sector companies, celebrated its first anniversary this week with a party at the Sub Rosa café in the Auckland Viaduct on Monday night.

April 13, 2015

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

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.

April 2, 2015

The guidance sets out criteria that all businesses should consider when tackling workplace diversity and inclusion

The New Zealand authors of a new guide to diversity and inclusion in the workplace believe that they may have set a world-first standard on the subject.

Wellington-based Standards New Zealand specializes in publishing guides to workplace standards – in areas such as health and disability, environmental management, legal risk, information technology, sport and recreation.

April 1, 2015

Asa Hutchinson says his own son signed a petition demanding a veto

He had vowed to sign it, then Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson didn't.

On Wednesday, Hutchinson surprised all when he announced he would not #HB1228 into law.

The 'religious liberty' bill passed by the legislature this week is nearly identical to the one causing a firestorm of protest in Indiana. They are seen by critics as a way for private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians.

'This is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial. these are not ordinary times,' Hutchinson said. 

April 1, 2015

‘The notion that you can tell businesses that somehow they are free to discriminate is madness’

Earlier this week, tech figureheads Tim Cook (Apple) and Max Levchin (PayPal and Yelp) spoke out forcefully on their disapproval of Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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 27, 2015

In the same week that financial analysts predicted Apple may be valued at $1trillion before the end of the year, the company’s openly-gay CEO has said that he wants his personal wealth to be put to charitable use

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told Fortune magazine that he intends to give away his personal fortune to charity.

Reuters reports the 54-year-old as saying that, besides paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s education, his estimated $785 million fortune would go to charitable causes.

‘You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,’ said Cook.

March 27, 2015

Ex-boyfriend posts naked photos of him online

A manager at a state-owned enterprise has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for having a gay affair.

Chen Peijiang, a vice-general manager at Zhejiang Energy in Hangzhou, was punished for his 'unethical lifestyle' after his ex-boyfriend posted photos of them having sex online.

His ex, a 23-year-old college student surnamed Lu, also accused the older man of corruption and threatening to harm him and his family.

March 26, 2015

Ashers Baking Company in Northern Ireland refused to make a pro-gay marriage Bert and Ernie cake

A Christian baker was told they cannot justify refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake in court today (26 March).

Ashers Baking Company, based in Northern Ireland, declined an order from a gay rights activist that wanted to support same-sex marriage with dessert.

Customer Gareth Lee wanted the cake to also feature the slogan, ‘Support Gay Marriage’ and the logo ‘Queerspace’, a Belfast-based campaigning group for equal marriage, and Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.

March 23, 2015

The online travel firm offered Twitter users the chance to win a ‘romantic getaway’ to Great Britain and illustrated their tweet with an interracial gay couple

Online travel booking company Expedia has prompted a storm of reaction on Twitter with a competition to win a trip to the United Kingdom.

The reason? The tweet advertising the compeition – ‘Win a romantic getaway to Great Britain’ – featured a photo of a gay male couple.

The tweet was posted last Thursday, since which time it has received hundreds of comments, with some Twitter users outraged by the imagery and others praising the company for its choice of models.

March 19, 2015

The 20 were all included in this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

The UK’s LGBT advocacy group, Stonewall, has celebrated what it regards to be the 20 most inclusive law firms for LGB staff in 2015

The list follows the publication in January of Stonewall's annual Workplace Equality Index, which ranks organizations by their gay-friendly credentials in terms of diversity and inclusion polices and practice and the measures they may have taken to promote LGBT awareness.

March 16, 2015

'She had no relationship to what she was singing'

The Sound of Music's leading lady Julie Andrews may have been moved to tears by Lady Gaga's medley of songs from the film at this year's Oscars but Stephen Sondheim is crying foul over the performance.

March 11, 2015

 Organizers of mini-festival inspired by St. Louis' PrideFest

St. Charles County in Missouri is to hold its first ever gay pride parade on the 30 May this year.

Pride St. Charles will be hosted by St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, and organizers have revealed they were inspired to put together the parade by St. Louis' PrideFest, this year extended to three days in June.

The county has a population of over 370,000 and, according to the last census, 7000 same-sex households.

March 6, 2015

A total of 379 businesses – many of which are household names – signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favour of allowing same-sex marriage across all states in the US

The US Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

March 6, 2015

The bank is marking this weekend’s Mardi Gras festivities with rainbow flags at branches and messages on local ATMS

To mark its own commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion – and perhaps also to acknowledge the importance of Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to the local economy – HSBC Australia has decorated some of its branches in Sydney with rainbow flags.

It has also put messages promoting LGBT diversity on ATMs and display screens across New South Wales.

The campaign has been organized through the HSBC Pride Australia Network, which has also arranged events to raise LGBT issues among employees.

March 4, 2015

LGBTI travel is booming

An array of tourist boards and travel organisations have converged on Berlin for the International Tourism Exchange (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, or ITB) – with a record number joining the event's Gay and Lesbian Travel Pavilion.

The 'Pink Pavilion', as it's known, now showcases the largest range of LGBTI tourism products at any trade fair in the world.

February 24, 2015

Michalak is the Global Director of Social Mission at ice cream giant, Ben & Jerry’s –  one of the world's first companies to provide same sex benefits to its LGBT staff

Ben & Jerry's, the Vermont-based ice cream company, has a long and proud history supporting LGBT rights. In 1989 it became one of the first publicly traded companies to extend benefits to same-sex partners.

Since 2001, its leadership has vocally supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and it has even allowed same-sex marriage ceremonies to take place in Ben & Jerry's stores. It's fitting that one of the company's mottos is "love comes in all flavors."

February 23, 2015

Jacobsen Solutions’ Chief of Operations in Europe came out to his boss after he was questioned about having an affair with a member of staff

In 1985, I was responsible for all of our consulting projects in Europe when the Chairman (my boss) asked me to meet him at Heathrow. All the projects were in great shape, so this was unusual.

He said, ‘Let's go for a walk.’ We walked to what was then a mezzanine in Terminal 1. Very quickly he came to the point. He said, ‘Mr. Jacobson, Senior Management has told me that you are having an affair with one of your Project Directors?’ My response was, ‘Really, who would that be?’

February 20, 2015

Rob Stevens, the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for a global engineering firm, has seen the business world change greatly since entering the workplace in the late-90s

I always knew I was gay, but I also knew I was an engineer at heart. I was always fascinated with domestic technology. Apparently the first word I said wasn’t ‘Mama’ or ‘Dada’ but “Hooha” (Hoover!).

I was born into a Jewish family in 1975 and throughout my childhood, I didn’t experience any direct homophobia. It was simply that homosexuality didn’t exist. I had no role models in any walk of life.

February 17, 2015

It's being described as the 'best and most diverse' screening

Student Pride is getting ready to host gay short film screening event Queer As Film in London this month.

The popular film showcase for aspiring LGBTI filmmakers is due to take place at legendary London club Heaven on 28 February.

Film topics include a drag mother dreaming of self mutilation to a Canadian movie star’s bum.

'The line up of short films are some of the best and most diverse we've ever screened,' Robert Gershinson, co-founder of the Queer As Film, said.

February 17, 2015

Tom Daley, Ellen DeGeneres, Graham Norton and Sue Perkins are all up for major awards

Will Sam Smith add to his list of awards?

Will Nicola Adams knock out Tom Daley for best sports personality?

And how exactly can you choose between Hillary Clinton, Joan Collins and Kylie Minogue for Global Gay Icon?

These are the questions that will be asked as the UK gets ready for the British LGBT awards that will be handed out at the Landmark Hotel in  London on 24 April.

Among the nominees for Best Event includes the Gay Star Travel Expo.