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May 22, 2015

Former rugby pro turned independent senator Glenn Lazarus, AKA ‘The Brick With Eyes,’ has threatened to don the swimwear made famous by Borat if a popular vote on gay marriage were to fail in Australia

One of Australia’s most physically imposing lawmakers has pledged to walk all the way to Parliament House in Canberra wearing a mankini if his belief that Australian voters would back same-sex marriage in a popular vote proves to be wrong.

Independent Senator Glenn Lazarus, who earned the nickname ‘The Brick With Eyes’ during his sporting career due to his large frame, made the threat in an interview with ABC Radio in Brisbane in which he made his support for same-sex marriage public.

May 19, 2015

You might think of Lanzarote as being an island of volcanic rubble and dust. But look and see how much there is to do

When I first told people I would be going to Lanzarote, I got two reactions; one, ‘You’re going to the wrong island mate, Gran Canaria is a little further west’, and two, ‘But there’s not much there, is there?’

To answer those reactions, now that I’ve been to the Canary island off the coast of Morocco, is again twofold: the first, I know what the Yumbo is like, enough already, and two, there is definitely stuff to do in Lanzarote.

May 14, 2015

If it is to be passed, HB 4105 has until midnight tonight to be discussed in the Texas House of Representatives – a deadline that has prompted businesses to step up and state their stance on the legislation

Following our story yesterday on how businesses were being urged by LGBT equality campaigners to speak out against anti-gay legislation being introduced in Texas, tech giant Dell has made a statement specifically opposing HIB 4105.

May 13, 2015

The resort is teaming up with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates for a day of thought leadership and guidance on diversity and inclusion

The world-famous Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is to host a one-day LGBT Equality Institute workshop. The initiative comes about in partnership with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

San Francisco-based Out & Equal describes itself as ‘the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.’

It offers a range of resources to help LGBT employees and runs events to held advance diversity and inclusion practices within the world of business.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

May 5, 2015

Thomas Miguel Guerra, who is thought to have had unprotected sex with at least 24 other men, says:  'I am not a monster'

A judge has sentenced a gay man to six months in jail for knowingly spreading the HIV virus to his ex-boyfriend.

'I am not a monster,' Thomas Miguel Guerra said in court. 'I would never ever do something like what I'm accused of.'

Guerra received the maximum sentence from an angry judge who was frustrated that she could not give him more time behind bars.

May 2, 2015

'Ministers should have the right to uphold their religious beliefs'

Texas lawmakers are pushing hard to pass a religious freedom bill that offers protections the clergy already have.

Last week, on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for four gay marriage ban cases, state Sen. Craig Estes introduced legislation allowing ministers of faith to not participate in wedding ceremonies on religious grounds.

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.