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April 20, 2015

Mike Carducci believes gay people are 'under demonic control'

A US 'gay cure' leader was stopped from speaking at a UK Butlins, it was announced today (20 April).

Mike Carducci, of the Coming Out Ministries, was invited to speak at a British holiday camp by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in June.

He was scheduled to appear at the Strong Families event at Butlins in Skegness where he could possibly use this platform in order to explain how he believes gay people are 'under demonic control' and are 'addicted to evil'.

But thanks to a gay activist, his invitation is now revoked.

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

January 13, 2015

UK supermarket is investigating the incident

Tesco has apologized to a lesbian couple after a checkout worker told them gay people 'shouldn't have babies.'

Natalie Rivans and girlfriend Helen Embleton were shopping at a London branch of the supermarket on 3 January when a cashier – who had just served a pregnant lesbian couple – said homosexuality was 'wrong' and 'all gay people should die alone.'

When Rivans challenged the worker, she responded, 'It's a free country so I can say what I like.'

The women, both 30, then complained to the store manager.

November 10, 2014

LGBTI business summit in London hears legal and medical professions are struggling with diversity

Banks who look after their gay, bi and trans staff are more likely to be honest with customers, says the chairman of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

John Griffith-Jones, chairman of the FCA, was speaking today (10 November) at the Out on the Street Summit in London, targeted at banks and financial services firms wanting to develop LGBTI diversity.

He said diversity and inclusion must be on the agenda for banks wanting to repair their reputation after the global financial crisis.

July 1, 2014

Critically acclaimed, the film has been compared to British classics like Billy Elliot and The Full Monty

One of the most eagerly awaited British films of the year has released its first trailer.

Pride tells the unlikely but true story about a group of lesbian and gay activists who join forces with a small mining community in Wales in 1984.

When the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike, the activists decide to go straight to the miners to strike up an unlikely partnership.

With the two sides fighting for the same cause, the two communities that Margaret Thatcher’s government tried to suppress, they become far stronger.

May 27, 2014

Lord Browne, who was forced to quit as CEO after it was revealed he was in a relationship with another man, says he now hopes to live long enough to see a gay Prime Minister

British companies should be sending gay employees to work in Russia, the former BP boss has said.

Lord John Browne, who was forced to stand down from the oil giant for having a relationship with a male prostitute, said firms must be doing more to champion gay rights.

The 66-year-old has said businesses must work in anti-gay countries as it could change attitudes.

February 19, 2014

We meet two of the UK’s most senior ‘straight allies’ in business and learn what motivates them about LGBTI issues

How does a business leader go from ‘I’ve got lots of gay friends’ to being a champion of LGBTI equality?

‘Straight allies’ is a new buzzword in top companies and we spoke to two women who are every bit as passionate about this issue as gay activists themselves.

They have been key to making Barclays one of the most LGBTI-friendly firms in the world and instrumental to groundbreaking gay inclusion in a TV commercial.

October 22, 2013

Top 50 in business list hopes to inspire LGBT employees to reach further and do more

A list claiming to reveal the 50 most powerful LGBT people in business has been revealed today, backed by former BP chief executive Lord John Browne.

Antonio Simoes, head of HSBC UK, tops the list, with Beth Brooke, global vice chair for public policy at EY second and Paul Reed, chief exec of BP IST ranked third.

Lord Browne hopes the list will help all LGBT employees to ‘dream bigger and aim higher’.

It was compiled by OUTstanding in Business, a professional network for gay and lesbian executives founded this year.

September 27, 2013

Amazon and Play are also saying you should buy an inflatable gay best friend with a 'Gary Lineker-esque face' as they are 'in this season'

British supermarket Tesco is selling an inflatable gay best friend to bitch with you.

The retro and novelty toy, which is ‘always ready to give you fashion advice’ and has an age range of three to four, has caused controversy by being sold online.

‘Gay’ is also censored on the supermarket’s website.

‘If SEX in the City and Will & Grace taught us anything, it's that g*y best friends are in this season,’ it states.

July 23, 2013

Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks' network Vibrant explains to GSN why a diversity strategy can make business better

An award-winning group formed to assist LGBT employees of Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks is helping to improve the way the organization serves its customers.

LGBT network Vibrant is among several networks that have been established across the British-based banks to ensure they assist staff from all walks of life.

Promoting a more diverse workplace is viewed as one of the best ways to meet the equally diverse needs of the communities served by Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks.

June 12, 2013

Lord John Browne, openly gay former boss of BP highlights none of Britain’s top 100 companies are headed by an out LGBT person

Google, BP and Barclays Bank have signed up for a new networking club designed to push LGBT executives to the head of the boardroom table.

OUTstanding In Business was set up with the backing of Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP, who points out not a single FTSE 100 company is led by an openly gay or lesbian business person.

Browne himself hid his sexuality for years and only came out after quitting BP in 2007.

January 4, 2013

We speak to Eva Eisenschimmel, the marketing director of Britain’s Lloyds Banking Group, about how she is targeting LGBT customers

British firms have been slower than their American counterparts to promote themselves to the LGBT market.

But one bank is starting to change that. Lloyds, which has more UK customers than any of its rivals, has started to introduce a gay flavor to some of its advertising campaigns.

In particular, a TV commercial for Lloyds TSB screened late last year mixed a gay couple, taking their hedgehogs for a walk on a Segway, into its cast of characters.

November 13, 2012

Top UK gay business leader Lord John Browne says there are no LGBT bosses at very top of FTSE 100 or S&P 500 firms in UK and US and that must change

None of Britain or America’s leading companies have an openly gay CEO and that should change, leading out industrialist Lord John Browne has said.

Lord Browne, former CEO of oil giant BP, was speaking at Out on the Street, a summit on global LGBT workplace equality, in London today (13 November).

And he challenged a panel of colleagues from leading firms as well as an audience of top finance institutions to address the issue.

October 31, 2012

A firefighter in Hampshire, England, has entered competition to become new face of iconic former movie producer Rank

A transgender woman in the UK is dreaming of striking the gong for former movie studio Rank.

The company's iconic 'Gongman' appeared before the opening credits of numerous Hollywood classics and was traditionally played by tanned muscled athletes.

Now the search is on for the next face of Rank and Hampshire firefighter Katie thinks she has what it takes to front the famous firm.

April 3, 2012

Gay designer Pascal Anson from Brighton, southern England sees his work take to the skies as part of British Airway's Olympic celebrations

We will not pretend that we are the greatest fans of British Airways, but when gay designer Pascal Anson won the competition to design a BA plane's livery it's difficult not to get excited.

Yesterday the plane, a giant golden dove, took off on its first commercial flight - to Copenhagen. This is the first of a flock of nine 'dove' planes that British Airways have commissioned to celebrate the 2012 Olympics - all bearing Pascal's unique design.

March 29, 2012

Extremist Christian group in UK calls on Tesco supermarket to 'repent' its decision to support London's gay pride festival

Extremist British Christians claim an infestation of mice in a Tesco store is God's punishment for the supermarket's support of gays.

Tesco has seen sales and profits drop recently and the Christian Voice, an anti-gay prayer and campaigning organization, has said the decline is punishment for the UK supermarket chain's decision to sponsor a family area at London’s Pride celebrations.

January 13, 2012

Christian Voice claims God intervened on supermarket’s share price in view of gay pride grant

Extremist British Christians are claiming their God is punishing Tesco for supporting gays after the supermarket reported declining sales.

The dip in like-for-like Christmas sales has seen £5billion ($7.6billion €6billion) wiped off the market value of Britain’s biggest supermarket chain which had previously had an 30-year unbroken record of growth.

January 3, 2012

Tesco tells GSN it may still support London Pride despite Christians claiming they had forced it into a u-turn

Tesco has denied it is dropping support for LGBT pride events in London, despite Christians claiming they have forced the retailer into a u-turn on the issue.

The retailer – which is the UK’s largest supermarket chain – remains booked up as the £30,000 ($47,000 €36,000) sponsor of the family area at this year’s London event which is also the official World Pride for 2012.