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February 15, 2015

'It’s crystal clear that the motivation for this bill is to stifle local efforts to advance equality for LGBT Arkansans'

Arkansas is one step closer to prohibiting towns and cities from passing laws blocking discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 11, 2015

Read the most hilarious responses to Australia competing in the campest contest ever

Australia is to compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

The country, which is not exactly in Europe, will enter an artist, perform and vote on the grand final in Vienna this year.

This is a 'historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world’s biggest stage', said Michael Ebeid, managing director of SBS, which will broadcast the live-show in May.

February 11, 2015

State workers can now be legally fired for being gay or transgender

The Governor of Kansas has removed protections for LGBTI state employees in a move gay rights activists have decried as 'shameful.'

Sam Brownback yesterday (10 February) issued an executive order rescinding a 2007 order signed by former governor Kathleen Sebelius that extended non-discrimination protections to state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

February 9, 2015

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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.

February 5, 2015

Soap veteran joining several other high profile names

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the executive producer of EastEnders, is to speak at this year's Student Pride event.

Dominic will be speaking on LGBT representation in the media alongside Evan Davis, the openly gay TV presenter. He joins many other famous faces – such as columnist Owen Jones and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black – at this year's event.

February 4, 2015

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February 2, 2015

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January 29, 2015

Oscar winning pair used scene to help them decide who to make the film with

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won a screenwriting Oscar back in 1998 for Good Will Hunting - a movie that did not contain a gay sex scene.

But the original script they sent to prospective film studios did.

Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax at that time, beat out the competition for the highly-coveted script because he took exception to it with the young writers.

January 23, 2015

Kurt Belcher and Bergen Olson one of five teams on CBS reality competition who have just met

There are two gay couples competing on the new season of The Amazing Race.

One has been together for seven years (Jonathan Knight and boyfriend Harley Rodriguez) while the other had never met.

Kurt Belcher and Bergen Olson are one of five teams on CBS reality competition who are essentially going on an epic blind date around the world. The other six teams are established couples.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

January 9, 2015

Get the full London cosmopolitan experience with a stay at this epically-located hotel

Hotels in blockbuster cities ought to provide an escape from the hustle and bustle, while emphasizing a sense of awe and wonder – more often than not, though, said hotels are busy, cramped, overpriced and create a whirlwind of stress akin to the one you were trying to escape.

December 27, 2014

Producers expect to show the pilot episode at festivals next year with hopes of a TV pick-up later in 2015

An independent coming-of-age drama featuring same-sex attracted lead characters at a suburban Australian public high school is expected to hit local and international screens next year.

'Through its coming-of-age narrative, Subject to Change will confront the harsh difficulties faced in suburban Australia by following these young adults as they deal with their complex and conflicting emotions. It will be a rocky road to love and inclusion through their final years of high school,' the website reads.

December 23, 2014

The resolution says homosexuality is a ‘chosen behavior’, and that gay couples have been granted ‘special rights’ that should be withdraw

A resolution that will be presented at the 8 January meeting of the Bexar County Republican Party’s executive committee in San Antonio is demanding the ‘repeal of our local governments’ pro-homosexual policies’.

The resolution, which can be read in its entirety here, has been made because its authors regard homosexuality as a ‘chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible.’

December 4, 2014

Out at Work Top 50 will reveal Britain’s rising LGBTI business heroes

Just two weeks remain for you to nominate the UK’s most influential LGBTI people in business and enterprise.

The Out at Work Top 50 list will be published in January.

The judging panel who will choose from your nominations is led by two gay peers – Lord Guy Black, executive of the Telegraph Media Group, and politician Lord Michael Cashman – and lesbian diversity and inclusion expert Linda Riley.

November 19, 2014

Hollyoaks is working with Terrence Higgins Trust to ensure the story is told well

One of Britain's most favorite soap dramas will feature a gay character contracting HIV next year.

Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson in the soap Hollyoaks, will have unprotected sex with a stranger in January.

Channel 4 has worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust while planning the story. It is believed it will be the first gay character with HIV in British soap drama history.

November 6, 2014

Kiss Me, Kill Me is Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in West Hollywood

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Gale Harold will be playing gay again - this time in a movie.

The actor best known for his role as promiscuous ad executive Brian Kinney on the US version of Queer as Folk leads the cast of the gay-themed Murder Mystery Kiss Me, Kill Me.

Producers needed $100,000 to begin production and have raised $131,231.

November 6, 2014

'Same-sex cohabitants' were dropped from the draft law in 2012

LGBTI activists delivered a letter to Macanese government headquarters yesterday demanding domestic violence laws include gay couples.

The city's first LGBTI rights group, Rainbow of Macau, was founded after 'same-sex cohabitants' were dropped from the draft domestic violence law in November 2012.

October 11, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe – who yesterday officiated at a gay wedding – says decision will ‘open more doors for Virginia children who need loving families’

On Monday the US Supreme Court announced that it was not going to consider appeals from lawmakers in several states who wished to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

One of the States affected by this decision was Virginia.

On the day following the Supreme Court’s decision, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order directing state agencies to comply with the decision, paving the way for same-sex marriages to commence.

October 10, 2014

The latest episode, 'The Cissy', opens up a discussion on gender identity

South Park, now in its 18th season, has been controversial from the word go. Nothing is considered ‘too taboo’ for creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker - with topics including gay rights, abortion, AIDS and Scientology firmly in their crosshairs.

September 24, 2014

Girls star says she is so 'excited' about the film, aiming to break down binaries

Lena Dunham is executive producing a documentary about a bespoke-tailoring company and its transgender clients.

The Girls star and the show's executive producer Jenni Konner will be making the film, Three Suits, for HBO.

According to Variety Fair, it will follow the Brooklyn-based tailor Bindle & Keep's customers as they go through the process of having custom suits made, examining the significance of the process for a set of customers with complex gender identities.

And like everyone else, the occasional need to look sharp in formal wear.

September 16, 2014

O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace join Whoopi Goldberg and draw 3.9 million viewers

ABC's daytime chat show The View returned to the air with new episodes on Monday (15 September) with a new line-up of co-hosts and scored its highest ratings in eight years.

Whoopi Goldberg is the only holdover in an overhaul for the show's 18th season that includes new co-hosts, a new set in a new studio and a new executive producer.

Goldberg was joined by former co-host Rosie O'Donnell who had left the show after one fiery season back in 2006-07 as well as actress Rosie Perez and conservative author and commentator Nicolle Wallace.

September 12, 2014

The outspoken reverend and politician, who led a campaign to Save Ulster From Sodomy, has died aged 88

Ian Paisley, one of the most controversial figures in Northern Irish politics, has died at the age of 88.

Paisley’s political career lasted over 40 years. He led the Democratic Unionist Party for 37 of those years. He was known for his outspoken views on Northern Ireland politics, religion and morality.

September 5, 2014

Smith's job will be to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation'

Megan Smith, a top executive with Google for nearly a decade, has been appointed US Chief Technology Officer by President Barack Obama.

Smith, 49, succeeds Todd Park in the job which was created by Obama on his first full day in office in 2009. She is the third person to hold the position.

The job involves leading the administration's efforts to 'unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our citizens,' according to The White House.