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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.

July 29, 2014

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 21, 2014

Order bans federal government and federal contractors from discriminating against emplyees based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today that protects employees of the federal government and of federal contractors from being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 8, 2014

ACLU, Lambda Legal and Transgender Law Center among the groups to say 'inclusion of this provision is no longer tenable'

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has lost the support of several leading LGBTI legal groups on Tuesday (8 July) because religious groups would be exempt from the long-stalled legislation.

The American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center issued a joint statement saying the current version of ENDA allows religious organizations to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

July 1, 2014

Makes surprise announcement during White House Pride reception

At a White House reception celebrating LGBTI pride, US President Barack Obama surprised attendees when he announced plans to sign an executive order protecting all federal workers from gender identity discrimination.

This is in addition to the executive order he plans to sign to protect employees of federal contractors from anti-LGBTI discrimination.

Obama's action is taking place as the US House of Representatives continues to stall the Employment Non-Discrimination Act already passed by the US Senate.

June 26, 2014

Voters in the South Carolina town of Latta have voted to strip their mayor of his executive powers after he fired their popular lesbian police chief and was recorded making a homophobic rant

Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard has been stripped of his executive powers by voters after he caused a backlash by firing the town’s lesbian chief of police after she investigating one of his appointees.

Bullard was only newly elected in April of this year when he fired Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore for doing a background check into a man he had appointed the town’s Parks and Recreation office – discovering the man was driving without a license and had a string of convictions.

June 25, 2014

Openly gay former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass has executive produced the documentary Kidnapped for Christ about a controversial Christian reform school run by Americans in the Dominican Republic where teens are held against their will

Former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass has executive produced a new documentary on a controversial Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic where kids are held against their will and subjected to extreme discipline to try to change their behavior and their sexuality.

Kidnapped for Christ investigates Escuela Carib, an American owned ‘behavioral modification program,’ in which teens are held against their will on the orders of their parents in order to straighten them out – whether that be for behavioral problems, drug use – or their sexual orientation.

June 24, 2014

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June 24, 2014

A new poll has found that a large majority of Americans wrongly believe that it is already illegal to fire someone over their sexuality under federal law despite the Employment Non-Discrimination Act stalling in Congress

A new YouGov/Huffington Post survey has found that 69% of Americans wrongly believe it is already illegal to fire someone for being gay or lesbian under US federal law – while another 18% were unsure.

Only 13% of Americans surveyed in the poll knew that gays and lesbians are not protected from discrimination in employment under federal law when asked.

June 18, 2014

'In the United States of America, who you are and who you love shouldn't be a fireable offense'

The day before speaking at a Democratic National Committee LGBT fundraiser in New York City Tuesday (17 June), President Barack Obama had already let it be known that he was taking action on a long-simmering issue.

As the Republican-controlled House of Representatives continues to ignore the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Obama has finally agreed to sign an executive order that would offer some of the protections as that long-delayed legislation.