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April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

April 8, 2014

All of Australia’s major sporting codes will pledge tomorrow to eliminate homophobia in sport ahead of Australia hosting the world gay rugby Bingham Cup in August

The heads of the five largest sporting codes in Australia are set to make a historic commitment tomorrow towards wiping out homophobia in sport as they agree to implement anti-homophobia and inclusion policies by the end of August of this year.

The CEOs of the national Australian Football League, Australia Rugby Union, National Rugby League, and the Football Federation of Australia will make the pledge at a press conference tomorrow alongside the executive general manager of Cricket Australia.

April 1, 2014

Gay Star News seeks a talented digital sales expert

A rare chance to join our award-winning team, with uncapped bonuses and limitless opportunities for professional growth and promotion.
 
We are seeking a new senior sales executive to build our income and client base, based in our London head office.
 
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March 20, 2014

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Our marketing executive has a key role in building our brand, audience, client base, affiliates and income.

You need qualifications and/or experience in digital media marketing, including social media expertise which goes far beyond recreational use!

You will have a proven track record in running successful campaigns and a detailed understanding of the LGBTI world. Experience in marketing events will be considered a big plus.

March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

February 28, 2014

British television drama boss, who is gay himself, laments that LGBTI characters are not being represented properly on television

The BBC’s drama controller has said there are not enough gay characters on television.

Ben Stephenson, a gay executive at the BBC, has called on writers to come forward and pitch him more stories that have more realistic gay characters.

During the BBC’s Reflect and Represent talk at New Broadcasting House, the drama controller said he wanted to ensure the BBC continues to reflect everyday life.

February 21, 2014

Elisha Cuthbert, star of Happy Endings, will be playing the lead role in DeGeneres' new sitcom One Big Happy

Happy Endings star Elisha Cuthbert was announced as the lead actress for Ellen DeGeneres’ new lesbian sitcom today (21 February).

The gay TV host and actress, who came out with her on-screen sitcom character in 1997, will be the executive producer for the comedy One Big Happy.

The show will center on a pair of platonic friends, a gay woman Lizzy and a straight guy Luke, who live together and decide to raise a child together via artificial insemination.

Just as Lizzy gets pregnant, Luke impulsively marries his girlfriend Prudence.

February 7, 2014

Former co-host appears on ABC daytime show for first time since stormy 2007 exit after blow-up with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View on Friday and the first thing she wanted to know was this: 'Is Hasselbeck here?'

The former co-host knew, of course, that the conservative Hasselbeck had left the show lasrt year to join Fox News Channel. But she couldn't help but joke about the mother of all on-air battles that resulted in O'Donnell leaving the show and never returning.

'We had some good times, we had some bad times, but they were never boring,' co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters said as she introduced O'Donnell.

January 30, 2014

One Big Happy will try to make network's schedule and succeed where Sean Saves the World and The New Normal did not

It was back in 1997 that the character Ellen DeGeneres played on her self-titled ABC sitcom came out as a lesbian.

DeGeneres, now one of television's top talk show hosts, is returning to her sitcom roots but behind the scenes this time.

DeGeneres is one of the executive producers of One Big Happy, a comedy pilot ordered by NBC this week.

The comedy is about a lesbian and her straight male best friend who decide to have a baby together. But things get a bit complicated when during this process, one of them meets the love of their life.

January 29, 2014

HRC's Chad Griffin says US president also 'side-stepped' commitment to sign executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (28 January), US President Barack Obama had been expected to make some mention of the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

It did not happen.

Known as ENDA, the act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-discrimination protections. It has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994 and never had enough support for passage.

January 27, 2014

Europe joins North America and Australia as the only continents with no laws criminalizing gay sex

Northern Cyprus has decriminalized gay sex, 16 years after its southern state.

The move by Northern Cyprus lawmakers means Europe is now the third continent in the world with no laws criminalizing gay sex.

Jonathan Cooper, Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust, said in a statement: 'This is a historic day for gay people in Europe and a major victory for human rights, equality and the Human Dignity Trust.

January 19, 2014

"What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept."

After telling a reporter that gays were “more pervert(ed)” and a gay or bisexual version of the dating franchise Bachelor would set a "bad example for children to watch", the star tried to apologise for his earlier remarks on his Facebook page.

January 12, 2014

After inauguration ceremony, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stands up for the state's LGBT employees

After being sworn in as Virginia's seventy-second governor, Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT state workers.

'My administration is committed to keeping Virginia open and welcoming to all who call our commonwealth home,' McAuliffe said after signing the directive, according the Washington Blade.

December 29, 2013

As the day gets nearer for open gay troop membership, Boy States of America expect a boring transition

On 1 January, the Boy Scouts of America will begin to accept openly gay members. While the policy change is historic, BSA representatives expect little change.

'My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,'  Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member, who also chairs the policy implementation committee, said to the Associated Press. 'It's business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.'

December 10, 2013

New Yorker Editor David Remnick is an expert on Russia

NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in will now include New Yorker editor David Remnick focusing on Russia's politics including the country's anti-gay propaganda law.

Remnick is an expert on Russia writing pieces for The New Yorker about Russian politics and culture. He is the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.

'David is a distinguished journalist who knows Russia very well, and we’re excited to have his expertise on the host country for our Sochi coverage,' Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics, said in a statement.

November 25, 2013

US LGBTI media watchdog chooses its new bosses

GLAAD's new leader is media executive Sarah Kate Ellis, the media watchdog organization announced Monday (25 November).

Ellis fills a job left vacant last May by Herndon Graddick who stepped down last May after just over a year as head of  GLAAD which promotes the image of LGBTI people in the media.

Ellis will begin her new job as CEO and president in January 2014 and be based in GLAAD's New York City office.

November 18, 2013

Says Rogers: 'I’ve brought him to meet my parents, all of that'

LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers has been dating TV producer Greg Berlanti since May, according to TMZ.com.

The couple were photographed wearing matching sheriff's outfits at a recent Halloween party but have yet to talk about their romance publicly.

November 15, 2013

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has allowed out of state married gay couples to file joint tax returns and says he wants his state to end its ban on same-sex couples being able to marry

Missouri state Governor Jay Nixon has signed an executive order allowing same-sex couples who have married in other states to file joint tax returns despite his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The US Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determined that same-sex couples who have married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal can file joint federal tax returns regardless of where they live following the US Supreme Court striking down part of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

November 1, 2013

Openly gay Brit Anthony Watson is the first non-American to be elected to the board of the world’s biggest LGBT media advocacy organization, GLAAD

An openly gay boss at Barclays has become the first non-American ever to join the board of LGBT media advocacy group GLAAD.

Anthony Watson, who is a senior executive at the bank, hopes to use his expertise to further the organization’s global work.

He said: ‘GLAAD’s critical work transcends national boundaries. It is of vital importance that the global LGBT community becomes stakeholders in [this work].

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.

October 15, 2013

High Court judge has ruled Northern Ireland's gay blood rules are 'irrational' and could overturn the lifetime ban

Northern Ireland's health minister has said he wants to ban men who have gay sex from giving blood, not gay people.

Edwin Poots has responded to the Belfast High Court who ruled he did not have the authority to impose a lifetime gay blood ban.

On Friday (11 October), the judge ruled he had breached the ministerial code by failing to take the issue to the Executive.

Speaking to BBC News, he said if he did break the ministerial code then he did it 'unwittingly'.

October 11, 2013

New reports reveal the much-feared 'gay tests' will be a gender test banning trans people, effeminate men and butch women

FIFA is being called on to cancel the World Cup 2022 in Qatar over fears the Gulf region will ban any person who fails a ‘gay/gender test.

Earlier this week, Kuwait’s director of public health Yousouf Mindkar said health centres will be taking stricter measures in order to detect members of the LGBT community.

October 7, 2013

Singapore’s High Court will hear a test case in November on whether LGBTs are protected from discrimination in employment after an executive at a department store was fired after his bosses discovered he was gay

The Singapore High Court will hear a test case on whether LGBTs have protection from discrimination in the workplace after a senior executive at the Robinsons department store was sacked over his sexual orientation.

Lawrence Wee Kim San was recently dismissed by Robinsons and is now applying to the High Court here to declare that Article 12 of the Singapore Constitution should apply to all forms of discrimination at work.

October 4, 2013

'I’ve never seen a crew where you can’t continue shooting because they left the room sobbing'

Next week's episode of Glee deals with the death of the character of Finn Hudson.

Finn, of course, was played by the late Cory Monteith who died last summer and whose autopsy this week confirmed it was from a toxic combination of alcohol and heroin.

The show’s openly gay co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy says it was not easy for cast and crew to shoot the episode which airs on 10 October.