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May 20, 2015

'As long as I’m governor, we will fight to protect religious liberty and not apologize for it'

Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Tuesday (19 May) issued an executive order allowing businesses to turn away LGBTI customers, two hours after a House panel rejected a 'religious freedom' bill.

A bipartisan committee voted 10-2 to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill for this legislative session.

But the potential presidential hopeful then bypassed the legislature altogether and ordered the law to be enforced anyway.

May 14, 2015

'She kind of s**t all over my mother’s legacy'

Joan Rivers' daughter is no longer remaining silent about the implosion Fashion Police suffered as it tried to stay on the air after the death of her mother.

Melissa Rivers, who continued to executive produce the show after Kathy Griffin took over for her mother, is critical of how Griffin quit the show abruptly after less than three months on the job.

'My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of shit all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving,' Rivers told Hoda Kotb Wednesday night in New York.

May 13, 2015

Gay teenage son in seemingly perfect Catholic family is part of Dan Savage-produced sitcom

ABC announced Tuesday (12 May) that it has ordered the sitcom The Real O'Neals as a series beginning this fall.

One of the executive producers is columnist Dan Savage who is often a lightning rod for the religious right.

The trailer unveiled today includes a cameo by a character identified only as 'hot cologne model' who appears only in the imagination of a Catholic family's closeted gay son.

But he's not closeted for long.

May 7, 2015

EY hosted a webinar today that explored eight key ways to advance LGBT policies and strengthen global LGBT inclusion

Multinational professional services firm EY hosted a webinar this morning in which panelists discussed LGBT inclusion at work.

Part of the discussion included the crucial role that active and vocal allies can play in furthering LGBT inclusion at a global and local level.

Broadcast from a studio in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, the panel was chaired by Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of the Economist.

April 21, 2015

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

April 12, 2015

The Media Research Center and Family Research Council said more than 21,000 postcards have been sent and over 4,000 telephone calls have been made to get ABC to abandon the series

Anti-gay conservative groups are trying to get ABC to kill a new sitcom which features a teenage son who comes out as gay, and his family life.

The sitcom is said to be marginally based on the life of sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage who is also an executive producer of the series, tentatively titled 'The Real O’Neals.'

Savage is the author of the wide known internationally syndicated 'Savage Love' relationship and sex advice column, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project.

April 9, 2015

Are you wanting to start an LGBTI network group at work but are unsure how to start? Read some advice from people involved with such groups

Convinced of the business case for embracing diversity and inclusion practices, it’s now common for global corporations to have LGBT networks or employee resource groups.

However, for those working in medium to large-sized organizations, such groups remain rarer.

Are you thinking of starting a group? Here are some of the things that you might want to bear in mind:

Think about the reasons an LGBT group could benefit your company

April 9, 2015

An Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination will affect all those working for federal contractors and subcontractors

President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination has now come into effect.

The US President signed the bill last July and it came into effect yesterday (8 April).

It is now forbidden for federal contractors and subcontractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual discrimination or gender identity.

April 8, 2015

Diverse teams mean more ideas, more innovation, and better problem-solving, says Michael Sinkinson, Assistant Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Recruiters on campus these days are big on diversity, and with good reason – diversity is simply good for business.

Top firms have discovered that creating a workplace that welcomes all is a winning formula: diverse teams mean more ideas, more innovation, and better problem-solving.

In today’s economy, it is ideas that propel a company ahead of its competitors, and no one type of person has a monopoly over great ideas.

April 7, 2015

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April 2, 2015

'To say this is groundbreaking is an understatement'

Malta is now leading with one of the most comprehensive laws protecting trans and intersex people in the world.

They will no longer need to have surgery, sterilization and a diagnosis of mental illness to legally change gender under a law passed yesterday (1 April).

It will also ban medically unnecessary surgery on the genitals of intersex infants.

‘To say that this Act is a groundbreaking human rights milestone is almost an understatement.’ Paulo Paulo Côrte-Real, co-chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board,said.

April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March) 

March 31, 2015

Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Sara Gilbert, Meredith Baxter and Clinton Kelly get nods

The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards announced Tuesday are peppered with nominations for LGBTI personalities including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Sara Gilbert and Meredith Baxter.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will look to continue its dominance in the category of outstanding talk show/entertainment, an award the show has already won an astounding eight times.

DeGeneres is nominated as executive producer of the show but not as outstanding talk show host after taking herself out of the running in that category several years ago after six wins in seven years.

March 30, 2015

State Democrats and LGBTI groups want law fixed before more damage is done to state's economy and image

If Indiana Governor Mike Pence thought giving a defiant TV interview over the weekend would head off mounting criticism of his recent signing of a 'religious freedom' bill, he was very wrong.

On Monday, backlash against SB101 - which gives private businesses and organizations the right to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs - picked up even more momentum.

March 23, 2015

ABC Family show about lesbian couple and their large brood has season finale tonight

When the characters of Jude and Connor shared a kiss on an episode of ABC Family's The Fosters earlier this month, they made television history.

Theirs is believed to have been the youngest same-sex kiss on the small screen and these two best friends continue to explore their feelings for each other.

The series follows the lives of the Foster family which is headed by an interracial lesbian couple who are raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children.

March 18, 2015

Says designers should stick to designing clothes

The editorial director of Dolce and Gabbana's magazine has resigned over controversial comments the designers made about gay parenting.

Earlier this week, the fashion duo said they opposed gay adoption, 'synthetic children' and non-traditional families. Their remarks angered celebrities such as Elton John, who is leading a boycott of the brand.

And now Giuliano Federico has left Swide.com after seven years at the magazine.

March 18, 2015

'What if I don't like the kid? What if it turns out that it's not as cute as I wanted or as talented?'

Ellen DeGeneres said Tuesday she'd like to have kids - but not enough to actually become a parent.

DeGeneres appeared on The Today Show as executive producer of the NBC sitcom One Big Happy about a lesbian who has a child with her straight male best friend.

DeGeneres said of potential parenthood: 'I love kids. But that's such a big commitment. And it seems long-term. It seems like a commitment that you have to stick with.

March 10, 2015

The annual LGBTI gala dinner – which will be paying tribute to the ground breaking Amazon show – marks the culmination of the annual Out & Equal Executive Forum

The final preparations are being made for this year’s Out & Equal Executive Forum – due to take place in San Francisco from 24-26 March.

Organized by LGBT business advocate organization Out & Equal, the forum will draw together 50 out LGBTI executives for what its website describes as ‘an intensive experience designed to build leadership skills, strengthen business connections and discuss how to achieve LGBT equality and advancement in the workplace.’

February 16, 2015

Apple CEO says the president's new cyber privacy rules could put gay people at risk

Tim Cook Friday (13 February) challenged US President Barack Obama on gay rights at a cyberprivacy summit at Stanford University.

Obama signed an executive order at the White House summit to encourage information sharing between the private sector and the government in order to prevent future cyber attacks like the Sony hacks.

However, the openly gay CEO of Apple challenged the president in an impassioned speech, in which he said privacy was often a matter of 'life and death' for LGBTI people.

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.