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March 20, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

March 5, 2015

The Group Chief Executive, Products Operating Group, Accenture, offers practical advice on being out at work

One week after I joined Accenture in 1987 I got an invitation for the annual office party. That meant I had to make up my mind: do I bring my partner or do I go by myself?

I decided to bring my partner. Everybody seemed OK with that. We had a great evening and we met many nice and interesting people, many of whom are still friends.

In short, being out at Accenture has never created an issue for me.

When it comes to being out at work I would like to offer a few practical thoughts.

March 2, 2015

Lord Browne of Madingley writes of his hopes and ambitions in teaming up The Glass Closet and Gay Star Business

Welcome to Gay Star Business and welcome to the new platform for glasscloset.org.

When I wrote The Glass Closet I hoped it would become more than a book. I expected it to become a movement to advocate and support LGBTI workplace equality around the globe.

February 25, 2015

The Head of Government Affairs for the professional business services firm, ARUP, on why he decided to set up a company LGBT network

‘You’re about to move from Westminster to the private sector, you might want to think about holding back a bit, you know...with your personal life.’

Such was the parting advice of a Government Minister with whom I had worked for a number of years, shouted loudly in my ear over the music of my leaving party.

February 24, 2015

Sprich works in the oil and gas industry as a systems advisor for BP. Here he talks about the differences in work culture regarding LGBTI issues between Germany and the UK

In July I had the opportunity to meet Lord Browne at the BP headquarters, where he was talking about his book, The Glass Closet.

Following the talk, I read his interview with a German newspaper in which he said that German businesses fail to integrate LGBT employees. As a German who has lived in the UK for four years now, I would like to share my experience.

November 19, 2014

'Believe me: Gay players exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally.'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, has retired.

The 35-year-old will announce his retirement from the game at the Barclays Center, New York City, later on today (19 November).

Following his coming out 18 months ago, he was signed with the Brooklyn Nets. When he did this, he made history by being the first active male athlete from any of the four major North American professional team sports to do so.

November 9, 2014

Uganda pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious for the viral video in which he claims gays ‘eat the poo-poo’

An online petition wants an honorary degree given to a homophobic pastor revoked.

The petition is calling for support and wants the honorary degree given to Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa from Cairn University revoked because of his anti-gay views.

Cairn University, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, awarded the honorary doctorate to Ssempa in 2006 for his work with people with AIDS.

June 9, 2014

Nominations close on 20 June for European Diversity Awards

Lesbian BBC newsreader Jane Hill is urging the public to nominate the employers, groups and individuals building diversity in Europe today.

Nominations close for the 2014 European Diversity Awards on 20 June. The winners will then be chosen by a panel of judges.

The awards dinner will be held in London’s Natural History Museum on 2 October, hosted by Hill.

April 17, 2014

If your idea of heaven is hundreds of gay and bisexual men meeting in the Welsh countryside for a weekend of adventurous activities, sign up for the biggest gay camping event around

450 men will descend upon a Welsh town this end May bank holiday for Big Spring Camp.

Organized by OutdoorLads, the most social group for gay and bi men who like to get out more, Big Spring Camp brings men from all over the UK and beyond for a weekend of action in the great outdoors.

This year’s Big Spring Camp will be held in Llanrwst, pronounced Thlanroost for non-Welsh speakers, from 23 to 26 May.

All are welcome, even novice OutdoorLads who don’t already own the necessary camping equipment.

February 10, 2014

The annual awards are a celebration of the outstanding achievements of role models and community organisations

The National Diversity Awards have opened for nominations this month, giving people the opportunity to nominate their own heroes for recognition.

The black tie event, in association with Microsoft, showcases the work of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, inclusion and diversity in today’s society.

Founder Paul Sesay said: ‘It’s overwhelming to follow the inspiring stories of Britain’s unsung heroes.

'Let’s recognize true role models and continue to celebrate our nation’s diversity champions this year’.

January 22, 2014

The team are at the LGBTI Travel Show - Gay Star Beach Party to pick up some ideas for holidays and destinations. Sweden anyone? How about an adventure in The Galapagos? Or just camping with the boys at Outdoor Lads? 

The team are at the LGBTI Travel Show - Gay Star Beach Party to pick up some ideas for holidays and destinations. Sweden anyone? How about an adventure in The Galapagos? Or just camping with the boys at Outdoor Lads?

We also take in a bit of culture and interview Chris Polick about his role in a new theatre dance piece inspired by the writings of Tennessee Williams.

January 13, 2014

'I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation'

US talk show host Katie Couric is calling the controversy over her asking transgender guests about their private parts 'a teachable moment.'

Couric is under fire for asking model Carmen Carrera (RuPaul's Drag Race) and actress Laverne (Orange is the New Black) about their genitalia during a show that aired last week (6 January).

January 4, 2014

Under the amended Syariah law, any man or woman in Pahang found “cross-dressing” could face a maximum of one year behind bars or be fined up to RM1,000, or both.

In what is seen as a sign of increasing Islamisation in a country that is officially a secular state with Islam as its official religion, the northern state of Pahang has introduced heavier penalties on "cross-dressers" under an amended Syariah law, according to local news reports.

November 16, 2013

Threatened with federal lawsuit, district has agreed to change its policy to protect gender expression

Jeydon Loredo will appear in his La Feria High School yearbook photo wearing a tuxedo.

But it took the threat of a federal lawsuit and an online petition drive to get the Texas school to reverse its decision that had banned the transgender male student from dressing like the other male students in his senior portrait.

Attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) met with attorneys from the La Feria Independent School District on Friday (15 November) to work out an agreement that avoids legal action.

November 15, 2013

Former Take That star's new album Swings Both Ways addresses the artist's sexuality

Robbie Williams has described himself as a straight guy acting gay.

In his new record Swings Both Ways, the lyrics poke fun as his camp, 'gay' persona. There have been rumors for years about the Take That star's sexuality.

‘I want to balance the sides. I’m a straight person pretending to be gay. I’ve had a lot of people to imitate. It’s easy when you’re British, we’re camp by nature anyway,' he told the Sydney Telegraph.

November 13, 2013

 Jeydon Loredo:  'I want them to remember me, but also remember me as I really am'

Officials at La Feria High School in Texas are trying to stop transgender male student Jeydon Loredo from wearing a tuxedo for his senior portrait in the yearbook.

Other boys at the school wear tuxedos for the photos.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT organization in the US, says the school is violating its own policy and federal law trying the block the student from dressing as a male.

October 21, 2013

Big Brother star Brian Dowling says: 'To witness the outstanding work of all the nominees and award winners was extraordinary.'

The UK's largest national diversity awards will air on television for the first time next month.

Filmed back in September, The National Diversity Awards will broadcast on the Community Channel.

Role models and community heroes were among the honored at the ceremony for their commitment to equality and diversity.

Big Brother star Brian Dowling hosted the event again this year, who said: ‘It is a pleasure to be associated with such an inspirational awards ceremony. 

August 20, 2013

Brett Williams sued after the Colorado State Patrol refused to rehire him

A judge has ordered the Colorado State Patrol to pay one of its former captains $768,000 in damages for outing him as gay during a polygraph test.

Brett Williams, 45, had left the force in 2010 to become a helicopter pilot. But he re-applied for his job a few months later and was not re-hired.

He sued.

It seems that during the interview process, Williams was made to take a lie detector test and was asked about a sexual encounter with a male masseuse.

June 22, 2013

Michael Rogers maintains the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is the reason he is returning to outing closeted politicians who vote against LGBT equality

The reporter/blogger known for kicking politicians out of the closet warns he may out a gay member of the US Congress.

In an interview with US News & World Report, Michael Rogers reveals he is about to get evidence that there is one US House of Representative member who has gay sex and is anti-gay.

'Oh, it's going to happen because it has been happening for a long time,' he said to the magazine.

June 12, 2013

MI5, the British secret service, announced as new sponsor for this year’s awards rewarding best LGBT and other diversity

At one time all British spies were like James Bond – straight, white and middle class. But no longer. MI5, the British secret service, is backing gay, trans and other diversity by sponsoring the 2013 National Diversity Awards.

They will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent – positive role models and community organizations and businesses from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.

January 12, 2013

Alumnus Brian Alston Carter traces the movement of change at Morehouse College

Morehouse College graduate Brian Alston Carter is proud of the steps his alma mater has taken to be more supportive of its gay and bisexual students. In 2009, the historically all male black college was in the media spotlight due to a new dress code. A few of the items on the 'no list' were dresses, tops, tunics, purses or pumps.

January 1, 2013

GSN brings you some timely advice on how to keep your diet sharp while you’re hitting the slopes

‘With every raclette another ab dies...’ said my friend Ming pointedly, as I poured melted cheese over a pile of potato.

I’ve always been under the impression that when you’re skiing you can pretty much eat and drink whatever you want, as you’re burning it all off as you churn up the snow. Plus wintry holidays wouldn’t seem complete unless you were downing glühwein and scooping pieces of bread through steaming pots of fondue - it’s all part of the experience!

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.

July 30, 2012

The Corte di Cassazione decided on a case of a shop owner sueing a newspaper for an article indicating him as gay

There’s not a ‘public interest’ in outing a gay couple. So, a newspaper, writing a news story about two Italian shop owners, has committed a crime.

This is what the Corte di Cassazione (the Italian Supreme Court) has ruled discussing the case of a gay couple of an Italian country village.

According to the court ‘The outing of LGBT people in this case was not in the public interest. It went against privacy and defamation laws.’