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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.’

May 2, 2012

But Sean Harris says he does not apologize for preaching against gay marriage or effeminacy

Sean Harris, a Baptist pastor in North Carolina who advocated that fathers 'punch' their sons if they start to act effeminately issued an 'official retraction' of his comments via his blog on Wednesday (2 May).