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April 16, 2014

Straight man accused Sprint of 'not treating their customers like they should' after he received a shocking email

A US phone company is in trouble after it appears they called a customer a ‘gay sissyboy’ in an email.

Kelvin Mathews, a married straight guy from Chicago, was wondering if someone had their wires crossed when he received a message from Sprint.

He claims after he contacted customer service, he received the message addressed to ‘Sissyboy Kelvin Gay Matthews’.

April 16, 2014

Hakim was betrayed to the police by his uncle, tortured and forced onto the streets where a journalist put him on a ‘most wanted’ list of gays

A few weeks ago, I told the story of a teen named Corey who was driven from his birth home when his parents found out he was gay, and into the arms of a loving home that rescued him.

April 15, 2014

Words like ‘homo’ and ‘maricones’ are now frowned on but even ‘gay’ and ‘homophobia’ have been debated by some

As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demean us.

In last month’s New York Time’s article The Decline of the ‘H’ Word Jeremy Peters wrote that while the word ‘homosexual’ for the most part is ‘inoffensive,’ ‘outdated,’ and perhaps ‘innocuous,’ the word nonetheless is viewed by many in our LGBTI community as a pejorative term.

April 12, 2014

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity'

While speaking to the International Catholic Child Bureau, Pope Francis insisted children need to be raised by mothers and fathers.

The comment was made as the pope was criticizing child soldiers and child labor.

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity,' the Pope said, as reported by the Advocate.

April 11, 2014

LGBTI diversity and inclusion is behind race and gender in workplaces, but is making strong progress says Barclaycard CEO

The CEO of Barclaycard says not just hiring people who are like you is vital to the future of a business.

She shared the advice with more than 600 delegates at the 2014 Workplace Conference of leading British gay campaign organization Stonewall today.

In her speech Val Soranno Keating reflected comments she had made to Gay Star News in an exclusive interview published earlier this year.

April 9, 2014

How well do you know this Northern European country sandwiched between Germany, Sweden and Norway? Home to the world’s best restaurant and cycling paths, we discuss why Denmark is topping the travel charts

Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.

Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.

Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.

2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.

April 9, 2014

35 men allegedly dressed in women's clothes were entrapped by the religious police and could face a life of blackmail, jail or even death

Saudi Arabia police have arrested 35 people and accused them of being gay.

The men, allegedly dressed in women’s clothes, were arrested at a beach resort in the western city of Jeddah.

According to local reports, neighbors contacted the religious police complaining of the loud music being played at the party.

The police took the arrested men to the station and kept the dresses and music equipment until an investigation is complete.

April 6, 2014

The four – among other 28 other candidates – signed a protocol prepared by a gay rights group to undertake to protect and improve gay rights, and partner with LGBT associations and promote anti-discrimination measures

Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul and its southern port city of Mersin now have four 'LGBT-friendly' mayors between them.

According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the four elected were among 32 candidates who ran during the elections on March 30 and signed the LGBT Friendly Municipality Protocol.

April 6, 2014

'If you're going to work in this salon, you've got to watch Game of Thrones'

Game of Thrones and Gay of Thrones are back!

The HBO series, based on the fantasy books of George RR Martin, returns for its fourth season. Fans of the show can't wait for things to start (6 April), and there is no more passionate GOT fanboy than Jonathan from Gay of Thrones.

April 5, 2014

Stateless and stranded for six months after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Hong Kong to update her passport photograph results in her having to surrender her Colombian passport and becoming a refugee under the protection of the UN's refugee agency

Eliana Rubashkyn recently became the first transgender woman in Hong Kong to be officially recognized as female without having completed gender reassignment surgery.

But life is far from being a bed of roses for the 25-year-old who has been stateless and stranded as a refugee in Hong Kong for the last six months.

April 5, 2014

Bill Maher discussed the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich during on online segment of his HBO talk show Real Time, saying ‘I think there is a gay mafia. I think if you cross them, you do get whacked’

Bill Maher, host of US talk show Real Time, suggested a ‘gay mafia’ was responsible for Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s resignation on Thursday (3 April).

The subject was discussed during an online segment of the show, featuring Forbes journalist Carrie Sheffield and former Republican Tom Davis.

Eich’s resignation came after he was found to have donated $1,000 (€725) to California’s Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, which aimed to ban equal marriage in the state.

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

April 4, 2014

Three of the eight victims of the Los Angeles invasive bacterial meningitis outbreak have died and all three who died were men who had sex with men

Three of the eight people who have contracted invasive bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles this year have died and all three were men who had sex with other men.

The announcement of the men’s death comes as Los Angeles County health officials ramp up calls for all men who have sex with men to get vaccinated against the disease – with free vaccines available for those without health care.

April 3, 2014

Co-founder could not overcome controversy over his donation to  Prop 8 anti-gay marriage referendum

After less than two weeks on the job, Brendon Eich has resigned as CEO of Mozilla Corp.

His undoing was a $1,000 donation supporting the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, an anti-gay marriage referendum that was successfully overturned last year.

News of the donation emerged last week and the backlash continued to gain momentum with company employees using Twitter to call for his ouster and the dating site OK Cupid temporarily blocking the site.

April 3, 2014

Trans organizations in Britain have released a Trans Manifesto today – with three demands to give politicians a simple way forward

Today’s announcement of the Trans Manifesto is another huge step forwards for trans people in the UK.

Four years ago I was involved in drawing up the massive Trans Statement of Needs. While an impressive piece of work, it was simply too daunting for any government to know where to start. A simpler, more focused, approach was needed.

April 3, 2014

Government has decided to allow publishers of gay 'naming and shaming' newspapers to travel freely into the country

Members of Parliament of the UK government voted against travel bans on the publishers of Ugandan gay hate newspapers and anti-gay supporters.

The call was made for MPs to vote on whether travel bans should be given to those who promote gay hate in Uganda.

They voted to not ban travel into the UK, meaning people who call for the deaths and imprisonment of gay people in Uganda will be allowed to enter the country.

April 1, 2014

Online dating website OkCupid has weighed in on Mozilla’s controversial new CEO Brendan Eich – urging its users to switch browsers over his past anti-LGBTI rights activism

Online dating website OkCupid has urged its users not to use Mozilla’s Firefox browser over the company’s appointment of a new CEO that donated to keep California’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

Mozilla appointed JavaScript creator Brendan Eich to be its new CEO on 24 March, raising the eyebrows of many LGBTI employees of the company as he had donated a thousand dollars to the campaign that put same-sex marriage on the ballot paper in California – resulting in the state ceasing to marry same-sex couples from November of 2008 until June of 2013.

March 30, 2014

Mozilla employees posts united and nearly simultaneous messages on Twitter calling on newly named CEO Brendan Eich to 'step down'

Shortly after Brendan Eich was named the new CEO of Mozilla Corporation last week, it was revealed he had donated US$1000 to support California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in 2008. The proposition passed the same year and was only struck down in 2013.

Multiple employees at Mozilla have openly called for Eich’s resignation over his anti-gay marriage stance, posting similar messages on Twitter.

March 30, 2014

2 security guards at call center company charged for violating city ordinance which prohibits 'all discriminatory acts against homosexuals in the workplace'

A transgender woman working at a call center company in Quezon City has filed a criminal complaint against two security guards for prohibiting her to use the company’s female restroom.

March 28, 2014

Carl Sciortino will be first person living with HIV to head AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Carl Sciortino, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2005, announced on Thursday (27 March) that he is resigning from office.

Sciortino, 35, disclosed that he is living with HIV and is taking on the job of executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

'As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years,' Sciortino said in a statement.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 27, 2014

Private Chinese companies and western firms leading on LGBTI workplace issues but state-owned enterprises still lagging, says organizer

Top Chinese and western firms have met for a summit in Shanghai on how to support LGBTI workers, many of who are still in the closet.

Chinese companies often say they don’t know of any LGBTI staff – but now they are starting to tackle the issues.

The summit today (27 March), thought to be the first of its kind in China, brought together 120 people from around 100 companies, about 10% of which were Chinese.

Among them was HSBC, IBM and Chinese computer company Lenovo but 50 Fortune 500 firms were represented.

March 26, 2014

Transphobic health workers mock their patients and even put their lives at risk through their negligence, report says

Transphobia is so endemic in India’s heathcare system that one train accident victim died because officials couldn’t decide whether to admit them to a male or female ward.

That’s just one story from a new report examining the corrosive mix of ignorance and transphobic attitudes leaving India’s trans population unsupported and at risk of developing serious illness.

It impacts not just the trans community but also – because disease is not limited by gender – on the wider non-trans community.

March 26, 2014

'It was never the intention of the Board to undermine our firm commitment to the authority of the Scripture'

The US branch of international poverty ministry World Vision appears to have quickly changed its mind about allowing the hiring of Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

It was less than two days ago that World Vision America president Richard Stearns (pictured) said in an interview with Christianity Today that such a change in policy would be taking place.