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March 5, 2015

Utah lawmakers have unveiled legislation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination while also protecting religious freedoms

Lawmakers in Utah are today discussing anti-discrimination legislation which they believe could keep both LGBTI campaigners happy and those with strongly held religious beliefs concerning homosexuality.

The proposed legislation, SB296, has receiving the backing of the Mormon church.

March 4, 2015

Reverend Ann Kansfield was sworn in as the New York City Fire Department’s newest religious chaplain after complaints about a lack of diversity inside the organization

New York City’s Fire Department has appointed its first ever woman chaplain and she is also the first ever openly lesbian person to serve in that role.

The Reverend Ann Kansfield was sworn into the role on Tuesday and joins six other chaplains on the force that are Christian and one that is Jewish.

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel A Nigro praised Kansfield for her community work around her Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn and welcomed her as the first ever female fire chaplain in New York.

March 4, 2015

The Head of Diversity and Inclusion, KPMG, reflects on his role at the Olympic games in London in 2012, and how being an out gay man in a senior position encouraged others to be themselves

Growing up as a country boy in Yorkshire, England, I had always been fascinated by the Olympics. One of my earliest memories was watching Seb Coe win gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow on my parents black and white television set.

I didn’t realize that I would end up working for Seb 27 years later, when he became chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

March 4, 2015

Silent T is winning awards, and one of its creators Harry Taylor speaks to Gay Star News about the heartbreaking video

What is it like to grow up as a transgender teen?

This short film, Silent T, is an incredibly inspirational, heartfelt film about the struggle and social injustice some trans people face.

It has recently won Best Drama at the world's largest student film festival, Campus Moviefest.

GSN spoke to Harry Taylor, one of the two Westminster University students, to find out more about the film and what it meant to him to create and star in it.

What inspired you to make the film?

March 4, 2015

Gay Star News checks out London’s original gay professionals networking group; Jake

Looking for an opportunity to mix and mingle with other gay business folk?

Launched in the early 00s, Jake was ground-breaking in being one of London’s first networking groups for professional gay men.

Created by financier Ivan Massow, it arrived at a time when the majority of gay men in the UK thought long and hard before coming out in their place of work, and opportunities to network with others were scant.

March 4, 2015

HRC Nebraska and HRC Arkansas have announced details of their ‘Equality is Our Business’ programs

Developed by Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization, the Equality is Our Business initiative has the following aim: to encourage 10,000 US business and organizations to stand up for diversity.

Businesses that sign the pledge join others that support workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations.

March 3, 2015

Now he’s suing management and colleagues at leisure center

A gay swimming instructor was forced to change in the disabled toilet at work and told he should not be teaching young children, a tribunal heard today.

The UK employment tribunal was told Paul Britton was also dubbed ‘faggot’ and ‘gay boy’ at work and called a ‘paedo’ by his manager because was a Conservative Party member.

Colleagues at High Wycombe Sports Centre in Buckinghamshire, southern England, also sent him a lewd photo of a workmate in a mankini.

March 3, 2015

Young and looking for work? While the UK’s main political parties continue to argue over the growth in apprenticeship places, employers from a range of sectors will feature at the show at London’s Business Design Centre

The annual Diversity Apprenticeships Careers Show returns to London this Friday (6 March).

Aimed at those still in school or at the very beginning of their career, the show will host exhibitors who recognize the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.

March 3, 2015

Nine districts are planning measures to support their LGBTI residents

Only one other Tokyo ward is keen to follow Shibuya and Setagaya in issuing partnership certificates to gay couples, a newspaper survey by a has found.

The Japan Times asked the capital's 21 other wards whether they were considering certificates or other measures to publicly acknowledge same-sex relationships.

Only Bunkyo responded positively to both questions.

The ward intends to introduce LGBTI-inclusive policies by March 2016, an official said, but it remains to be seen whether they will include recognition certificates.

March 3, 2015

Russia is furious that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ordered that all UN employees in legally recognized relationships should have equal partner benefits regardless of where they are working

The Russian Government has warned it may intervene at the United Nations to stop gay and lesbian employees of the UN receiving equal partner benefits regardless of the laws of the country they are working in.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued an administrative order in June last year so that all UN employees who were in relationships that had been legally recognized by a member state could receive equal benefits no matter where they were working.

March 3, 2015

Do you need to care for a sick spouse? The revised act now allows eligible US employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specific family and medical reasons

The US Department of Labor has issued new rulings that revise the definition of spouse in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 1993. The new ruling recognizes same-sex spouses.

The ruling was issued last week (25 February) and will take effect on 27 March. Eligible employees who are in a recognized same-sex marriage will be able to take federal, job-protected FMLA leave – up to 12 work weeks a year – to care for their spouse or family member.

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.

March 2, 2015

Retailer claims it is to 'prevent gay being misused'

'Gay' is on a list of banned words by UK retail company Marks & Spencer and cannot be used in gift messages.

Customers who attempt to buy a product, from flowers to bedding, are allowed to enter a free message before they complete their order.

But if you were to put 'Best gay night ever', 'You're so gay', or 'Have a gay old time', then this would not be allowed.

An on-screen notification, which pops up if any blocked words are entered, reads: 'Sorry, there's something in your message we can't write.'

March 2, 2015

Our Business Editor, David Hudson, explains what you can expect from the new Gay Star News business section

One of the reasons why we’ve decided to launch a dedicated Business Section is because the corporate world’s attitude towards LGBTI issues has changed tremendously and rapidly in the last 20 years.

At first, some forward-thinking companies began to wake up to the spending power of LGBTI communities – latching on to the so-called ‘Dorothy Dollar’ and ‘Pink Pound’.

Others realized that the gay scene was often the first to adopt new trends – making it the idea place to launch new bespoke products.

March 1, 2015

'The parade is an important way for Guinness to support the Irish community, and we look forward to celebrating with millions of New Yorkers on March 17'

Guinness is returning as a sponsor of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

February 27, 2015

The definitive listing of LGBTI-friendly employees in the US

Launched in 2002 by the Human Rights Campaign [HRC], this annually-produced US Index is an invaluable guide to those employers who embrace diversity and inclusion as part of their working ethos, and which have taken steps to welcome and champion their LGBT staff.

Businesses that score 100 percent are recognized in the Index’s ‘Best Places to Work’ list, while consumer-oriented businesses are included in the ‘Buying for Equality’ guide.

February 27, 2015

UK companies ranked on their diversity and inclusion credentials

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index sets out to find the best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain.

Campaigning charity Stonewall believes that people perform better when they can be themselves – a motto that guides much of the work that it carries out with businesses through its Diversity Champions Program.

Its annual Workplace Equality Index is an extension of this, pushing businesses to measure the efforts they are taking to tackle discrimination.

February 26, 2015

A senior manager with aerospace and defense company, Lockheed Martin, Cameron reflects on the advantages of being out at work from the day you join a company

In 1996, shortly before I accepted a job as a mechanical engineer at aerospace company Lockheed Martin, friends who worked there advised me to go back in the closet.

They told me that I should hide because everybody at the Sunnyvale, California office was a conservative Republican. They said that I should peel the rainbow flag sticker off the back window of my truck or somebody would smash through it.

They suggested that I stop wearing men’s clothing, so that I might fit in better.

February 26, 2015

Now working for World Bank as a Senior Country Officer for Maghreb, Houdart reflects on coming out at work and the journey that business has undertaken in respect to LGBTI workplace equality

In 2001, when I was 23 years old, I started my career at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

At the time I was in the process of coming out to my parents and friends. My father warned me that being gay would irrevocably hurt my career prospects, which fed my existing insecurities.

I was terrified that my colleagues and clients, who came from diverse cultural backgrounds and were often deeply religious, would discover the truth and take a dim view of me.

February 26, 2015

A Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development in a healthcare organization, Glover came out when named Employee of the Year at an awards dinner

During my twenties I was keen to keep my sexuality hidden from colleagues at work.

At the time I was a junior manager within a multi-national company. Like many LGBT employees, I was not completely secure in shouting about my identity.

I always anticipated the company Christmas party with a mixture of fear and dread. I think there are a huge range of invisible 'give-away' signals that can stir the ‘Is he gay?’ gossip mill.

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 26, 2015

The writer and editor recalls being fired after informing her boss that she was transitioning… and how she successfully fought the decision

In my life, there have been two memorable days labeled Tuesday, October 16. For the first, I was a naval officer on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean from Hong Kong to Pearl Harbor. When crossing the International Date Line from west to east, a day has to be repeated. Aboard our ship, that Tuesday lasted for 48 hours.

February 25, 2015

London mayor hopeful claims gay men are ‘obliged to stand on the left and throw rocks at the right’

In an interview in this month’s edition of UK gay magazine Attitude, Ivan Massow, out gay businessman and hopeful Conservative candidate for Mayor of London said:

‘Gay males don’t realize it, but when you start to dissemble, and ask them the questions that are multiple choice, they’re Tory [Conservative]. But you were obliged to stand on the left and throw rocks at the right.’

I have a few issues with that statement.

February 25, 2015

The author and educator has seen tremendous changes in society and the workplace since he was fired for being gay in 1974

In the 40 years that I have been educating others, including corporate senior officers around the globe, on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, I have witnessed dramatic changes in the workplace.

In the early days of my work, individual audience members would linger after the presentation to whisper to me that they were gay, or that their child was, and they would ask if they might stay in touch with me.