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July 22, 2014

The Minister for Education has warned a headmistress that her school could lose funding if it is found she fired a teacher for being gay

A Catholic school could lose its public funding if it is found they fired a teacher for being gay.

Italy’s Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the Trento school after a teacher spoke out about being sacked to protect the school’s ‘ethics’.

Eugenia Libratore, the headmistress of Sacro Cuore, reportedly said she decided not to renew the ‘adequate and professional’ teacher’s contract because she ‘has the school’s environment to protect’ and ‘moral ethics’ to preserve.

July 21, 2014

Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer suspended for three games - could be reduced to two games with completion of sensitivity training

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe expressed outrage Monday (21 July) that special teams coach Mike Priefer has been suspended for just three games for making a homophobic comment.

Priefer can have his suspension reduced to two games if he completes sensitivity training.

July 21, 2014

Order bans federal government and federal contractors from discriminating against emplyees based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today that protects employees of the federal government and of federal contractors from being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 16, 2014

The stylish maternity and kids clothing company reveals its current best-selling products for pregnant mothers and younger kids

Looking for some stylish pregnancy wear or cool products for younger kids? Launched in 1993, JoJo Maman Bébé has evolved into becoming one of the UK’s foremost, niche, multi-channel in the pregnancy and baby market.

It offers adorable but practical baby and children’s clothing and a comprehensive collection of nursery products to cover the period from pregnancy to pre-school.

July 14, 2014

An American-born, British citizen says that what should have been a routine passport interview with UK officials turned into a half hour interrogation about his sexuality and fatherhood

The Home Office has suspended a UK passport official, pending disciplinary investigations, after the employee reportedly subjected a gay man to an intrusive line of questioning in front of the man’s four-year-old son.

The interrogation included information on the man’s sexual history and details about the adoption of his children.

American-born Randall Cole, aged 44, is married to a British man Stuart Wales, 42.

July 11, 2014

A 16 and 18-year-old were among five men given anal examinations after being arrested in Pader, northern Uganda

Five men, one as young as 16, were tortured with an anal probe test after being arrested by Uganda cops.

That’s according to activists who investigated the arrests in Pader district, northern Uganda, which GSN first reported yesterday.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum Uganda (HRAPF), said:

‘The background to the case is that one of the arrested persons, the now 18-year-old (who was a minor at the time the case was first reported) was arrested on 10 October 2013 for attempted suicide.

July 11, 2014

Flint Dollar was told 'that if I was to return it would be against the teachings of the Catholic Church'

Flint Dollar, a popular music teacher at a Catholic school in Macon, Georgia, is suing after his teaching contract was not renewed after four years.

The reason: he is gay and announced on Facebook that he was going to marry his partner this summer.

Although he had been open with school administrators since he came Mount de Sales Academy, there was now a problem and he found himself called into the office of the school president.

July 10, 2014

Feminist charity Women’s Aid is demanding transgender staff ‘prove’ their gender before being allowed to work, highlighting problems with UK law

A falling out between the UK trans community and feminist charity Women’s Aid has highlighted what many activists consider to be a job half-done when it comes to legal protections for trans persons.

It illustrates why, with a UK general election now less than a year away, many are calling on politicians to think again about half-baked equality laws and a Gender Recognition Act, which creates more problems than it solves.

Trouble erupted when the Women’s Aid Transgender and Transsexual Equality Policy and Procedure was publicized on a number of trans forums.

July 9, 2014

ACLU, Lambda Legal and Transgender Law Center among the groups to say 'inclusion of this provision is no longer tenable'

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has lost the support of several leading LGBTI legal groups on Tuesday (8 July) because religious groups would be exempt from the long-stalled legislation.

The American Civil Liberties Union; Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; Lambda Legal; National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Transgender Law Center issued a joint statement saying the current version of ENDA allows religious organizations to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

July 8, 2014

CEO Tim Cook is in the video showing Apple employees showing their Pride in San Francisco

Apple has become the latest company to flaunt their pro-gay views with a new video celebrating Pride.

It shows its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, at San Francisco Pride on 29 June.

The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade, from cities including Munich, Paris and Hong Kong.

‘We believe that inclusion inspires innovation,’ Apple said in a statement.

During the parade, Apple handed out free music gift cards and set up an LGBT station on iTunes Radio.

July 8, 2014

Madelynn Lee Taylor is challenging Idaho state law that prohibits her from having final resting place be with wife Jean Mixner

A 74-year-old military veteran sued the state of Idaho on Monday (7 July) in a battle to have her eternal resting place beside her late wife in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Madelynn Lee Taylor served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1964. Last year, she tried to make advance arrangements to have her ashes interred in a granite columbarium next to those of late wife, Jean Mixner, who she married in California in 2008.

Cemetery employees refused her request because Idaho law does not recognize their marriage.

July 4, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe explains why two recent Supreme Court decisions could be game changers for straight and LGBTI women in the worst way

This month in the US we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the Star Spangled Banner, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776.

Many will simply be singing reproductions of the ‘rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air’.

All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale. All this happens at home as our American troops continue to soldier on.

July 4, 2014

The world’s top level of government will now give equal benefits and recognition to its workers who are in same-sex relationships who have legally wed

The United Nations has announced that it will extend equal benefits to its employees who have entered into same-sex unions in jurisdictions where they are legal.

Under the new policy staff who have married a same-sex spouse in a jurisdiction will receive the same benefits and recognition as those in heterosexual marriages regardless of whether same-sex marriage is legal in their country of citizenship.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon made the policy announcement yesterday, saying 'equality begins at home'.

July 3, 2014

A working group of experts reviewing the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases guidelines has recommended the removal of several ‘disorders’ that continue to stigmatize LGBTIs as sick despite the removal of homosexuality as a disorder in 1990

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been urged to remove several classifications in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) guidelines as the United Nations body prepares to release a new edition of the guidelines in 2017.

The recommendation was made by a working group of health experts from around the world who have been tasked by the WHO to review the F66 section of the guidelines.

The ICD has not listed homosexuality as a disorder in-and-of-itself since 1990.

July 1, 2014

Just days after a CNBC host speculated about his sexuality, Apple computers boss Tim Cook has given a send off to 5,000 Apple staff before they marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance before the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, paying tribute to those marching under the slogan ‘Apple Pride’ with 5,000 employees.

Cook posed for photos with Apple staff before the parade and tweeted a photo of Apple’s entry in the parade to his 536,000 followers on Twitter.

The 53-year-old attended the launch event for Apple's marchers just days after CNBC host Simon Hobbs worried he had outed Cook, asking why there were not more openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

July 1, 2014

Ross Edgley's extreme experiment shows why men and women should chuck out the weighing scales

Whether you’re male or female, the bathroom scales will probably dictate much of your training and nutrition when trying to get in shape.

But research shows they should probably be ignored. This is because the scales don’t measure beauty, talent, strength, fitness; in fact they don’t even do a very good job of measuring fat either.

So before you embark on a fitness regime, read the following research from the Journal of the American Medical Association as well the findings from my own personal extreme weight loss experiment so you know the truth.

July 1, 2014

Makes surprise announcement during White House Pride reception

At a White House reception celebrating LGBTI pride, US President Barack Obama surprised attendees when he announced plans to sign an executive order protecting all federal workers from gender identity discrimination.

This is in addition to the executive order he plans to sign to protect employees of federal contractors from anti-LGBTI discrimination.

Obama's action is taking place as the US House of Representatives continues to stall the Employment Non-Discrimination Act already passed by the US Senate.

June 30, 2014

They wonder if ruling could open the way for companies to also claim religious exemption on non-discrimination policies

The US Supreme Court's ruling that closely held corporations are not required to provide birth control under their insurance plans has alarmed LGBT organizations who fear potentially harmful implications.

The decision on Monday (30 June) came in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.  It limits a provision of the Affordable Care Act which requires that all health insurance plans include preventative healthcare, including contraception coverage.

June 30, 2014

'...Through this comprehensive strategy, we are decreasing new HIV infections to the point where by 2020, the number of persons living with HIV in New York State will be reduced for the first time'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used Gay Pride to announce an aggressive proposal to reduce HIV infections in the Empire State.

Called Bending the Curve, the project is meant to decrease new HIV infections so the number of recently developed infections is below the figure of HIV-related deaths.

June 26, 2014

If you type in PRIDE, each letter in an individual column, then you get a special surprise

In honor of Pride month, Google is celebrating with incredible little Easter eggs that you might have missed.

For example, there's one in its Google Docs program.

Open up a new spreadsheet document, and type ‘PRIDE’, one letter in each column, and you’ll get a rainbow-colored spreadsheet.

June 26, 2014

Just in time for some of the world’s biggest Gay Pride festivals around the world, Heineken features six real couples on its Instagram account for its #LikeForLove campaign

Heineken has embraced the rainbow for Gay Pride this month.

The beer company posted seven photos to its Instagram account today, featuring real gay, lesbian and trans couples in front of a color block background.

As followers scroll down the Instagram feed, the combined background of the pictures make a rainbow.

When you ‘like’ the photo, the Instagram heart pops up between the couples, a sign that Heineken, the couples and Instagram followers are proud of who they love.

June 24, 2014

Gay scouts past and present and their allies to participate in oldest LGBTI pride event in the US

Openly gay members of the Boys Scouts of America will make history on Sunday (29 June) when they participate in the 44th Annual New York City Pride March.

Until last January, a member of the scouts could be booted from the organization for being gay. Openly gay adults are still banned from being leaders.

Active and former Boy Scouts and leaders will present the American flag during the opening ceremony then serve as Color Guard during the march of more than 14,000 people down Fifth Avenue.

June 24, 2014

A new poll has found that a large majority of Americans wrongly believe that it is already illegal to fire someone over their sexuality under federal law despite the Employment Non-Discrimination Act stalling in Congress

A new YouGov/Huffington Post survey has found that 69% of Americans wrongly believe it is already illegal to fire someone for being gay or lesbian under US federal law – while another 18% were unsure.

Only 13% of Americans surveyed in the poll knew that gays and lesbians are not protected from discrimination in employment under federal law when asked.