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November 25, 2014

Faith-based book equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality'

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for a month without pay for distributing a self-published anti-gay book to his subordinates.

In the book Who Told You That You Were Naked, he identified himself as a 'devout Christian man' whose first priority as Atlanta Fire Department (AFD) chief was 'to cultivate its culture to the glory of God.'

One passage equates homosexuality to 'pederasty' and 'bestiality' and another describes gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

November 25, 2014

A Facebook message has gone viral in Ireland and abroad, proving there are still wonderful people in the world

A gay man wandered into a Dublin store, dressed in a wooly sweater and short shorts.

When the man, who only wants to be identified as Colm, was called an anti-gay slur by another customer, the cashier then reacted in the best way possible.

This is a story that has gone viral in Ireland and now abroad.

Drag queen Panti Bliss shared the story, which reads in full:

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 24, 2014

'We live ordinary lives, just like everybody else,' one of the women said. 'Now it looks like I'm being a target.'

A lesbian couple is upset after their address on Google Maps had been changed to say that 'Faggots live here'.

Jennifer Mann and Jodi McDaniel have lived together in their small home in Canton, a town in North Carolina for the past four years.

Mann's son, Dakota Bonham said he discovered the slur when he was googling the address at Pisgah High School.

The couple, their three children and one grandchild, have described it as a 'hate crime'.

November 22, 2014

His government employer initially offered him only four days leave following the birth of his child via a surrogate

A gay man in Durban, South Africa, has launched a legal bid to claim the same length of maternity leave that a woman who gives birth is entitled to receiving.

The man is in a civil union with another man. They became parents to a child through surrogacy.

Currently, a woman who gives birth to a child is entitled to four months maternity leave in South Africa.

November 22, 2014

Mark Carter, former Mr Gay UK, has been suspended from duty in West Yorkshire after the attack on another gay man in the toilets of a popular bar in Manchester 

A former Mr Gay UK turned police officer has been suspended after being convicted of attacking a man in a gay club.

Mark Carter, a police constable for West Yorkshire Police, was convicted of assault by beating by Manchester Magistrates court.

Carter attacked another man in the toilets of The Thompsons Arms in Manchester’s gay village.

He was made the subject of a 12-month community order, told to do 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 compensation to his victim.

November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 20, 2014

Facebook, Yelp, Apple and Xerox are among the top scorers

A record 366 US companies have received a perfect score for LGBTI workplace inclusion in the new Corporate Equality Index released yesterday (19 November).

Top scorers included newcomers Facebook and Yelp as well as stalwarts Apple and Xerox, who have been leaders in LGBTI equality in the workplace since Human Rights Campaign began the biannual survey in 2002.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently came out as gay, celebrated the company's 13th consecutive perfect score on Twitter:

November 19, 2014

And the waiter was forced to leave after the manager refused to step in and do anything

A teenager is speaking out after he was called a homophobic slur on a restaurant receipt.

Blake Butler, 19, was a waiter at Kelley's Country Cookin' in Houston, Texas up until last week.

He was serving his tables and chatting to colleagues when a work friend showed him a note he got at the top of the receipt from two customers.

It read: 'Don't want to listen to a faggot through my whole meal'.

November 18, 2014

For many in the Middle East, Turkey is a safe haven for LGBTI people. But the gay and trans population still faces great hatred and real danger

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTI population.

On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a Pride march. Now, 11 years on, 2014 Istanbul Pride is widely lauded. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.

It is the ‘go-to’ country for LGBTI Muslims fleeing other Islamic countries for their safety.

The country’s Supreme Court acknowledged in July that calling LGBTI citizens ‘perverts’ is hate speech.

November 17, 2014

Letter asking about LGBTI workers rights sent to American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks and 65 more

A group of US investors worth $210billion are pushing top firms to support their LGBTI workers around the world.

The investors point out that many leading firms now offer equal workplace benefits and protection from discrimination to their gay, bi and trans staff in the US.

But the same firms may be less clear on their LGBTI policies in other countries.

November 16, 2014

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection to the case

Stephen Patrick White, 46, has died on Saturday afternoon in a hospital from injuries after he was found beaten and burned in a Greensboro, North Carolina hotel room last weekend.

According to media reports, White, an army veteran, has had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned in the incident last weekend when he went to the hotel with a man he met at a gay bar.

A 26-year-old man has as been charged in the crime.

November 15, 2014

Rep. Patricia Todd wants to name her bill 'Tim Cook Economic Development Act' which will ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation for state employees

Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker Rep. Patricia Todd has announced the 'Tim Cook Economic Development Act', a bill which will ban workplace discrimination against gay and lesbian state employees.

Cook, who came out publicly last month, is the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to do so.

November 15, 2014

The victim, a war veteran, has had most of both arms amputated after he was severely burned

A 26-year-old North Carolina man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill when he attacked his 46-year-old victim on early Sunday.

Stephen Patrick White, an army veteran, was found beaten in a Greensboro hotel room by police just after 4.30am after a hotel employee called to report a man screaming in the hotel, according to media reports.

November 12, 2014

More than 70 per cent of the city's LGBTI employees are not out at work

Asia's first LGBTI workplace inclusion index was launched today at a diversity conference in Hong Kong.

Community Business, a not-profit focusing on corporate responsibility, invited companies operating in the city to make submissions for the index until the end of February next year.

‘With the call for changes in legislation and a more visible LGBT community, not just in Hong Kong but across Asia, attitudes are changing,' Fern Ngai, CEO of Community Business, said in a statement.

November 10, 2014

Kees van Baar, human rights ambassador for the Netherlands, wants to work with corporates to improve life for LGBTIs around world

The new human rights ambassador for the Netherlands wants to work with the world’s biggest firms to make the world a better place for LGBTI citizens.

In particular, Kees van Baar hopes to change cultures in countries where homosexuality is illegal, by encouraging big employers to promote diversity for gay, bi and trans employees.

He said it would be one of his aims during his time as the human rights ambassador, a four-year term which started two months ago.

November 10, 2014

Some are not happy that the family friendly brand is supporting Pride

Kellogg's is being criticized by anti-gay groups for using family friendly mascot Tony the Tiger in a pro-gay advert. 

The company sponsored Atlanta Pride, and put out an ad speaking out for respect of the LGBTI community and its employees. 

'At Kellogg, we're an evolving culture that respects and accepts employees' sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression so that all employees can be authentic and fully engaged,' the advert read. 

November 10, 2014

But the Medical Defence Union appears to be changing for the better

UK doctors are recieving advice on how to treat transgender patients, and in some cases, this could lead to potentially life-threatening mistakes.

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), Britain's legal advisory group for the medical community, was found to be giving outdated counsel.

November 8, 2014

Think that your sexuality has no bearing on your work? An LGBT business conference taking place in London today reminded those attending that honesty fosters stronger and more authentic business relationships

Although an increasing number of young LGBT people are confident enough to be out whilst at university or business school, it’s estimated that around 61% choose to go back into the closet when they enter the world of business.

In fact, a recent study by Deloitte concluded that 85% of LGBT employees chose not to be out to their work colleagues.

November 6, 2014

Interview process also forces applicants to reveal their HIV status or if they've had a 'transsexual operation'

A Christian university in South Korea has told gay people they are not welcome to apply for jobs on their campus.

'Drinking, smoking and homosexuality are not allowed,' the ad for an English language teacher job posted by Korea Nazarene University reads.

The full job application also includes a 'self health check list'. Questions include 'Are OR were you HIV (AIDS) positive?' and 'Have you had transsexual operation? [sic]'.

University officials claim LGBTI people do not meet the 'requirements' needed to be a teacher at the school.

November 6, 2014

Thousands attended the funeral of Boston’s greatest mayor and a powerful ally for LGBTI citizens of all ethnicities and backgrounds

Thousands attended the funeral of Thomas Menino on Sunday – one of the best mayors the city of Boston ever had.

Menino was not just Boston’s longest-serving mayor but also a public servant of great integrity who served all his people.

He was possibly the most pro-LGBTI mayor in the country.

November 5, 2014

The vote is the first time a Texas city approved nondiscrimination language by the ballot

Yesterday, 4 November, voters in Dallas overwhelmingly approved protection for city employees from anti-LGBT discrimination.

According to Lone Star Q, the resolution to include 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity and expression' in the city's constitution was approved by 77%; only 23% of voters were opposed.

November 5, 2014

Top firm faces £1.5 million lawsuit

A boss is being sued for telling employees badminton is so 'gay' men should wear a dress when they play it.

Neil Campbell, a manager at London brokerage company Tullet Prebon, is accused of presiding over a 'sexist, racist and homophobic culture'.

Former employee Kishore Kansal is seeking £1.5 million ($2.4 million, €1.9 million) in damages citing racial harassment and discrimination.

November 4, 2014

The View co-host also accuses conservative network of not always being factually correct

It wasn't like Rosie O'Donnell's former nemesis on The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, was going to be sending her a Christmas card anyway.

O'Donnell blasted Hasselbeck's current employer, Fox News, during a discussion on Tuesday (4 November) about Ben Stein's controversial comments about President Obama who he called racist.

'It was on Fox News, which I think just likes to incite a lot of hate and is not always factually correct,' said O'Donnell.