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May 22, 2015

Accuses finance minister of 'hiding some sort of fiscal gender reassignment'

New Zealand's opposition leader has apologizeed for a 'flippant' anti-trans joke he made during Thursday's (21 May) budget debate.

The Labour leader after Finance Minister Bill English presented his : 'I don’t know what he’s trying to hide – some sort of fiscal gender reassignment or something.'

'I accept my comment was flippant and I accept it has caused offence for which I apologise,' he told GayNZ.com.

May 21, 2015

Robert Gates: Scouts can't 'ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country'

Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said today that the organization can no longer ban openly gay adults.

Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense, said at the BSA's annual meeting in Atlanta: 'I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was Director of CIA and Secretary of Defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.'

May 16, 2015

The 23-year-old has been convicted of exposing one sex partner to HIV and attempting to expose four others

A HIV-positive former college wrestler from Missouri will spend at least 30 years in jail after being found guilty of failing to inform his sexual partners of his HIV status.

Michael Johnson, 23, was found guilty after a 3-day trial on five of six counts against him – three of the six counts were exposing someone to HIV and three were attempting to expose someone to HIV. He was found not guilty on a sixth charge – exposing another man to HIV.

May 16, 2015

New group Teachers for No do not consider teaching marriage equality and LGBTI rights to be appropriate for primary school children

A group of Irish teachers has launched a new organization calling for people to vote No in the upcoming referendum over fears of teachers being accused of homophobia.

Teachers for No, or Educators for Conscience, say the possibility of same-sex marriage becoming legal will have consequences which have not been dealt with and discussed properly.

May 16, 2015

Gay couple returning from holiday say they were horrified to see their 'sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance and taped prominently to the top of their bag'

A gay male couple from Virginia, USA who had taken legal action against United Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage, have had their case dismissed for a second time by a Houston federal court.

The couple – identified in media reports as Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger – claimed that their black duffel bag had emerged on a Norfolk International Airport carousel with a foul-smelling dildo taped to the top of their bag.

May 16, 2015

The Attorney General's office kicked off an initiative schooling health care professionals on best practices in working with transgender patients

The Attorney General of New York has announced a new initiative to ensure equal access to medical care for transgender people across the state.

Eric Schneiderman said his Civil Rights Bureau is working with the Greater New York Hospital Association, Mt Sinai Health Systems and Lambda Legal to address the challenges trans patients face and to ensure healthcare providers know best practice to treat them.

May 15, 2015

‘Chubbing’ by Democratic politicians – engaging in prolonged debate around other bills – meant the legislation could not be approved before its midnight deadline

In a move welcomed by LGBT advocates, proposed  legislation targeted at preventing same-sex marriage in Texas has failed to be approved by the Texas House of Representatives.

Earlier this year, a record 20 pieces of anti-LGBT legislation were proposed for the Texas legislative session. Most of these were quickly abandoned or failed to receive sufficient support.

May 15, 2015

Rankings were announced today for Hong Kong's first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index – with some employees highlighted for specific honors

Community Business, a not-for-profit organization focusing on diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, has today revealed the results of its inaugural Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index.

Earlier this year, companies were invited to make submissions for the Index, which follows the success of similar indexes in the US, UK and Australia.

However, compared with those countries, LGBT diversity and inclusion remains a more controversial subject in Hong Kong and wider Chinese society.

May 15, 2015

Two youths were arrested for the same thing earlier this week

Four more men have been arrested in Taiwan for having oral sex on a train, days after two youths were arrested for the same thing.

The latest arrests come after a 29-second clip was posted online showing two of the men openly having oral sex in a train carriage during the day.

Taiwan Railway Administration reported the incident to police and said they may sue the men for yet unassessed amount.

Police were able to pinpoint the location of the train by an announcement that can be hear in the video and the scenery outside the windows.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

May 15, 2015

Australian LGBTI workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity has announced the winners of its annual business awards and many industry leading companies and institutions are among the winners

PwC has been named Australia’s 2015 Employer of the Year for LGBTI workers – becoming only the first company to win the award twice since the founding of workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity in 2012.

The Australian arm of the global professional services firm topped a list of 20 organizations which were honored today at a luncheon in Sydney organized by Australia’s only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.

May 15, 2015

City welcomes women in polygamous marriages but not same-sex partners

A British lesbian Thursday (14 May ) launched a landmark challenge against the Hong Kong government after she was refused a dependent visa to live in the Chinese city with her partner.

The woman in the 40s, who can only be identified as QT, entered into a civil partnership in 2011. She moved to Hong Kong later that year after her partner SS was offered a tech job in the territory with a global firm.

QT applied for a dependent visa – in 2012 and 2014 – but was refused both times.

May 14, 2015

Survey finds 13 million are banned from their family home

Four million gay men were victim of serious physical violence in 2014, according to a new survey.

PlanetRomeo released these shocking figures ahead of the launch of its Gay Happiness Index on the International Day Against Homophobia (17 March).

The gay dating network, in cooperation with the University of Mainz in Germany, questioned 115,000 gay men from 127 countries for the survey.

'When applying the survey results to the entire world population, the estimated outcome is shocking,' the company said in a statement.

May 14, 2015

If it is to be passed, HB 4105 has until midnight tonight to be discussed in the Texas House of Representatives – a deadline that has prompted businesses to step up and state their stance on the legislation

Following our story yesterday on how businesses were being urged by LGBT equality campaigners to speak out against anti-gay legislation being introduced in Texas, tech giant Dell has made a statement specifically opposing HIB 4105.

May 13, 2015

HIV expert Lucy Maroncha says the laws in Kenya are only leading to an increase of HIV cases

In Kenya, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people, is putting them at increased risk of HIV.

May 13, 2015

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

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When religious freedom bills were being discussed in Indiana and Arkansas earlier this year, voices from the business community were among the loudest in condemning the proposed legislation.

May 13, 2015

The resort is teaming up with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates for a day of thought leadership and guidance on diversity and inclusion

The world-famous Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is to host a one-day LGBT Equality Institute workshop. The initiative comes about in partnership with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

San Francisco-based Out & Equal describes itself as ‘the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.’

It offers a range of resources to help LGBT employees and runs events to held advance diversity and inclusion practices within the world of business.

May 12, 2015

MyGwork is open to professionals, students and companies looking to promote their diversity and inclusiveness

A new website is touting itself as ‘a LinkedIn for LGBT professionals’.

MyGWork was launched last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.

The Gauberts grew up in Montpellier in France, but relocated to London around four years ago to study for their Masters degrees; Adrien at Kings College and Pierre at London School of Economics (LSE).

May 10, 2015

At the same time the Bishop of Limerick warns of 'legal challenges' to school textbooks should the referendum return a Yes vote

Hundreds of marriage equality supporters held a rally on the streets of Dublin today to kick off the ‘final countdown’ to Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality.

 Campaigners from all sectors across society – including teachers’ union and student union representatives and politicians – came together in Merrion Square.

‘Every vote counts and we urge people to use their voice for a positive change in Irish society,’ Max Krzyzanowski of Noise, who organized the event, told RTÉ.

May 9, 2015

Angela Eagle is serious contender for deputy’s job

One of Britain’s top lesbian Members of Parliament, Angela Eagle, is considering standing for the Labour leadership, Gay Star News can reveal.

Eagle has long spoken privately about her desire to be deputy leader, GSN understands. Whether she throws her hat in the ring for the leadership is likely to depend on which other candidates step forward.

The job opened up when Ed Miliband stood down after disastrous election results for Labour.

May 8, 2015

As the Liberal Democrats lose all their LGBTI MPs, seven fresh faces take seats in the House of Commons

With the final votes counted and the General Election over, Britain is officially the country with the highest number of out LGBTI MPs in the world.

At least 152 out LGBTI MPs ran for election on 7 May, with 27 of them being elected into the House of Commons today.

These numbers mean there is now one more out MP in the Commons than at the time of the dissolution of Parliament; the UK now also holds the highest number of out LGBTI MPs ever recorded in the world.

May 8, 2015

Similar to contraceptive implants, it releases a sustained dose of antiretrovirals for up to 40 days

Scientists at the Oak Crest Institute of Science in California have developed a matchstick-size implant that could 'revolutionize' HIV treatment.

The implant, similar to a contraceptive implant, delivers a controlled, sustained release of antiretroviral drugs for up to 40 days in dogs with no adverse side effects.

'To our knowledge this is the first implant to be used for this purpose,' said Dr Marc Baum, senior faculty and founder of the institute.

May 8, 2015

The woman alleges that the bookstore discriminated against her when she told management that she wanted to transition

A transgender, former employee of Barnes and Noble has lodged a lawsuit against the company, alleging that she faced discriminatory treatment, before eventually being fired, after telling her bosses that she wished to undergone gender transition from male to female.

She has brought the action with the help of the Transgender Law Center, Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP and the Law Offices of G. Samuel Cleaver.

‘I loved my job at Barnes & Noble,’ said Victoria Ramirez in a statement.

May 7, 2015

Unusual chanting session on eve of UK election

Activists, artists and others gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to chant they wanted a ‘dyke for prime minister’ yesterday (6 May).

Part protest, part performance – the mass chanting on the eve of the UK’s general election, highlighted those left out of the political system.

They demanded ‘an immigrant for prime minister… someone with AIDS for prime minister… someone who has debt’.