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March 31, 2015

Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia argue same-sex marriage is 'a sound economic option'

Corporate giants including Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia have signed an open letter to the federal government in support of gay marriage.

In the letter, they argue that same-sex marriage is not just 'the only truly fair option' but 'a sound economic option' – as it would make LGBTI employees happy and therefore more productive and  give Australia a competitive edge in attracting international talent.

March 31, 2015

South Asian country says vote against partner benefits for gay staff was based on 'sovereignty issues'

The US ambassador to India has expressed disappointment in the south Asian country for voting against LGBTI rights at the UN.

Richard Verma made the comment last week in New Delhi.

'We were disappointed... by India's support this week for the attempt to strip benefits from UN staff in same-sex relationships,' he said.

'We will continue to support the rights of LGBT individuals in India, in international institutions, and around the world.'

March 30, 2015

‘On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges … This is about how we treat each other as human beings.’

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has written an op-ed column for the Washington Post  explaining why he regards so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws, and their ability to allow businesses to discriminate, as dangerous.

Cook is speaking out just days after one such law was passed in Indiana.

March 30, 2015

State Democrats and LGBTI groups want law fixed before more damage is done to state's economy and image

If Indiana Governor Mike Pence thought giving a defiant TV interview over the weekend would head off mounting criticism of his recent signing of a 'religious freedom' bill, he was very wrong.

On Monday, backlash against SB101 - which gives private businesses and organizations the right to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs - picked up even more momentum.

March 30, 2015

With campaigners emphasizing that big business is opposed to the legislation, pressure continues to be applied to Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the state’s ‘religious freedom’ bill

The Human Rights Campaign has published adverts warning that Arkansas could seen be ‘closed for business – due to discrimination.’

The LGBT advocacy group hopes that by emphasizing the economic consequences of the state adopting a new ‘religious freedom’ law, it can persuade Arkansas governor, Asa Hutchinson, to think twice before signing the bill into law.

March 30, 2015

Seeks $101,610 for property and emotional damages

A former student at Brigham Young University in Utah settled a lawsuit Thursday (26 March) after he was assaulted and evicted from student accommodation for being gay.

The amount was not disclosed but Andrew White had sought $101,610 for damage to property and 'emotional distress as a result of management's sharing his sexual orientation.'

On 23 January, White was evicted from 'BYU-approved' housing which enforces the Mormon school’s honor code, including no premarital and gay sex.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 27, 2015

Ex-boyfriend posts naked photos of him online

A manager at a state-owned enterprise has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for having a gay affair.

Chen Peijiang, a vice-general manager at Zhejiang Energy in Hangzhou, was punished for his 'unethical lifestyle' after his ex-boyfriend posted photos of them having sex online.

His ex, a 23-year-old college student surnamed Lu, also accused the older man of corruption and threatening to harm him and his family.

March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 25, 2015

Former Trade Minister Lord Davies reveals that almost one in four UK board members are now female – but challenges remain to boost that number further

The number of female board members in FTSE 100 companies has nearly doubled since 2011 – rising from 12.5% then to 23.5% in early 2015.

The statistics were announced today by former Trade Minister, Mervyn Davies, Lord Davies of Abersoch.

Following the formation of the UK’s coalition government in 2010, a target was set by then Minister, Lord Davies, following a request from Business Secretary, Vince Cable.

March 25, 2015

The event will take place as part of the Asia LGBT Milestone Awards and will feature speakers from BP and IBM – as well as a former Chinese policeman, Geng Le, who has created a multi-million dollar gay dating app empire

The Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMA Awards 2015) will return for its second annual outing in mid-April.

Organizers have today announced that the event will include an international business forum to discuss issues around social diversity and inclusion concerning LGBTI minorities.

The headline topic for discussion will be: What you can do – today’s key challenges to achieving greater diversity in the workplace.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 25, 2015

Country is accused of trying to export its domestic hostility to LGBTI rights

Russia has failed in its bid to block partner benefits for all gay UN staff.

The UN Budget Committee on Tuesday (24 March) voted against Russia's proposal by the by 80 to 43.

EU member countries and the US lobbied hard against the resolution while Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria voted in favor.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the UN would recognize the marriages of all gay staff and extend benefits to their partners.

March 24, 2015

Does it matter if people still think of certain jobs as ‘gay’? And do the people in those professions mind?

If you met a man and he told you that he was an air steward, would you wonder if he was gay?

Nowadays, most people appreciate that gay people are found in every walk of life and in every place of work.

In fact, in Pride festivals around the world, people sometimes make a point of marching in their work outfit to drive the point home. Certainly, in the UK, the sight of LGBT police, army and navy is not uncommon at the bigger Pride parades.

March 24, 2015

Based in Washington, D.C., the NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses

The US-based National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) was founded in 2002 by co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, who wanted to highlight the fact that LGBT people were business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare – and are a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run.

March 23, 2015

The Denver employee, with the backing of his pastor, has written a blistering open letter blasting the company for supporting an LGBT History Month initiative

An employee at Home Depot’s North Lakewood store in Denver was so disgusted and angered by a notice on a staff noticeboard advertising an LGBT History Month in June that he has written an open letter to his employer challenging it on its stance towards diversity and inclusion.

In the letter, Timothy Noffsinger says that LGBT people ‘practice and promote’ sexual behaviors that are ‘morally evil and self-destructive sexual deviations.’

March 21, 2015

Russia has called for a vote on Tuesday on its proposal to stop the UN from extending benefits to staff members who are in same-sex marriages

Last July United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the organization would recognize and allow its staffers, who are in same-sex marriages, to receive equal benefits as those in opposite-sex marriages.

March 21, 2015

Out@NBC Universal was the first LGBT organization permitted to march in the parade's 254-year history

Two men have been charged with disorderly conduct for throwing  toilet paper at the only LGBTI organization participating in New York City St Patrick's Day parade.

According to the Daily News, Daniel Kaul and Daniel Dimirco, both 19,were a arrested this past Tuesday (17 March) after hurling toilet paper 'into the crowd,' specifically at the 'at the Out@NBC marchers.'

March 20, 2015

'Transgenders have been deprived of education, employment opportunities, begging on the streets and going through gross neglect'

West Bengal state cabinet Wednesday (18 March) approved the formation of  a Transgender Development Board, the first of its kind in India.

Sashi Panja, minister-in-charge for women and child development, said Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra states had transgender boards, but they were focused on welfare, not development.

'Quite often we have seen that they (transgenders) have been deprived of education, employment opportunities, begging on the streets and going through gross neglect,' she said.

March 19, 2015

The 20 were all included in this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

The UK’s LGBT advocacy group, Stonewall, has celebrated what it regards to be the 20 most inclusive law firms for LGB staff in 2015

The list follows the publication in January of Stonewall's annual Workplace Equality Index, which ranks organizations by their gay-friendly credentials in terms of diversity and inclusion polices and practice and the measures they may have taken to promote LGBT awareness.

March 17, 2015

He will continue to wear the 'Nobody Knows I'm Gay' T-shirt as an act of protest

An unemployed gay man has claimed he was discriminated against by staff at a job centre after he wore a 'Nobody Knows I'm Gay' T-shirt.

Shaun Clark, 28, claims staff were unhappy by the slogan and told him he should not wear it at the JobCentre Plus in Burnley, Lancashire.

'I am proud to be gay and I don't think there is anything wrong with the T-shirt,' he told SWNS.

‘I have always worn a shirt and tie to an interview but I feel there is nothing wrong in wearing the T-shirt to the Jobcentre.

‘It is discrimination.’

March 17, 2015

The briefing, which took place yesterday in Washington, heard arguments both for and against the introduction of federal legislation to protect LGBT workers

Yesterday, in a historic move, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held its first briefing on the discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in the workplace.

The USCCR is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issues federal civil rights enforcement reports.

The meeting took place in Washington DC, and subjects discussed included general workplace issues faced by LGBT people, specific transgender issues and religious exemption bills.

March 16, 2015

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin had nothing but good things to say about Larry Kramer despite the legendary activist and author's blasting of HRC in a recent interview.

'Larry is a real hero to me and I have great, great respect for him,' Griffin told Gay Star News at the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday (14 March). 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer.'

March 16, 2015

The world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.

Based in the US, Out & Equal collaborates with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT employees.