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May 25, 2015

Australia, Canada, England, Israel are among the countries to have successfully integrated transgender people into their militaries

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund on Monday (25 May) renewed its call for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.

TLDEF honored the transgender men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty - while serving in silence - and had a message for the US Defense Department on Memorial Day.

May 22, 2015

'I’ve deeply hurt our community – and I am truly sorry'

Gay hotelier Ian Reisner has apologized again for hosting a dinner with homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and has donated $20,000 to the Fire Island Pines' advocacy arm.

Reisner and business partner Mati Weiderpass, who is also gay, own the Out NYC Hotel. Reisner paid $10.1 million in January for a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines, which along with the hotel have been boycotted by their mainly gay clientele.

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 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 7, 2015

EY hosted a webinar today that explored eight key ways to advance LGBT policies and strengthen global LGBT inclusion

Multinational professional services firm EY hosted a webinar this morning in which panelists discussed LGBT inclusion at work.

Part of the discussion included the crucial role that active and vocal allies can play in furthering LGBT inclusion at a global and local level.

Broadcast from a studio in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, the panel was chaired by Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of the Economist.

May 7, 2015

With society and the law against us, we can only protect ourselves

Yesterday I met face-to-face for the first time with a Facebook friend, Rohan, who lives in my city. As both of us are gay we talked about all the LGBTI issues in India.

The topic then turned to sex and blind dates. And that meant we very quickly started talking about the molestation and vulnerability of gays.

Rohan told me he had a very bitter experience and argued gays in India are really unsafe and vulnerable.

May 7, 2015

Teachers in trouble for saying ‘trans’ was like ‘gay’ on official form

A college of higher education is in trouble for not knowing what transgender is.

Henley College in Coventry, England has already hit the headlines this year for having an illegal block on their computer system, so students couldn’t see LGBTI content online.

Now they have confused gender with sexuality.

All new students have to fill in a form that asks what their sexuality is.

The options given are ‘heterosexual’, ‘gay/lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, ‘I do not wish to disclose’ – or ‘transgender’.

May 6, 2015

Gay couple reportedly thrown out of the venue because their kissing could offend other patrons – Balans vigorously denies claims

The management of the most famous 'gay' restaurant in London's Soho has been forced to deny claims they booted out a same-sex couple for kissing.

The allegations made last night are already creating a storm on social media.

A woman, who has asked not to be named, claims staff in Balans ‘hustled out’ her two gay friends because ‘they have been seen kissing and that was offensive to the general people at the bar’.

May 4, 2015

The prominent gay businessman hosted an event for Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz last month (April)

Gay business man Ian Reisner has claimed that gay men are 'cheap' and 'entitled'. 

Reisner, one of New York's most prominent gay businessmen, caused controversy last month (April) when he and Mati Weiderpass hosted an evening event for a dozen guests and Republican Presidentual hopeful Ted Cruz at a Central Park South penthouse.

April 30, 2015

The former head of BP has said that employee network groups must be supported by senior allies and role models in order to be truly effective

Following up comments he made during a speech at Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Conference in London, Lord John Browne of Madingley has expanded further on his belief that senior role models are crucial for companies that are trying to foster an environment of inclusiveness.

April 16, 2015

'Homosexuality is wrong. If you want to argue this fact then I'll put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works'

The owner of an auto shop in Grandville, Michigan has said he will give discounts to customers who bring guns into his store but will not hestitate to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Brian Klawiter made the comments Tuesday (14 April) on Dieseltec's Facebook page, which has since been deleted.

'I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business,' he wrote.

April 2, 2015

Owner has been besieged with telephone calls and social media postings

Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, has temporarily closed its doors due to the backlash it has received since publicly stating they would not cater a same-sex couple's wedding.

Kevin O’Connor had said he's refuse the business under Indiana's highly controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has quickly damaged the state's image.

March 26, 2015

Once openly gay Josey Greenwell has rebranded himself as country singer Nate Green

A once out-and-proud gay country musician named Josey Greenwell did a sexy DNA spread and appeared on the cover of the 2012 Spartacus Gay Guide.

Then he faded from sight in 2013 and more than a year later, re-emerged with a new name, Nate Green - a country singer being marketed for straight audiences.

Steve Grand, the openly gay singer whose debut album All-American Boy was released this week, thinks the metamorphosis of Josey Greenwell to Nate Green is a sad one.

March 22, 2015

Frank also defended his jokes about Schock’s homoerotic Instagram feed which has been recently set to private: 'If [the rumours] are not true, he spent entirely too much time in the gym for a straight man'

Former member of the US House of Representatives Barney Frank, who came out publicly in 1987 and was the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily, has weighed in on the sudden resignation of Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock.

Frank said in an interview that if Schock is gay, he should be 'exposed' due to his anti-gay voting record.

March 22, 2015

Scandal star compares fight for marriage equality to fight for interracial marriage

Scandal star Kerry Washington thought she was going to have a podium when she walked onto the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night to accept the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

It turns out she didn't need one to deliver a passionate speech about equality that was so powerful that it left the star-studded crowd on its feet.

'I think some stuff needs to be said,' Washington told the audience that included Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Channing Tatum, Patricia Arquette, Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells and Zoe Saldana, among others.

March 16, 2015

Gay Star Business talks to Samuel Rensing, an MBA student at London Business School and a co-leader of the institute’s Out in Business club

The London Business School (LBS) is widely acclaimed as one of the top educational institutions in the world. Earlier this month, for the second year in a row, it ranked in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s World Rankings 2015.

The School has around 800 students enrolled in its acclaimed MBA program, with a further 400 students in various Masters programs.

March 13, 2015

Eamonn Coghlan is now rallying support for the gay marriage referendum

Irish senator Eamonn Coghlan found out nine years ago that his then-18-year-old son Michael was gay after a ticket stub for a gay club fell out of his pocket.

'I cried for weeks,' he said. 'The hopes and dreams I had for my son were shattered. I felt guilty, almost as if I was to blame for him being gay.'

The former world champion runner was speaking Thursday (12 March) at a public information meeting organized by the Fine Gael LGBT group. It was the first time he mentioned he had a gay son.

March 10, 2015

Elly Barnes, CEO of Educate & Celebrate, talks about her experience educating primary school children and introduces a short film showing the Educate & Celebrate 'PRIDE in Primary Education' resources being used

Children are not born racist, sexist or homophobic; this is a fact I say in every training session and staff meeting!

Young people learn negative behaviours very early on from outside influences, therefore it is our job as educators to ensure that all these discriminatory views are challenged and eradicated.

We need to create a safe space for everyone in our school community to ensure LGBT+ students, teachers at school are not bullied or discriminated against.

March 6, 2015

A Vice President at Bank of America Merill Lynch, Docherty reflects on the success of the organization’s Ally program in fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion

Bringing my whole self to work

I think it’s fair to say that when people think of financial services they don’t automatically think of it as a progressive sector for diversity and inclusion.

However, in my experience valuing people and equality is at its heart. The sector is one of the most diverse and its inherent global nature means that I am constantly meeting new and different people.

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch we have a saying that the business wholeheartedly embraces – ‘bring my whole self to work’.

March 5, 2015

Emma Cusdin, now a Senior HR Business Partner with Thomson Reuters, talks to Gay Star Business about the recent launch of a groundbreaking trans network for those in the professional services industry in the UK: Trans*formation

When and why was Trans*formation launched?

It was launched with an event in August of this year. It really came from three of us – two trans people and one trans ally – having a conversation around LGBT networks for transitional people, especially in financial services.

March 4, 2015

Asks gay bros for advice

Finding a daddy on Grindr is nothing unusual, but that man is not usually your biological father.

Such was the case for teen Reddit user stilldecidinginbetween when he turned to the gay bros community for advice.

'Found out that my “Homophobe” dad has Grindr on his iPhone when he asked me to go fetch it from the car,' he wrote.

March 2, 2015

The latest LGBTI business news, interviews and analysis from a global team of reporters and expert analysts

Gay Star News has today launched a new Business Section, to complement its existing, extensive coverage of the LGBTI world.

The website, which scored its best ever monthly traffic at the beginning of 2015 with over 5 million unique visitors in the month of January, has teamed up with The Glass Closet to produce the section; helmed by Gay Star News’ new Business Editor, David Hudson.

February 27, 2015

The book that convincingly and forcefully explains why coming out is good for business

Today gay men and women in the Western world enjoy greater acceptance and more legal protection than ever before. Yet an alarming number of businessmen and women choose to remain closeted at work.

In the critically-acclaimed book, The Glass Closet, John Browne argues that whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, it’s better for you, your business and the economy when you bring your authentic self to work.

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.