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November 14, 2014

Take Romas Zabarauskas’ test and see how you score

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 8, 2014

The former head of BP, who was outed in 2007, spoke movingly today at business and diversity forum EurOUT 2014: warning tomorrow’s business leaders to be open about their sexuality

Lord Browne of Madingley, who was outed by a newspaper in May 2007 after it discovered details of his relationship with a man, spoke movingly today at a leading business and diversity conference in London.

The annual EurOUT 2014 conference – now in its fourth year – was held at the London Business School, Regents Park. The event is aimed at tomorrow’s business leaders; both students and recent alumni.

November 5, 2014

The NFL’s treatment of Michael Sam is a warning to gay athletes that coming out can still harm your career – particularly in team sports

In my last GSN column I asked if the NFL was being homophobic in its treatment of Michael Sam?
 
This was directly after he had been cut from the St Louis Rams and was just about to be been picked up by the Dallas Cowboys to be part of their practice squad.
 
At the time it was quite apparent that this was not a good position for Sam to find himself in, so for him now to have been cut from his second team in only a matter of weeks it leaves some serious questions to be answered?
 

October 24, 2014

Roy Hodgson says he 'suspects' a professional footballer could be gay, but admits he has never met one

England men's football manager Roy Hodgson has said he has no idea what the acronym 'LGBT' stands for.

The 67-year-old has admitted to being 'naive' on the subject of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in football.

Speaking to Cambridge University Union, Hodgson was reportedly asked by a student where he stood on LGBT players in the game.

He then asked the student what 'LGBT' meant', and when he was told, he shrugged and said: 'It's not my world'.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

September 30, 2014

For Richard Blanco, coming out was 'just a slow sort of easing into'

Richard Blanco was chosen in 2013 to do what such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelo had done in the past: write an original poem and recite it at the inauguration of a US president.

Blanco made all kinds of history at the second inaugural of US President Barack Obama with his poem One Today. He was first openly gay man chosen as inaugural poet, the first Latino, and at 44, the youngest.

Blanco has written a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, in which he writes about how, growing up in Miami as part of a Cuban family, he hid being gay.

September 29, 2014

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of the UK’s Educate & Celebrate organization, says that the decision whether the come out or not remains a pressing concern for LGBT teachers today

Despite Section 28 being repealed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, being ‘out’ is still an issue for many teachers today. A recent trainee of mine enthusiastically began to make their school LGBT-friendly only to be told by a senior leader that they couldn’t… because of Section 28!

That notorious piece of legislation, which barred local authorities from ‘promoting’ LGBT issues, was repealed in 2003. We had to wait a further seven years for the Equality Act in 2010, which ensured LGBT be treated ‘equally and fairly’.

September 8, 2014

In an exclusive piece for Gay Star News, UK Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan explains why the commitment to equality cannot end at Britain’s shores

It’s a source of great pride to me that the UK has been recognized by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as being a European leader in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the fourth year running.

It’s thanks to the heroic work and unrelenting passion of campaigners and activists that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today can be confident that society is on their side.

August 22, 2014

Why I founded rucomingout and what I’ve learned after 250 inspiring and moving coming out stories

I launched rucomingout.com in March 2012 when I was working as a youth worker for Britain’s National Health Service.

I was working with a 17-year-old called Jay and he told me he was gay. He had so many questions about coming out and what it was like to be gay. He regularly heard his parents use homophobic language and never heard any of his friends speak positively about being gay.

He feared he would be excluded from his group of friends and disowned by his parents.

August 20, 2014

A 22-year-old fears rape, jail or even death if she is forced to leave the UK to return to her country

The last time a 22-year-old Ugandan saw her girlfriend was when, naked and afraid, she fled her home after a mob caught them having sex.

Joan Ayebare Tumewine has called her girlfriend, who we will call Grace to protect her anonymity, every single day for over a year.

Fearing Grace is dead, her desperate search feels hopeless. Adding to her despair is the prospect of being deported from the UK back to Uganda, where she could meet a similar fate.

July 31, 2014

‘In 2014, I wouldn’t want this to be perceived as an event just more for minorities. I’d like to make this as an opportunity for everyone’

Browsing through photos from the Miami Beach Bruthaz party shows crowds of black and Latino partygoers jumping into pools and enjoying the festivities.

But founder Ian Smith told Gay Star News the weekend is more than a party, and it’s not just an event for minorities.

This year, from 17 to 20 July, Miami played host to the 8th annual Bruthaz party.

In under a decade the event has grown to welcome international travelers all while keeping a family-oriented vibe.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

July 10, 2014

Lesbian couple’s stunning display tells a story about breaking down ignorance at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

A green-fingered lesbian couple have won a prestigious Gold prize for their Stonewall Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The annual celebration in south-west London is the largest flower show in the world.

But it’s the first time Britain’s leading gay campaign organization Stonewall has had a garden created in their honor.

It was created by garden designer Amanda Miller and her partner Emma Harvey.

Miller was inspired by the difficulties she faced growing up as a lesbian in a small country town.

July 2, 2014

If you are an LGBT parent in the US, or are simply considering parenthood, you need to know about the Family Equality Council and its work. Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, talked to GSN…

June 29, 2014

Shai Piron says he is ‘truly sorry’ for his previous comments saying gay families are not proper families in his eyes

Israel’s Education Minister has apologized for offending gay families, after a comment saying same-sex couples are not proper families.

On 26 June, Shai Piron made the comments in an interview with news website INN.

‘I think it’s a Jewish state’s right, maybe even its duty, to say to same-sex couples who decide to live their lives together—that’s not a family,’ he said.

June 5, 2014

EJ Johnson: 'I don't know what it will take for parents to finally stop abandoning their kids just for being themselves'

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson says he is able to be a confident man today because he had parents who stood by him when he came out as a teenager.

'I had no idea what a rare gift that was,' EJ Johnson writes in a Huffington Post column published this week.

June 3, 2014

YouTube has revealed its new campaign for Gay Pride month with several of the biggest names in sport pitching in to help

YouTube has revealed a new inspiring video on gay athletes showing the tide is turning in sport.

With parent company Google, the first and third most visited websites in the world have launched a campaign hoping to end anti-LGBTI bias.

The video, featuring athletes like Michael Sam, Tom Daley and Jason Collins, is hoping to inspire others to create their own videos about LGBTI sports issues over the next month.

Last June, YouTube made ‘Proud To Love’ the theme of their Pride efforts. This year, it is ‘Proud To Play’.

May 22, 2014

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study will be the first to measure the level of homophobia in the sporting arena in different countries and is taking place now to report back in time for the world cup of gay rugby in August

The first international study on homophobia in sport is aiming to shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field.

Researchers will also gather national data for the USA to compare it with other countries to find which countries have sporting cultures that are the most welcoming of same-sex attracted people.

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study was launched in the wake of controversy around Michael Sam’s draft and in time for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

May 7, 2014

College star poised to make history as pro football league's first openly gay player

Michael Sam is poised to make history this week as the first openly gay player in the NFL with the league beginning its annual draft on Thursday (8 May).

'I've been thinking about this moment since junior year of college,' Sam said in an interview Wednesday with Good Morning America. 'It's a very nervous time and a very exciting time. I'm ready for it.'

He added: 'Where I go doesn't matter as long as I get to play.'

While Sam is not expected to be a top pick, the league could face a major PR crisis if no teams choose him.

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel

April 18, 2014

'Don’t wait until you’re 35 or 40-years-old and done playing the sport that you love. Because it’s stressful to live that way'

It's only been less than two weeks since Derrick Gordon became the first NCAA Division 1 basketball player to come out publicly as gay.

But he wants some company - quick.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst sophomore is advising other young gay athletes to follow his lead.

April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.