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March 27, 2015

'Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?'

Broadway and television star Audra McDonald has no patience for Indiana's controversial anti-LGBTI law.

Yesterday, 26 March, Governor Mike Pence signed SB101, which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 27, 2015

'Someone should give you a blast of shotgun. Preferably in the stomach'

An Australian senator has received a letter threatening him with a 'shotgun blast' over his support of gay marriage.

David Leyonhjelm, a Liberal Democrat senator for New South Wales, said hate mail like this was common and would not deter him.

‘We actively support freedom of speech, but this does not reflect well on the company people who oppose our Freedom to Marry Bill are keeping,’ he told The New Daily.

March 26, 2015

Mike Pence: 'If I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it'

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed a controversial anti-LGBTI bill into law.

In a private ceremony today, Pence signed SB101 which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 24, 2015

Senate has already passed legislation - Governor Mike Pence plans to sign into law

The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday (22 March) easily passed a bill that would allow anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

The bill was passed by the Indiana Senate last month and Republican Governor Mike Spence (pictured) has already vowed to sign it into law.

Spence said in a statement the bill 'is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact.

March 24, 2015

Gay celebrity blogger claims he was the 'victim' and Katie Hopkins was 'bullying' him

Perez Hilton has posted private pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, outed gay celebrities and has made a living out of trash talking people.

But after his experience in the Celebrity Big Brother UK house earlier this year, he claims his karma is now 'clean'.

During his time on the UK reality competition show, he made enemies of the majority of the other celebrities in the house.

He came to clash with controversy-mongering columnist Katie Hopkins most of all.

March 21, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 17, 2015

'Constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve'

Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois, announced today that he is resigning from the US House of Representatives.

Schock has been embroiled in a string of controversies involving his spending on such things as private jets, mileage reimbursements and interior decorating. He also reportedly did not properly disclose that he was accompanied to India on an official trip by a male photographer and videographer.

March 14, 2015

Lawmaker may have violated rules by not disclosing photographer and videographer Jonathon Link was on trip

It used to be that Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois, was in the news far more his impressive physique than any legislation he championed.

But in recent weeks, the former Men's Health cover man has been embroiled in a string of controversy involving his spending on such things as private jets and interior decorating.

The latest headache involves an official trip to India last summer accompanied by a photographer and videographer named Jonathon Link (pictured below) whose travel expenses were covered by The Global Poverty Project.

March 12, 2015

Michigan school says the LGBTI charity 'conflicts' with its mission

A Christian university in Michigan has canceled a bake sale in aid of homeless LGBTI youth.

Andrews University (AU) said the charity Project Fierce Chicago 'conflicts' with the private Seventh Day Adventist school's mission.

The organizer of the sale, Eliel Cruz, said AU excluded the school's unofficial LGBTI group Aull4One 'on all channels.'

March 11, 2015

The Williams Institute says that hundreds of thousands of LGBT employees in the Sunshine State are vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace

A new report published by the Williams Institute in Los Angeles has concluded that – in the absence of explicit statewide legal protections – approximately 328,000 LGBT workers in Florida are vulnerable to employment discrimination.

The situation in Florida is a mirror on the wider legislative situation across the rest of the US – with some states prohibiting employment discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and others not.

March 8, 2015

The incident comes a day after a group of 'suspected' lesbians in the same community were stoned and pelted with human faeces by an angry mob

A group of homophobic residents in a slum in Ghana’s capital of Accra have put up posters of 'suspected' lesbians living in the community

The Starr newspaper reported that the homophobic residents have 'vowed to hunt down and (are) bay(ing) for the blood of all lesbians' after flooding the shanty town of Teshie with posters of what is reported to be a 'private selfie of a tattooed girl kissing her partner in the privacy of their bedroom.'

March 3, 2015

It's a winter sports lover's dream

There are all sorts of weird and wonderful accommodations on Airbnb from around the world – but this one leaves us positively priapic with intrigue!

The latest (albeit, temporary) addition to the website's roster of exciting properties for trailblazing travellers is the stunning Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway.

March 1, 2015

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent media reports saying that he is 'evolving' on the issue

'No. I believe in traditional marriage,' Jeb Bush said on stage at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked by conservative commentator Sean Hannity if his views had changed on same-sex marriage.

Bush has declared his interest in running for president of the United States in 2016.

His latest comments show that even if his private views on LGBT issues are changing, he is still publicly opposed to marriage equality.

February 28, 2015

Convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the meeting is the first of its kind to bring together LGBTI activists, government and private sector representatives from over 30 countries

Some 200 participants from over 30 countries gathered for the three-day Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Human Rights and Health in Asia-Pacific at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok that concluded yesterday.

Speakers included Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, Member of Parliament of Mongolia; Louise Wall, Member of Parliament of New Zealand; Tarana Halim, Member of Parliament of Bangladesh; law and human rights experts; community organization workers; as well as private sector representatives.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 27, 2015

A global networking initiative for LGBTI people in the banking business

Out on the Street is an initiative from Out Leadership, wan organization founded in 2011 by Todd Sears; a Wall Street investment/private banker and LGBT equality entrepreneur.

Out Leadership develops innovative and forward-thinking initiatives to leverage LGBT opportunities across a range of industries. Designed to engage senior leaders, its global initiatives seek to impact business results, increase visibility, develop talent and drive equality forward.

February 25, 2015

Our laws as they stand are having an unjust and disproportionate impact on those of religious faith', says Northern Ireland Bishop

The Catholic Church has spoken out in favour of a proposed equality clause that would permit anti-gay discrimination.

In December, DUP minister Paul Given introduced his Freedom of Conscience Bill to the Northern Ireland legislative assembly, which would allow people with strongly held religious views to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

February 25, 2015

Mona Iraqi is charged with defamation and spreading false news

An Egyptian TV journalist will face trial for defamation and spreading false news after she orchestrated a raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo.

Mona Iraqi tipped off police before entering 'the den of male sex' on the night of 7 December.

Iraqi filmed as 33 men were arrested and paraded naked out of the bathhouse. The footage was then broadcast on al-Qahira wal Nas news and made international headlines.

February 25, 2015

The Head of Government Affairs for the professional business services firm, ARUP, on why he decided to set up a company LGBT network

‘You’re about to move from Westminster to the private sector, you might want to think about holding back a bit, you know...with your personal life.’

Such was the parting advice of a Government Minister with whom I had worked for a number of years, shouted loudly in my ear over the music of my leaving party.

February 25, 2015

Owner of LA Jock Sport closes store to make way for queer meeting space

The world's first privately-owned LGBTI centre will open its doors in West Hollywood tomorrow [26 February].

The owner of Santa Monica Boulevard's LA Jock Sport has closed the doors of the hit clothes shop to make way for the new venture.

February 24, 2015

Sprich works in the oil and gas industry as a systems advisor for BP. Here he talks about the differences in work culture regarding LGBTI issues between Germany and the UK

In July I had the opportunity to meet Lord Browne at the BP headquarters, where he was talking about his book, The Glass Closet.

Following the talk, I read his interview with a German newspaper in which he said that German businesses fail to integrate LGBT employees. As a German who has lived in the UK for four years now, I would like to share my experience.

February 24, 2015

Graff, now a Senior Director for LinkedIn, EMEA, explains how his work performance improved after coming out

By the time I was 10, Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government had passed ‘Section 28’, a local Government Act which referred to gay relationships as ‘pretended family relationships’.

As a confused teenager in the 1980s, and with a public backdrop of homophobia, I was always intensely private about my personal life and fought hard to ensure that my sexuality remained a secret from family and friends.

February 24, 2015

Copley-Hirst works in policing as the Head of the Multi-Force Shared Service. Here she explains how, before coming out, not revealing anything about her private life prompted office gossip

I had been working for my employer for nearly eight years and had worked my way from clerk to senior manager when I became aware of how transparent my closet had become.

I had not made a conscious decision to "come out", but it became apparent that my defense of other minorities had been noted.

February 17, 2015

Parents will also have opt-out from LGBT sex and relationship education

All children in English state schools should get gay sex education, Members of Parliament have said – but over 580,000 kids are left out by the new policy.

The report was released to much fanfare today and recommends ‘Sex and Relationship Education’ (SRE) becomes a statutory duty on all state-funded schools.

The need to include LGBT sex and relationship education is highlighted, although few details of what will be taught are given.

The recommendation includes academies and ‘free’ schools as well as primary and secondary schools.