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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.

February 16, 2015

The Gay and Lesbian Network (GLEN) say that its has had a promising response to its call out for submissions. It will announce Ireland’s first Workplace Equality Ranking in the autumn

Following the success of similar rankings in other countries, GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) have announced details of a survey to discover the best places to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality in Ireland.

The group announced the launch of the GLEN Workplace Equality Index last week with a press event in Dublin.

The organization’s Eimear O’Reilly, Programme Officer Workplace Diversity, told to GSN that GLEN had received interest from, ‘a range of leading public and private sector employers’, since the announcement.

February 16, 2015

Apple CEO says the president's new cyber privacy rules could put gay people at risk

Tim Cook Friday (13 February) challenged US President Barack Obama on gay rights at a cyberprivacy summit at Stanford University.

Obama signed an executive order at the White House summit to encourage information sharing between the private sector and the government in order to prevent future cyber attacks like the Sony hacks.

However, the openly gay CEO of Apple challenged the president in an impassioned speech, in which he said privacy was often a matter of 'life and death' for LGBTI people.

February 9, 2015

You'll always have Paris – so what about somewhere else?

Paris, Venice, Rome – the list of archetypal romantic locations is well-worn. This year, why not treat your loved one to something a little different? 

From Scotland to Sweden, we count down seven of the world's most surprisingly romantic getaways, for Valentine's Day and beyond…

February 7, 2015

'We reserve the right to discontinue enrollment of a current student participating in, promoting, supporting or condoning homosexual activity'

A Texas school has responded to a teen who said on YouTube he was forced to move schools for being gay.

Austin Wallis, a 17-year-old US YouTuber and former student at private Christian school Lutheran High North in Houston, posted a video recently showed him in tears after he recounted a story of how he was called into his principal's office two weeks ago.

February 5, 2015

'Even if I am a homophobe, so what? I still make more money than you'

Azealia Banks has slammed the 'evil' gay white media after a Twitter spat with a gay journalist.

The bisexual rapper made the comments after a heated row over the weekend with Vice editor Mitch Sunderland, who questioned her use of the word twink.

'even if i am a homophobe… so wat? [sic] i still make more $ than you.. still have an extra hole.. and still own everything,' she wrote.

February 3, 2015

A 17-year-old was forced to change schools

A gay teen was told by his principal to shut up about his sexuality or he could face expulsion.

Austin Wallis, an American student who posts vidoes on YouTube, recently showed him reduced to tears after he recounted the story of how he was forced to change schools.

‘I hope that my story will make a difference in someone else’s life and maybe I can change things so this will never happen again’, he said.

January 31, 2015

The proposed ‘conscience clause’ would allow people to refuse goods or services to LGBTI people on the grounds of strongly-held religious beliefs 

LGBTI activists are rallying against a new bill proposal which they fear could legitimise anti-gay discrimination in Northern Ireland.

The proposed ‘conscience clause’ is a measure which could allow people to refuse goods or services to gay and lesbian people on the ground of their strongly-held religious beliefs.

January 30, 2015

'Shouldn’t both be okay or neither? Why does society treat these activities so differently?'

Oh, Mary!

Mary Cheney, the out daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, went to her private Facebook page to wonder about the differences between drag and blackface.

According to NewNowNext, the married mom, faced this existential question after watching an ad for RuPaul's Drag Race (which returns for season seven on 2 March).

January 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 14, 2015

Right-wing LGBTI group thought 'Baby' singer, at first, was a girl

Justin Bieber accidentally joined a meeting of gay right-wingers this week.

The 'Baby' singer turned up to the State Social House in Los Angeles with four friends only to find his spot had been taken up by a meeting of the Log Cabin Republicans.

Not fussed about being the elephant in the room, he took a seat in the private area anyway.