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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.

February 25, 2015

Tambe, an operations researcher in the aerospace and defense industry, talks about being a straight ally - and how it has given her a greater appreciate of the issues that many LGBT people face in the workplace

My role as a straight ally at the aerospace and defense firm where I worked started out fairly straightforward.

Since I supported an inclusive workspace, I figured attending periodic meetings and helping out at events every once in a while was, in some small way, helping my company become a better place to work.

What I didn’t realize then was that my journey as an ally was going to be less about what I could do for the LGBT community, and much more about what they were going to do for me.

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 24, 2015

The CEO and Founder of Diversity Role Models explains why she set up the charity

Two-thirds of LGBT youth have suffered bullying at school, and they are six times more likely to commit suicide.

It's a reality that Suran Dickson encountered as a school teacher in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Fed up with witnessing harassment and hearing stories of teens taking their own lives, she set up the charity Diversity Role Models.

The organization brings role models of diverse backgrounds into schools. They help normalize difference, and show young people that there is a way forward for everyone.

February 23, 2015

Lord Browne, former head of BP and author of The Glass Closet, comments on Apple's Tim Cook's decision to talk about his sexuality

By deciding publicly to disclose his sexuality, Tim Cook will accelerate change in the corporate world.

When you become chief executive of a multinational, you become a public figure, and you have the power to demonstrate that being LGBT need not get in the way of success. Cook has done just that.

When writing my book The Glass Closet, I spent a great deal of time talking to people who had come out in a good way, and people who had come out in a bad way.

February 20, 2015

He has described LGBTI people as 'evil' and akin to burglars, thieves and sexual abusers

A homophobic preacher will speak at the University of Westminster a day before Student Pride.

Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, a UK broadcaster, imam and advisor of the Islamic Sharia Council, is confirmed to speak at the London unversity on 26 February.

February 20, 2015

'I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied'

California Rep Mike Honda has said he is the 'proud grandpa' of an eight-year-old transgender granddaughter.

The Democrat Wednesday (18 February) tweeted his support along with a photo of himself with his arm around a smiling child with shoulder-length hair.

'As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,' he wrote.

February 20, 2015

Hannah, a content manager with a publishing company, understands why coming out can be difficult for those who wish to maintain a private life

How to come out and be out at work can be a minefield whatever your situation, but I'm going to write about it from the perspective of being a single gay person in the workplace.

To give some background, when I first came out (relatively late at the age of 26), it was a painful time as it was linked to the end of a very complex friendship. It was all I could do to hold it together at that time, and as such, the last thing I wanted to do was share my pain at work.

February 20, 2015

Rob Stevens, the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for a global engineering firm, has seen the business world change greatly since entering the workplace in the late-90s

I always knew I was gay, but I also knew I was an engineer at heart. I was always fascinated with domestic technology. Apparently the first word I said wasn’t ‘Mama’ or ‘Dada’ but “Hooha” (Hoover!).

I was born into a Jewish family in 1975 and throughout my childhood, I didn’t experience any direct homophobia. It was simply that homosexuality didn’t exist. I had no role models in any walk of life.

February 19, 2015

Research suggests attractive men are as unkind and unequal as rich people

A new study has found the better looking a man is, the more likely he is to be selfish.

Brunel University London tested a theory in evolutionary psychology that attractive people have more to gain from inequality because they tend to have higher social status.

'We found that attractive men tended to be less egalitarian and less generous. But that wasn’t the case with attractive women,' said lead investigator and senior lecturer in psychology at Brunel University London, Dr Michael Price.

February 17, 2015

The event held in January 2015 has recognised as one of the leading UK events for the LGBTI community

The British LGBT awards that will be celebrated at the Landmark Hotel in London on 24 April 2015.

Gay Star News are honored that our Gay Star Travel Expo has been nominated for Best Event. 

The Gay Star Travel Expo showcased a range of industry-leading travel options for the LGBTI community. Thousands of people attended the central London venue where the event was held, with entertainment provided by La Voix and the Gay Big Band.

February 17, 2015

An estimated 30 million Chinese people are in the closet

A Valentine's Day ad campaign is urging the estimated 30 million closeted Chinese people to come out.

The ads, which appeared on social media Friday (13 February), show gay couples relaxing at home.

The text beside the photos reads: 'Love is not a choice. We did not choose to be homosexual. We just are. Happily, the world is big enough for all of us.'

David Li, one of the lead organizers of the China LGBT Awareness Campaign, said he hoped the ads would generate a public conversation about LGBTI issues in China and encourage people to come out.

February 16, 2015

Footballer credits his fiancé for giving him the self-confidence to come out

Michael Sam said he knew 'damn sure' he was gay after his first sexual experience and credited his fiancé with giving him the self-confidence to come out.

The first openly gay NFL footballer Friday (February) received an Upstander Award at the Time to THRIVE gay youth conference in Portland, organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

In his acceptance speech, Sam paid tribute to his fiancé Vito Cammisano.

'Vito has been with me for a long time and actually it is because of Vito that I am here tonight to talk to you guys,' he said.

February 15, 2015

In a special Valentine’s Day video, two UK vloggers reached out to supporters of LGBT equality all over the world to share their messages

YouTube was flooded with Valentine’s Day videos. However, one gay couple decided to take a different spin on videos exploring love.

UK-based vloggers Vinny and Luke of the YouTube account V-Squared, encouraged allies from all over the world to share messages of support.

‘Happy Valentine's Day!’ said the couple. ‘Not everyone can be so open with their love, here's some words of support from people across the world!’

February 12, 2015

Former CEO of a multinational company wants to help improve the environment for LGBTI people in the business world

Gay Star News can announce Lord Browne of Madingley has become a shareholder in the business, taking a 12.5% stake, today (12 February).

Seven years after his resignation as CEO of BP, Lord Browne wrote The Glass Closet, a book about the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business. He has since become a high-profile advocate for greater openness in the corporate world.

Lord Browne said: ‘When I wrote The Glass Closet, I always hoped that it would grow into something more than just a book. Gay Star News provides the perfect platform for that growth.

February 11, 2015

'Kids need supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'

LGBTI people have better self esteem and less depression as young adults if they are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity, a study has revealed.

Researchers have claimed if you are going to hide your identity to the world, it is far more likely to lead to abuse and depression.

Stephen Russell, the study's lead author, says kids need 'supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'.

February 11, 2015

Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons was 'disturbed' by the incident

A UK transgender detainee was called 'the thing' and 'it' by an officer while waiting to appear in court, it was revealed today (11 February).

According to a report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, this was just one of the shortcomings in custody facilities in courts throughout Sussex and Surrey, including Lewes, Hove and Brighton.

The chief inspector of prisons in the UK is said to be 'disturbed' by the incident.

February 3, 2015

Compulsory lessons will include profiles on Oscar Wilde and inclusive sex and relationships education

Labour will make teaching LGBTI issues in UK schools compulsory if they win May's General Election.

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has announced plans to ensure homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is tackled if the party forms the next government.

Under the plan, unveiled today (4 Feburary) at Little Ilford School in London, it will ensure all teachers are trained to tackle bullying of LGBTI kids and make age-appropriate sex and relationships compulsory in all schools that receive state funding.

January 30, 2015

Survey finds coming out to family remains difficult

Nearly 80% of LGBTI Vietnamese say society had changed positively toward them over the last five years, according to a new survey.

The survey released Tuesday (27 January) found that 44% of respondents had witnessed 'much' positive change from 2009 to 2013.

The most voted changes were confidence to be themselves, government recognition and LGBTI activities.

ICS Center surveyed 3,214 LGBTI Vietnamese citizens aged 16 and above in online forums between July and August 2014
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January 27, 2015

He'll be joined by Cucumber star Beth Black at queer student event

Newspaper columnist Owen Jones, Cucumber star Beth Black have been announced as speakers at this year's National Student Pride.

They will be joined by the BBC's Evan Davis, presenter of Newsnight and Dragons' Den.

The popular events returns for its 10th anniversary from 27 February to 1 March, with activities centered around the University of Westminister's Marylebone campus, as well as club nights at London's Heaven nightclub.

The event will also feature a careers fair, attended by the like of Google, the Royal Navy and Barclays.

January 27, 2015

The man opened up about his life on an online forum ahead of proposed legislative changes in Ireland around gay adoption and the country's planned marriage equality referendum

Ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum planned to take place in Ireland in early May, LGBT issues are being widely discussed in this traditionally Roman Catholic country.

Last week, the Irish government also announced that it was pushing ahead with legislative changes to allow gay couples to adopt.

January 25, 2015

The general, who is married to a woman, says he knows of others senior military who are similarly fearful of discussing their sexuality

A senior general in the British Army has revealed to a newspaper that he is gay and is deciding whether to publicly out himself. The man in question is married to a woman and has children.

January 22, 2015

Three LGBT business leaders, in Davos for the World Economic Forum, have taken part in a live, online discussion about LGBT workplace issues and the importance of senior-ranking role models

In a live discussion this afternoon from Davos, Switzerland, hosted by CNN’s Richard Quest, three senior business figures have voiced their thoughts on LGBT issues in the workplace, and offered an insight into their own personal journeys in the business world.

January 21, 2015

Majority of trans inmates want separate prisons to avoid sexual harassment

Vietnam may house LGBTI prisoners in separate jails to protect them from sexual harassment.

The plan was proposed to the ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute, which has studied gender-related issues for years.

A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender inmates wanted separate jails to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. LGBTI prisoners are at greatest risk of sexual harassment.

The institute cited statistics from California, which showed 67% of LGBTI inmates have suffered sexual harassment.