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February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

January 22, 2015

Accenture, EY and HSBC leading conversation

Global tech and professional services company Accenture is today hosting a groundbreaking conversation on LGBT diversity and inclusion at Davos.

The World Economic Forum annual summit, held in the Switzerland brings together 2,600 world leaders, CEOs, heads of NGOs, top academics and journalists.

The LGBT panel discussion is expected to look at the importance of diversity and inclusion to business leaders and its significance in driving company performance, attracting the best talent and business development.

The panelists are:

January 22, 2015

Accenture, EY and HSBC leading conversation

Global tech and professional services company Accenture is today hosting a groundbreaking conversation on LGBT diversity and inclusion at Davos.

The World Economic Forum annual summit, held in the Switzerland brings together 2,600 world leaders, CEOs, heads of NGOs, top academics and journalists.

The LGBT panel discussion is expected to look at the importance of diversity and inclusion to business leaders and its significance in driving company performance, attracting the best talent and business development.

The panelists are:

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 19, 2015

Setting the agenda on LGBTs at the powerful World Economic Forum

Around 2,600 world leaders, CEOs, heads of NGOs, top academics and journalists are on their way to Davos – and this year LGBT issues will be firmly on the agenda.

The annual World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland brings together many of the world’s most powerful figures.

The fact lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people are now on the radar shows how far we’ve come.

January 19, 2015

Setting the agenda on LGBTs at the powerful World Economic Forum

Around 2,600 world leaders, CEOs, heads of NGOs, top academics and journalists are on their way to Davos – and this year LGBT issues will be firmly on the agenda.

The annual World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland brings together many of the world’s most powerful figures.

The fact lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people are now on the radar shows how far we’ve come.

August 28, 2014

A gay couple became dads after using a surrogate mom in California but faced problems when registering the child on the Swiss national register of births

A court in Switzerland has made the historic decision to recognise two men as the legal parents of a child born to a surrogate mom in the United States – despite surrogacy being illegal in the country.

The two men, who live together in a registered partnership, are originally from the St Gallen region of northeast Switzerland. They became fathers through the use of a surrogate mom in California, with the child being conceived through artificial insemination, a donor egg and the sperm of one of the men.

July 24, 2014

Fresh from Toronto World Pride and gearing up for Amsterdam Pride next month, the foxy brothers took a break from their jet setting for some travel chat

For anyone curious about Russia’s gay scene, the O’Halley Brothers could be considered quite the authority.

The twin DJ’s, Bachir Mendez Maroff and Fabiano Mendez Maroff, left Brazil for Moscow and have since played not only in Russian commercial venues but also in underground gay parties in a country notorious for its anti-gay laws.

July 10, 2014

The Circle is a new film that dramatically recreates the lives of two gay men who met through a gay group in Switzerland in 1958 and have been a couple ever since

A new documentary is finally telling the story of a Swiss gay group that survived through World War II and a couple who met through the group after the war in 1958.

The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine that began publishing in neutral Switzerland in 1932 under the name Swiss Friendship Banner and under the name The Circle from 1942.

July 10, 2014

The Circle is a new film that dramatically recreates the lives of two gay men who met through a gay group in Switzerland in 1958 and have been a couple ever since

A new documentary is finally telling the story of a Swiss gay group that survived through World War II and a couple who met through the group after the war in 1958.

The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine that began publishing in neutral Switzerland in 1932 under the name Swiss Friendship Banner and under the name The Circle from 1942.

May 27, 2014

Do you think Gay Pride is unnecessary? Zürich shows us why we need pride parades ‘now more than ever’

In Switzerland, there’s a city where a Greek statue signifies the love between Zeus and his male lover.

The same city, since 2009, has also proudly been home to the first openly lesbian mayor in national history.

Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland, the wealthiest city in Europe and one of the most gay-friendly in the world, has a history dating back 2,000 years to Roman settlement.

The city borders Lake Zürich, just miles away from the Swiss Alps, and has repeatedly been named the city with the best quality of life in the world.

March 25, 2014

Break up your holiday with an adventure down some rapids, or plan an entire vacation around the most fun river bends in the world from Arizona to Nepal

No prior experience necessary: White water rafting is as doable for parents with young kids as it is for daredevil adventure seekers, you just need to find the right tide.

Depending on your desired level of difficulty you can choose a multi-person raft to navigate some choppier waters, or opt for a cruising kayak ideal for taking in the scenery.

January 24, 2014

Actress has since deleted photo with Jonathan who she called 'wonderful'

Actress Goldie Hawn tweeted a photo of herself meeting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and gushed to her more than 515,000 followers that the anti-gay leader was 'wonderful.'

Hawn met Jonathan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

It was quickly pointed out to the star of such films as Private Benjamin, Foul Play, The First Wives Club and Cactus Flower that Jonathan is deeply anti-gay.

December 10, 2013

IOC chief sends letter to all prospective Olympians to avoid causing 'controversy' while competing in Russia

Athletes have now been expressly warned against protesting against the anti-gay laws in Russia while they compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has told athletes they should avoid being involved in any ‘controversy’.

The IOC will draw up a letter to send to athletes when it meets in Lausanne, Switzerland today (10 December).

‘As an athlete, you do not want to be confronted with any kind of political controversies at the Games,’ he said, according to the BBC.

October 22, 2013

They may be cold blooded, but up to 85% of spiders and insects are getting hot under the exoskeleton when it comes to 'gay' sex

Some bugs are gay, get over it!

That's what some are claiming as scientists have revealed billions and billions of bugs are having gay sex by 'mistake'.

While it has long been observed many species of insects and spiders have gay sex, researchers have now claimed this is almost always ‘accidental’.

Scientists from Israel and Switzerland have proposed an answer to the question why nature has evolved to where many bugs court, mount and try to mate with members of the same sex.

In some species, up to 85% of males engage in homosexual behavior.

September 28, 2013

Donations from Swinton and generous people around the world have helped cover the cost of funeral for inspirational gay activist

British actress Tilda Swinton has donated over £1000 ($1603) to the funeral of Russian gay rights activist Alexey Davydov.

The actress, a prominent supporter of gay rights, sent the donation to help cover the cost of Davydov's funeral.

The organisers needed to raise over $2000 (£1247) to cover the cost of the funeral, which they have now surpassed.

Nikolai Alekseev, one of the organisers of Moscow Pride, confirmed they had received the donation from Swinton.

August 7, 2013

Urges Russia to repeal anti-gay laws in advance of 2014 Sochi Olympics

The outcry against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law got louder today when a petition with the signatures of 300,000 people was delivered to the International Olympic Committee's headquarters in Switzerland.

July 5, 2013

We are still turning LGBT asylum seekers away from safe havens to face persecution and death, says Stuart Hanson

The UK is one of the toughest places to claim asylum in Europe, according to the most recent United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) figures.

Approximately 75% of all asylum seekers were initially not recognized by the UK Border Agency as having protection needs and were refused asylum. In countries like Finland and Switzerland over 70% of asylum seekers were granted protection.

This is a 45% difference and suggests Britain is not the soft touch that is constantly broadcast in the tabloids and media.

May 12, 2013

On Saturday (18 May) approximately 100 million people around the world will watch the Eurovision Song Contest. But what if you have no idea what's going on?

On Saturday (18 May) approximately 100 million people around the world will watch the Eurovision Song Contest. First launched in Switzerland in 1956, Eurovision is not just a musical fixture but a continent-wide institution Europeans love and sometimes love to mock. 

For those who have never heard of the competition – think of it as a hybrid of American Idol with original songs and the World Cup or Olympics. 

February 25, 2013

Roy Hodgson, manager of the English national football team, has supported the Football v Homophobia campaign

The England football club manager has come out against homophobia in the sport.

Roy Hodgson was speaking to support the Football v Homophobia community campaign in 2013.

‘I’ve been lucky enough to manage clubs and countries across the globe,’ said Hodgson, who has taken charge of top teams like Inter Milan and Switzerland in his 40 year career.

February 3, 2013

GSN is no longer neutral on the party city of Switzerland

I’m not good with early morning flights - I seem to spend most of the night wondering what the time is, worrying that I’ve slept through my alarm.

My Swiss flight was departing from London City - my favorite airport in London. It was a fairly subdued bunch of passengers that scuttled from the shelter of the terminal through the grey, steady rain and onto the small and nifty Avro RJ100 jet.

December 14, 2012

Switzerland’s National Council backs rights for gay couples to adopt ­– but only their partners’ pre-existing children after parliamentarians argue it ‘goes against nature’

Switzerland’s National Council has voted to allow gay couples to adopt each other’s children.

However the motion passed in the lower house of the Swiss parliament yesterday (13 December) is much more limited than the original version approved by the Council of States, or senate.

The Council of States in the Federal Assembly, or parliament, had backed giving adoption rights based on the best interest of the child in question – regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.

October 16, 2012

Australian film The Wilding wins £25,000 Iris Prize after being showered with plaudits from critics

Australian film The Wilding came out on top at this year's Iris Prize, Cardiff's international gay and lesbian short film festival.

The story of two inmates falling in love in a juvenile detention center beat over 30 entries from countries including Israel, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Australia and the United States for the £25,000 ($40,255) prize amid a torrent of praise from critics.

Jury chair, Lisa Power, called it 'wonderfully self-assured' and 'a special film which demanded attention'.

September 26, 2012

Elections have changed Bienne council's political composition. Now, three members out of five are openly gay or lesbian

Bienne, the 10th largest city in Switzerland, has become the first place in the world to be ruled by an openly gay and lesbian majority.

Sunday’s (23 September) elections for the city cabinet started a new era in Switzerland. Now, in Bienne, called Biel for German-language speakers, three members out of five in the cabinet are LGBT campaigners.

Barbara Schwickert (Greens), Cédric Némitz (Socialist Party) and Beat Feurer (Uniondémocratique du Centre) are set to put LGBT issues in the cabinet’s agenda.