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March 5, 2015

Emma Cusdin, now a Senior HR Business Partner with Thomson Reuters, talks to Gay Star Business about the recent launch of a groundbreaking trans network for those in the professional services industry in the UK: Trans*formation

When and why was Trans*formation launched?

It was launched with an event in August of this year. It really came from three of us – two trans people and one trans ally – having a conversation around LGBT networks for transitional people, especially in financial services.

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.

September 27, 2013

Amy Stanning and Sionice-Louise Ross share inspiring stories of being openly transgender at Barclays and the changes they’re making to help the bank’s trans customers

Trans issues are a mystery for many firms. But at Barclays two transgender champions are paying the bank back for the support they’ve had by transforming its approach to trans customers.

Amy’s story

Amy Stanning is 52 and spent most of her life pretending to be something she wasn’t – a man.

She transitioned only four years ago, while holding down a high-profile job as a senior Barclays manager in the mortgage business in the UK.

July 29, 2013

They tell GSN they want to have another wedding ceremony with families present

Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami may finally be married men, but they are still planning a wedding.

One of the two couples who were the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit that brought down California's Proposition 8, the couple got married at Los Angeles City Hall on 28 June in the first hours that same-sex marriages became legal again in the state.

'We had to watch our wedding back on TiVo to really have it sink in because it all is very out body,' Katami said when the couple chatted with Gay Star News recently.

July 19, 2013

Gay Star News meets the Iowa musician breaking the mould by creating authentic tunes for gay romance

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time fantasizing my pop music heroes were possibly singing about boys instead of the attractive women that dominated their music videos.

While it still seems not everyone in the music industry is able to be publicly open about their sexuality, it’s really encouraging to see a number of talented musicians releasing honest and authentic music that’s also, thankfully, really good.

My current gay music crush is singer Eli Lieb who I caught up with recently.

May 21, 2013

Spokesman Wilson Cruz tells GSN: 'GLAAD has been here for 28 years and we're not going anywhere'

There was surprise and some raised eyebrows when Herndon Graddick resigned last week as president of the media monitoring organization GLAAD after just over a year.

But GLAAD's national spokesman, Wilson Cruz, tells Gay Star News that there is no scandal connected to Graddick's departure.

April 5, 2013

Sunil Pant has come along way from not even knowing the word for gay before he was twenty to getting LGBTI rights recognized by the Supreme Court in Nepal, and he's not going to let current troubles hold him back

It's not an easy time for Sunil Pant, founder of the largest LGBT rights group in Nepal, Blue Diamond Society (BDS). A government office has sat on the renewal of BDS's license, holding-up funding so that staff haven't been paid for months. LGBTI activists are also being harassed, which Pant links to the same government officer.

January 11, 2013

Originally from Liverpool, Bobby Seven now lives permanently on a beach in Thailand and earns a living from tarot card reading

Last year Bobby Seven, 34, left his life in Britain to live on a beach in Thailand permanently, earning a living as a transformational tarot card reader, online and in person. He lives on Had Tien beach on Koh Phangnan island, next to hippy holiday resort The Sanctuary.

As part of a series on alternative gay lifestyles, Gay Star News asks him about his life and what messages he has for the gay community back home.

Did you feel you had a 'sixth sense' from a young age?

December 20, 2012

A Mayan prophecy predicts the world will end tomorrow but who cares when Santa's on his way?

I don't know what I feel most upset about? The Mayan prophecy that the end of the world is nigh at the exact time of year when we can all be excused for greed, gluttony and excess or the fact that if it really does all end in hellfire and brimstone, then I've wasted a shed load of money on Peppa Pig and Spider Man action figures (not for me, but for my nephews and nieces).

November 23, 2012

As the most senior gay woman at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Julia Hoggett has become a role model for others like her, despite her natural reticence

Julia Hoggett’s job title is a mouthful and you probably need to be a banker to know what it means. But this understated mom is also a role model for gay women as a senior executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

When she’s not spending time with her partner and kids in Ireland, she’s ‘Managing director, head of short term fixed income origination, EMEA, head of covered bonds and FIG flow financing, EMEA’ (we told you) for the bank.

And when she’s not doing that, she’s co-lead of the company’s LGBT employee network.

November 2, 2012

We meet IBM vice president Claudia Brind-Woody and find out about her ambitions for gay workplace equality

How can gay and trans equality boost our economies and help towards everyone’s future and why should companies be advocating for it?

Those are some of the bigger questions delegates discussed at Out & Equal’s Workplace Summit in Baltimore, Maryland which finished yesterday (1 November).

Claudia Brind-Woody is a vice president at IBM and a board member of Out & Equal – the organization which campaigns for workplace equality in the US.

October 5, 2012

Tells Gay Star News: 'Ex-gay therapy is nothing but child abuse. We must stop it'

When Gay Star News caught up with Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen last week, California Governor Jerry Brown had not yet signed a bill into law that bans so-called 'conversation' therapy that attempts to turn gay kids straight.

But Besen seemed so confident that Brown would make California the first state in the US to have such a law, that he was already looking to other states.

September 28, 2012

Gay Star News interviews Australian author Benjamin Law about his book, Adventures in Gaysia, that explores different aspects of queer life in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, India, Malaysia and Burma

With vivid depictions of a transexual beauty pageant in Thailand, a gay nudist hotel in Bali, the ugly forefront of the fight against the HIV epidemic in Burma and a happy-clappy Sunday service at a ‘gay cure’ church in Malaysia, Adventures in Gaysia has more color than a Pride march in Mumbai. It’s also hilarious and serious.

Gay Star News talks to Australian magazine journalist and author Benjamin Law about the inspiration, the ups and downs and why there’s no need to take notes on penises.

Why did you decide to write this book?

July 11, 2012

Gay Star News interviews Britain’s deputy prime minister and finds out why he’s confident religions who want to marry gay couples will be allowed to do so

As leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg is well versed in Britain’s LGBT political agenda.

And, while it’s clear that he hasn’t always found sharing a coalition government with the Conservatives comfortable, Deputy Prime Minister Clegg does seem determined to make the most of his position whenever he can.

Luckily, one priority – and a place where he shares common ground with Prime Minister David Cameron – is on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

July 5, 2012

Liz Bingham, partner at global professional services firm Ernst & Young, wants the best companies to do even more on LGBT rights

Firms must continue to push for better workplaces for LGBT people, even in countries where it looks like the job has been done.

That was the message from Liz Bingham, managing partner for people at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, as she addressed the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London today.

June 28, 2012

Gay Star News speaks to Ansh Das about his book telling his own tragic love story, starting at Mr Gay World 2011 in Manila

Ansh Das, organizer of Hong Kong’s first annual LGBT festival, the Pink Season, had an emotional year last year.

At Mr Gay World 2011 in Manilla he met and fell in love with Mike Francis Mendoza, a Filipino singer. An intense connection between the two of them was cut off tragically when Mendoza died of appendicitis just a couple of months after they met.

Das channeled his grief, pain and love for Francis into a book, Always Forever. He talks to Gay Star News about how he’s learnt how to heal.

May 23, 2012

Gay Star News grabs a few minutes with the new volunteer and events coordinator for the Albert Kennedy Trust

It was a surprisingly sunny day in Manchester and as I arrived at the modern offices of Albert Kennedy Trust’s northern outpost, I surprised Darren Batey putting his shoes back on after catching some lunch-time rays in the office’s roof-top garden.

The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) is a UK charity that supports young LGBT 16 to 25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.

Young and infectiously enthusiastic, Batey has been working with AKT for just over a year.

March 27, 2012

Ice hockey player in Ottawa, Canada, says You Can Play Project will save lives of gay teens in sport

A Canadian ice hockey player has become the first out athlete to tell his story for the You Can Play Project, which aims to tackle homophobia in sport.

Scott Heggart, a player for Lanark-Carleton Minor Hockey League,
posted a video on the organization's website yesterday (26 March) and believes You Can Play's latest push will save the lives of bullied gay teens, especially in the sports world.

March 12, 2012

San Franciscan couple Lisa Dazols and Jenni Chang are traveling the world seeking out the ‘supergays’. Nine months in, we hear about where they’ve been, who they’ve met and what they’ve experienced

When Lisa Dazols and Jenni Chang left their home in San Francisco last June to travel around the world in search of ‘supergays’, they didn’t know who they would meet or how it would affect their relationship. Nine months into their journey they’ve met dozens of inspirational gays, from Prince Manvendra Sign Gohil to the organisers of Shanghai Pride and are now engaged, but Jenni’s traditional Chinese parents still won’t accept their relationship. Gay Star News interview them in Brazil over Skype.

January 16, 2012

The GSN contributor who was shocked to be invited to audition as a dancer for the London Olympic opening ceremony

When the opportunity came up to volunteer for the 2012 Olympic games, I signed up. And when the chance came up to buy tickets for both the Olympics and ParaOlympics, I applied for the maximum. But I only vaguely remember volunteering to be a part of the opening ceremony.

Then one day in June, I received an email from the Olympic opening ceremony organizers asking me to come in and audition for a part.