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February 27, 2015

The film is the true tale of one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery – and what happened to her

The first picture of Eddie Redmayne playing transgender pioneer Lili Elbe has been unveiled. 

Redmayne, who just won an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, will play Elbe in forthcoming drama, The Danish Girl. 

The film, set in the 1920s, tells the story of a painter named Wegener, who was persuaded by her wife, also a painter, to pose in women's clothing for her. 

This opened up a whole new world for Wegener, who later began her male-to-female transition and changed her name to Lili Elbe. 

February 27, 2015

The book that convincingly and forcefully explains why coming out is good for business

Today gay men and women in the Western world enjoy greater acceptance and more legal protection than ever before. Yet an alarming number of businessmen and women choose to remain closeted at work.

In the critically-acclaimed book, The Glass Closet, John Browne argues that whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, it’s better for you, your business and the economy when you bring your authentic self to work.

February 26, 2015

Rural South Carolina college issues statement to be added to official manual

It's officially not okay to be gay at Erskine College in South Carolina.

Two male volleyball players came out publicly last year and although they have been accepted by teammates, the school has taken the step of issuing a new official statement of human sexuality that is against homosexuality.

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 26, 2015

Marriage success 10 years ago made liberal Canada complacent while anti-gay forces marched on

A debate on changes to Ontario’s sexual education curriculum is shattering the myth of Canada as a role model for inclusivity and diversity and exposing our nasty side.

February 26, 2015

General Medical Council accused of ignoring real trans concerns while wasting time on investigation they have now dropped

One of the leading doctors advising transgender people in the UK is in the clear after almost four years under investigation into alleged professional misconduct.

The General Medical Council (GMC) started looking into Dr Richard Curtis in 2011 but throughout the investigation he has been widely supported by the trans community.

February 26, 2015

The writer and editor recalls being fired after informing her boss that she was transitioning… and how she successfully fought the decision

In my life, there have been two memorable days labeled Tuesday, October 16. For the first, I was a naval officer on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean from Hong Kong to Pearl Harbor. When crossing the International Date Line from west to east, a day has to be repeated. Aboard our ship, that Tuesday lasted for 48 hours.

February 25, 2015

The author and educator has seen tremendous changes in society and the workplace since he was fired for being gay in 1974

In the 40 years that I have been educating others, including corporate senior officers around the globe, on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, I have witnessed dramatic changes in the workplace.

In the early days of my work, individual audience members would linger after the presentation to whisper to me that they were gay, or that their child was, and they would ask if they might stay in touch with 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 25, 2015

Reporting analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Banking

"Have faith in those around you"

I’ve been at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for nine years, but my “whole self” has been at work for less than a third of this time.

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

Chhattisgarh will also pay for sex reassignment surgery

In a first for India, Chhattisgarh state has set aside a 2% housing quota for its estimated 3,000 transgender residents.

The move comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court recognized transgender citizens as third gender. In its ruling, the apex court directed governments to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs, education and basic amenities in line with other minorities.

AK Saxena, additional commissioner at the Chhattisgarh housing board, said from now on transgender residents would have the quota in all government housing schemes.

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 23, 2015

Ash Carter: 'I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them'

New US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has come out in favor of transgender people being able to serve openly in the military.

Appearing at a town-hall meeting in Afghanistan, said he aims to make 'service as attractive as possible to our best people in our country … provided they can do what we need them to do for us.'

Carter added that he doesn't think 'anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.'

February 21, 2015

15 drag queens (and Michelle Visage) stuck on a tour bus in the snow in Cleveland sounds like a bad joke but it actually happened

When we first heard that 15 stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race were going on a Battle of the Seasons Tour we thought there’s bound to be some drama.

But instead of wig-snatching, the drama came in the form of a tour bus and some deep snow.

The queens taking part in the tour revealed on Twitter their tour bus had broken down after becoming stuck in some snow.

The Battle of the Seasons tour bus was heading to the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio when disaster struck and they were not able to make their 9pm curtain.

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

Both countries have severe anti-gay laws

Several prominent LGBTI members of Congress have urged US President Barack Obama to drop Brunei and Malaysia from a major trade deal if they do not repeal their severe anti-gay laws.

In a letter dated 18 February, five of the six co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus praised the president's gay rights record but sought clarification on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which his administration is trying to fast-track through Congress.

'We urge you to bring consistency to the administration’s foreign and trade policy,' the letter reads.

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 20, 2015

VP, Head of Public Sector of global IT services provider, Fujitsu, UK and Ireland

If you’re LGBT and not out at work and it troubles you in any way, I urge you to consider reaching out for help and support to see if you can take that liberating step. If you’re out at work and there are no, or not many, visible LGBT role models, I urge you to stand up and be one.

Here’s why.

February 20, 2015

See the full image inside

Transgender model Aydian Dowling has recreated Adam Levine's iconic nude photo for FTM magazine.

The magazine’s publisher, Jason Robert Ballard, said he saw similarities between Dowling's and Levine's physiques and set out to recreate the image.

'Some areas of my body used to remind me of everything I’m not. Now they represent everything I am,' Dowling said.

He is the owner of Point 5cc Clothing, an artist, motivational speaker and advocate for trans rights, and the cover model for the April edition of FTM Magazine.

February 19, 2015

Caution urged after draft report details potential policy change

The US Army is reportedly considering making it easier for transgender people to serve in the military.

A draft document obtained by USA Today proposes raising the authorisation level needed to initiate dismissal proceedings against trans service members.

The leaked report, which has not been adopted as official directive, does not rescind current Army policy, which considers transgender people "administratively unfit" for service.