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March 11, 2015

Written by John Browne, The Glass Closet explains why coming out is good for business - for both employees and their employers

The Glass Closet by John Browne is a brave and fascinating book that shows how businesses can lead the way in promoting gay rights and why being yourself is best for business and for you.’
Sir Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Group

‘A courageous and salutary reminder that despite huge progress, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of tolerant and inclusive society of which business – as this book powerfully argues – must be a driving force.’
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
 

May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 19, 2015

The UK's 10th largest city is a cultural goldmine – from medieval castles to Impressionism troves to chocolate and orange welsh cakes

Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

Here, we share the five highlights of our recent trip to the charismatic 'Caerdydd'...

May 19, 2015

A gay-run business that produces an innovative range of chutneys and pickles has recently won Ocado's prestigious ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’ award. Gay Star Business talks to Andre Dang, founder and CEO of Manfood

Thinking of launching your own business? The rise of Manfood’s provides a textbook example of how to go from zero to hero in two short years.

The brand is the brainchild of 40-year-old Andre Dang. Born to a Malaysian mother and Vietnamese father, British-born Dang studied horticulture at Reading University.

A placement with leading department store chain M&S – which brought him into contact with buyers and food students – convinced him that he actually wanted to work in the food sector.

May 15, 2015

Rankings were announced today for Hong Kong's first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index – with some employees highlighted for specific honors

Community Business, a not-for-profit organization focusing on diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, has today revealed the results of its inaugural Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index.

Earlier this year, companies were invited to make submissions for the Index, which follows the success of similar indexes in the US, UK and Australia.

However, compared with those countries, LGBT diversity and inclusion remains a more controversial subject in Hong Kong and wider Chinese society.

May 15, 2015

City welcomes women in polygamous marriages but not same-sex partners

A British lesbian Thursday (14 May ) launched a landmark challenge against the Hong Kong government after she was refused a dependent visa to live in the Chinese city with her partner.

The woman in the 40s, who can only be identified as QT, entered into a civil partnership in 2011. She moved to Hong Kong later that year after her partner SS was offered a tech job in the territory with a global firm.

QT applied for a dependent visa – in 2012 and 2014 – but was refused both times.

May 11, 2015

As IDAHOT approaches, Ugandan gay rights activist Tony Kitara reflects on the past, present and future of homophobia in his country

I am a gay man from an endemic homophobic nation - Uganda.

In order to 'fit' in society, I had to conceal my sexuality from a very young age. There's a lot of stigma in the general population, often characterised by familial rejection, violence, blackmail, mental torture, physical torture. Therefore, I work for the social justice and liberation of the LGBTI community in my country.

May 11, 2015

He voted against gay marriage and lowering the age of consent for LGBTI people

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has elected John Whittingdale as the new culture secretary.

The former chair of the commons culture committee has voted strongly against gay rights, with him being one of the few to vote against same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

He also voted against lowering the age of consent for gay people back in 1998 and was against including sexual orientation in the Equality Act.

May 11, 2015

He voted against gay marriage and lowering the age of consent for LGBTI people

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has elected John Whittingdale as the new culture secretary.

The former chair of the commons culture committee has voted strongly against gay rights, with him being one of the few to vote against same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

He also voted against lowering the age of consent for gay people back in 1998 and was against including sexual orientation in the Equality Act.

May 11, 2015

US ranks worst in sports homophobia

Only 1% of people feel gays are 'completely accepted' on sports fields, according to the first international and largest survey of homophobia in sports.

Nearly 9,500 people were interviewed for the survey, released Sunday (10 May), which was initiated by the Sydney organizing committee of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.

One in four gay male respondents said they had received verbal threats of harm or been bullied while playing sports, and about 80% of people said they had witnessed such discrimination.

May 9, 2015

If the worst should happen, it's important to understand how you might split your assets. Law firm Irwin Mitchell offer their advice for couples.

Since the 29 March 2014, same sex couples are able to marry in England and Wales under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.  The Act has also allowed, since December 2014, same sex couples who are in a Civil Partnership to convert their Civil Partnership into a marriage.  But what happens if that relationship breaks down?  How will the assets of a same sex couple be divided in the event of a divorce (or in the event of dissolution if they are in a Civil Partnership)?

May 8, 2015

Indicates scale of the swing against the Liberal Democrats in UK general election

Bisexual MP Simon Hughes has lost the seat he has held for over three decades.

In a close fought race, Hughes’ constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark, in south London has gone to Neil Coyle of Labour.

Liberal Democrat Hughes had a sizeable majority at the last election in 2010 of over 8,500 votes and 19%. But Coyle slashed that lead, winning 22,146 votes to Hughes' 17,657.

The third placed candidate was a gay Conservative, Jean-Paul Floru, who gained 6,051 votes.

May 8, 2015

As the Liberal Democrats lose all their LGBTI MPs, seven fresh faces take seats in the House of Commons

With the final votes counted and the General Election over, Britain is officially the country with the highest number of out LGBTI MPs in the world.

At least 152 out LGBTI MPs ran for election on 7 May, with 27 of them being elected into the House of Commons today.

These numbers mean there is now one more out MP in the Commons than at the time of the dissolution of Parliament; the UK now also holds the highest number of out LGBTI MPs ever recorded in the world.

May 7, 2015

Teachers in trouble for saying ‘trans’ was like ‘gay’ on official form

A college of higher education is in trouble for not knowing what transgender is.

Henley College in Coventry, England has already hit the headlines this year for having an illegal block on their computer system, so students couldn’t see LGBTI content online.

Now they have confused gender with sexuality.

All new students have to fill in a form that asks what their sexuality is.

The options given are ‘heterosexual’, ‘gay/lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, ‘I do not wish to disclose’ – or ‘transgender’.

May 6, 2015

Mother who broke surrogacy agreement used 'offensive language' in court

A baby girl in the United Kingdom is going to live with her father and his boyfriend after her mother supposedly broke a surrogacy deal.

The ruling is supposed to settle a fight between the parents over the agreement; while the girl’s biological father said the mother agreed to be a surrogate for him and his partner, she argued the men had agreed for her to be the main parent.

‘The pregnancy was contrived with the aim of a same-sex couple having a child to form a family assisted by a friend,’ Ms Justice Russell said.

May 6, 2015

Gorgeous Lip Service star also performed at LGBTI event last year

Heather Peace will perform at this year's Pride Glasgow for the second year running, it has been announced.

May 5, 2015

We're lost for words

The Gay European Tourism Association [GETA] has partnered with Sign Up, a Seville-based language school, to create language courses specially tailored for LGBTIs.

The big question is, will they teach Polari?

The two and four-week courses will be taught by a gay teacher in Seville [the city's Plaza de España is pictured, right], the capital of the Spanish region of Andalusia, and will be open to all ages. 

May 5, 2015

Denmark should apologize for shielding the man who experimented on gays in Nazi concentration camps

The Danish government is being asked to apologize for protecting a Nazi doctor who experimented on gays during the Holocaust in an attempt to turn them straight.

Danish Nazi SS Dr Carl Vaernet conducted the medical experiments on gay concentration camp prisoners.

But unlike other Holocaust criminals he was never prosecuted.

In fact Denmark and Britain conspired to protect him and he was allowed to escape to Argentina to continue his research into eradicating homosexuality.

May 4, 2015

'I can't live under this Conservative Government, this Coalition.'

Paul O'Grady has claimed that he will leave the UK if David Cameron is elected Prime Minister again. 

The comedian, who has previously labelled Cameron a 'twat', told a crowd during a rally in support of Labour leader Ed Miliband that he would rather 'get a house on the Lido in Venice' than live under another Conservative Government. 

'I can’t live under this bloody government any more. I am going to get a house on the Lido in Venice,' said O'Grady. 'I have paid a fortune in tax and I will say "you can have that mate"'.

April 30, 2015

‘You could say that we are marrying for love rather than anything else,’ says Neil Graham, a Director of a London-based law firm

Mario I met two and a half years ago in a bar in Bratislava. I had a blind date with his flat mate who couldn’t speak any English so he brought Mario along to translate.

In October, three years to the day since we met, we will be marrying each other in our local Town Hall in London.

Following the enactment in England and Wales of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in March 2014, we have decided, like many same sex couples, to formalize our commitment to each other by getting married.

April 29, 2015

The region’s first LGBTI Workplace Inclusion Index is revealed next month, and organizers have today announced shortlists of award finalists

The inaugural Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index is to be announced in mid-May, following the success of similar workplace LGBTI indexes in the US, UK and Australia.

As well as ranking ten companies that have demonstrated best practice when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the index will include four associated awards for individuals and organizations that have gone the extra mile.

April 28, 2015

Royal Bank of Scotland also promises it will make it easier for trans people to change their gender on their accounts

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is working to make it easier for trans people to change their gender on their accounts.

RBS, which is one of Britain’s leading retail banks, is also going to offer Mx as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Mrs, Miss and Ms to those who want it.

And it is training its staff so they don’t make assumptions that customers are straight.

Those were the promises from the bank’s global head of inclusion, Marjorie Strachan, as she delivered the sponsor’s speech at the British LGBT Awards.

April 27, 2015

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500

In times of terror, Nepalese LGBTI activists and others around the world are rallying to help people stay alive.

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500.

The US, UK, Australia, China, India, Israel, Japan and Pakistan have all provided aid to the country.

But Nepal says they need more, with shortages of water, food, electricity and medicine.

April 25, 2015
Activist challenged columnist on views about refugees; former star of The Apprentice tells Gay Star News she doesn’t differentiate between straight and LGBT asylum seekers
 
Campaigner Peter Tatchell publicly confronted controversial columnist Katie Hopkins on her views on refugees at last night’s LGBT Awards in London – asking her ‘What about the people who are fleeing persecution because of their ethnicity, faith or sexuality?’