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May 15, 2015

Australian LGBTI workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity has announced the winners of its annual business awards and many industry leading companies and institutions are among the winners

PwC has been named Australia’s 2015 Employer of the Year for LGBTI workers – becoming only the first company to win the award twice since the founding of workplace inclusion group Pride In Diversity in 2012.

The Australian arm of the global professional services firm topped a list of 20 organizations which were honored today at a luncheon in Sydney organized by Australia’s only national employer support program for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.

May 6, 2015

 X Factor boyband join pop veterans Texas for LGBTI festival's Big Weekend in August

Union J have been added to the Manchester Pride line up, as well as DJ Fresh and Hercules and the Love Affair's Andy Butler.

They will join the mighty Texas for The Big Weekend', the centerpiece of the LGBT festival. The performances will takes place on the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28 to Monday 31.

Former X Factor act Union J are known for hits such as Carry You and You Got It All.

April 29, 2015

The US bank is promoting its embracing of diversity with a series of new adverts – one of which features a lesbian couple who are learning sign language for a very special reason

It’s becoming more and more common for big companies to highlight their diversity credentials and forward-thinking attitudes by featuring gay people in their advertising.

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 23, 2015

Iconic club night gearing up for bank holiday special on Sunday 3 May

Cream returns to Nation in Liverpool on Sunday 3 May for a bank holiday special – and we've got our hands on two pairs of tickets to give away.

The famous clubnight will be warming us up for festival season with a tantalising line-up featuring some exciting Cream debuts and some of the biggest names performing at this year's Creamfields.

Two lucky winners and their plus ones will be chosen by Wednesday 29 April. To enter, email your name and phone number to jamiet[@]gaystarnews.com.

April 13, 2015

World Bank is investigating one of its employees for an alleged leak of information. Fabrice Houdart, who was the president of the bank’s LGBT employee organization, denies any wrongdoing

A leading advocate for LGBTI global rights within the World Bank is under investigation for allegedly leaking documents.

But Fabrice Houdart denies wrongdoing and claims he is being targeted by his bosses because he criticised the organization’s president and his senior management team for awarding bonuses at a time of cut-backs in the bank.

Houdart has hired lawyers who specialise in working with whistle-blowers to represent him but currently remains employed and working at the bank.

April 2, 2015

The Arctic destinations of Narvik and Tromsø offer unique opportunities to experience the indigenous Sami culture of the region.

The Sami are the indigenous people of the Arctic region that covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

Traditionally, the Sami have been masters of coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding, but they are best known as the reindeer herders of these lands.

The Sami trace their history in this region for at least 5,000 years.

March 18, 2015

Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway.

Norway is a surprisingly big country. I'd been to Oslo before, on a city break a few years ago, but that seems a world away from the nothern city of Tromsø.

Tromsø is known as the capital of the Arctic – surrounded by spectacular fjords and mountains. Throughout the decades this has been the gateway for expeditions into the Arctic regions.

March 8, 2015

A cold-water swim kicks off birthday celebrations in London

A mild Spring day in London and I was up (relatively) early to get to the Parliament Hill ponds in Hampstead Heath.

It was my friend Dan's 30th birthday. He is a mad keen swimmer so had decided to kick-start celebrations with a swim in the men's pond at Parliament Hill. 

March 6, 2015

A Vice President at Bank of America Merill Lynch, Docherty reflects on the success of the organization’s Ally program in fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion

Bringing my whole self to work

I think it’s fair to say that when people think of financial services they don’t automatically think of it as a progressive sector for diversity and inclusion.

However, in my experience valuing people and equality is at its heart. The sector is one of the most diverse and its inherent global nature means that I am constantly meeting new and different people.

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch we have a saying that the business wholeheartedly embraces – ‘bring my whole self to work’.

February 25, 2015

Now retired, the former Vice President with JPMorgan Chase recalls coming out to his staff

I started working at The First National Bank of Chicago in December 1979. I'd been out since 1974, living in the suburbs and working as a counselor. I saw moving to and working in Chicago as steps toward living more openly around people like me.

In the early 70s, I'd worked at a bank and understood the business and culture. Banks thought of themselves as ‘families’—trusted institutions that treated employees with respect and ensured they had a long and secure future. Getting back into banking was like reconnecting with an old friend.

February 25, 2015

Hodgson, a reporting analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, reflects on how well her colleagues responded when she began the transition to her true gender role

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.

I work as a reporting analyst in the bank’s Data Warehouse team in Chester, generating data for the Collections Department and working with customers who have fallen behind with their credit card payments. My job is to essentially ‘make sense’ of various numerical data and I enjoy it immensely.

February 24, 2015

Queer group protests the commercialization of LGBTI rights

Pink paint was thrown over two police stations and three banks in Auckland Monday (23 February) night in a second 'pinkwashing' attack.

Queers Against Injustice claimed responsibility for a similar vandal attack on a GAYTM last week.

The group accused ANZ of commercializing LGBTI rights after the bank covered four ATMs with rhinestones and renamed them GAYTMs.

February 22, 2015

The group says they targeted ANZ Bank's GAYTM to protest the company’s 'pinkwashing', 'commercialization' of the Auckland Pride Festival and treatment of their workers

What is thought to be a homophobic attack on an 'GAYTM' which was installed on Ponsonby Road by ANZ Bank to celebrate Auckland Pride Festival this month may not be homophobic after all.

The GAYTM was reportedly vandalized on Thursday night.

ANZ New Zealand twitted a photo early on Friday morning saying, 'We were sad to see our NZ-designed #gaytmnz has been vandalised overnight. Clean up is in progress.'

Many expressed their objection and disgust at the vandalism online calling it 'shocking, intolerant, disappointing.'

February 19, 2015

The victim was in his 40s and the two attackers are believed to be 20 and 22

Two thugs in their early 20s beat up a man in his 40s with a metal pole and forced him into performing a sex act on them in London.

Police have said the brutal late night attack began outside East Ham tube station when the victim told his attackers he didn't have any cigarettes.

The pair punched him multiple times, robbing his backpack, ID and bank cards before dragging him past shocked members of the public to a cash machine.

When the victim couldn't withdraw any money, the assailants dragged him to a nearby park.

February 6, 2015

Rhinestone-covered cash machines print 'out and proud' on receipts

A New Zealand bank has transformed four of its most prominent ATMs into rhinestone-covered GAYTMs in support of diversity and inclusion.

The GAYTMs, which were by introduced by ANZ Australia last year to celebrate the famous Sydney Mardi Gras and quickly became a sensation on social media, were commissioned in New Zealand as part of the bank’s diversity program.

Antonia Watson, chief financial officer and ANZ Pride Network executive
sponsor, said celebrating diversity was not only the right thing but also made good business sense.

January 28, 2015

Got an apology and £500 payment in return

A UK bank has accused a woman of fraud just because she is trans.

The Financial Ombudsman Service has warned the biggest banks in the UK to ensure they properly handle sensitive situations.

For example, the dispute resolution body confused a female customer's gender reassignment with fraud blocking her credit card.

A few days before the account was suspended, the woman Ms B gave the bank a ring. Confirming her identity, she was told her address couldn't be changed.

January 28, 2015

Got an apology and £500 payment in return

A UK bank has accused a woman of fraud just because she is trans.

The Financial Ombudsman Service has warned the biggest banks in the UK to ensure they properly handle sensitive situations.

For example, the dispute resolution body confused a female customer's gender reassignment with fraud blocking her credit card.

A few days before the account was suspended, the woman Ms B gave the bank a ring. Confirming her identity, she was told her address couldn't be changed.

January 26, 2015

Ringleader owns the Vietnamese edition of UK publication Attitude

Vietnamese police Friday (23 January) arrested a gay magazine owner in Ho Chi Minh City for running an online gambling ring worth 1 trillion Vietnamese dong ($46.88m).

Nine others were arrested in connection to the Philippines-based website 12bet.com.

To Cong Hung, 33, allegedly managed operations in the south east Asian country for several months and is also the owner of the Vietnamese edition of Attitude, the leading gay magazine in the UK.

January 20, 2015

'Expect dead bodies if you continue to provocate', the politician warns

A Lithuanian politician has warned a gay group that it is 'playing with fire' and its activities could lead to a massacre similar to what happened in Paris.

Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas, previously of the Way of Courage political party, told the leader of gay rights group LGL to expect 'dead bodies' if they continue to 'provocate'.

He was referring to the tragic killings in France earlier this month, where 12 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by extremists.

January 19, 2015

Head of UK banking says professionals have a 'personal duty to come out' 

The chief executive of HSBC UK has said that being gay helped him climb the career ladder at the world's second largest bank.

António Simões took the helm of the bank's UK division in 2012 and last week he topped the Out at Work list of the most influential LGBTI people in business.

Praising the City's tolerance, he joked that being gay was less likely to have held him back than being a '39-year-old, short, bald, Portuguese.'

December 15, 2014

The UK government have been accused of being 'blind' to the needs of the trans community

Trans people are furious at the UK government's new electoral registration system, forcing them to provide a previous name in order to be eligible to vote.

The new online voter registration system means that trans individuals cannot register to vote unless they provide false information or they out themselves publicly with no guarantee their data will be protected under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Rolled out in October of this year, the new system was implemented over concerns individuals not entitled to vote might register with the intention of doing so.

December 4, 2014

Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson says HIV is God’s judgement on LGBTI people and that ‘if you executed the homos like God recommends you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant’

A Baptist pastor at an Arizona church has gone on a bizarre rant after being incensed that his local bank had decided to put up decorations to mark World AIDS Day this year - saying the solution to the HIV epidemic is to kill all gay people.

In a video of one of his sermons posted to YouTube, Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson says he believes that governments are wasting billions of dollars trying to cure HIV when he ‘actually discovered the cure for AIDS.’

November 24, 2014

India recriminalized homosexuality last year

Up to 2,000 people yesterday (23 November) protested India's anti-gay laws at Bangalore pride, the first since the country recriminalized homosexuality in December last year.

After an hour delay, hundreds of people set off from the city railway station for the sixth Bengaluru Pride March and Karnataka Queer Habba in India's third largest city, in Karnataka state.

Unlike previous years, the parade was redirected through the conservative Malleswaram district and most marchers decided not to wear eye masks or cover their faces, despite the law.