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April 11, 2014

Police are appealing to the gay community in Cornwall  for information about the dead man's 'lifestyle' - despite no evidence the man was gay

A dead body was found on a beach in south-west England, leading to police asking for help from the gay community.

With a sock in his mouth, Alan Jeal’s body was found naked on a Cornwall beach Perranporth, which is locally known as a ‘gay cruising site’.

Witnesses are asked to come forward if they have any information about Jeal, or how he died. 

Detectives are ‘particularly appealing to the gay community’ for information, despite having no evidence that Jeal was gay.

April 3, 2014

GSN foreign exchange partners, Moneycorp, offer free expert help and better rates so your cash goes further

It is too easy to lose out when sending money overseas. You could end up paying high fees and get a poor exchange rate.

But with these top tips, it’s easy to get a great deal on your international money transfers – whether you need a one-off payment to buy a property, make ongoing mortgage payments, pay for an overseas wedding or send money to friends and family around the world.

April 3, 2014

GSN foreign exchange partners, Moneycorp, offer free expert help and better rates so your cash goes further

It is too easy to lose out when sending money overseas. You could end up paying high fees and get a poor exchange rate.

But with these top tips, it’s easy to get a great deal on your international money transfers – whether you need a one-off payment to buy a property, make ongoing mortgage payments, pay for an overseas wedding or send money to friends and family around the world.

April 2, 2014

S Club 7, Stooshe and Foxes also to perform at the two-day event in the West Midlands

A star studded line-up of headline acts for this year’s Birmingham Pride have been announced ahead of the festival next month.

Conor Maynard, and ‘90s legend Gabrielle will be headlining the two day bank holiday festival alongside acts like S Club 7, Ms Dynamite, Stooshe and heartthrob Elyar Fox.

This year’s parade will start in Birmingham’s Victoria Square on 24 May, and will follow the theme of Equality and Freedom around the world.

March 29, 2014

Jasvir Ginday told a court hearing that he panicked when his wife threatened to out him to his family

A UK man has told a court panic and fear led him to killing his wife after she discovered he was gay because he did not want anyone to know about his sexuality.

The story was revealed earlier this month when Jasvir Ginday, 29, was accused of strangling and killing his wife Varkha Rani, 24, at their home on 12 September 2013.

March 25, 2014

Using Moneycorp for international money transfers could save hundreds of dollars by ensuring the best possible transfer rates

Fancy moving abroad? Or maybe you want to buy a holiday home in the sun or plan a big dream wedding overseas?

You will have to move your money to another country and convert it into another currency. Moneycorp, the exchange experts, can make it simple and – better still – help you save money.

This might seem like a daunting prospect. Full of paperwork, bank charges and fast moving exchange rates. It could be a long, complicated and expensive process.

March 25, 2014

Using Moneycorp for international money transfers could save hundreds of dollars by ensuring the best possible transfer rates

Fancy moving abroad? Or maybe you want to buy a holiday home in the sun or plan a big dream wedding overseas?

You will have to move your money to another country and convert it into another currency. Moneycorp, the exchange experts, can make it simple and – better still – help you save money.

This might seem like a daunting prospect. Full of paperwork, bank charges and fast moving exchange rates. It could be a long, complicated and expensive process.

March 19, 2014

A 29-year-old is alleged to have strangled his 24-year-old wife before putting her into an incinerator

A gay British Indian bank worker who wanted to hide his sexuality strangled his wife, a court has heard.

Jasvir Ram Ginday, 29, is alleged to have strangled Varkha Rani, 24, at their home with a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner.

He burnt her body in a garden incinerator but told a neighbor he had set fire to ‘general rubbish’, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

March 10, 2014

Two of the LGBTI youth charity ‘GAYTMs’ that were installed by the ANZ bank have been vandalized over the weekend by unknown persons

Two Sydney ATMs that were glammed up for Mardi Gras by the ANZ bank have been vandalized over the weekend with the camp facades that were added to the machines torn down.

The ‘GAYTMs’ were two of ten installed during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival by the ANZ bank – with withdrawal fees from non-ANZ customers from the machines during the festival to be donated to LGBTI youth support charity Twenty10.

The vandalism was spotted by Sydney drag legend Maxi Shield who posted a photo of the vandalism to Facebook.

February 28, 2014

Uganda is seeing further financial consequences over the passing of its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gays for life with the World Bank suspending a major development loan

The World Bank has suspended a $90million (€65million) loan to Uganda over its passing of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act which gives life imprisonment for anyone convicted of gay sex.

The loan was to go to Uganda’s health system but the World Bank has announced it will postpone the loan while it reviews whether Uganda’s development objectives could be negatively affected by the passing of the law.

February 25, 2014

The ANZ bank has given dozens of its ATMs across Sydney a gay makeover – transforming them into ‘GAYTMs’ during the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival to celebrate their 8th year as the event’s biggest corporate sponsor

Australia’s ANZ bank has given dozens of its ATMs a gay makeover for Sydney’s Mardi Gras festival – with withdrawal fees from non-ANZ customers from these ‘GAYTMs’ to be donated to an LGBTI youth support charity.

The fee for using a non-ANZ card at an ANZ ATM is $2.00 and those fees will be donated to LGBTI youth charity Twenty10 for the period of the bank’s GAYTM campaign.

The campaign is running from 22 February to 5 March in 2014.

February 19, 2014

We meet two of the UK’s most senior ‘straight allies’ in business and learn what motivates them about LGBTI issues

How does a business leader go from ‘I’ve got lots of gay friends’ to being a champion of LGBTI equality?

‘Straight allies’ is a new buzzword in top companies and we spoke to two women who are every bit as passionate about this issue as gay activists themselves.

They have been key to making Barclays one of the most LGBTI-friendly firms in the world and instrumental to groundbreaking gay inclusion in a TV commercial.

December 19, 2013

Court has convicted a young LGBT advocate of gay propaganda, the third time this has happened in the federal law's history

A Russian court has found a gay rights activist guilty of gay propaganda, the third time this has happened in the law’s history.

While numerous others have been charged, very few have been convicted in Russia for violating the gay propaganda ban.

Dmitry Isakov, a 24-year-old bank clerk and student, was fined 4,000 rubles ($121, €89) – the minimum for an individual violation.

Back in June he was arrested twice after he tried to get permission from authorities to hold a gay pride march in the Russian city of Kazan.

December 9, 2013

Highlighting the health and financial problems gay and straight families encounter, the country’s leading LGBTI rights group Movilh has launched a new YouTube campaign to make civil unions a reality

Chile’s leading sexual rights group has launched a new campaign to encourage the government to legalize civil unions.

As a presidential run-off vote approaches on 15 December, Movilh is putting presidential candidates’ promises of marriage equality to the test by launching a YouTube campaign promoting civil unions for gay and straight couples.

In a video narrated in Spanish, the video says over 2,000,000 people living in Chile are unmarried couples.

November 1, 2013

Openly gay Brit Anthony Watson is the first non-American to be elected to the board of the world’s biggest LGBT media advocacy organization, GLAAD

An openly gay boss at Barclays has become the first non-American ever to join the board of LGBT media advocacy group GLAAD.

Anthony Watson, who is a senior executive at the bank, hopes to use his expertise to further the organization’s global work.

He said: ‘GLAAD’s critical work transcends national boundaries. It is of vital importance that the global LGBT community becomes stakeholders in [this work].

October 25, 2013

Barclays LGBT gala fundraiser for Cohen’s anti-bullying charity also hears Olympic bronze medal hero Annie Panter talk about being lesbian

Performing in Strictly Come Dancing is the nerve-wracking thing former rugby star and pin-up Ben Cohen has ever done.

He made the comments at a fundraising dinner last night (24 October) for his LGBT anti-bullying charity, StandUp Foundation – organized by Barclays.

Meanwhile another special guest, Olympic bronze medalist Annie Panter, used the dinner to unexpectedly speak about being gay – and to joke how much sex there was behind the scenes at the London 2012 games.

October 19, 2013

‘Mama Naomi’ was a popular figure in LGBT Uganda who openly supported her gay son

Police arrested a grieving Ugandan gay activist when he went to the bank to collect money to pay for his mom’s funeral.

Mleuben Maccarthy, an LGBT human rights campaigner from Kampala, Uganda, lost his mother Naomi to illness yesterday (18 October).

Known as ‘Mama Naomi’ in the Ugandan gay community, she was a popular figure who openly supported her gay son and her death has sparked tributes from LGBTI people.

Maccarthy’s partner, Wolter Swaagman, who is based in the Netherlands, sent money to the Western Union Bank in Uganda to pay for the funeral.

October 4, 2013

Winners of the Homo Heroes Awards 2013 announced at ceremony in Manchester, North West England

There are lots of LGBT awards now, but still not enough celebration of grassroots heroes who dedicate their lives to helping us all, often with little or no reward.

That’s why we love the Homo Heroes Awards, run by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) in Manchester and celebrating the best of North West England.

The awards were handed out at a party last night, sponsored by LGBT-friendly bank Barclays, so here are the champions, selected from 6,000 votes and 450 different nominations.

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.

September 19, 2013

London Egg Bank hopes volunteer donors will come forward to solve UK shortage

Britain’s first dedicated egg bank for infertility treatment has opened, as the country sees a baby boom for LGBT families.

The London Egg Bank will launch at the Alternative Parenting Show, open to all families but particularly popular with would-be gay moms and dads on Saturday (21 September).

The London Egg Bank says a shortage of egg donors in Britain pushes women needing donor eggs abroad.

August 26, 2013

A sexually inactive 21-year-old gay man in Ireland, where it’s illegal for men who have sex with men to donate blood, has been blocked from donating until further notice

An openly gay man is accusing an Ireland blood bank of discrimination after doctors requested he stop donating even though he’s never had sex.

While Ireland has a lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men or intravenous drug users to protect blood supplies, 21-year-old Tomas Heneghan claims he’s never had sex with a man before and feels he should still be eligible to donate blood.

August 1, 2013

Gay Star News learns how Barclays uses enthusiasm, innovation and even ATM messages to prove their LGBT credentials at pride

Nowhere are LGBT rights more visible around the world than during a gay pride event.

As businesses have evolved to become more LGBT-inclusive, many have demonstrated their support of gay prides by marching in parades or sponsoring events.

Banking giant Barclays, with its LGBT employee network group Spectrum, has taken its corporate social responsibility to new heights of diversity and inclusion.

July 23, 2013

The Asian Human Rights Commission has expressed its concern about Burmese police targeting gay men and transgendered people for harassment in Myanmar

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) says it is documenting incidents of harassment against gay men and transgender people in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and is concerned about what that says about democratization in the former one party state.

Police in the city of Mandalay have been arresting LGBTs who gather near the Sedona Hotel of the bank of the city’s historic moat.

July 23, 2013

Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks' network Vibrant explains to GSN why a diversity strategy can make business better

An award-winning group formed to assist LGBT employees of Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks is helping to improve the way the organization serves its customers.

LGBT network Vibrant is among several networks that have been established across the British-based banks to ensure they assist staff from all walks of life.

Promoting a more diverse workplace is viewed as one of the best ways to meet the equally diverse needs of the communities served by Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks.