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August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 3, 2014

The fact that the UK is to get a national sperm bank appears to have upset The Daily Mail – leading to a front page headline that has prompted outrage

Last weekend, Gay Star News reported on the opening of the world’s first national sperm bank: a new initiative that will be run as a joint venture between the UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The bank will recruit sperm donors and help women and couples experiencing fertility problems or who may need donor sperm to extend a family.

July 26, 2014

The second biggest bank in Italy will give gay employees the same marital rights as straight employees, despite gay marriage being illegal in Italy

One of the biggest banks in Italy, Intesa Sanpaolo, will give their LGBTI employees the same marital benefits as their heterosexual colleagues.

Gay marriage is illegal in Italy, however, the bank will give marital benefits to gay and lesbian employees who have been married in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

‘The importance of the agreement serves to reinforce the group’s commitment to politics of non-discrimination and equal opportunity,’ said Intesa Sanpaolo.

July 26, 2014

Same-sex couples and thousands of others affected by fertility issues are expected to benefit

The UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), in partnership with Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has been awarded Department of Health funding to provide a National Sperm Bank.

July 3, 2014

Poor exchange rates and fees could mean you’re losing out when you send money back home

Working overseas can be a great experience. It's a chance to live in a new culture and make money at the same time.

If you're sending this money back home to your savings account or family, you should make sure that you're not losing out with unfavorable exchange rates or unnecessary charges.

Using the traditional method of a bank could prove costly when compared to using a specialist foreign exchange service.

July 3, 2014

Poor exchange rates and fees could mean you’re losing out when you send money back home

Working overseas can be a great experience. It's a chance to live in a new culture and make money at the same time.

If you're sending this money back home to your savings account or family, you should make sure that you're not losing out with unfavorable exchange rates or unnecessary charges.

Using the traditional method of a bank could prove costly when compared to using a specialist foreign exchange service.

June 26, 2014

Enjoy some fruity drinks that won't break the bank with our guide

Not everyone wants to head out and spend a long, sweaty day partying away at a Pride parade.

Some want to stay in, have friends round, and enjoy some drinks that won’t break the bank.

So that’s what the GSN London team did one day, heading back to the bosses’ house for dinner and drinking.

Thanks to one of sponsors of our Jean Paul Gaultier designed Pride bags, we had plenty of choice from the many flavours of Cactus Jacks’ Schnapps.

Here’s what we had as well as how we made them:

June 24, 2014

Up to seven Bangladeshi teens surrounded the couple on Whitechapel Road, yelling 'faggots' and 'get out of our area'

A couple have said they are afraid to walk together in East London after a teen gang assaulted them for being gay.

Walter Adrian, 23, and his boyfriend, who wished to remain anonymous, were attacked outside a bank on Whitechapel Road after leaving a friend’s birthday.

As they took out money from the Barclays, up to seven Bangladeshi teens surrounded them.

‘Who is sucking who off?’ ‘Are you fags?’ they yelled. They told them it was ‘our street, our area, get out of here’.

June 24, 2014

The two gay men said they were left bloody and beaten by the attack. During the incident, they were repeatedly called ‘faggots’

May 29, 2014

Five college students, aged between 18 and 22, lured their 25-year-old victim on a gay dating site in an attempt to rob and extort money from him

A gay man in Russia was kidnapped at gunpoint and nearly died in a horrific homophobic attack, it was reported today (29 May).

A Chelyabinsk court heard how five college students, aged between 18 and 22, lured their 25-year-old victim on a gay dating site in an attempt to rob and extort money from him.

The students told the gay man they didn’t want his money, but to ‘cleanse the society of gays’, according to the victim’s testimony.

At gunpoint, they went in the victim’s car to a nearby lake.

May 16, 2014

Barclays also announces its headline sponsorship for this year’s Pride in London as it gets ready for IDAHO

Millions of Brits will get a message to stop homophobia as they withdraw cash at an ATM this week.

Barclays has put the message for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on all 3,400 of its ‘hole in the wall’ machines.

The screen shows a couple, with rainbow-painted fingernails and bracelets, joining hands and reveals that Barclays is working with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to spread the word about IDAHO.

April 17, 2014

If your idea of heaven is hundreds of gay and bisexual men meeting in the Welsh countryside for a weekend of adventurous activities, sign up for the biggest gay camping event around

450 men will descend upon a Welsh town this end May bank holiday for Big Spring Camp.

Organized by OutdoorLads, the most social group for gay and bi men who like to get out more, Big Spring Camp brings men from all over the UK and beyond for a weekend of action in the great outdoors.

This year’s Big Spring Camp will be held in Llanrwst, pronounced Thlanroost for non-Welsh speakers, from 23 to 26 May.

All are welcome, even novice OutdoorLads who don’t already own the necessary camping equipment.

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.