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March 17, 2015

The briefing, which took place yesterday in Washington, heard arguments both for and against the introduction of federal legislation to protect LGBT workers

Yesterday, in a historic move, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held its first briefing on the discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in the workplace.

The USCCR is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issues federal civil rights enforcement reports.

The meeting took place in Washington DC, and subjects discussed included general workplace issues faced by LGBT people, specific transgender issues and religious exemption bills.

March 16, 2015

Official proposes gay 'rehabs' to eradicate homosexuality in the country

Indonesia's Islamic authority has proposed the introduction of the death penalty for gay sex.

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) on 3 March issued a fatwa calling for a range of punishments, from caning to the death penalty, for homosexual acts.

Hasanuddin AF, chairman of the MUI’s fatwa commission, said the edict was issued because sexual deviance was on the rise and had even infiltrated schools.

'Sodomy, homosexuals, gays and lesbians in Islamic law are forbidden and [sodomy] is a vile act that is punishable by the death penalty,' he said.

March 6, 2015

One of the toughest, 'manliest' sports in the world leads the way in LGBTI recognition

One of the toughest, brutal sports in the world, rugby, has just taken a huge gay rights step.

World Rugby and International Gay Rugby have signed a historic agreement agreeing to collaborate to ensure the game promotes equality and inclusivity.

They have committed that any player, official or fan will never face discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, and to ensure all homophobia is eliminated.

They are hoping to inspire other global sporting organizations to make the same steps.

March 5, 2015

Conscience Clause Bill would allow businesses to defy the Equality Act

The Church of Ireland is split over whether to allow Christians and other religious people to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Paul Givan, of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, has proposed the controversial Conscience Clause Bill that would allow businesses to defy the Equality Act and refuse service based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

March 4, 2015

The Head of Diversity and Inclusion, KPMG, reflects on his role at the Olympic games in London in 2012, and how being an out gay man in a senior position encouraged others to be themselves

Growing up as a country boy in Yorkshire, England, I had always been fascinated by the Olympics. One of my earliest memories was watching Seb Coe win gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow on my parents black and white television set.

I didn’t realize that I would end up working for Seb 27 years later, when he became chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

February 27, 2015

'I couldn't defend the party or convincingly campaign for it any more'

The leader of UKIP LGBT group has quit and left the party 'due to the leadership's failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone.'

Tom Booker, who manages a hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough, led the group for three years.

'Last night I stepped down as Chairman of LGBT* in UKIP and gave up my membership of #ukip. I'll remain unaffiliated...for now,' he tweeted on 24 February.

February 25, 2015

The chairman of the Amateur Swimming Association believes the sport industry must change to combat prejudice against LGBT people

Sport remains one of those industries where talking about one's sexual orientation is somewhat of a taboo. This is especially so amongst athletes themselves, but applies almost as much to administrators and officials.

In 2013, when I was appointed as the independent Chairman of the ASA, England's national governing body for aquatics, I was already out and proud as a bisexual man.

February 23, 2015

Jacobsen Solutions’ Chief of Operations in Europe came out to his boss after he was questioned about having an affair with a member of staff

In 1985, I was responsible for all of our consulting projects in Europe when the Chairman (my boss) asked me to meet him at Heathrow. All the projects were in great shape, so this was unusual.

He said, ‘Let's go for a walk.’ We walked to what was then a mezzanine in Terminal 1. Very quickly he came to the point. He said, ‘Mr. Jacobson, Senior Management has told me that you are having an affair with one of your Project Directors?’ My response was, ‘Really, who would that be?’

February 17, 2015

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application and unreasonable in its intent'

The chairman of the Law Commission of India has slammed the country's anti-gay as discriminatory and psychologically damaging.

Justice A P Shah made the comments yesterday in New Delhi at the launch of a book about LGBTI legal issues in the southeast Asian country.

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application, unreasonable in its intent, deprives a group of its personal autonomy and violates individual privacy and human dignity,' he said.

February 13, 2015

State media attacks the openly gay chair of a human rights report on the hermit kingdom

North Korea has gone on another homophobic rant against the openly gay chair of a 2013 report condemning Pyongyang’s human rights record.

The Korean Central News Agency last month published an editorial demanding the US retract and apologize for the UN Commission Of Inquiry.

It claimed that a North Korean defector gave false testimony and the report 'is now being ridiculed and censured by the international community.'

January 15, 2015

Yukio Hatoyama plays the first female president of the US

A former Japanese Prime Minister yesterday (14 January) made his musical debut musical in Tokyo – in drag!

Yukio Hatoyama played retired politician Rosario, who served as the first female president of the US, a part that required both singing and dancing.

Other cast members in the original production, Waist Size Story, included Orix senior chairman Yoshihiko Miyauchi and Japanese Red Cross Society president Tadateru Konoe.

The musical tells the story of former delinquents, who are now in their late 60s and live on the West Side of Manhattan.

January 14, 2015

Right-wing LGBTI group thought 'Baby' singer, at first, was a girl

Justin Bieber accidentally joined a meeting of gay right-wingers this week.

The 'Baby' singer turned up to the State Social House in Los Angeles with four friends only to find his spot had been taken up by a meeting of the Log Cabin Republicans.

Not fussed about being the elephant in the room, he took a seat in the private area anyway.

December 22, 2014

The British political party’s candidate for Cardiff South was responding to a questions about whether some gay people prefer sex with animals

It seems that rarely a week goes past without a member of UKIP – the UK Independence Party – making an outrageous statement or verbal gaffe.

So much so that this week the political party’s chairman, Steve Crowther, urged members not to join Facebook or Twitter as the risk of saying something that they may regret was too great.

December 11, 2014

Sales fall in the last 11 quarters of Mike Jeffries' controversial leadership

The controversial CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Mike Jeffries has retired after 11 consecutive quarters of falling sales.

The clothing brand Monday (9 December) announced his departure, 'effective immediately,' without a successor in place. He also stepped down from the board of directors.

Openly gay Jeffries, 70, helmed the company for more than 20 years.

In the 90s, he successfully turned the drab sportswear retailer into an sexualized teen brand with nightclub-like stores and topless male sales assistants.

November 24, 2014

The Nashville Grizzlies will host the world cup of gay rugby in May of 2016 after the member teams of International Gay Rugby voted on which team should host the next competition

The Nashville Grizzlies gay rugby club have beaten out the Chicago Dragons to win the right to host the 2016 world cup of gay rugby, the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, generally referred to as the Bingham Cup.

The International Gay Rugby (IGR) association made the announcement on Wednesday that the Bingham Cup will be returning to US in 2016 to be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.

Both cities put forward strong bids for the right to host the competition but the final vote, was 53-40 in favor of Nashville.

November 10, 2014

LGBTI business summit in London hears legal and medical professions are struggling with diversity

Banks who look after their gay, bi and trans staff are more likely to be honest with customers, says the chairman of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

John Griffith-Jones, chairman of the FCA, was speaking today (10 November) at the Out on the Street Summit in London, targeted at banks and financial services firms wanting to develop LGBTI diversity.

He said diversity and inclusion must be on the agenda for banks wanting to repair their reputation after the global financial crisis.

November 4, 2014

Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested on the same day a challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested and detained without charge on the night of 22 October, the same day a constitutional challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed.

The executive director of the International Center for Advocacy on the Rights to Health was arrested at his office in Abuja while celebrating his birthday with friends and colleagues.

He has filed a motion in Abuja High Court alleging he was arrested, detained and dehumanized without charge.

October 21, 2014

'Most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names'

The South Carolina Republican Party is no longer supporting a candidate who describes LGBTI couples as 'Gremlins.'

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore announced that while candidate Anthony Culler won the primary, his Facebook comments do not represent the state.

October 11, 2014

'Homo[sexuality] is a problem for us'

Twenty-one years ago, when Bill Clinton was in the White House, the Democratic president formed a military policy called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The code permitted gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops to serve in the US military as long as they were not out. Yesterday, 10 October, the Clinton Library released documents chronicling the debate in creating the plan.

October 9, 2014

Christopher Bailey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry, and ‘straight ally’ Sir Richard Branson at Virgin, top this year’s rankings

For the second year running, UK-based executive-level networking group OUTstanding has compiled a list of the world's Top 100 LGBTI business leaders.

The OUTstanding top 50 first appeared last year, but this year’s list has been extended to a top 100. A corresponding top 20 ranking of straight allies has also been revealed.

October 1, 2014

Hurungwe West MP and Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa has claimed that ‘gay gangsters’ have infiltrated his ruling party, taking key roles as part of a plot by the CIA

A Zimbabwean ruling party MP has made astounding claims about rivals within the Zanu PF party, saying they are part of a gay network sponsored by the CIA to destabilize the party.

Hurungwe West MP and Zanu PF provincial chairman Temba Mliswa used a press conference yesterday to make the claims, identifying Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Zanu PF spin doctor Psychology Maziwisa as the ‘gay gangsters’ building networks in the party.

September 17, 2014

The red rocks of Colorado, home to a gay ski week, historic hotels, a classic car museum and extreme outdoor activities, show our travel writer a different side of America

I found the heart of America in western Colorado.

After rolling in the hay with gay cowboys in the glamorous and multicultural Denver, I ventured further out into the mountain state where I found more coywboys and cowgirls, endless landscapes, deserts, forests, rivers, lakes and the warmth of Colorado's people.

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

May 30, 2014

Gay Republican groups the Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans have protested their exclusion from being able to operate booths promoting their issues at the Texas Republican Party state convention

Two gay Republican groups have been denied formal participation in the Texas Republican Party convention and are calling for the state party’s leadership to get with the times and realize there are many Republicans who now support LGBTI rights.

The Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans held a news conference yesterday in which they decried their exclusion from being able to have information booths at the conference which is being held at the Fort Worth Convention Exhibit Hall.