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February 23, 2015

Lord Browne, former head of BP and author of The Glass Closet, comments on Apple's Tim Cook's decision to talk about his sexuality

By deciding publicly to disclose his sexuality, Tim Cook will accelerate change in the corporate world.

When you become chief executive of a multinational, you become a public figure, and you have the power to demonstrate that being LGBT need not get in the way of success. Cook has done just that.

When writing my book The Glass Closet, I spent a great deal of time talking to people who had come out in a good way, and people who had come out in a bad way.

February 21, 2015

'We are a nation under laws'

Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, vows to follow the federal courts when it comes to marriage equality.

'We are a nation under laws,' the southern state's chief executive said to Politico. 'We may not always agree with them, but we obey them.'

February 5, 2015

Was used to block a draught in an out building

Notes secretly compiled by Alan Turing during World War Two have been found.

The series of notes compiled by the gay computer science genius have been found used as roof insulation in an out building at Bletchley Park, which was the place where Turing broke the Nazi's Engima Code.

'Discovering these pieces of code-breaking ephemera is incredibly exciting and provides yet more insight into how the codebreakers worked,' said Ian Stander, chief executive of the Bletchley Park Trust.

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.'

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

January 14, 2015

All three armed forces, plus MI5, made it into the 2015 list - but who is number one?

All three of the armed forces are in the top 100 employers for gay, bisexual and lesbian people in 2015, a new report says released today (14 January).

Stonewall, the UK's LGB charity, has published its list showcasing Britain's best pro-gay places to work.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is this year's top gay friendly employer, followed in second place by Tower Hamlets Homes and Lloyds Banking Group in third.

October 14, 2014

'I got a card saying sorry for the loss of your cat, but with a smiley face drawn on it'

The leader of a Welsh LGBTI support group has said his pet cat was killed because he is gay.

Andrew Davies, chief executive of the Swansea Bay Unity Project, said he discovered his dead black tomcat after it was dumped outside his home.

His pet, who he named Jose, had been found forced fed with paracetamol tablets.

Davies has said this is just one of the many hate crimes he has witnessed in Wales. And while gay marriage may be a reality, it doesn't mean there are some who wish 'homos were banned from the area'.

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.

August 18, 2014

Take a break from the Pride festival fun, and bring your friends (or make new ones) to Manchester Pride’s new community hub

Have you ever been in the middle of a Pride event, and just wanted to find somewhere to relax for a few minutes before jumping back in to the party?

Manchester Pride organizers have teamed up with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to offer a relaxing space in the middle of Pride madness.

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 28, 2014

Hunt is likely to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations. She has tried to support transgender people and develop international work

Stonewall has chosen Ruth Hunt – who has pledged to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations – as its new chief executive.

Hunt has been acting CEO of Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, since the departure of Ben Summerskill in February this year.

She originally joined the charity in 2005 as a senior policy officer and became deputy chief executive under Summerskill.

July 24, 2014

The Eurovision winner joins a line-up of artists including famous gay and lesbian singers, a straight girl group and gender-bending performers

Manchester Pride’s entertainment line-up is so massive it needs to be split over three days.

Manchester’s Big Weekend, from 22 to 25 August, takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village and this year features a line-up of emerging artists and seasoned chart-toppers known the world over.

This year pride-goers get the chance to watch and dance along to:

June 5, 2014

The Commonwealth Games are inviting 41 countries which criminalize homosexuality to Scotland. We ask bosses if LGBTI issues will be on the agenda

When 70 teams descend on Glasgow on 23 July to compete in sports from athletics to weightlifting there will be an elephant in the room.

A shocking 41 of the 53 countries they will be representing at the 20th Commonwealth Games criminalize homosexuality. Some of them have some of the most draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

Jamaica, Nigeria and Uganda will all be flying the flag and even Brunei, which is introducing stoning to death for gay sex, is invited.

April 16, 2014

Second time lucky for Mozilla after Brendan Eich was found to have donated to anti-gay marriage campaigns

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, has appointed a new CEO after the last one turned out to be not very gay-friendly.

Chris Beard is now the interim chief executive of the company after the newly promoted boss was forced to resign over his donation to an anti-gay marriage campaign.

Brendan Eich spent less than two weeks as CEO of the company.

Following his appointment, it was revealed Eich had donated $1,000 (€720) to anti-gay marriage campaign Prop 8.

April 3, 2014

Groups and individuals have joined together to fight for trans equality in the UK

British trans groups and individuals have joined together to tell politicians their top two demands in a new manifesto.

They have told all UK political parties to include specific policies promoting trans equality.

This is believed to be the first time all of these groups have joined together to have a point of view on policy in the UK.

‘Now is the time to raise trans rights as a cross-party political issue which needs government support,’ Paul Roberts, LGBT Consortium chief executive said.

Their demands are:

February 22, 2014

Student Pride sees British LGBTI students come together for a weekend of debates and parties

Gay television exec turned millionaire, Lord Waheed Alli, has called on our community to get more bisexual and transgender people on TV.

Member of the British House of Lords, Alli, who started TV production company Planet 24 and was a chief executive at Carlton Television Productions, was speaking at Student Pride today (22 February).

The weekend for LGBTI students from around Britain is being hosted by London for the first time this year.

January 27, 2014

Europe joins North America and Australia as the only continents with no laws criminalizing gay sex

Northern Cyprus has decriminalized gay sex, 16 years after its southern state.

The move by Northern Cyprus lawmakers means Europe is now the third continent in the world with no laws criminalizing gay sex.

Jonathan Cooper, Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust, said in a statement: 'This is a historic day for gay people in Europe and a major victory for human rights, equality and the Human Dignity Trust.

January 23, 2014

Leading LGB advocate, known for his sharp wit and tireless work ethic, will be stepping down as Chief Executive of British gay lobbying charity Stonewall

Ben Summerskill will be stepping down as Chief Executive of UK gay, bisexual and lesbian charity Stonewall, it was announced today (23 January).

After 11 years at the helm, he has seen gay rights change in this country from the repeal of Section 28 to same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

He will be leaving to enjoy some time off and to take a breather from his tireless work over the past decade.

October 22, 2013

Top 50 in business list hopes to inspire LGBT employees to reach further and do more

A list claiming to reveal the 50 most powerful LGBT people in business has been revealed today, backed by former BP chief executive Lord John Browne.

Antonio Simoes, head of HSBC UK, tops the list, with Beth Brooke, global vice chair for public policy at EY second and Paul Reed, chief exec of BP IST ranked third.

Lord Browne hopes the list will help all LGBT employees to ‘dream bigger and aim higher’.

It was compiled by OUTstanding in Business, a professional network for gay and lesbian executives founded this year.

August 16, 2013

But USOC is asking that athletes abide by it anyway

The US Olympic Committee has publicly denounced Russia's anti-gay propaganda law but is asking athletes to abide by it anway at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun told Russia’s R-Sport. on Friday (16 August) that the law is 'inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movements.'

August 6, 2013

National Diversity Awards 2013 have announced their shortlist, including numerous gay-friendly businesses and personalities

Top members of the British LGBT community have been honored with a nomination at the National Diversity Awards (NDAs).

The NDAs is the UK’s largest award ceremony celebrating diversity and honoring the achievements of those who have made a difference with their contribution to society.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of one of the most prominent gay campaigning charities in the UK, is shortlisted for the prestigious 'Lifetime Achiever' award.

While the category is not LGBT specific, he is being acknowledged for his work as an advocate for gay rights.

July 25, 2013

UK Prime Minister says other countries are going to want to copy how England and Wales legalized same-sex marriage at a LGBT reception at 10 Downing Street

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would like to ‘export’ same-sex marriage around the world.

The Conservative leader has spoken of his pride at legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales, claiming to be the only right-wing leader in any country to do so.

He was speaking at a reception for the LGBT community at 10 Downing Street, with invitees including TV presenter Clare Balding, Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill and Gay Star News.

July 16, 2013

Europe’s largest HIV and sexual health charity faces ‘continual change’ and ‘significant challenges’ as long-term gay head leaves

Sir Nick Partridge, the gay head of Britain’s leading HIV organization, Terrence Higgins Trust, is leaving after three decades.

Partridge’s departure comes after several years when THT has seen rounds of redundancies.

But officials at the charity today (16 July) said that was not the reason he was leaving his role as chief executive of Europe’s largest HIV and sexual health charity.

THT spokesman Will Harris told GSN: ‘We have had redundancies over the last few years going back to 2009.

July 15, 2013

Supporters enjoying sunshine outside Britain’s House of Parliament as they await the final decision for gay marriage in England and Wales

Supporters enjoying sunshine outside Britain’s House of Parliament as they await the final decision for gay marriage in England and Wales

Gay marriage supporters are enjoying a carnival atmosphere and perfect wedding weather at the rally outside Britain’s House of Lords for the final marriage equality vote.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus is singing ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’ and ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s is handing out rainbow wedding cake. Tubs of Appley Ever After ice cream will follow later.