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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 17, 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.

May 13, 2013

MP says Christine Rankin's announcement that she is joining the Conservative Party is a conflict of interest

The head of the Families Commission in New Zealand has announced she is joining the anti-gay Conservative Party, prompting MPs to denounce her move as a conflict of interest.

Christine Rankin, former head of the Department of Work and Income, announced on Facebook that she has been appointed chief executive of New Zealand's Conservative Party. 'My admiration for the party and its leader has continued to grow over the past year or so,' she said.

April 30, 2013

Bank bosses say if they do not promote gay-friendly workplaces, then it will lead to young people refusing to work there

Bosses of big business in the US are publicly supporting gay rights to prevent damage being done to their brands.

At a conference promoting gay rights on Wall Street in New York City yesterday (29 April), bosses of several banks said gay-friendly workplaces were vital to attract young employees and keep good workers.

Lloyd Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, said LGBT equality is not only a civil rights issue but a business issue.

March 12, 2013

Report to UN Human Rights Committee show Hong Kong government has ignored LGBT rights

An LGBT rights group has submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) saying that the government has consistently ignored the rights of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities in the region.

The government of Hong Kong is submitting its own report to the UNHRC this week, and the UN invites non-governmental organizations to write parallel reports.

February 24, 2013

Celebrity guests, circus scenes and performances by Brit-pop band The Feeling look to blow the roof off Manchester Pride's 'Supersonic' fundraiser
 

This year's Manchester Pride season kicks off with an exclusive, red-carpet event held on 6 April in the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport.

Inspired by the power and energy of the fastest plane in the world, the 'Supersonic'-themed fundraiser will blow guests away with a premiere three-course dinner and lively entertainment underneath a Concorde Jet.

January 25, 2013

The Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have backed the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales

While the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales may have got some religious organizations furious, others have issued statements praising the UK government.

Officially published today (25 January), the Liberal Jews, Quakers, and Unitarians have welcomed the law change and have said they will ‘opt in’ to hosting religious same-sex ceremonies.

January 16, 2013

Members of the Hong Kong LGBT community want Chief Executive CY out after he refused to push sexual orientation discrimination law

The Defense of HK Freedom have demanded the departure of the region's political leader, Chief Executive Chun-Ying (CY) Leung who has refused to even debate new sexual orientation discrimination laws.

The comments came during a protest today (16 January) following CY's annual policy address where the government announced it would not be holding a consultation on a sexual orientation discrimination ordinance.

January 13, 2013

Tens of thousands turned up to support an anti-gay rally in Hong Kong, to show they do not support a government consultation on an gay discrimination law

Campaigners opposed to gay rights rallied today (13 January) in Tamar Park, near government buildings in Hong Kong, against government consultation on a law to protect gays from discrimination.

In the next few days, the HK Chief Executive, Chun-Ying (CY) Leung is due to give his annual policy address. Two sets of rumors are circulating, one that he will – and the other that he won't –  include a consultation on a sexual orientation discrimination ordinance for Hong Kong. Vocal parties for and against the consultation have been trying to persuade CY.

December 6, 2012

North West England’s biggest LGBT event raises £52,000 for good causes but profits down by half due to rain and lower charitable giving in 2012

Manchester Pride, one of the UK’s biggest and best gay festivals, is to donate £52,000 ($84,000, €64,000) to charity – but its profits have been halved by bad weather.

The event charges for entry to the streets of Manchester’s gay Village during the pride weekend but always spreads its profits around the north west’s LGBT and HIV charities.

But this year’s festival in August in the gay capital of northern England faced a perfect storm of wet weather and a UK-wide decline of 20% in charitable giving.

November 29, 2012

Experts call for people to be more aware as it is revealed nearly a quarter of people have no idea they are infected with HIV

The number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an ‘all-time high’ in 2011, with almost a quarter unaware they are affected.

The Health Protection Agency says nearly half of the 6,280 people diagnosed last year were men who had sex with men (MSM).

Of those diagnosed, two-thirds of the men infected had not gone to a sexual health clinic in the past three years.

Doctor Valerie Delpech, HPA head of HIV surveillance, said: ‘These figures are a reminder of how vital safe sex programmes remain.