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April 28, 2015

Royal Bank of Scotland also promises it will make it easier for trans people to change their gender on their accounts

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is working to make it easier for trans people to change their gender on their accounts.

RBS, which is one of Britain’s leading retail banks, is also going to offer Mx as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Mrs, Miss and Ms to those who want it.

And it is training its staff so they don’t make assumptions that customers are straight.

Those were the promises from the bank’s global head of inclusion, Marjorie Strachan, as she delivered the sponsor’s speech at the British LGBT Awards.

March 18, 2015

The musician shares his love of the American capital, from gay neighbourhoods to phallic-looking buildings!

I've lived here since… 2009, when I moved here to go to Georgetown University.
I've stayed because… I got back into music, and because of all the changes I’ve seen since I first moved here. The vibe of the city as a whole has changed a lot. It's become a lot more cultural and artsy – and it’s a really gay-friendly city.

March 2, 2015

Retailer claims it is to 'prevent gay being misused'

'Gay' is on a list of banned words by UK retail company Marks & Spencer and cannot be used in gift messages.

Customers who attempt to buy a product, from flowers to bedding, are allowed to enter a free message before they complete their order.

But if you were to put 'Best gay night ever', 'You're so gay', or 'Have a gay old time', then this would not be allowed.

An on-screen notification, which pops up if any blocked words are entered, reads: 'Sorry, there's something in your message we can't write.'

February 16, 2015

New proposals pay homage to area's cultural ties to LGBTI and leather communities

A 'gay leather' park is being planned for San Francisco.


The new mixed-use housing and retail development could be gracing the streets to pay homage to the area’s historic ties to both the LGBTI and leather communities.


February 10, 2015

US clothing retailer manages to offend yet again

Urban Outfitters has come under fire for a tapestry 'eerily reminiscent' of the gray-and-white stripes and pink triangles that gay male prisoners were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) yesterday (9 February) urged the US retail chain to remove the offending article from stores.

January 30, 2015

The men of London are bunkering down for a long cold winter.

It had been a bleak, cold, January winter's day in London. There had been hail. There had been hints of sleet and snow. But it was a Thursday night and Japanese brand The Real McCoy's were launching their first retail store in the UK.

December 4, 2014

We speak to brand owner and designer Hoss Salimian about his dapper brand

Known for his zesty colour palette and eccentric prints (from flowers to fish to cars), Iran-born businessman and designer Hoss Salimian launched his affordable luxury brand Claudio Lugli in the early 90s.

September 17, 2014

The US retailer appears to be working harder to assert its diversity and LGBTI-friendly credentials

US retail giant Target has not always stuck out its neck in support for LGBTI rights.

In 2010, it emerged that it had previously made financial donations to Republican politicians fiercely opposed to advancing gay rights, prompting a short-lived boycott by some customers.

September 11, 2014

From Chinatown and Little India to a gay village and Asia’s foremost shopping district, we discover Singapore’s unmissable neighborhoods

Singapore is often presented as a serious, business city. But as a bustling commercial port, and major airport hub, it has soaked up cultures from east and west.

And while its skyscrapers are growing at record pace to deal with its demand as a business center, they also show Singapore’s sense of humor – like the triple tower block, topped with a ship, topped with a garden, at Marina Bay Sands.

Here are the neighborhoods every visitor should check out:

August 27, 2014

Australia’s Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union will be investigated by the Human Rights Commission over allegations that its leaders systematically exclude LGBTI people from leadership positions

Australia’s biggest union will be investigated over allegations of systematic discrimination against its gay and lesbian members attaining leadership positions after allegations were made at a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

A witness at the Royal Commission recently accused the leadership of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union (SDA) of refusing to allow openly gay or lesbian people to become union shop stewards and openly gay Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has agreed to open an investigation into the union.

August 19, 2014

From bottle-service cabanas to shopping extravaganzas, live out your own California dream swimming, partying and staying up all night in these epic Los Angeles hotels

Did you ever think you’d have anything in common with Marylin Monroe, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, or dozens of other celebrities you love (and might love to hate)?

If you’re in Los Angeles anytime soon, it could be your chance to share a piece of your celebrity crush’s history, by possibly sleeping in the same bed they once crashed in.

There’s few better places than West Hollywood to hang up your flip-flops to explore all that the City of Angels has to offer, or to cruise around praying for your first celebrity sighting.

August 8, 2014

National Organization for Marriage president: Target 'insinuates' that people against gay marriage are 'akin to segregationists and racial bigots'

The National Organization for Marriage, the largest anti-gay organization in the US, is targeting one of the country's largest retailers with a boycott because of its support of gay marriage.

NOM President Brian Brown announced Thursday (7 August) a boycott against Target, a Minnesota-based chain with 2,000 stores nationwide.

The retailer this week signed on to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage in pending cases in Wisconsin and Indiana.

May 31, 2014

A gay man, who brought a civil suit against his former employer, has been ordered to pay S$20,000 in legal costs

A gay Singaporean man, who brought a civil suit against his former employer for 'forced resignation', has had his appeal dismissed by the Supreme court on Thursday.

Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, 40, who said he was harassed into leaving his job as a senior manager at a well-known retail store Robinsons in August 2012, was also ordered to pay S$20,000 (US$16,000) in legal costs.

April 29, 2014

'I know that thousands of people have used and cared about this store'

The oldest LGBT bookstore in the US will permanently shut its doors next month.

The owner of Giovanni’s Room, located in the US northeastern city Philadelphia, made the announcement today (28 April).

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.

October 23, 2013

Fashion impresario Christopher Lee Sauvé loves his home town of Canada and poking loving fun at Anna Wintour, Britney Spears and Betty White with his part-homage, part-satire clothing line

This self-proclaimed momma’s boy is taking fashion police to a whole new level.

Featured everywhere from the pages of Vogue to the lamp posts of New York City, Canadian-born Christopher Lee Sauvé is no stranger to ruffling some feathers of the world’s most notorious fashion figures.

After he produced a T-shirt mimicking fashion stylist Rachel Zoe’s catchphrase ‘I Die. Bananas’ Sauvé received a cease-and-desist letter from Zoe’s lawyer saying she had trademarked ‘I Die’ and ‘bananas’.

August 28, 2013

Announcement made quietly via postcard to employees

Behemoth retail chain Walmart has surprised many - including its employees - by announcing this week that they will begin offering benefits to same-sex partners.

The retailer, which has 10,900 stores in 27 countries, informed its employees of the change in a low-key way. They received a postcard pointing out several changes to their benefits plan including the addition of domestic partners including those of the same sex.

August 24, 2013

Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San says he was forced to leave retail store Robinsons after being asked to become straight and his lawsuit was dismissed on contractual grounds 

A 40-year-old Singaporean, whose suit against his employers for 'forced resignation' because he was gay was dismissed by court, is now ready for further battle, asking for protection for gays in the workplace.

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 30, 2013

Andrew Creagh, editor of DNA, probably the world’s sexiest gay men’s magazine, worries about a new censorship crackdown and freedom of expression in the US, UK and Australia

I’m horrified to see UK magazine retailers censoring the covers of lads’ mags. I agree the way these magazines depict women is sexist, but if retailers are serious in this crusade they should take The Sun and The Daily Star, with their topless page-three girls, off their shelves as well.

July 2, 2013

Brighton is going barking mad for its Doggy Pride day to prove man’s best friend is sometimes found in a kennel, not on Grindr

Glossy coats, bright eyes, wagging tails and wet noses… it could be any gay pride in the world but actually is a special one – for dogs.

Doggy Pride is coming to Brighton, the gay capital of Britain’s south coast, and you’d be barking mad to miss it.

It features awards for numerous categories, retail stalls, a glamorous catwalk doggy fashion show, bar and refreshments at an event designed for dog lovers of all ages.

This years Doggy Pride takes place at Hove RFC (Shirley Drive, Hove) on 28 July. Entry is free although all donations are welcome.

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

May 20, 2013

Riverdale teen Kevin Keller will lock lips with boyfriend in Pop Tate’s diner

Archie Comics’ openly gay character Kevin Keller will give his boyfriend, Devon, a kiss in an upcoming issue - a kiss witnessed by a Riverdale mom who has all kinds of problems with it.

In the issue, which comes out on 7 August, the kiss at Tate's Diner results in an incident when the mom 'gets very offended and kind of pitches a bit of a fit,' Dan Parent, who writes and draws the issue, tells the Associated Press.

January 16, 2013

Accenture named as Britain’s best employer in annual list compiled by UK’s leading gay rights organization

Multinational management consultancy and tech firm Accenture has been named the top employer for gay people in Britain.

Accenture tops the 2013 Workplace Equality Index, compiled by gay rights organization Stonewall.

Gentoo, a housing company based in Sunderland, north east England comes second and the Co-operative, which provides a range of services from food retail to funerals, comes third.