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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.

January 16, 2013

Lewis Hancox won hearts and minds when he appeared on British TV documentary My Transsexual Summer, now he’s building the life he’s always wanted

It’s been over a year now since My Transsexual Summer was broadcast on Channel 4 in Britain. It’s insane how time flies! Since then I’ve been part of a club tour around the UK with the rest of the cast, along with attending some quite prestigious events. Back when we were filming in the summer of 2011, I honestly never imagined how much this show was about to impact my life.

January 15, 2013

Controversial Scottish comedian's gag about HIV goes viral on Twitter

British comedian Frankie Boyle is known for courting controversy with his edgy humor but his latest gag about AIDS may not be a laughing matter for some.

Commenting on the news Britain's entertainment retail giant HMV was going into administration, the Scottish stand-up comic tweeted: 'The day I found out I had both dyslexia and AIDS

January 7, 2013

GSN meets the London chef creating the world’s most exciting hand-made chocolates

I first fell in love with Paul A Young’s sea salted caramel chocolates while I was living in Islington, dangerously close to the London chef’s first chocolate shop.

Walking past the sleek and inviting store each day, it was almost impossible to resist the small dark igloos of chocolate filled with salty sweet caramel that oozes across your tongue as you bite through the crisp casing.

Several years later, and with the offer of an interview, I was excited to be meeting the man behind the chocolate.

December 29, 2012

US state is the eighth to offer gay couples full marriage equality, and many celebrated with midnight weddings

Gay couples had cause for celebration as the US state of Maine held the first marriages between same-sex couples today (29 December).

Among them were Steven Bridges and Michael Snell, who were the first gay couple to receive a marriage licence in Portland.

‘It’s historic,’ said Bridges, a 42-year-old retail manager. ‘We’ve waited our whole lives for this.’

Bridges and his now-husband Snell, a 53-year-old massage therapist, had been in a relationship for nine years before they tied the knot today at midnight.

December 7, 2012

Anti-gay group objects to lesbian talk show host starring in holiday commercials for retail chain

The anti-gay group OneMillionMoms.com has revived its fight against Ellen DeGeneres and JC Penney now that the popular television talk show host is appearing in holiday commercials for the retail chain.

November 15, 2012

Pop superstar apologizes for calling The Apprentice star's hair a 'cheap rug' but stands by her call for Macy's to 'Dump the Trump'

Gay icon Cher called Donald Trump a 'flaming asshole' yesterday (14 November) in her latest Twitter tirade against the anti-Obama real estate mogul.

The pop superstar is backing a campaign urging US department store Macy's to 'Dump the Trump' over the business leader's vicious attack of the re-election of President Barack Obama.

November 13, 2012

Believe singer pushes Macy's to stop business with real estate mogul Donald Trump after he attacked the re-election of pro-gay President Barack Obama

Gay icon Cher has joined a campaign calling on US department store Macy's to stop doing business with Obama hater Donald Trump.

Over 470,000 people have signed an online petition urging the retail giant to 'Dump the Trump' over the real estate mogul's vicious attack against the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Now the pop superstar has added her autograph to the list of campaigners who want The Apprentice star to be told 'You're fired' by bosses at Macy's.

November 9, 2012

Russian firm Expedition's Facebook fan page claims homosexuality will lead to extinction of human race after quizzed on retailer's ban on gay applicants

An employee at a Russian global retail company says it only allows straight applicants to its business course because gays can't be 'heroes and wizards'.

Outdoor goods retailer Expedition came under fire after it stated on its website that gay people are not allowed to apply for a place on its Academy for Entrepreneurship in Russia.

November 6, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres, Alan Cumming and Billie Jean King among those urging Americans to take part in elections

With President Barack Obama in a close race against Mitt Romney and marriage equality measures on the ballot in four US states, LGBT celebrities from Ellen DeGeneres to Chaz Bono took to social media Tuesday (6 November) to try and get out the vote.

DeGeneres, spokeswoman for the JC Penney retail chain, mixed politics with commerce in her message: 'If you want to see change… vote. If you want equal rights… vote. If you want good deals on holiday sweaters, go to jcp. Then vote.'

November 5, 2012

Petition urges US to take legal action against global outdoor retailer Expedition after company banned gays from its course for young business leaders

Campaigners are calling for a US investigation into a global retail company which is banning gay applicants to its business course.

Outdoor goods retailer Expedition drew angry criticism after it stated on its website that gay people are not allowed to apply for a place on its Academy for Entrepreneurship in Russia.

October 26, 2012

Manuel Diaz Cebrian, European director of the Mexican Tourism Board, tells GSN why gay travel is changing Mexico's image
 

From retail to real estate, today's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers are in the unique position where flexing their spending power means they can help encourage companies to become gay-friendly and even have the power to help some firms stay in business. Or not.

While some genuinely support the LGBT community, more businesses are understanding that investment translates to serious influence.

Cue the courting of the LGBT consumer.

October 18, 2012

UK equality charity releases eighth edition of Starting Out guide for British gay, lesbian and bisexual job seekers

UK equality charity Stonewall releases its latest career guide for Britain's lesbian, gay and bisexual job seekers today.

The eighth edition of Starting Out, available both online and in print, features profiles of 425 employers from sectors including banking, defence, retail and local government.

All the employers listed are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme and are committed to making their workplaces gay-friendly.

August 16, 2012

Fashion editor Melanie Rickey to be operated on after 'blacking out' and falling

The heavily pregnant partner of British lesbian retail guru Mary Portas has fallen and broken her ankle days before her due date.

Melanie Rickey broke her ankle her three places after ‘blacking out’ and is now in a wheelchair.

The fashion editor for Grazia magazine tweeted that she would need an operation.

‘Yes :( screws/plates n everyfing,’ she posted on Twitter.

The 39-year-old is expecting her first child. Portas, who shot to fame with her Queen of Shops TV show, has two children from a previous marriage to Graham Portas.

August 2, 2012

My mission to bring better fitting, safer condoms to the world through crowd-funding

I'm sure I don't have to tell you that when people don't like condoms, they don't use them – certainly not every time they should.

However, while this may not have been true a few years ago, these days, if you don’t absolutely love your condom, you are simply wearing the wrong one. Let me explain why.

For far too long people have believed that all condoms are one-size-fits-all and that all condoms are created equal.

It is time to bust these widespread condom myths once and for all.

July 29, 2012

The Minneapolis-based retail corporation remains 'neutral' on the state's upcoming marriage amendment that would ban gay marriage 


Target, one of America's largest retail stores, is promoting its wedding registry to gay couples.

With an ad that reads 'Be yourself, together' and 'Build a Target Wedding Gift Registry as unique as the two of you', Target has made another step in pro-gay rights despite its anti-gay past.