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April 23, 2014

Lawrence Wee Kim San has decided not to continue with his efforts to have sexual orientation included in employment discrimination laws in Singapore after he left his job over what he claimed was homophobic harassment in the workplace

A Singaporean senior executive who left his position at a department store because he claimed he was harassed over his sexuality has dropped his bid to have sexual orientation recognized as a protected category in Singapore’s employment anti-discrimination laws.

Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, 40, worked for the Robinsons department store but said he left because of a hostile environment towards homosexuals at the top of the company.

April 18, 2014

The newly elected mayor of Latta, South Carolina, has fired his town’s well-liked lesbian chief of police for investigating one of his political appointees and for being gay

Newly elected Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard sacked his town’s openly lesbian police chief on Tuesday after she investigated a new Parks and Recreation director he had appointed.

Bullard had not sought a background check for Vontray Sellers, the man he hired for the job in February, and Police Chief Crystal Moore looked into his background and found that he was driving without a license, and had convictions for lying to police and assaulting a correctional facility employee among other charges.

April 2, 2014

First stamp to feature an openly gay elected official will be issued in May on Harvey Milk Day

It has been known since last fall that slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk was going to be honored with a US postage stamp.

What was not known until this week was what it would look like.

The stamp is to be issued on 22 May - Harvey Milk Day - and will feature a black and white photo of the late San Francisco Supervisor who will be the first openly gay elected public official to be featured on a stamp.

March 30, 2014

2 security guards at call center company charged for violating city ordinance which prohibits 'all discriminatory acts against homosexuals in the workplace'

A transgender woman working at a call center company in Quezon City has filed a criminal complaint against two security guards for prohibiting her to use the company’s female restroom.

November 27, 2013

As Hannukah begins, here is a countdown of celebrities, politicians, activists and comedians who have the best of both worlds

Hannukah, the eight day Jewish festival, began this week.

Every year Jewish communities around the world commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

At the time, Syrian King Antioch outlawed Judaism and converted the temple into a place of worship to Greek gods.

His actions sparked a revolt, and the temple was eventually taken back.

Hannukah was instituted to celebrate the success of the revolt.

November 27, 2013

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, murdered on same day, to also be remembered

It was 35 years ago today that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and the city's first openly gay city supervisor, Harvey Milk, were gunned down at City Hall.

The murderous actions of disgruntled former supervisor Dan White broke a lot of hearts that day and tonight (27 November) the city will pay tribute to the two men tonight at a candlelight vigil.

Among those marching will be Dustin Lance Black who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for the movie Milk which starred Sean Penn as the late supervisor. Victor Garber played Moscone in the film.

August 18, 2013

GSN gets fuelled up on caffine and falls in love with the north west of the US

Understandably, security for flights into the United States is fairly tight.

I was flying from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport to Seattle. Before you could access the departure gate you had to be interviewed by one of the team of G4S security contractors.

I’d already spent about five minutes talking through my trip with one officer. She left me waiting while she ‘checked some things’ and then her supervisor came over.

August 1, 2013

The 51-year-old cabinet maker will get compensation for being unfairly fired after cruel taunts at work

A cabinet maker, who claimed he was subjected to cruel homophobic taunts at a renowned bespoke furniture-making factory, was unfairly dismissed from his job, a tribunal ruled today (1 August).

However, the British employment tribunal panel found Mark Crowther had not suffered discrimination by sexual orientation and also threw out his claim for harassment.

June 19, 2013

Bespoke furniture factory says harassment was ‘just banter’ but cabinet maker claims workers left male underwear catalogue and abuse on his desk

Cruel homophobic taunting was rife at a renowned bespoke furniture-making factory, an employment tribunal heard today (19 June).

The entire cabinet making department was branded ‘the queer ones’ in banter and name calling which led Mark Crowther to sue the firm in High Wycombe, southern England for discrimination by sexual orientation.

The 51-year-old told the tribunal he was forced out of his job at the exclusive luxury furniture firm after suffering years of homophobic abuse and taunts from his co-workers.

May 9, 2013

San Francisco International Airport will not be named after slain gay rights icon Harvey Milk

A San Francisco lawmaker abandons bid to rename the city’s international airport after Milk due to opposition from Maor Edwin Lee and local press.

Supervisor David Campos said he would instead plan to pursue getting an airport terminal named in Milk's honor, although it is doubted that not even the international terminal, would be a contender.

April 25, 2013

An award winning mathetmatics teacher in Israel was told she faces dismissal after coming out to her students as a transgender woman

A high school mathematics teacher who openly talked to some of her students about being a transgender woman was summoned to a hearing for her dismissal.

Marina, who has been for the past three years an outstanding teacher and mentor, says Israel’s Center for Educational Technology (CET) wants her fired for merely discussing her gender identity.

November 26, 2012

Gay cabin crew supervisor, Thomas Crayston, given community order and told to compensate Ryanair for thefts

A gay cabin crew supervisor stole duty free make-up and perfumes from Ryanair flights he worked on, then sold the products on eBay.

Thomas Crayston, 27, flew on the budget European airline from Birmingham Airport for six years.

But this year his bosses started to notice that luxury make-up and perfumes kept going missing from flights when he was on shift.

And Crayston incriminated himself when he posted a picture of his haul on eBay.

September 13, 2012

A Christian counselor who didn’t want to ‘affirm homosexuality’ continues legal fight against Eastern Michigan University for sacking

A former student and counselor is suing Eastern Michigan University claiming she was wrongfully dismissed for turning down a gay student who wanted help.

The federal court lawsuit in Detroit is being watched across the US as a signifier of the battle between religious and gay freedoms.

September 4, 2012

Iconic advice columnist points out that it's sexual harassment and a hostile work environment

The advice columnist known as Dear Abby is getting praise for pointing out to a closeted gay man being pressured to date a female co-worker that he is a victim of sexual harassment and is working in a hostile work environment.

Columnist Abigail Van Buren is really Jeanne Phillips who several years ago took over for the column's founder, her mother Pauline Phillips. The column is the most widely syndicated in the world.

May 22, 2012

Gay rights activist Mariela Castro has been granted a visa to visit the US, sparking fury among some Cuban-American lawmakers 

Mariela Castro will meet with leaders and members of the LGBT community in San Francisco this week.

The daughter of current president Raul Castro and niece of former president Fidel Castro is scheduled to be interviewed at the San Francisco LGBT Center at 1800 Market Street on Wednesday (23 May) from 6pm to 7:30pm Pacific Time.

April 9, 2012

Peter TerVeer says boss cited passages from the Bible condemning homosexuality

Peter TerVeer was promoted three times after he began working as a management analyst at the Library of Congress’s Office of the Inspector General in 2008.

Then his boss found out he was gay.

TerVeer, who was fired from his job last week, has filed a discrimination complaint which states that he was harassed and humiliated by a supervisor who repeatedly cited passages from the Bible condemning homosexuality.