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Whole Foods Is Countersuing Gay Pastor Over Homophobic Slur on Cake

Whole Foods Is Countersuing Gay Pastor Over Homophobic Slur on Cake

Whole Foods Market said it would countersue an openly gay Texas pastor who has accused the grocer of selling him a cake with a homophobic slur. The company says he altered the cake himself.
fortune.com 21 Apr 16

 

Australian telco Telstra will no longer publicly agitate for marriage equality

Australian telco Telstra will no longer publicly agitate for marriage equality

Melbourne's Gay and Lesbian Organisation of Business and Enterprise (GLOBE), the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA) and the Brisbane Gay and Lesbian Business Network (GLBN), which represent LGBTI small and medium business owners and professionals working in some of Australia's biggest companies, released a statement Thursday slamming news that Telstra had bowed to pressure from the Catholic Church on the issue.
sbs.com.au 21 Apr 16

 

NHS England reconsiders decision over HIV PrEP drug

NHS England reconsiders decision over HIV PrEP drug

NHS bosses in England will reconsider whether it is their responsibility to fund a new treatment that can prevent the spread of HIV. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new way of using antiretroviral drugs that has been proven to stop HIV transmission in almost every case.
theguardian.com 19 Apr 16

 

Female Met chief probed over claim she blocked gay officer's bid for promotion

Female Met chief probed over claim she blocked gay officer's bid for promotion

Commander Christine Jones, 50, who oversaw the Met's security operation at the 2011 Royal Wedding, is accused of blocking Superintendent Steve Deehan's bid for promotion.
dailymail.co.uk 19 Apr 16

 

GCHQ boss apologises for historic ban on gay people working there

GCHQ boss apologises for historic ban on gay people working there

In a speech at the Stonewall Workplace Conference in London, Robert Hannigan said the ban, which lasted until the 1990s, was wrong and said it was his aim to improve the diversity of his workforce.
gloucestercitizen.co.uk 18 Apr 16


Why rockstars and firms are boycotting North Carolina

Why rockstars and firms are boycotting North Carolina

A new bill prohibits the use of bathrooms and changing rooms designated "for a sex other than the person's biological sex" as "stated on a person's birth certificate". Denouncements came from companies inlcuding American Airlines, Apple, Biogen and Dow Chemical; Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr cancelled planned concerts.
economist.com 18 Apr 16

 

Terrence Higgins Trust chief executive forced out after bullying campaign, tribunal hears

Terrence Higgins Trust chief executive forced out after bullying campaign, tribunal hears

Dr Rosemary Gillespie claims trustees at Britain's biggest HIV charity ignored alleged sexual misconduct and 'potentially criminal behaviour'
telegraph.co.uk 18 Mar 16

 

Dr Victoria McCloud is UK's first transgender judge

Dr Victoria McCloud is UK's first transgender judge

Dr Victoria McCloud is the most senior public figure known to have transitioned from male to female, and the youngest-ever Master in the High Court. She currently lives in London with her transgender partner, NHS psychiatrist Dr Annie McCloud.
dailymail.co.uk 16 Feb 16

 

LGBT sport event attracts brands such as Sky and AIG

LGBT sport event attracts brands such as Sky and AIG

Brands including Sky, AIG and NFL UK descended on London's Landing Forty Two for the Team Pride: Levelling the LGBT Playing Field event
eventmagazine.co.uk 12 Feb 16

 

adidas just made a major show of support for LGBT athletes

adidas just made a major show of support for LGBT athletes

The sportswear brand just added a formal clause to sports marketing contracts, promising that nothing will change if a sponsored athlete comes out as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender
cosmopolitan.com 12 Feb 16

 

Waterstones Children's Book Prize: LGBT storylines make it onto youth fiction shortlist

Waterstones Children's Book Prize: LGBT storylines make it onto youth fiction shortlist

Novels with LGBT storylines have been shortlisted for a major children's books prize, as modern teenage issues increasingly replace werewolves and vampires in the plots of youth fiction.
independent.co.uk 11 Feb 16

 

'Non-stop hookups' advert removed from Cardiff bus stops

'Non-stop hookups' advert removed from Cardiff bus stops

Posters by the gay hook-up app Squirt.org have been removed from bus shelters in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, after just a week following complaints from locals
walesonline.co.uk 9 Feb 16

 

Ukip gay rights organiser quits

Ukip gay rights organiser quits

Richard Hendron (pictured) quit in protest at Alan Craig, who has said "Gaystapo" equality campaigners were like the Nazis who once had them slaughtered
mirror.co.uk 8 Feb 16

 

Stonewall urges travel firms to help LGBT tourists 'Travel Safely'

Stonewall urges travel firms to help LGBT tourists 'Travel Safely'

The LGBT group's comments come after holiday company Kuoni announced it has recruited 10 LGBT experts to give advice on the tolerance levels and cultural attitudes of destinations following a spike in bookings for same-sex honeymoons.
huffingtonpost.co.uk 6 Feb 16

 

New UN stamps promote LGBT rights

New UN stamps promote LGBT rights

United Nations Postal Administration issues colourful series celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as part of Free & Equal campaign
theguardian.com
5 Feb 16

 

UK's national LGBT domestic violence charity faces closure

UK's national LGBT domestic violence charity faces closure

Broken Rainbow says it will close in a matter of weeks unless government renews funding
theguardian.com 5 Feb 16

 

Is this the start of the end for homophobia in the construction industry?

Is this the start of the end for homophobia in the construction industry?

A shocking 63% of people in the construction industry - and 85% of contractors - have witnessed homophobia at work.
That fact published by the Architects' Journal last year highlighted a very personal issue for Tom Guy.
gaystarnews.com 5 Feb 16

 

London's biggest gay sauna to be demolished to make way for a luxury hotel

London's biggest gay sauna to be demolished to make way for a luxury hotel

Highgate Holdings just had their planning application approved by Hackney council, meaning they will soon close the 20,000sq ft sauna, and take over the entire site.
metro.co.uk 4 Feb 16

 

Rainbow Dot campaign says there is 'No Pride in Domestic Violence'
Rainbow Dot campaign

The launch of Broken Rainbow UK 2016 ‘Rainbow Dot’ campaign raises awareness that domestic violence and abuse occur in LGBT relationships too. Powerful photographs will be used in a number of small photographic exhibitions that will be displayed across the UK during the Pride season.
brokenrainbow.org.uk 4 Feb 16

Heterosexual couple denied a civil partnership by High Court
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who describe themselves as feminists, said they had challenged the legal ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships as they reject marriage as a "patriarchal" institution.
huffingtonpost.co.uk
29 Jan 16

Mental health charity PACE shutting down after 31 years
Mental health charity PACE shutting down after 31 years

PACE provided support services for the LGBT+ community - including counselling, advocacy, training, youth work, research and mental health support services ... the charity has made the tough decision to close its doors this month - citing cuts to local authority budgets leading to financial woes.
pinknews.co.uk 23 Jan 16

 

Second series of SAS: Who Dares Wins
Second series of SAS: Who Dares Wins

Minnow Films need men who are in peak physical and mental fitness for the second series of SAS: Who Dares Wins, for Channel 4.
Apply here 21 Jan 16

 

MI5 named UK's most gay-friendly employer after survey
MI5 named UK's most gay-friendly employer after survey

It beat some 400 organisations to top Stonewall's 2016 list of best employers for LGBT staff.
bbc.co.uk 19 Jan 16

Workplace Equality Index

Free syringes dished out to gay men amid concerns about 'sex drug' overdoses
The initiative comes as emergency doctors at St Thomas' hospital - the nearest A&E to the Vauxhall gay scene —-revealed they were treating one patient a day who has taken the illegal substances, dubbed G or liquid ecstasy.
standard.co.uk 15 Jan 16

Anglican church avoids split over gay rights
Agreement to impose sanctions against liberal US church and issue a statement in support of 'traditional doctrine' of marriage staves off irrevocable schism
theguardian.com 14 Jan 16

Giving healthy gay men HIV drugs 'could help reverse epidemic'
Calculations, published in the Lancet, indicate giving pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the most at-risk men could cut new infections by more than 40% in the UK.
thelancet.com 14 Jan 16

UK a long way from transgender equality, MPs say
Transgender people in the UK face "high levels of transphobia" on a daily basis and they have "a long way to go" to achieve equality in the UK, MPs say. The Commons Women and Equalities Committee urged ministers to draw up a new strategy to tackle discrimination.
bbc.co.uk 14 Jan 16

Opening Doors London granted £500,000

Opening Doors London granted £500,000

Opening Doors can continue to expand existing services to cover the whole of London. The grant, from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities Programme, will fund important work reducing social isolation and improving well-being and mental health amongst older individuals from LGBT* communities
openingdoorslondon 14 Jan 16

 

Recon launch ad campaign on phoneboxes: 'Fetish is a normal part of gay lifestyle'

Recon launch ad campaign on phoneboxes: 'Fetish is a normal part of gay lifestyle'

Following the controversy prompted by Squirt's recent outdoor campaign, fetish hook-up app Recon has launched its first outdoor series of adverts
gaystarnews.com 13 Jan 16

 

Scottish secretary David Mundell comes out as gay

Scottish secretary David Mundell comes out as gay

Mr Mundell, who is Scotland's only Tory MP, said that he had viewed the prospect of coming out as being "harder than standing for election, speaking in the House of Commons or being cross-examined on television".
bbc.co.uk 13 Jan 16

 

MP Mike Freer calls on government to "pause banning of poppers"

MP Mike Freer calls on government to "pause banning of poppers"

The Conservative MP said the government should first investigate in detail the potential health effects of using poppers - if found to be harmful, they would then "reserve the right to impose the ban".
gaytimes.co.uk 13 Jan 16

 

Chinese firm buys stake in gay dating app Grindr

Chinese firm buys stake in gay dating app Grindr

Chinese firm Beijing Kunlun Tech has bought a controlling stake in Grindr, the world's biggest gay social networking app, for $93m (£64m). The games developer made the announcement of the deal to buy a 60% stake in the US-based app in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange.
bbc.co.uk 11 Jan 16

 

THT's new Chief Executive.

Terrence Higgins Trust has appointed Ian Green as the charity's new Chief Executive.

Terrence Higgins Trust has appointed Ian Green as the charity's new Chief Executive. Involved in YMCA for over 25 years, he has also held a number of non-executive roles in the NHS.
tht.org.uk 6 Jan 16

 

Netherlands refuses to ban 'highly inappropriate' gay hook-up adverts

The adverts from gay cruising app Squirt.org has upset a number of people who felt they were 'highly inappropriate' and 'truly sickening and shocking'.
metro.co.uk 2 Jan 16

 

Twitter hires Apple's Director of Diversity

 

Twitter has hired a gay man, Jeffery Siminoff, as vice president of diversity and inclusion
fortune.com 2 Jan 16

 

Two dead, eight wounded in shooting at gay bar in Tel Aviv
 

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai rushed to the scene of the shooting attack told assembled media there that in his opinion the attack "appears to be a terrorist attack motivated by nationalism."
jpost.com 1 Jan 16

 

New Year's Honours
 

British choreographer Matthew Bourne has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year's honors list.
bbc.co.uk

Tim Sigsworth, chief executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
akt.org.uk

Foreign and Commonwealth Office first secretary David Eric Smith is awarded an OBE for services in support of diversity and LGBT equality within government.
gov.uk

Paul David Roberts, chief executive of the LGBT Consortium receives an OBE for services to LGBT communities.
lgbtconsortium.org.uk 31 Dec 15

 

Armed gang using gay dating app Grindr to target and rob men in London
 

Police in London have warned that an armed gang is using Grindr - the gay dating app - to lure in unsuspecting men before robbing them. Two victims were robbed at knifepoint, in separate attacks, by a group of four men after making contact through the gay dating app. It is believed that the same group of men were involved in both of the incidents.
independent.co.uk 19 Dec 15

 

Civil partnerships: Ten years on
 

On 19 December 2005, the UK's first civil partnerships took place. In the 10 years that have followed, nearly 140,000 people have entered into one, while more than 9,000 same-sex couples have since married.
bbc.co.uk 19 Dec 15

 

HIV clinic fined £250 for data breach
 

A health clinic that mistakenly revealed the identity of HIV-positive patients in a group email has been fined £250 by the UK's data watchdog.
bbc.co.uk 15 Dec 15

 

Newly unearthed tapes reveal Reagan administration's shocking response to HIV/AIDS
Newly unearthed tapes reveal Reagan administration's shocking response to HIV/AIDS

"When AIDS Was Funny" shows how the White House treated the epidemic like a joke in the 1980s.
huffingtonpost.com
2 Dec 15


Lawson Electrix
LGBT Business Leader Forum to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam
LGBT Business Leader Forum to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam

Delegates will hear the latest research on the LGBT market and insights on best practise - and perhaps most importantly - to meet and exchange ideas for the future. Sponsored by IBM with cooperation with the US Embassy in Hanoi
- 7 December 2015
lgbtforumhanoi.com 28 Nov 15

 

Guidance for employers on recruiting and retaining transgender employees
Guidance for employers on recruiting and retaining transgender employees The UK Government Equalities Office has published: Recruiting and retaining transgender staff: a guide for employers
gov.uk 28 Nov 15

 

New figures of undiagnosed HIV remain at an alarming level
New figures of undiagnosed HIV remain at an alarming level

Ahead of England's fourth annual National HIV Testing Week, which includes outdoor and tram advertising across Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield and Bristol, new figures released by Public Health England reveal there are 18,100 people living with HIV in the UK who do not know they are HIV positive
- 21-29 November 2015
tht.org.uk 19 Nov 15

 

One in five people admit making offensive remarks about LGBT people
One in five people admit making offensive remarks about LGBT people

And almost a third have heard offensive language like 'poof' or 'dyke' in the past month, finds Stonewall's shocking new research by YouGov for Anti-Bullying Week
- 21-29 November 2015

stonewall.org.uk 19 Nov 15

 

407 major businesses earn 100% in "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality"
407 major businesses earn 100% in "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" We continue to see major U.S. businesses extending gender identity protections and transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage well ahead of lawmakers - from 5% of employers in the first CEI to 93% of U.S. businesses today protecting employees on the basis of gender identity, and from no major business offering critical transgender-inclusive benefits in 2002 to 511 affirming this coverage today
hrc.org 19 Nov 15

GBA Gay Business Association member:

 


Changes at top of biggest gay porn studio
Changes at top of biggest gay porn studio

Falcon Studios Group president Chris Ward (left) is retiring after twenty years in the Adult Industry. Ward, who co-founded Raging Stallion Studios with JD Slater in 1999, lead one of the world"s largest gay porn studios including Falcon, Raging Stallion, and Hot House. NakedSword CEO and Co-Owner of AEBN Tim Valenti (right), will assume the role of President
falconstudios.com 19 Nov 15

 

Workplace bullying on the rise in UK, says Acas
Workplace bullying on the rise in UK, says Acas

Over the last year, Acas said it had received about 20,000 calls about harassment and bullying at work. Some callers to its helpline had even considered committing suicide.
bbc.co.uk 16 Nov 15

 

US spending on same-sex weddings reaches $813 million
US spending on same-sex weddings reaches $813 million The Williams Institute calculates that wedding spending by couples and their out-of-state guests have boosted state and local economies by an estimated $813 million, and have generated an estimated $52 million in state and local sales tax revenue. This spending supported an estimated 9,700 jobs for one year
williamsinstitute 17 Nov 15

 

Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has confirmed he is living with HIV

The former star of sitcom Two And A Half Men appeared on NBC's Today show, ending days of intense media speculation
bbc.co.uk 17 Nov 15

 

As attitudes in China begin to shift, gay dating App Blued aims for stock flotation
As attitudes in China begin to shift, gay dating App Blued sees green

Blued is now building its business overseas with an eye toward an initial public offering. The company launched an international version in February, and more than 10% of its users are now from outside China
wsj.com 16 Nov 15

 

Chinese perceptions towards LGBT people are becoming more positive
Chinese perceptions towards LGBT people are becoming more positive

According to the China LGBT Social Climate Report, 59% of respondents say that society should accept homosexuality, versus 30% who neither agree nor disagrees and 10% who disagree. 80% agree that homosexuals should have equal job opportunities
workforlgbt.com 11 Nov 15

 

Poppers will be banned
Poppers will be banned

Representatives from National AIDS Trust, Stonewall, Millivres Prowler and David Bridle, met Home Office Minister Mike Penning ... but the Minister reiterated he was intent on a blanket ban on psychoactive drugs, including poppers.
facebook.com 10 Nov 15

 

Young LGB people are twice as likely to be bullied than their straight peers
Young LGB people are twice as likely to be bullied than their straight peers

The Next Steps study examined the experiences of more than 7,200 young adults from England who were born in 1989 or 1990. At age 20, the young adults were asked about their sexual identity and whether they had been bullied in the previous 12 months
huffingtonpost.co.uk 9 Nov 15

 

SF measure could benefit LGBT legacy businesses
SF measure could benefit LGBT legacy businesses

Proposition J aims at preserving San Francisco's LGBTQ heritage and assist LGBT legacy businesses in staying open. The pace of gay-owned business closings ... seems to have increased of late due to growing economic pressures.
ebar.com 8 Nov 15

 

Men with more elder brothers are more likely to be gay
Men with more elder brothers are more likely to be gay

This effect is known as the "older brother phenomenon" - research has shown that for every extra older brother a man has the likelihood that he is attracted to men is increased by a small amount.
bbc.co.uk 8 Nov 15

 

Elton John AIDS Foundation raised more than $3 million at annual An Enduring Vision gala
Elton John AIDS Foundation raised more than $3 million at annual An Enduring Vision gala

The 23-year-old organization aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, support treatment and raise awareness of the diseaseamong LGBT people in Africa.
reuters.com 5 Nov 15

 

Canon loses tribunal claim the Church discriminated against him for being in gay marriage
Canon loses tribunal claim the Church discriminated against him for being in gay marriage

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who claimed he was discriminated against by the Church of England after he was refused a job for being in a gay marriage, has lost his tribunal. Nottingham Employment Tribunal ruled that "the constitutional convention means that the State cannot impose same sex marriage upon the Church".
premier.org.uk 4 Nov 15

 

Dating apps are increasing rates of STIs, according to the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.
Dating apps are increasing rates of STIs

"You are able to turn over partners more quickly with a dating app and the quicker you change partners the more likely you are to get infections," Dr Peter Greenhouse has told Newsbeat. "What really worries me is that we are just at a tipping point for HIV."
bbc.co.uk 2 Nov 15

John Fashanu: I paid my tragic brother Justin £75,000 to prevent him coming out as gay

The former Wimbledon striker made the shock admission a week after it emerged two top footballers - including an England star - plan to come out. "I gave him the money because I didn't want the embarrassment for me or my family. Had he come out now, it would be a different ball game."
mirror.co.uk 31 Oct 15

 

Tara Hudson: Transgender prisoner 'moved to female prison'
Tara Hudson: Transgender prisoner 'moved to female prison'

Move comes after judge says it is for Prison Service to give 'sensitive consideration' to where inmate ... should serve sentence. The 26-year-old has lived as a woman all her adult life and had years of reconstructive surgery, but is still legally a man and was sent to HMP Bristol when handed a 12-week sentence for the Boxing Day assault.
telegraph.co.uk 30 Oct 15

 

IBM named world's most LGBT-inclusive employer
IBM named world's most LGBT-inclusive employer

In the Workplace Pride Foundation' Global Benchmark, BNP Paribas of France and Shell of the Netherlands scored 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
workplacepride.org 30 Oct 15

 

Gay man has won the first ever compensation award for non-verbal discrimination
Gay man has won the first ever compensation award for non-verbal discrimination

Following months of taunting, the man sued locksmith Peter Edwards under the Equality Act and won what is believed to be the first ever case of discrimination based on a case when not a single word was spoken.
bbc.co.uk 29 Oct 15

Why 'gay' gestures are discrimination
bbc.co.uk 29 Oct 15

 

Could you share your passion for property on a prime time TV documentary series?
Could you share your passion for property on a prime time TV documentary series?

True North are currently casting a brand new property series for C5 which will follow first time property developers or seasoned professionals as they take on their latest project, from planning and renovation to eventually flipping for as much profit as possible.

Contact Rob on 0161 850 0107
property@truenorth.tv
29 Oct 15

 

Stonewall launchs new LGBT careers guide
Stonewall launchs new LGBT careers guide

Stonewall's eleventh edition of the Starting Out guide to Britain's LGBT-inclusive employers for LGBT students and jobseekers profiles all of Stonewall's Diversity Champions and for the first time is trans inclusive
Read guide online 28 Oct 15

 

England player and another Premier League star set to come out as gay
 

They would be the first footballers to come out publicly while playing in the top flight of the English game. Top celebrity agent Simon Jones added: "Profile-wise there are no negatives to coming out in 2015. The world is literally their oyster."
irishmirror.ie 24 Oct 15

 

Number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales has fallen by 70% from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014.
Number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales has fallen by 70% from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014.

Following the introduction of marriages of same sex couples in March 2014, over half (57%) of civil partnerships were between males in 2014; a change from 2013 when only 47% of partnerships were between males.
ons.gov.uk 20 Oct 15

15,000 same-sex couples wed since law change
bbc.co.uk 20 Oct 15

 

74% of Irish employees feel they have to hide their sexuality
74% of Irish employees feel they have to hide their sexuality

- 71% have been the victim of stereotypical homophobic jokes or have heard negative remarks around the workplace.
- 66% believe that managers turn a blind eye to remarks about sexual orientation and are not supportive when they come forward for help.
graphitehrm.com 20 Oct 15

 

The 23 most powerful LGBT executives in the world

In conjunction with the Financial Times, OUTstanding lists 100 people who it thinks challenges the presumption that you can't be openly LGBT and be successful in business.
businessinsider.com 20 Oct 15

 

Man 'poisoned four people he met on gay dating websites'
Man 'poisoned four people he met on gay dating websites'

Stephen Port murdered four men he had allegedly met over gay websites and were later found dead in an east London graveyard, a court heard today. They had all died from an overdose of the drug GHB allegedly administered by Port
standard.co.uk 19 Oct 15

The four victims: Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, and Jack Taylor
dailymail.co.uk 19 Oct 15

The rise of gay 'chemsex' parties involving libido-enhancing drugs
Life is better than ever for London's gay community. So why are some men indulging in drug-fuelled parties of weekend-long, often unsafe, sex with HIV rates on the rise?
independent.co.uk 17 Oct 15

 

Petition to introduce LGBT sex education as a compulsory part of the school curriculum

Schools have no obligation to offer sex education to individuals who do not identify as heterosexual. Despite the higher rates of HIV amongst the gay community and the increased risks associated with homosexual sex. This would also help to destigmatise the topic, likely reducing homophobic bullying
Sign petition 15 Oct 15

 

Pastor urges boycott of 'Sodomite-Friendly' businesses
Pastor urges boycott of 'Sodomite-Friendly' businesses

The rabidly homophobic US Pastor James David Manning, having railed against Starbucks for allegedly putting "the semen of sodomites" in its coffee, is now calling for a boycott of all "sodomite-controlled" or "sodomite-friendly" businesses, and doing so with some violent imagery.
advocate.com 15 Oct 15

 

Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

The '.gay' application said that its use of the word "gay" covered not just homosexuals but also "individuals who identify themselves as male or female homosexuals, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex." But ICAAN's evaluators reported that "'gay' is most commonly used to refer to both men and women who identify as homosexual, and not necessarily to others."
theregister.co.uk 11 Oct 15

 

Scotland should welcome LGBT travellers finds Equality Network report

'Wish you were here - The Scottish LGBT Travel Report' shows that despite 77% saying that they consider Scotland an LGBT Friendly destination, only 3% said Scotland comes to mind first when thinking about LGBTdestinations around the world, demonstrating the need to do more to promote Scotland as an LGBT travel destination.

The report includes a number of significant findings:

- 74% of UK travellers who would consider a same-sex marriage abroad would consider getting married in Scotland

- 30% of travellers from out with Scotland said they did not know whether Scotland is LGBT friendly
· 81% said the local legal situation for LGBT people was an important factor in their choice of destination

- 73% said an LGBT friendly reputation was an important factor in their choice of destination

- Over half (53%) sought out LGBT specific information about their travel destination
equality-network.org 7 Oct 15


Gay couple lose court fight for equal pension rights

Gay couple lose court fight for equal pension rights

John Walker argued his husband would receive a fraction of his pension after his death, compared to a wife. The UK government has estimated that "full equalisation" of pension rights would cost about £3.3bn and have complex implications for pension schemes.
bbc.co.uk 6 Oct 15



Bisexual visibility in the workplace
HRC Foundation's US study Degrees of Equality

HRC Foundation's US study Degrees of Equality, found that bisexuals are less likely to self-report their sexual orientation in an anonymous, confidential human resource survey than their gay and lesbian peers - 59%, versus 79% of gay men and 77% of lesbians
hrc.org 4 Oct 15


Virgin, AmEX, IBM, Google, EY and other global giants unite to fight LGBTI discrimination
 

'As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is the responsibility of all of us - government, civil society and business - to take a stand against discrimination and injustice.'
gaystarnews.com 4 Oct 15


Sexual identity data from the UK's Integrated Household Survey 2014

Sexual identity data from the UK's Integrated Household Survey 2014

Among the Office for National Statistics key findings relating to sexual identity are:

- In 2014, 1.6% of adults in the UK identified their sexual identity as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

- The likelihood of an adult identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual decreased with age. Around 2.6% of adults aged 16 to 24 years identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual. This decreased to 0.6% of adults aged 65 and over.

- Around 0.5% of adults identified themselves as bisexual, with women (0.7%) being twice as likely as men to do so (0.3%).

- London had the highest percentage of adults identifying themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual, at 2.6%.

- The proportion who smoked cigarettes was higher among adults who identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual (25.3%) compared with those who identified themselves as heterosexual / straight (18.4%).
ons.gov.uk 3 Oct 15


The Independent on Sunday opens nominations for this year's Rainbow List
Rainbow List 2015

The pioneering list, now in its sixteenth year, celebrates today's 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in Britain. This year will also see intersex people recognized for the first time.
Voting closes 20 October 2015.
independent.co.uk 3 Oct 15


Civil Service wants more LGBT people to apply for youth programmes

A lot of young people wouldn't think of working in Govt as something they can do because they aren't posh enough, or didn't go to the right school, and they want to change this perception with a new video
youtube.com 1 Oct 15


Gay bars fall victim to soaring property prices

 

The British Beer and Pub Association, an industry body, does not break out numbers specifically for gay bars or pubs. However, one estimate suggested the number had fallen from 500-600 across London and the UK in the mid-1990s to about 200 today
ft.com 28 Sep 15


Vets come together to support LGBT colleagues
British Vets LGBT+

Vet Mat Hennessey started the group after noticing a medics banner at the Pride in London parade and realising that there was a need for representation and support for the LGBT community amongst vets. BVLGBT is open to anyone who wants to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights within the veterinary professions, whether studying or working, and already has nearly 300 members
bva.co.uk 18 Sep 15


Trustees needed for psycho-sexual charity Albany Trust

Albany Trust

Psycho-sexual counseling and psychotherapy charity Albany Trust are currently looking for a number of new Trustees to join the existing team.
Contact: Jeremy Clarke
practicemanager@albanytrust.org Sep 15

 


GFEST 2015 launches London's LGBTQI cross-art festival
GFEST 2015

GFEST 2015 events to take place in venues across London with Films, performances, debates and a visual arts exhibition that will explore this year's theme: (Complacent Present..) ..Fragile Future?
9-20 November
gaywisefestival.org.uk


Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive is looking for a new committee member

Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive is looking for a new committee member

LAGNA is an important archive of LGBTQ historical material based at the Bishopsgate Institute in London. We are looking for new committee members, specifically accountants and fund-raisers to help us apply for charitable status and also to develop and grow as an organisation
www.lagna.org.uk Sep 15

 

Polari First Book Prize reveals 2015 shortlist
 

- Straight Expectations by Julie Bindel
- The Gift of Looking Closely by Al Brooke
- Everything Must Go by LaJohn Joseph
- The Rental Heart by Kirsty Logan
- Self-portrait with The Happiness by David Tait
- The Informant by Susan Wilkins
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Paul Gambaccini calls for tougher action over false claims of sexual abuse

Paul Gambaccini calls for tougher action over false claims of sexual abuse

Broadcaster, who was on police bail for a year before being told there was no case against him, also says suspects should remain anonymous until charged
theguardian.com 15 Sep 15

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Angela Eagle appointed shadow business secretary in Jeremy Corbyn's front bench Labour team

Angela Eagle appointed shadow business secretary in Jeremy Corbyn's front bench Labour team

The out MP is named shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, and shadow first secretary
liverpoolecho.co.uk 14 Sep 15


Elton John should talk to Putin about gay rights. But will Russia listen?

Elton John should talk to Putin about gay rights. But will Russia listen?

He said he would welcome a chance to talk to Vladimir Putin, to discuss what he called the Russian president's "ridiculous" attitude to gay rights.
theguardian.com 14 Sep 15


Why are London's gay bars disappearing?

Why are London's gay bars disappearing?

A string of London's LGBT bars and clubs have closed their doors in the past year. What is behind the trend? And what does it mean for the customers?
bbc.co.uk 29 Aug 15


Department of Homeland Security raid the Manhattan offices of Rentboy.com
Department of Homeland Security raid the Manhattan offices of Rentboy.com

This sudden and swift shutdown has left many people - both queer and straight - not only without a job they rely on for income, but also questioning their own legal safety and livelihood
huffingtonpost.com 29 Aug 15


Alan Wakeman, one of the pioneers of the Gay Liberation Front

One of Soho's much loved bohemian characters, and founder of Gay Sweatshop, has died aged 79
petertatchellfoundation.org 29 Aug 15


Shoreditch gay pub forced to close after rent hike

Shoreditch gay pub forced to close after rent hike

The owners of the popular George and Dragon pub in Shoreditch have announced they are to close following a "dramatic" rent hike – the latest in a spate of gay pubs forced to close in recent months
hackneygazette.co.uk 29 Aug 15


SCOUTING FOR BOYS

Boy Scouts of America allows openly gay adult leaders

Boy Scouts of America allows openly gay adult leaders

The National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees. 79 percent voted in favor of the resolution
scoutingnewsroom 28 Jul 15

 

HUMAN RIGHTS

Kenyan president rebukes Obama's gay rights message

Kenyan president rebukes Obama's gay rights message

"For Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights is really a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas that are day-to-day living for our people," said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
thehill.com 26 Jul 15

 

HIV AIDS

Terrence Higgins Trust Chief Executive steps down

Dr Rosemary Gillespie to step down from her position as Chief Executive THT

Board of Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has decided that a change of leadership is needed for the next stage of the organisation's development, and has asked Dr Rosemary Gillespie to step down from her position as Chief Executive, with immediate effect.
tht.org.uk 10 Jul 15

 

GAY MARRIAGE

US Supreme Court rules gay marriage is legal nationwide
It means the 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked "for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." Same-sex couples in several affected states including Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Texas rushed to wed on Friday
bbc.co.uk 26 Jun 15


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