22nd August 2008
Heniz shrugs off gay boycott with soaring sales figures
12:00 AM — Despite a boycott organised by gay rights group Stonewall, Heinz, saw earnings in the most recent quarter increase by $229 million (£123m). It was slammed by gay rights groups for pulling a television advertisement featuring two men kissing.
20th August 2008
Credit Suisse to offer gay banking service in UK 1
11:41 PM — Credit Suisse will be the first major bank to specifically target the LGBT community in Britain. The firm's offering will follow the route of niche banking that has already been offered to the Muslim and Polish immigrant communities.
19th August 2008
Gays beat the credit crunch 3
4:50 PM — Gay and lesbian consumers are more resilient to the credit crunch than their hetro-sexual counterparts, a new survey suggests.
15th July 2008
Insurance website claims gay men die younger than straights 1
2:17 PM — A leading insurance comparison website has caused a storm of debate by claiming gay men have a life expectancy 20 years shorter than heterosexual men.
11th July 2008
New guidelines on HIV and life insurance published
4:16 PM — The Association of British Insurers has updated its consumer guide for gay men covering HIV and life insurance.
10th July 2008
INTERVIEW: Why supporting gay staff is good business
5:53 PM — Barclays was an early supporter of Stonewall's efforts to promote equality in the workplace as a member of the Diversity Champions programme. In fact they were the first bank to sign up.
4th July 2008
Business Secretary calls on employers to support gay staff
6:01 PM — The Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has endorsed a new report into gay, lesbian and bisexual experiences at work.
3rd July 2008
Stonewall research highlights business case for supporting LGB staff 2
12:00 PM — The Secretary of State for Business John Hutton is to launch pioneering Stonewall research today examining the advantages of being out at work.
30th June 2008
Barclays to sponsor gay and lesbian networking event 1
11:16 AM — A major financial institution will sponsor the main summer event by professional gay networking group Village Drinks.
20th June 2008
Business advice offered to LGBT entrepreneurs
1:25 PM — The Gay Business Association is hosting an Ask The Experts event as part of the Pride London festival, open to all LGBT professionals from charities, businesses and other organisations.
9th June 2008
Gay marriage worth millions to California economy 1
5:12 PM — Same-sex marriage could potentially boost California's deflating economy by $683.6 million (£345m) over the next three years, an analysis by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has claimed.
5th June 2008
Unions and business join forces to push diversity in the workplace
12:15 PM — The Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress have launched a joint report promoting diversity in the workplace.
27th May 2008
COMMENT: Gay students abandoned by parents enter ‘postcode lottery’ 1
3:42 PM — Two years ago at the age of 19, James left home after his stepfather repeatedly beat him because he was gay. As a result, he ended up spending a year living on the streets.
26th May 2008
Biggest Pride in the world draws in millions
8:59 PM — The world's largest gay pride parade took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil yesterday with millions of people peacefully gathering to celebrate gay rights. But the event also creates thousands of jobs.
15th May 2008
Former aide warned Gordon Brown not to abolish 10p tax band
12:20 PM — One of the Prime Minister’s closest aides advised him not to raise taxes for the lowest-paid workers in the country, more than a year before the decision became a political crisis.
13th May 2008
Spinster sisters assured there will be no evictions 6
7:12 PM — A government minister has told the House of Lords that two elderly British sisters who lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights over inheritance tax will not be evicted when one of them dies.
29th April 2008
Euro court: sisters can not have the same tax benefits as civil partners 6
11:18 PM — Two elderly British sitters have lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights to allow them to avoid inheritance tax when one of them dies. They argued that British law treats them less favourably than a lesbian couple in a civil partnership.
11th April 2008
80% of insurance companies failing gay men
4:15 PM — New research has found that many leading insurance providers in the UK are still sending gay men for unnecessary HIV tests.In a survey insurance company staff were all asked to provide their company's limit at which an applicant would be sent for an HIV test.Two companies, Royal Liver and Bright Grey, were praised for their industry-beating limit of £1,000,000 of cover without HIV testing for gay men within a civil partnership.
10th April 2008
Mortgage rates to drop by 0.25%
12:20 PM — The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee today cuts rates by a quarter of one per cent to 5 per cent, a further attempt to reduce the impact of the global credit crisis hitting Britain.It's the third cut since December, earlier this week it was shown that house prices had fallen by 2.5% in a month, the worse drop since 1992.A mortgage of £100,000 will fall by £17 a month if lenders pass on the cuts in full.
27th March 2008
Tax company under fire for gay discrimination
5:50 PM — H R Block, America's leading tax preparation company, has said it is "evaluating alternatives" after it emerged that their online services refuse to accept legal civil unions.Connecticut gay couple Jason Smith and Settimo Piscu were attempting to use their "Tax Cut" service but a message told them: "We don't support Connecticut civil union returns."Through its website, the company said the couple would have to work with one of their professionals, by phone or at one of their office locations, which would be more time consuming and cost an additional $150 (£75).