24th January 2011
Gay bar owner defends ‘straights only’ job advert 48
12:08 PM — The owner of a Manchester gay bar has defended a job advert asking for straight staff. AXM Group, which owns gay venue AXM Bar on Canal Street, sent out an alert last week for flyering staff for another of its clubs, Downtown, which is a student venue.
19th January 2011
Report finds huge levels of discrimination against gay and trans people in Utah 19
9:20 PM — A report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) has found significant homophobia and discrimination in the state of Utah, home to the Mormon Church. The study of 939 LGBT Utahans found that sixty seven per cent of transgendered and forty four percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual Utahans say they have either been sacked or have been denied a job or promotion as a result of their LGBT status.
13th January 2011
Gay man wins constructive dismissal case against ‘London’s oldest gay pub’ 14
4:09 PM — A gay man who accused London's oldest gay pub of discrimination has also won his case for constructive dismissal.
Public bodies asked to find out about gay and trans staff 17
2:05 PM — Large public employers are being encouraged to find out how represented lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are in their organisations. As part of the Equality Act, all public bodies will be required to publish information about the diversity of their staff from April but the government will not set diversity targets.
12th January 2011
Stonewall names the Home Office as UK’s most gay-friendly employer 15
2:14 PM — Gay lobbying group Stonewall has named the Home Office as the best place for gay, lesbian and bisexual people to work in the UK. The group released its annual list of the 100 top employers today. Lloyds Banking Group and Ernst & Young were in second and third place respectively.
19th November 2010
Gay man wins £13,000 after being bullied at work 13
4:03 PM — A gay man has been awarded more than £13,000 in compensation after a tribunal found he had been bullied at work for his sexuality. Steven Bain said his colleagues at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, an architecture and design centre, asked him if he found the words "poof" and "queer" offensive and whether he had ever dressed as a woman.
16th November 2010
Wanted: A staff writer for PinkNews.co.uk 6
12:54 AM — We have a rare opportunity to join the full time writing team for PinkNews.co.uk, the most read LGBT publication in Europe. The role of staff writer for PinkNews.co.uk is as varied as our readers and as disparate as the range of stories we cover every day. You might find yourself at a garden party in Downing Street one night and the opening for a new community centre the next.
5th October 2010
Gay skydiving instructor sues after being sacked for ‘groping woman’ 10
1:34 PM — A gay skydiving instructor is suing his company after he was sacked for allegedly groping a young female student. Donald Zarda, 40, says there is "no way" the alleged incident could have happened because he is "100 per cent gay".
29th September 2010
British army claims having openly gay soldiers has ‘increased productivity’ 9
11:43 PM — Following the defeat of a vote in the US Senate to debate ending the US army's Don't ask, Don't tell' policy, the British army claims that allowing gay and lesbians to openly served has improved the armed forces.
27th August 2010
Gay discrimination ordinance is withdrawn in Tennessee at request of LGBT rights group 5
11:34 AM — A controversial Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinance (ENDO) created to protect LGBT people from discrimination when applying for jobs with the city council of Memphis, Tennessee, has been withdrawn - at the request of a local gay rights group.
11th August 2010
St Andrews students concerned after ‘anti-gay’ professor is hired 75
3:31 PM — Students at the University of St Andrews have complained after a professor who said homosexuality was "not normal" was given a full-time post.
16th July 2010
Former BP chief says gays and lesbians are still forced to hide their sexuality 36
10:15 AM — Lord Browne of Madingley, the former chief executive of BP, has said that homophobia is still commonplace in public life. He said gay men and lesbians still feel they have to hide their sexual orientation to succeed.
6th July 2010
Lesbian and gay lawyers ‘deterred from becoming judges’
3:52 PM — Research has has suggested that the judiciary is failing to represent lesbian and gay people. According to a study by LGBT lawyers' network Interlaw, a perception of hostility to out gay judges, judicial culture and the isolation of the job puts gay and lesbian lawyers off becoming judges.
2nd July 2010
Large-scale survey to explore bisexuality in the workplace 12
3:54 PM — One of the largest-scale surveys on bisexuality in the the workplace is now underway. The research is being carried out by American learning and development expert Heidi Green and will take into account workers predominantly in the UK and US.
23rd April 2010
Trans pilot ‘no big deal’ for RAF 21
12:16 PM — A pilot at Prince William's RAF base is transitioning to become a woman. Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, 29, who was born male, told friends this week that she expects to complete her transition within a year.
11th April 2010
Updated: Conservatives make proposals to tackle homophobic bullying 60
4:09 PM — Shadow chancellor and head of the Conservative Party's general election campaign has today expanded on the party's policies to tackle homophobic bullying first outlined in an article by party leader David Cameron on PinkNews.co.uk yesterday. The plans come despite the Conservatives forcing the Government to drop plans to reform sexual education teaching in schools, that experts argued could lead to a reduction in homophobic bullying.
27th February 2010
Guardian: A ‘hideously diverse Britain’ where LGBT people “hold strong cards” 24
1:54 AM — As part of his series for the Guardian entitled 'Hideously diverse Britain', Hugh Muir looks at how diversity and race impact on Britain today. This week he explores how minority groups "hold strong cards".
13th January 2010
IBM rated most gay-friendly employer for the second time 38
10:08 AM — IT company IBM has been rated the most gay-friendly company to work for by gay rights organisation Stonewall. The firm was rated best employer in the charity's annual Top 100 Employers List.
4th January 2010
Obama appoints trans woman to Department of Commerce 27
4:07 PM — US President Barack Obama has appointed a trans woman to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce. Amanda Simpson is on the board of directors of the National Centre for Transgender Equality and has worked in the aerospace and defence industry for 30 years.
18th December 2009
Former drag queen accuses boss of homophobia
11:31 AM — A gay man who once worked as a drag queen is suing his boss for unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Dean Awford claims David Gray was homophobic and referred to him as "she" in front of customers.