28th February 2011
Department of Health criticised for £36,000 gay ‘leadership course’ 19
3:46 PM — The Department of Health has been criticised for spending £36,000 on a two-day residential course for gay and lesbian NHS managers. The programme is run by gay rights charity Stonewall to encourage achievement in gay and lesbian staff.
22nd February 2011
America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17
10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.
21st February 2011
Israel appoints first out gay judge 14
2:46 PM — The first openly gay judge has been appointed in Israel. Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel Aviv Labor Court on Friday.
16th February 2011
Virginia House panel says no to gay employment protections 4
11:13 AM — A bill to ban discrimination against gay people in state employment has been killed by a Virgina House panel. Currently, Virgina gives no legal protection lesbians and gays employed by the state, although it does offer employees protection from discrimination on the basis of race, gender and a number of other characteristics.
15th February 2011
Wanted: US/night news writer and contributors
4:42 PM — PinkNews.co.uk is looking for a US/night writer to cover US and world news and contributors who want to get their work noticed on the UK's biggest LGBT news website.
Gay waiter wins £21,500 over harassment 8
10:43 AM — A gay waiter at one of London's Michelin-starred restaurants has won £21,500 after colleagues subjected him to anti-gay taunts.
14th February 2011
Arizona appeals in court to stop paying insurance benefits to gay partners 4
8:31 PM — Attorneys for the state of Arizona will ask a federal appeals court for permission to cease providing insurance benefits to partners of gay employees.
8th February 2011
Transgender woman told ‘dress as a man to find work’ 54
1:50 PM — A transgender woman claims she was told by a Jobcentre to dress as a man to find work. Tina Cook, 54, who began transition last year, used to work in the construction industry but was made redundant 18 months ago.
28th January 2011
Thai airline recruits transgender staff 15
2:19 PM — Thai airline PC Air is recruiting transgender staff in a bid to boost the prospects of the "third sex". The newly-formed company took on three trans women this week in its first round of hiring.
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.