Jul 232012
USA - Astronaut Sally Ride's official biography confirms that Sally was first lesbian astronaut

Sally Ride died peacefully on July 23rd, 2012 after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Sally lived her life to the fullest, with boundless energy, curiosity, intelligence, passion, joy, and love. Her integrity was absolute; her spirit was immeasurable; her approach to life was fearless. Sally was a physicist, the first American woman to [...]

Jul 192012
Caribbean - Countries move to protect rights of workers living with HIV

Thirty years into the HIV and AIDS epidemic, Caribbean countries are slowly putting necessary legislation in place to ensure the rights of workers despite their HIV/AIDS and chronic disease status. In June, Cabinet approved the St. Kitts and Nevis Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS and Other Chronic Diseases, while neighbouring Anguilla is fine-tuning a [...]

Jul 192012
USA - After 7 LGBTQ leaders leave Harvard, gay community looks for more queer scholarship

After a going-away party for an openly gay College administrator last month, Harvard Kennedy School lecturer Timothy P. McCarthy ’93 came to a disturbing realization: Seven prominent faculty members, administrators, and staff who identify as gay or lesbian have left the University in the last two years. Openly gay undergraduate chaplain Jonathan C. Page ’02 [...]

Jul 172012
USA - Boy Scouts reaffirm ban on gays

After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics. An 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, “came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for [...]

Jun 272012
Ireland - Ernst and Young launches online toolkit to help Irish companies take pride in LGBT employees

Amid celebrations for Dublin’s LGBT Pride Festival, Ernst and Young will launch Excellence in Diversity, an online toolkit for employers from the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) that will help Irish companies take pride in their LGBT employees. Research has shown that 60pc of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees are not open [...]

Jun 222012
Malaysia - Borders supports manager charged with distributing banned book by lesbian writer Irshad Manji

A statement by the owners of the Borders bookstore chain in support of a manager charged with distributing a banned book by controversial writer Irshad Manji has gone viral. The statement, published on its official Facebook page on Wednesday, has been shared by 3,092 users as well as received 1,403 “likes” and more than 400 [...]

Jun 082012
France - Les lesbiennes sont mieux payées que les gays

Lesbians are better paid than gays, according to a French study by two professors at the University of Evry-Val-D'essonne within couples of the same sex. This new discrimination is based, according to investigators, on the supposed health problems of gay and the aggressive appearance of lesbians.

Jun 012012
Canada - Some Crandall students against its anti-gay hiring policy of being "sexually pure"

The Student President at Crandall University is distancing himself from a policy that bans the hiring of gay staff members. Ian Pelkey said he’s received an overwhelming number of calls from students who agree that the personal lives of their professors shouldn’t affect the hiring process. “Just because we choose to go to Crandall doesn’t [...]