Top UK department store goes gender neutral

Selfridges in Oxford Street, London

Selfridges, one of the U.K.’s top department stores in London’s Oxford Street is going gender neutral the Huffington Post reports. The high-end store is removing its separate men and women’s departments and will instead have three floors of unisex clothing, according to The Daily Mail. Some of the brands featured will include KTZ, Trapstar and [...]

Chinese face first ever gay workplace discrimination lawsuit


In what is believed to be the first of its kind, is reporting that a man, known pseudonymously as Mu Yi, has filed a 50,000 yuan (US$8,000) gay discrimination lawsuit against a former employer after a video he was in went viral revealing his sexual orientation. “We’re very optimistic,” Liu Xiaohu, a lawyer for [...]

Thirteen human rights organizations urge Obama administration to take action against Gambian government

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh

Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) joined 13 other human rights groups in urging the Obama Administration to take additional action against Gambian leaders following the regime’s ongoing crackdown and persecution of LGBT citizens, and called on it to demand that the Gambian government provide more information about the health and safety of individuals who [...]

In post-revolutionary Ukraine, homophobia and oppression deepen


It wasn’t supposed to begin like this. But exactly 14 months to the day after the Euromaidan protests, the Ukraine, unburdened by the heavy-handed influence of Russia, has seen a rise in homophobia and a willingness by the country’s relatively liberal gay community to squash equally revolutionary tactics for wider acceptance. In a thought-provoking piece [...]

Russia to introduce harsher rules to crack down on LGBT films

Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography

Russia is set to introduce new rules for film screenings which could impact the showing of LGBT movies. The new rules for obtaining exhibition licenses impose harsh new regulations, making it harder for exhibitors to obtain licenses, reports PinkNews. Under the new rules films that ” defile the national culture or pose a threat to [...]

England’s first ever Top 50 LGBT executives in business announced

Nike's former global chief information officer Anthony Watson image courtesy of the Telegraph

Marking a huge British milestone, Square Peg Media, the U.K.’s leading diversity and inclusion events company, has, in partnership with The Telegraph, compiled the Out at Work & Telegraph Top 50 LGBT Executives in Business list. “This celebrates individuals who are actively making a difference for LGBT people in business, paving the way for future [...]

Pope sends mixed signals on marriage equality

Pope Francis

In a speech yesterday in the Philippines, Pope Francis sent another mixed message about same-sex marriage, reports Hayley Miller on the HRC blog. He hinted at the issue of same-sex marriage, stating, “The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the [...]

Canadian gay publisher ‘Xtra’ to embrace digital, close print


Toronto — Pink Triangle Press (PTP), Canada’s leading gay and lesbian publisher, today announced a major strategic re-positioning to an all-digital publishing company. As a result, next month PTP will close print editions of the Xtra gay and lesbian community newspapers in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. PTP will focus on developing its journalism website [...]

British supermarket clerk advises: ‘All gays should die alone’

Tesco Extra

British supermarket chain, Tesco, has come under fire after one of its cashiers was overheard by a lesbian couple advising that “all gays should die alone.” Not content to leave well enough alone, the employee was then heard by a second couple to have added,”[Homosexuals] should not have babies.” Natalie Rivans and her girlfriend told [...]

HRC: Countries to watch in 2015

World Map

WASHINGTON –  As 2015 begins, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) takes a closer look at a few of the many countries where the fight for equality is making progress, as well as those where the fundamental rights of LGBT people are increasingly under attack. Good news: Ireland Ireland is set to vote in May on [...]

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