Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to be able to take part in these first world “Outgames”, at least as a speaker, for I think that events like this help to raise the profile of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities across the world through sport. Please allow me to begin my speech with

Fire brigades in Scotland recruit gay officers

SCOTLAND’S fire service is attempting to shed its “macho” image in a nationwide drive to recruit gay officers. Posters have been distributed in gay bars and clubs across the country as part of the equality campaign. Four of Scotland’s eight fire brigades are behind the move, which has also seen firefighters taking part in a

Traditionally, gay and lesbian employees in USA have found little in the law to protect them from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Times are changing, however, and a growing number of employers are finding themselves responsible for providing a workplace that’s free of harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. While there is no

New research reveals the situation of homosexuals in Lithuania

The researchers from Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University conducted a research “Homosexuals in public and private spaces: socialistic and postsoviet context in Lithuania”. Below are the main thesis and results of this research, which is the first step towards sociological analysis of homosexual people in Lithuania. Transformation in the sphere of gender and sexuality was caused

This survey provides an analysis of the views of the European Business Test Panel (EBTP), a representative sample of around 3000 businesses from the 25 Member States of the European Union, on workplace diversity and anti-discrimination. 798 responses received. Which of the following diversity areas / ground of discrimination do your diversity policies address? Gender

Latvian President returns discriminatory amendments to Parliament

Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga has asked Parliament to revise the amendments to the Labor Law passed last week, which allowed for the discrimination of employees on the grounds of their sexual orientation. In a letter to Parliament Speaker Ingrida Udre, Vike-Freiberga wrote that a person’s right to employment is not tied with his or her private

UK Gays and Lesbians Unable to Reveal Sexuality at Work

Gay at home, but not at work. In the UK gay people recently started visiting their local registry offices to say ‘I do’. But when it comes to being honest to their co-workers about being gay, up to half say ‘I can’t’. New research shows why. London, UK (PRWEB) January 13, 2006 — Research findings

MEPs adopt resolution on the increase in racist and homophobic violence in Europe

In adopting a joint resolution from the PES, ALDE, Greens and GUE/NGL political groups, by 301 in favour to 161 against with 102 abstentions, Parliament deplores the fact that the Council has been unable to adopt the 2001 Council Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia. MEPs urgently call on the future Finnish Presidency of

The ETUC condemns discrimination based on sexual orientation

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) expresses its serious concern about inflammatory statements made by far right politicians, including Ministers, against lesbians and gay men. We condemn this dangerous populism, which attempts to scapegoat minority communities. We reaffirm: our opposition to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and our support for the rights of