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Gay wedding canon Jeremy Pemberton blocked from NHS job Print E-mail
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Written by BBC   
Monday, 21 July 2014 05:48

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The first gay British clergyman to marry a same-sex partner has been blocked from taking up a promotion within the NHS.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton was prevented from officiating as a priest in Nottinghamshire after he married his long-term partner in April. He still works as a chaplain for an NHS trust in Lincolnshire. But a bishop said he was "unable" to issue a licence for Mr Pemberton to work for the NHS in Nottinghamshire. Mr Pemberton's husband described it as "homophobic bullying" and urged supporters to write to the acting Bishop for Southwell and Nottingham, in the hope it will change his decision.

'I am appalled'

In a statement, Laurence Cunnington said: "I realise that, as Jeremy's husband, I am far from impartial but those of you who know him well will recognise my description of him as a fine man of integrity and exceptional abilities and whose ministry in this diocese would be a tremendous asset to those he serves.

"I am appalled, to put it mildly, that he is to be denied this opportunity solely because of his marital status."

Read the full story at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk

 

 

 
US: Obama moves to protect gay workers Print E-mail
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Written by Time Magazine   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 04:02

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Obama’s Executive Order to Protect Gay Workers Will Have No Religious Exemption.

President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order Monday that will ban job discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation among federal employees and contractors–and it will not include an exemption for religious organizations. The order ensures that federal employees and contractors, who are already protected on the basis of sexual orientation, will formally be protected from discrimination based on gender identity. It will affect some 24,000 companies with 28 million workers total, or about a fifth of the country’s work force, according to the Associated Press.

“At a critical time for our nation’s economy, we need all of our workers to be focused on making the most of their talent, skill, and ingenuity, rather than worrying about losing their job due to discrimination,” said a White House official. “Discrimination is not just wrong, it also can keep qualified workers from maximizing their potential to contribute to the strengthening of our economy.”

When the upcoming order was first announced on June 30–the last day of LGBT Pride month and shortly after the Supreme Court handed down the Hobby Lobby decision–a handful of Christian leaders including pastors Rick Warren and Joel Hunter wrote Obama a letter asking him to exempt religious organizations. They soon received pushback–more than 100 faith leaders wrote Obama last week asking that he not include an exemption.

Read the full story at: http://time.com

 

 

 
Technology’s Rainbow Connection Print E-mail
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Written by New York Times   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 03:56

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Silicon Valley’s Embrace of the Gay and Lesbian Community.

SAN FRANCISCO — If it weren’t for the one naked guy, the furries with their articulated ears and the small gaggle of leather-clad members of the Society of Janus, this city’s 44th annual Pride parade in June could have been easily be mistaken for a technology conference. Every big company in the city and Silicon Valley — Netflix, Facebook, Google, Apple — each offering its own take on gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual pride, lined up along Spear Street before joining the one-mile parade route on Market Street.

Netflix’s contingent marched carrying a blown-up poster featuring the women of “Orange Is the New Black,” with the slogan “Break Out the Pride.” The biotech giant Genentech’s group wore T-shirts proclaiming “Pride Is in Our Genes.” Facebook’s impossibly young employees wore shirts that announced “Pride Connects Us” and branded spectators with rubber stamps that read “Like,” with the familiar thumbs-up icon.

And cannily tapping into both L.G.B.T. pride and World Cup fever was Google, whose hundreds of gay and lesbian employees (internally known as Gayglers) and their allies marched beside a glittering soccer-ball float while clapping thunder sticks and wearing soccer jerseys promoting YouTube’s #ProudToPlay campaign.

Read the full story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014

 

 

 

 
LGBT social-sim game Print E-mail
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Written by Alexander Thatcher | FUSE Editor   
Saturday, 19 July 2014 08:04

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It’s no secret that more users than the young, white, straight, American male plays video games here in 2014. Whether or not that means that Atari’s latest mobile game Pridefest is a good fit for the next generation of gamers is another subject entirely. Today ATARI adds more detail to their social-sim game which has players "create and launch their very own personalized pride parade."

This game sets you in a world where you need to keep your city "happy and vibrant." To do this, you’ll need to collect parade and festival supplies, earn and unlock quests, and more through a series of tasks.

• Design and launch a pride parade with flotillas, mascots, decorations, and entertainment.
• Create vendors, attractions, and consumable items to score points.
• Solve challenges and quests, unlock abilities and supplies, build happiness in your city.

Once the game takes off, you’ll be able to chat with real-life friends, meet new friends, and visit each others cities. There you’ll find the ability to travel about with your own customized avatars "bedecked in clothes and jewelry."

Reda the full story at: http://www.slashgear.com/ataris

 

 

 
Crash kills AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 02:41

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About 100 of the 298 people killed at the Malaysia Airlines crash were heading to Melbourne for a major AIDS conference, conference attendees have been told.

Delegates at a pre-conference in Sydney were told on Friday morning that around 100 medical researchers, health workers and activists were on the plane that went down near the Russia-Ukraine border, including former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange. Health researcher Clive Aspin, who is attending the pre-conference, said the news had hit everyone hard, coming 16 years after AIDS research pioneer Jonathan Mann also died in a plane crash.

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"Yet again, we're devastated by a similar tragedy," he said. "It's going to be a very sombre mood at the conference in Melbourne, especially for those of us who have been coming to these conferences for many years."

Organisers of the International AIDS Conference, due to begin in Melbourne on Sunday, have not released numbers, but did confirm expected attendees were among the dead.
 
Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban In Florida Keys Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 01:59

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US: MIAMI (AP) — A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.

The ruling was issued Thursday by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia and applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The lawsuit contended that the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. The judge says licenses could be issued starting Tuesday Attorney General Pam Bondi and ban supporters argued that the referendum vote should be respected and that Florida has sole authority to define marriage in the state. The Florida amendment defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

 

 

 
Tom Daley Named Sexiest Man In The World Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 01:17

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Tom Daley Named Sexiest Man In The World By Attitude Magazine. Okay, we'll take it.

Openly gay Olympic diver Tom Daley nabbed a huge honor this week when Attitude Magazine named him the sexiest man in the world for the second year in a row on their list of the Hot 100 Sexiest Men. Last December, Daley opened up in a YouTube video about his relationship with another man, but did not use the label "bisexual" or "gay." This past April the athlete spoke out again and claimed he is "a gay man now."

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