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GBA newsletter | February 2013

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Technical High - join us at the most technologically advanced hotel in London - read more

February is LGBT History Month - and a new Almanac for London's LGBT charities- read more

Jeremy buys out HMV - plus the latest LGBT market research- read more


and benefit from GBA networking and share our resources.

DIARY 2013

Thursday 21 February 2013
The Eccleston Square Hotel
37 Eccleston Square
Pimlico, London

GBA meetings with GPN are held usually on the third Thursday of the month

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Promote your business with a training event

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Valentines offers and gay and lesbian gifts


Technical High

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21 February 2013

GBA members join GPN from 6.30pm for an evening of social and business networking with like-minded professionals.

Join us at the ultra chic boutique hotel, the Eccleston Square Hotel which is the most technologically advanced hotel in London.

Wine and canapes are generously sponsored by the Eccleston Square Hotel. The Raffle Prize is a complimentary night stay with continental breakfast at the Eccleston Square Hotel.

Non-members and guests £10 - Register in advance
GBA members £10 - RSVP

Photos from previous meetings: gaypronet.ning.com

Eccelston Square Hotel

The Eccleston Square Hotel
37 Eccleston Square



Ro Chocolatier seeks investment

GBA meeting at Beaufort House, January 2013

Rochocolatier at GBA meeting January 2013

At our January meeting Mr Hayden Cavendish brought some sample of Ro Chocolatier handmade artisan British chocolates to taste.

This new company is seeking investment to upgrade the quality of the ingredients and packaging, and to improve our range to appeal more strongly to the Corporate Gifts market.

Subscribers will receive one box of 24 premium handmade chocolates per month. Half price offer

Wine and canapes were generously provided by the Beaufort House Club, 354 Kings Road, Chelsea.

Zana Don't

Kingston Upon Thames - 21-23 February 2013

Zana Dont

Broadway musical Zanna, Don't! centres on exploring the ideas of acceptance in society, set in a topsy-turvy world where same sex relationships are the norm, chess is cooler than football and Heterophobia is rife.

The story centres on the students of Heartsville High where Steve (the school football captain) meets Kate (the dance captain), and the unthinkable happens as man and woman fall in love. Discovering their feelings through the production of a controversial school musical about 'straights' in the military, the couple turn to Zanna, the school matchmaker to help them fight to have their love accepted. More info:

GBA Members offered a third off the adult ticket price, reducing the price of an adult ticket to just £10, quote the promotional code "LGBTPROMO". Tel 07976 872127 or email: mayhem.zannadont@gmail.com

LGBT History Month

February 2013

Stonewall Supporters Pack for LGBT History Month includes things to do at school, home and work
stonewall.org.uk 2 Feb


LGBT London Almanac

A uniquely designed print publication, sharing new research findings and original creative essays, visual art, photography, and poetry from acclaimed photographers and diverse contributors - £34.99 / £24.99 concession (+p&p)
London LGBT Almanac 7 Feb 13


London LGBT+ Community Pride wins contract to manage Pride celebrations for the next five years. Open community meeting - Tue 19 Feb
Register to attend

Crime consultation

Help shape the Mayor of London's Police and Crime Plan

The GBA has been asked to help shape the Mayor's Police and Crime Plan which will be published in April 2013.

Gay police

To make sure your views are heard, the GLA are hosting town hall roadshow events in every London borough from 9 January to 4 March 2013. This will give all Londoners the chance to tell us their crime priorities in their local area.

Take part in the consultation by viewing the draft plan online and completing a questionnaire at:



Charles Omishore

Charles Omishore

- A thief who preyed on the gay community in Soho for more than a decade has been banned from every public toilet in central London in an ASBO ruling thought to be the first of its kind
westminster.gov.uk 11 Feb 13

Brighton Pride - organisers claim they could have to scrap its parade if council funding of £25,000 is cut
gaytoz Pride News
6 Feb 13


The Last Outing

a new research study is exploring end of life care experiences and concerns of older LGBT people
University of Nottingham
Take part
8 Feb 13

The Albert Kennedy Trust seeks a Finance Manager based in Manchester
gaytoz Jobs 7 Feb 13

Compare Your Life - New Channel 4 series seeks people who dream of running their own business but need expert help
gaytoz Be On A Show 7 Feb 13


Belma Gaudio

unveils the window she designed to celebrate Tererence Higgins Trust's 30th anniversary at Liberty's department store in Regent Street
tht.org.uk 6 Feb 13

The AYES have it - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is passed by Parliament - 400 for, 175 against
gaytoz Gay Marriage News
5 Feb 13

Worried about the future of your business? New TV series offers support from experienced business advisor
gaytoz Be On A Show 5 Feb 13

Sapphire beauty salon in Woodford Green denies allegations of homophobia - new male clients must be accompanied by a female
guardian-series.co.uk 30 Jan 13

The Co-operative 'Loves Equal Marriage'

- the UKs largest mutual retailer submitted a response in support of Equal Marriage as part of the Government's consultation in 2012. This video was produced by the groups' inclusive employee LGBT network 'Respect'
youtu.be 5 Feb 13

Head of Education sought by Diversity Role Models to drive their schools programme
toz Jobs

Surge in gay marriage could boost UK economy by £18m a year
standard.co.uk 29 Jan 13

G-A-Y Heaven Jeremy Joseph buys out HMV

Jeremy Joseph

- buys HMV's shares in Heaven and G-A-Y - "this is the beginning of a brand new era for G-A-Y brand"
Heaven | g-a-y.co.uk 25 Jan 13

Gay finance director stole £170,000 'to pay ex-wife's blackmail demands'
telegraph.co.uk 28 Jan 13

Bar Profile and Lo-Profile in Soho are to close, announce owners Q-Soft
gaytoz Soho 8 Jan 13

Brighon Equality Walk 2013

Stonewall Brighton Equality Walk

Stonewall launches 10th annual fundraiser, to stamp out homophobia in British schools

- Sun 5 May 2013 | Brighton| equalitywalk.org.uk

Manageress sues Holland and Barrett for stopping her sick pay while she was recovering from learning her husband was gay
dailymail.co.uk 5 Jan 13

British government accused of misleading in gay lawyer's extreme porn case - why did the CPS decide to prosecute
gaystarnews.com 5 Jan 13

Stonewall Top 100 Employers in Britain

Stonewall Top 100 Employers in Britain

- The workplace equality index
stonewall.org.uk 17 Jan 13

The Co-operative is the most gay friendly retailer in the UK for the fourth consecutive year
stonewall.org.uk 17 Jan 13

Greater London Authority fails to make Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for fourth year running
pinknews.co.uk 17 Jan 13

Accenture tops Stonewall's 2013 list of gay-friendly employers
stonewall.org.uk 16 Jan 13

Jobs for LGBT people - new employment page launched on gaytoz.com
gaytoz Jobs 2 Jan 13

Meet the woman who brought gay hedgehog walking to banking - Eva Eisenschimmel, marketing director of Lloyds Bank
gaystarnews.com 5 Jan 13



- Manchester-based LGBT radio station takes over two digital radio licences in London and Sussex Coast
gaydio.co.uk 7 Jan 13

LGBT January sales - New newsletter sets out money-saving deals from gay and gay-friendly businesses
gaytoz Offers & Discounts 1 Jan 13

GaydarRadio DAB licences to be handed over to Gaydio, a not for profit FM radio station for LGBT people
gaydarradio.com | gaydio.co.uk 3 Jan 13

BBC News was biased against same-sex marriage over Christmas - comment
pinknews.co.uk 29 Dec 12

Golden Eye porn producer seeks to widen piracy blitz - offering its services to other rights holders
bbc.co.uk 28 Dec 12

UK Heritage Lottery Fund grant will allow the gay Jewish community to research and archive its colourful roots
haaretz.com 28 Dec 12


Queer Technology Today and Tomorrow - series of talks on how the LGBT community adapts new technologies, Vauxhall - Wed 27 Feb

Chic Champagne at ITB the European travel exhibition in Berlin with gay travel association - Thu 7 Mar, 12:30-3:00pm
IGLTA 6 Feb 13

GLBT EXPO - New York - Blending Business & Entertainment the EXPO has helped to present the finest products & services available to the GLBT consumer - Jacob Javitz Centre, New York, 9-10 Mar 2013
more info

gaytoz Gay Events Calendar


Mens underwear buying habits are being researched by new online business A Small Pair
Take survey 6 Feb 13

1,250,543 users visited gaytoz Directory in 2012, making over 17 million searches
gaytoz statistics 8 Jan 13

gaytoz Gay Research


Five companies just as anti-gay as the Boy Scouts Of America

GetEQUAL potests at White House, asks President Obama to keep his first-term promise to eliminate workplace discrimination
getequal.org 11 Feb 13

Obama nominates openly gay lawyer for patent appeals court
reuters.com 8 Feb 13

LGBT Health will be first published LGBT-specific medical journal
dot429.com 8 Feb 13

Marc Jacobs is diet coke style guru

Marc Jacobs - unveiled as Diet Coke creative director for 2013
thedrum.com 7 Feb 13

George Kalogridis Disney

George Kalogridis - Disney names first openly gay man as president of Walt Disney World
lgbtqnation.com 6 Feb 13

Jesus comes out

'Gay Jesus' - Complaint about an Auckland church billboard dismissed on the grounds it wasn't offensive
tvnz.co.nz 6 Feb 13

Direct marketing genius sues Mother Jones website for depicting him as a "gay-basher"
idahostatesman/com 1 Feb 13

Barclays have joined Google as co-headline sponsor of the 2013 European Diversity Awards
europeandiversityawards 29 Jan 13

Tech titan Keith Rabois resigns as chief operating officer of Square as gay lover dangles sexual harassement suit
nydailynews.com 27 Jan 13

GlamStand - Gay business people to build premium view platform for Aukland Pride parade
scoop.co.nz 21 Jan 13

Boeing reverses course, will offer gay spouses survivor benefits
advocate.com 19 Jan 13

Tetu magazine

François Hollande A close friend of the French President has bought France's gay magazine Têtu
lexpress.fr 18 Jan 13

Supreme Court to welcome 30 gay and lesbian lawyers to high court bar
startribune.com 16 Jan 13

Harvey Milk San Francisco plan to rename airport after slain gay rights leader
telegraph.co.uk 15 Jan 13

Serbia Court delivers landmark gay verdict on discrimination based on sexual orientation at work
balkaninsight.com 10 Jan 13

US Judge dismisses lawsuit against dental center by former employee who claims he was fired because he had HIV
sfgate.com 9 Jan 13

Paris court pulls plug on plans for new gay nightclub
france24.com 9 Jan 13

Pentagon agrees to full discharge pay for gay troops - before 'Don't Ask' repeal they were only given half
nytimes.com 8 Jan 13

University reinstates diversity officer who signed petition calling for same-sex marriage referendum
washingtonpost.com 8 Jan 13

Gay auditor charges Air Transport Association paid him lower salary because of his sexual orientation
washingtonblade.com 7 Jan 13

Bank of America discriminated against a lesbian couple applying for a federally insured mortgage loan
lgbtqnation.com 3 Jan 13

Andrew Sullivan gay columnist is leaving Daily Beast to start subscription web site
nytimes.com 3 Jan 13

Gay Ad Network introduces Gay Audience Targeting
prnewswire.com 3 Jan 13



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