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SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR LGBT PROFESSIONALS

Soho's best kept secret

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21 March 2013

century Club

Century Club

63 Shaftesbury Avenue
Soho
London, W1D 6LG

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Century Club bar

GBA members join GPN from 6.30pm for an evening of social and business networking with like-minded professionals in the super cool Century Club, thanks to our member Tony Selimi. Numbers are limited, book now!

Open since 2001, Century is one of Soho's best kept secrets. The Club is accessed via a discreet doorway and a flight of stairs leading up to reception where members and guests meet. Members tend to be creatives; film, theatre, media and music. Century is suitable for brisk breakfasts, lazy lunches or consuming cocktails until the early hours.

Century overlooks St Anne's Church and is presented over four floors. The central staircase houses 100 individual steps - hence the name. The Club boasts a selection of bars, a multimedia events room available for private hire and a relaxed restaurant.

During the course of the evening you have the opportunity to promote your business or yourself, please indicate that you wish to do so on the registration page.

As usual expect a mix of great people and conversation to make meaningful social and business contacts. Do bring your business cards for the raffle and to network.


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


PREVIOUSLY...

Photos from previous meetings: gaypronet.ning.com


The most technologically advanced hotel in London

Eccleston Hotel Hi Tech hotel

In February 2013 we met in front of the enormous screen at the ultra chic Eccleston Square boutique hotel in Pimlico. Beautuful rooms, modern facilities, and a luxurious restaurant and attentive staff who made GBA members very welcome. We were also treated to a viewing of beautiful jewellery and gemstones from new gay business Festoon UK.

As usual guests were invited to speak about their latest projects, including a new 'Offers & Discounts' newsletter which is sent to 17,500 LGBT subscribers.


Hot chocolates for new year

GBA meeting at Beaufort House, January 2013

Rochocolatier at GBA meeting January 2013

In January 2013 Mr Hayden Cavendish brought some sample of Ro Chocolatier handmade artisan British chocolates to taste.

This new company is seeking investment. 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.

 

Meeting among works of art

Cork Street meeting November 2012

Ian Stewart and Simon Tarrant at Cork Street gallery

Equal Marriage in Parliament

At our November 2012 meeting at the Alpha Gallery in Cork Street, The Rt Hon Iain Stewart MP told us the good news that a majority of MPs will be supporting an equal marriage vote, despite their post bags being full of anti-gay letters. The House of Lords is another matter, so if you know any Lords please have a word!

 

 



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UK INTERNATIONAL

 

James Middleton: I am not gay, and my cake kit company is doing nicely
thedailybeast.com 12 Mar 13

Soho's best kept secret - The Gay Business Association for LGBT professionals and entrepreneurs will meet in the Century Club, Soho - Thu 21 Mar, 6.30pm
www.gba.org.uk 12 Mar 13

Brighton's Gay Business Forum - are holding social evening for all "sectors" of the LGBT business community at the A-Bar, Brighton - Mon 25 Mar, 6pm
gscene.org 12 Mar 13

Radius Blue Chip Event - Using Diversity and Inclusion to add value and drive business. meeting in London - Wed 20 Mar
radius-business.com
12 Mar 13

Halcyon in London - to be hosted at the Old Bailey offices of Gedye & Sons in partnership with Aqua Financial Solutions - Wed 10 Apr, 6pm
halcyonnetwork.com 12 Mar 13

Professional services Offers & Discounts newsletter promote your businesss with gaytoz - 15 Mar
Offers & Discounts 11 Mar 13

'Attempt to ban porn' discovered in EU report
independent.co.uk 9 Mar 13

Travel Offers & Discounts newsletter planned by gaytoz - 22 Mar
Offers & Discounts 9 Mar 13

Ex-Gaydar radio team - join new online stations at Jemm Radio
radiotoday.co.uk 6 Mar 13

Barclays to sponsor Stonewall's 2013 Workplace Conferences - Yvette Cooper, Claire Harvey, Evan Davis, Alice Arnold among speakers - Fri 26 Apr
stonewall.org.uk 5 Mar 13

Spartacus Gay Travel Index

Spartacus Gay Travel Index - ranks the UK at 7th in best gay tourist destinations - Sweden takes first place, USA is at 38, Vatican is 127th, Iran is bottom.
boston.com | gaytravelindex 5 Mar 13

Ben Cohen says gareth Thomas lost Reebok sponsorship because he is gay

Ben Cohen claims Gareth Thomas - was dropped from Reebok sponsorship for being gay
pinknews.co.uk 3 Mar 13

Dr Mike Davidson

Dr Mike Davidson - 'Gay Cure' bus posters campaigner takes TFL to High Court - it belittles me because I disagree
huffingtonpost.co.uk 1 Mar 13

Stonewall bus campaign get over it

Boris Johnson 'banned Christian ads on buses to win gay votes' - Core Issues Trust tells court
standard.co.uk 28 Feb 13

London 2018 committee submit bid for gay games

London 2018 Bid - Committee submits London's bid to host the Gay Games in 2018
gaygameslondon2018 28 Feb 13

Gay man who stole £170,000 from his employer because he claimed his ex-wife was blackmailing him over his sexuality is jailed for two years
dailymail.co.uk 26 Feb 13

MPs' computers used to access porn sites, gay cruising websites visited 3,500 times
dailymail.co.uk 25 Feb 13

Gay travel firm Mantrav goes bust after Gran Canaria hotel troubles
gaystarnews.com 18 Feb 13

Equality orgs to fight for same-sex pension rights - current UK Bill limits survivors' benefits
professionalpensions.com 17 Feb 13

Save the Old Ship pub

The Old Ship - Landlord John Fell with some of his regular customers launch a campaign to save The Old Ship pub, Limehouse from council sale
eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk 12 Feb 13

LGBT workers sent to repressive countries - top panel to discuss their experiences, at TUC, Fri 15 Feb
RSVP: ppurton@tuc.org.uk 12 Feb 13

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76% of HIV positive people cancel their insurance after diagnosis, even though they are likely to be covered
gaystarnews.com 15 Feb 13

Village Business Association gay manchester

'We Love Our Village' - Businesses pledge their love for Manchester's Gay Village on Valentine's Day, to address issues such as drug usage, violence and hate crimes in the area
lgf.org.uk 14 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

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

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

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

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

THT_window_at_Liberty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brighon Equality Walk 2013

Stonewall Brighton Equality Walk
Stonewall launches 10th annual fundraiser, to stamp out homophobia in British schools
- Sun 5 May 2013 | Brightonequalitywalk.org.uk

 

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

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

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

LGBT History Month - latest news for February event
Download Newsletter 8 Jan 13

London LGBT 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

 

gaydio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pride London

Boris's officials stepped in to save Pride London concert
mayorwatch.co.uk 20 Dec 12

Boris adviser: We almost pulled funding for World Pride 2012
pinknews.co.uk 20 Dec 12

London's Olympic Stadium in bid to host Gay Games of 2018
independent.co.uk 16 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

London's gay charities lose 20% of their staff - funding crisis in London's LGBT sector
gaystarnews.com 19 Dec 12

Basil Newby Funny Girls

Basil Newby - owner of Flamingo and Funny Girls in Blackpool shares his experiences with Suleyman Demir, millionaire owner of the famous Halikarnas nightclub in Turkey's fashionable Bodrum resort - BBC Radio 4
bbc_iPlayer 14 Dec 12

3D penis print-outs are the future of dildos
huffingtonpost.com 10 Dec 12

Manchester Pride 2012 raises £52,000 for good causes - down by 50% on 2011 because of rain
manchesterpride.com 6 Dec 12

European Diversity Awards will count Barclays Bank director as the new Chair of Judges for 2013
europeandiversityawards.com 4 Dec 12

G-A-Y breaks HIV testing record - 745 people in eight hours, six people tested positive at 56 Dean Street clinic. £7450 Will be donated to EJAF
bbc.co.uk 2 Dec 12

 

John Crawford

John Crawford fights to clear gay criminal record for being in a gay relationship in the 1950s, says it has lost him job opportunities throughout his life
bbc.co.uk 28 Nov 12

Louis Walsh The Sun

Louis Walsh - X Factor judge settles 500,000 euro (£403,500) defamation case after The Sun ran a false story that he sexually assaulted a man in Dublin toilet
bbc.co.uk 28 Nov 12

5 top tips to tackle homophobic bullying in the workplace
lgf.org.uk 19 Nov 12

As the most senior gay woman at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Julia Hoggett has become a role model for others like her, despite her natural reticence
gaystarnews.com 23 Nov 12

Gay executives running Britain's leading companies should come out to provide "visible senior role-models"
independent.co.uk 13 Nov 12

Out on the Street meet in London

CEOs of world's leading financial companies meet in London to discuss their personal commitment to advancing LGBT rights - Tue 13 Nov
outonthestreet.org 12 Nov 12

Gay executives running Britain's leading companies should come out of the closet to provide "visible senior role-models" to gay colleagues, a campaigner has said
independent.co.uk 13 Nov 12

Lord Browne

Lord Browne - The former chief executive of BP, has raised the spectre of homophobia in the City and questioned why there are no openly homosexual chief executives running Britain's biggest companies
telegraph.co.uk 12 Nov 12

 

Out on the Street European Summit

Out on the Street - European Summit for senior leaders from across the financial services industry to be hosted by Clifford Chance in London - Tue 13 Nov
outonthestreet.org 10 Nov 12

LGBT travel market potential reaches global record according to new data from Out Now Business Class
traveldailynews.com 8 Nov 12

Gay advertising good or bad?

Is directing advertising at the LGBT community a good or bad thing? - it still feels like tokenism and not true equality
sosogay.co.uk 6 Nov 12

Pink List 2012

LGBT business people in the Independent on Sunday's most influential LGBT people 2012 include:
- Evan Davis, TV and radio presenter
- Mary Portas, Queen of Shops
- Dr Ashley Steel, Vice chairman, KPMG
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Guy Black, director, Telegraph Media group
- Anthony Watson, Chief information, Barclays
- Sara Geater, CEO, FreemantleMedia UK
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Evelyn Asante-Mensah, Chair, NHS Manchester
independent.co.uk 4 Nov 12

 

gay quarter in Lower Briggate Leeds

Official 'gay quarter' for Leeds - would be centred on Lower Briggate and The Calls
yorkshirepost.co.uk 1 Nov 12

73% of heterosexual allies support policies that ban discrimination against LGBT people in US workplace
marketwatch.com 31 Oct 12

Out & Equal Workplace Summit - 2,500 attendees from across the world to share their best practice
outandequal.org 31 Oct 12

Catholic calls on corporate giants to drop their support for Stonewall's 'Bigot of the Year' award
express.co.uk 28 Oct 12

Being gay-friendly enhances Corporations' bottom lines
edgeboston.com 28 Oct 12

 

Barclcard feature Niki Mahona and boyfriend Luis Donegan-Brown on their commercial for personalised debit cards
youtu.be 26 Oct 12

 

Emery and Dillon

Emery and Dillion are two gay characters in the latest Lloyds TSB tv commercial which their LGBT staff network Rainbow helped to create. You can create your own at:
lloydstsbme.com 25 Oct 12

 

Starting Out guide 2012

LGB Careers Guide - Stonewall releases the eighth edition of Starting Out, Britain's lesbian, gay and bisexual Careers Guide both online and in print
startingoutguide.org.uk 18 Oct 12

 

two8six gay pub lewisham

Lewisham's only gay pub Two8Six has been closed after the building's new owner sent in bailiffs and changed locks
newsshopper.co.uk 17 Oct 12

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Stonewall offers 17 gay role models to change the way we work
gaystarnews.com

Pride Sports launches first UK LGBT sports club survey
openathletics.org 12 Oct 12

William Hague gay marriage

William Hague - Conservative support for gay marriage reflects 'generational change' in society
telegraph.co.uk 10 Oct 12

 

Microsoft to be headline sponsor of the UK's largest Diversity Awards ceremony 2013
nationaldiversityawards.co.uk 10 Oct 12

Leslie Pilkington 'Psychotherapist who tried to 'cure' me of homosexuality has at last been struck off,' writes Patrick Strudwick
independent.co.uk 6 Oct 12

London 2018 Gay Games bid London

London seeks supporters to bring 2018 OutGames to the UK - from individuals, government, business, sports clubs, charities and cultural organisations
london2018.info 6 Oct 12

GCHQ chief expresses regret at treatment of Alan Turing - his death robbed the country of "one of our greatest minds"
guardian.co.uk 5 Oct 12

Transcript of speech

 

Working_with_Older_LGBT_people stonewall

Working with older LGB people - Stonewall guidance gives care and support services practical advice about how to meet the needs of older lesbian, gay and bisexual people
stonewall.org.uk 16 Sep 12

One in 66 Britons is gay or bisexual - NOT one in ten, as previously thought: Office of National Statistics
dailymail.co.uk 30 Sep 12

Community forum set up for Pride London 2013
pridelondon2013.com
facebook.com 28 Sep 12

 

Power of the pink pound - Advertisers increasingly view gay men as having similar needs and interests as other men, only with more disposable income
ft.com 28 Sep 12

Doctor who told students to act less "overtly gay" argues subjective bias keeps them out of the top jobs
independent.co.uk 27 Sep 12

 

Pink Paper

Pink Paper - website suspended after 25 years of news service to the community
pinkpaper.com 20 Sep 12

Internet porn blocking consultation draws to close in UK
bbc.co.uk 6 Sep 12

lesbian and gay men in later life

Older gay people New guidance by Stonewall gives care and support services practical advice about how to meet the needs of older LGB people
Working with older lesbian, gay and bisexual people 6 Sep 12

 

LGB HOMO HEROES

Homo Heroes Awards - time to vote for Business of the Year, and six other categories in LGF poll
lgf.org.uk 27 Aug 12

£1,000 Alan Turing computer science bursary launched by Manchester Pride supported by Manchester Airport and easyJet
mancunianmatters.co.uk 26 Aug 12

Lord Ashcroft: The reaction to my gay marriage report was an interesting study on how research can be selectively interpreted or misunderstood
conservativehome 25 Aug 12

Lancashire LGBT given £450,000 by the Big Lottery to create LGBT community networks
blackburncitizen.co.uk | lancashirelgbt.co.uk 24 Aug 12

Lion pub rainbow flags essex

Tendring Council - which forced a gay-friendly pub to take down three rainbow pride flags has issued an apology
essexcountystandard.co.uk 22 Aug 12

Business owners who'd like their kids to learn the ropes of the family business wanted for Channel 4 series
gaytoz Star on TV 17 Aug 12

Christian hotel owners take gay row to Supreme Court - sex outside marriage a "sin"
bbc.co.uk 15 Aug 12

 

Clare Balding

Clare Balding ends excellent Olympics with new Channel 4 contract
guardian.co.uk 14 Aug 12

 

Simon Walsh gay porn

'These allegations have damaged my career - I do not believe that when I stood for public office I gave up my right to a private sexual life' - Simon Walsh
dailymail.co.uk 9 Aug 12

 

Black and gay Difficulties faced by black and minority ethnic gay people revealed in new research
stonewall.org.uk | Download Report 13 Aug 12

Gay social workers "forced back into closet" - to potect them from 'unscrupulous clients'
communitycare.co.uk

Nick Boles MP has put £678.80 on his expenses to learn his partner's language
dailymail.co.uk 11 Aug 12

Leicester Square is the venue for the August LGBT professional network meeting - Thu 16 Aug
gba.org.uk 14 Aug 12

National Diversity Awards announces 2012 nominees, includes Mindout, Transmedia Watch, and LGBT Youth Scotland
nationaldiversityawards.co.uk 10 Aug 12

GMFA's Confidence Building Course kicks off new programme of groupwork for gay men in London
gmfa.org.uk 10 Aug 12

Three construction firms champion gay equality - Arup, Lend Lease and Kier join Diversity Champions
constructionenquirer.com 10 Aug 12

HMV in 'discussions' to sell GAY nightspot in Manchester
manchestereveningnews 10 Aug 12

Employer liable for "gay and proud" Facebook status hijack of ex-employee by colleagues, tribunal finds
out-law.com 22 Jul 12

Straight-friendly gay hotels - Can accommodation be all things to all people?
independent.co.uk 21 Jul 12

Still more to be done for business to accommodate the needs of Britain's 1.7m LGBT employees
ft.com 13 Jul 12

Out_and_Equal_sponsors_2012

Out and Equal - Hundreds gather in London for Global LGBT Workplace Summit
einnews.com 7 Jul 12

Gay-only room adverts seeking tenants for rented accommodation which specify race, sexuality, or other characteristics, some experts believe break the law
bbc.co.uk 4 Jul 12

Gay By Degree gay friendly universities 2013

Gay By Degree - Stonewall reveals UK's most gay-friendly universities - top marks to seven universities
gaybydegree.org.uk 22 Jun 12

 

CMI Marketing Conference

 

James_Franco

James Franco - Appearing in gay-themed movies caused him to lose three major advertising endorsements, he tells Attitude magazine
channel24.co.za 13 Mar 13

Microsoft outlook lesbian wedding

Microsoft feature a lesbian wedding in their new commercial for Outlook.com
youtu.be 13 Mar 13

Vatican purchases apartments above Europe's largest gay sauna
metro.co.uk 12 Mar 13

Pink_Pillow

Pink Pillow - visitBerlin launches new LGBT hotels collection - pink pillow - during ITB travel trade show in Berlin
visitberlin.de 12 Mar 13

Facebook knows you're gay before your mother does
itworld.com 12 Mar 13

Wet dreams

Pet shop targeted in homophobic Facebook rant - by a competing firm's page has been swamped with support
qt.com.au 9 Mar 13

Rawhide, New York's oldest levis-and-leather bar, is to close after 34 years, as rent doubles
vanishingnewyork 5 Mar 13

Be One

Business or propaganda? - In 2012 ... Gap, Amazon, JC Penny, Doritos, Amtrak and Ray-Ban, among others, all produced ads featuring LGBT themes
chicagophoenix.com 4 Mar 13

GBA Board member Mazz and her son Ollie on Sydney's rainbow crossing

Sydney's rainbow crossing visited by GBA Board member Mazz and her son Ollie
mardigras.org.au 1 Mar 13

Did Mercedes-Benz China force their PR company to fire an employee because he was gay? (Update: No)
shanghaiist.com 1 Mar 13

Gay Business Working Group Formed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
banderasnews.com 1 Mar 13

Pink Hotel

You don't have to paint your hotel pink - Top tips for making gay people feel welcome in your hotel
Gay European Tourism Association 27 Feb 13

Hewlett Packard CEO who supported California's Proposition 8 signals newfound support for gay marriage
guardian.co.uk 27 Feb 13

Apple's backing puts gay-marriage focus on Obama at court
bloomberg.com 27 Feb 13

State Department meets with LGBT travel reps to provide LGBT-specific information to American travellers
washingtonblade.com 23 Feb 13

Amazon shows it's happy to have its products, specifically Kindles, used by gays or straights in this new tv commercial
brandchannel.com 22 Feb 13


Same-sex marriage damaged eHarmony, according to founder
dot429.com 15 Feb 13

Starbucks fired manager claiming she is lesbian, which she is not, told her "perception is reality," court hears
courthousenews.com 14 Feb 13

Associated Press decides 'Husband' And 'Wife' only applies to straight folks, in updated 'journalist handbook'
sfist.com 13 Feb 13

Five companies just as anti-gay as the Boy Scouts Of America
policymic.com 12 Feb 13

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

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

Sean_Eldridge_Chris_Hughes

Sean Eldridge and Chris Hughes - Facebook founder's husband is running for Congress
dot429.com 8 Feb 13

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

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

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.com 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

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

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

Janeé Harteau

Janeé Harteau - Minneapolis appoints as its first lesbian Police Chief
shewired.com 30 Dec 12

Culture silenced by HIV

AIDS silenced the arts - Newsweek's film critic recalls the toughest story of his career
thedailybeast.com 28 Dec 12

Moscow Supreme Court defies Europe and denies new permission for Gay Pride
queerblog.it 27 Dec 12

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Apple CEO's pay takes big hit vs. record '11 package
reuters.com 27 Dec 12

European Parliament's annual report on human rights focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity
lgbt-ep.eu 13 Dec 12

Out on the Street London: Are LGBT Rights Good for Business? Report of November Summit
edgeonthenet.com 13 Dec 12

Azerbaijan bans accreditation of spouses and partners of gay marriages of diplomats
abc.az 7 Dec 12

San Francisco commits funds for LGBT senior housing project
sfexaminer.com

Prudential study finds LGBT community in USA in relatively good financial health; retirement a major concern, along with a lack of Social Security survivor benefits

- gay household income $61,500, above the median U.S. household income of $50,000

- lesbians have higher household income than gay men ($63,700 vs. $62,300)

- 61% LGBT individuals see their financial planning needs to be different from the general population

- 90% LGBT individuals never had a financial professional contact them about their specific LGBT financial planning needs.

prudential.com 7 Dec 12

 

Ellen Degeneres' first JC Penny Christmas commercial upsets One Million Mums
youtu.be | onemillionmoms.com 7 Dec 12

Gay Polish man wins discrimination case against Danish supermarket Netto - Manager called me a male bitch
thenews.pl 5 Dec 12

Two cities shortlisted in bid to host World Out Games 2017
gaystarnews.com 4 Dec 12

Chinese job site removes ad favoring gays
shanghaidaily.com 29 Nov 12

NGLCC cgay chamber of commerce

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce National Business & Leadership Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas - 30 Jul-2 Aug 2013
nglcc.org

GlaxoSmithKline to pay 197,000 euros to man who claimed its Parkinson's drug turned him into a gay sex addict
yahoo.com 28 Nov 12

 

Mimi Imfirst

Carnival drag cruise Apparently, if you own a gay business, you have the right to discern what and what isn't discrimination.
newnownext.com 28 Nov 12

Boeing to deny Equal Pension Benefits to gay married couples: report
huffingtonpost.com 23 Nov 12

Twin Peaks bar San Francisco

Twin Peaks Tavern is being made a San Francisco landmark - was first to have floor-to-ceiling windows
queerty.com 20 Nov 12

NGLCC_Chance_Mitchell_Justin_Nelson

Chance Mitchell and Justin Nelson - set up the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 10 years ago, and celebrate with a grand dinner in Washington DC. Now have 15 staff
thegeorgetowndish.com 18 Nov 12

Corporate Equality Index

Corporate Equality Index - saw the largest growth in the survey's historywith 54 new businesses opting in for 2013, rating U.S. employers on their LGBT policies
hrc.org 15 Nov 12

Gay Key West business owner kills himself because Obama re-elected
sunshinestatenews.com 15 Nov 12

Gay business leader arrested for late night entry into male neighbor's apartment
lgbtqnation.com 15 Nov 12

Judge William Thomas

Judge William Thomas - Obama nominates out gay black judge to Federal Bench
buzzfeed.com 15 Nov 12

Gay-rights groups push Obama for executive order on discrimination by federal contractors
thehill.com 13 Nov 12

"If a person wants a San Francisco lifestyle, they can go there. If they want a Kansas lifestyle, come here" says Republican
kansascity.com 13 Nov 12

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Leader of the D.C.-area gay and lesbian chamber of commerce arrested for late night entry into male neighbor's apartment
lgbtqnation.com 15 Nov 12

UPS Boy Scouts America

UPS - ceases funding for Boy Scouts of America due to anti-gay policy
boston.com 13 Nov 12

Guinness 1995 gay TV commercial

Guinness - unshown TV commercial from 1995 given new lease of life by gay marriage victories
businessinsider.com 13 Nov 12

LGBT Tourism Report with 8,000 qualified, community-representative respondents published by CMI
Request report 13 Nov 12

Hillary Clinton supports Out on the Street

Hillary Clinton - says forward thinking companies have often been at the forefront of positive change for LGBT people
Read Hilary's letter 12 Nov 12

Companies backing same-sex marriage will pay a "price" in Middle Eastern countries hostile to gay rights, threatens National Organization for Marriage
coloradoindependent.com 12 Nov 12

Vancouver's gay-friendly wedding planners brace for drop in business after Washington State legalizes it
news1130.com 11 Nov 12

Businesses throughout Maine positioning themselves to take advantage of increased opportunities
kjonline.com 11 Nov 12

Gay donors now pressing for top spots for LGBTs in Obama administration
washingtonpost.com 10 Nov 12

Equality landslide HRC

Unprecedented mobilzation for equality - HRC's members and supporters invested $8 million on efforts to expand marriage equality
hrc.org 10 Nov 12

College fraternity for gay men sues upstart over trademark
sfgate.com 10 Nov 12

Construction to begin Friday on Philadelphia's LGBT-friendly senior-living complex
philly.com 9 Nov 12

Is your business gay-friendly? More and more companies are banking on it
huffingtonpost.com 8 Nov 12

90% of Gays and Lesbians
voted for Barack Obama -
finds CMI Election Poll, and 41% of gays and lesbians gave money to the Obama campaign
streamsend.com 8 Nov 12

 

Big room gay clubs

Is the gay big-room club dead? New options are being born to replace it
edgeonthenet.com 6 Nov 12

 

Philadelphia lifted to the top-ten destination for gay and lesbian tourists in their $2 million 2003 campaign
mediapost.com 6 Nov 12

Business, Not Politics:
The Making of the Gay Market -
As gay marriage becomes part of the national imagination, marketing to it and publications concerning it become more and more viable
nytimes.com
Buy Book 4 Nov 12

Claudia Brind-Woody

Power gays: Claudia Brind-Woody, the IBM boss pushing diversity
gaystarnews.com 2 Nov 12

Mammas and pappas

Mamas & Papas - Baby care brand have challenged family stereotypes by championing different family dynamics in their new advertising campaign - promoting pushchairs with the motto 'how we roll'
askamum.co.uk 31 Oct 12

How many LGBT people are there? - polling company Gallup has waded into the debate
huffingtonpost.com 26 Oct 12

Business is booming at Chick-Fil-A as gay marriage controversy actually HELPS the fast-food chain
dailymail.co.uk 28 Oct 12

Gay Europeans spend $65 billion on tourism, same as USA although Europe's population is nearly three times as large
edgeboston.com 28 Oct 12

Plans for a gay men's retirement village are on the drawing board in Auckland
stuff.co.nz 28 Oct 12

Attention aspiring pornographers: you can now own your very own ".XXX" website
macleans.ca 25 Oct 12

LGBT Investors express confidence about retirement goals, according to Wells Fargo study
wellsfargo.com 30 May 12

Out Now launches LGBT business-to-business network at World Travel Market 2012
traveldailynews.com 18 Oct 12

 

Fruitcake

Chick-fil-A - Says that its 'Fruitcake' ad was not anti-gay
usinessinsider.com 18 Oct 12

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I_Robbed_the_rainbow_gay

15 Advertisements that changed the way we think about gays and lesbians
businessinsider.com 14 Oct 12

Census Bureau establishes National Advisory Committee to look at counting the LGBT population
census.gov | buzzfeed.com 14 Oct 12

Brisbane gay business network lands government grant to support marketing and events
starobserver.com.au 12 Oct 12

No homosexuals allowed in Russian entrepreneurship program for aspiring business leaders
themoscowtimes.com 12 Oct 12

Group of masked men attacks gay club in Moscow - two people were hospitalized at 7freeday club
themoscowtimes.com 12 Oct 12

Gay Miami strip club, Swinging Richards, wins stunning victory against the City to allow naked dancers
southfloridagaynews.com | swingingrichards.com 11 Oct 12

Expedia gay marriage ad

Expedia gay marriage ad gets homophobic responses on Facebook
ibtimes.com | facebook.com 10 Oct 12

When will Hollywood come out the closet?
filmschoolrejects.com 10 Oct 12

Marriott launches ad campaign for gay and minority Business Travelers
hispanicbusiness.com 10 Oct 12

LGBT in the workplace in India

Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT Employees in India - IBM, Goldman Sachs and Google to launch an LGBT resource guide for India Inc
indiatimes.com | Launch events 10 Oct 12

Gay Men Like Vodka statistics habits

Gay Men Like Vodka
Lesbians Love Tequila

- infographic compares gay men and women with their straight counterparts
target-10.com 10 Oct 12

Madrid wins race to host 2017 World Gay Pride
facebook.com

NGLCC 10th anniversary dinner

NGLCC 10th Anniversary - National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Dinner in Washington DC, is officially sold out - Fri 16 Nov
nglcc10.org 9 Nov 12

Ban on all Moscow gay clubs sought by Orthodox believers - entice fragile members of society into the gay community
themoscowtimes.com 8 Oct 12

ILGA conference Dublin 2012

Advancing LGBTI equality in challenging economic times - ILGA-Europe conference in Dublin - 18-21 Oct
ilga-europe.org 8 Oct 12

 

CEO decides not to move 'multimillion-dollar company' to Jacksonville due to anti-gay climate
southfloridagaynews.com 5 Oct 12

JC Penney Dads accept GLAAD award

JC Penney Dads accept GLAAD amplifier award, celebrating the best in LGBT inclusive advertising, marketing, and public relations
youtu.be 5 Oct 12

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Record number of gays seeking seats in Congress - seven Democrats and one Republican
yahoo.com 3 Oct 12

Big business increasingly supports gay rights, says Harvard Business Review - equality is just good business
hbr.org 3 Oct 12

Gay consumers are an $800 billion 'dream market', says LA marketing agency
businessweek.com 28 Sep 12

 

Mate 500 influencial gays

500 power gays - the most influential gay men in the world, ever
matemediagroup. 26 Sep 12

General Mills' stand against banning same-sex marriage gets both criticism and accolades from shareholders
startribune.com 25 Sep 12

Customer sues Avis over Gay and Lesbian Discount offered only to IGLTA and NGLCC members
opposingviews.com 24 Sep 12

Anthony Venn-Brown wins Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association award for promoting integrity in LGBT life
gaynewsnetwork.com.au 24 Sep 12

Housing project for elderly gays gets OK in Philadelphia
centredaily.com 21 Sep 12

Vermont begins marketing to LGBT community
wcax.com 21 Sep 12

General Mills' earnings unhurt by boycott over gay marriage issue
twincities.com 20 Sep 12

Discrimination in the US PUblic Sector

When LGBT public workers experience on-the-job discrimination - it isn't only the workers who suffer, but US taxpayers too, shows new report
world-psi.org 13 Sep 12

Google gay

The Ten Most Innovative Companies and the LGBTs who got them to the top
advocate.com 13 Sep 12

GLAAD Amplifier Awards 2012

More gay advertising in mainstream - as JC Penny, J&J and Kraft address market - GLAAD Amplifier Awards nominees
adage.com 12 Sep 12

Marketing and PR Firm set up to serve Here Media's The Advocate, Out, HIV Plus, Here TV, Gay.com, SheWired
advocate.com 5 Sep 12

How Americans made politics all about sex
businessinsider.com 26 Aug 12

GAY ANDROIDS

Gay in Silicon Valley - I am most definitely not "the only gay in the village". It's been great making friends here with other gay tech entrepreneurs like me, says London entrepreneur
forbes.com | startout.org 26 Aug 12

 

Eric Holder US Attorney general

U.S. attorney general Eric Holder was a keynote speaker at the Lavender Law Conference, and seeks help from LGBT Lawyers
abajournal.com 25 Aug 12

Gay couples are biggest threat to Germany's prosperity after the euro crisis - says CDU politician
thelocal.de 24 Aug 12

Top 25 most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the U.S. surveyed by Campus Pride
campusclimateindex.org 22 Aug 12

Undergraduate LGBT business organization to launch at UC Berkeley
echelonmagazine.com 22 Aug 12

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel - gay venture capitalist cashes out more of his 2004 Facebook investment for $638 million
wsj.com 21 Aug 12

477 of Fortune 500 companies voluntarily include sexual orientation in their employment policies
equalityforum.com 17 Aug 12

Why we should care about LGBT entrepreneurs - new group mentors start-ups
gay.net | startout.org 5 Apr 12

 

MARKETING RESEARCH

MARKETING EVENTS

Gay Pride Calendar 2013
gaytoz.com

The 6th Annual Gay & Lesbian Marketing Conference - New York City, 12 April 2013
Comprehensive research, advertising, marketing, and communications forum, helping you better understand and serve gay and lesbian consumers.
LGBTMarketingConference.com

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce National Business & Leadership Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas - 30 Jul-2 Aug 2013
nglcc.org

MORE Gay Research and statistics

Why do lesbians drink so much? Melbourne academics study why lesbians drink 2-3 times more than straight women
healthcanal.com 21 Dec 12

Prudential study finds LGBT community in USA in relatively good financial health
prudential.com 7 Dec 12

Gay Men Like Vodka
Lesbians Love Tequila

- infographic compares gay men and women with their straight counterparts
target-10.com 10 Oct 12

Largest-ever study of over 45,000 LGBT citizens, living in 148 countries, publishes findings
communitymarketinginc.com 10 Aug 12

 


GBA Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on 17 October 2012

New Board elected

Chair:Jean-Francois Dor jean-françois dor event managememnt

Vice-Chair: Ian Dodds ian dodds consulting

Treasurer: Laurie Powell gilroy and brookes accountants

Board member: Mazz Image mazz image photography

Director and co-ordinator: Stephen Coote gay to z directory

Can you help? If you would be interested in being co-opted to a role on the GBA Board, please contact hello@gba.org.uk

 

2012 REPORT

 

More emphasis on business referrals for GBA member

In general there had been a decline in the perceived need for a campaigning group, but there was still a need to focus on getting more business for members. With this in mind the GBA had:

  • begun adding banner adverts for GBA members on the web site and newsletter
  • started to plan more promotional and training events on member’s premises
  • worked with GPN on monthly networking meetings.

During the year meetings were held with relevant groups, including the Consortium of Voluntary LGBT Organisations, Pride House, and the organizers of a proposed new Pride London group.  All were facing problems of funding and sponsorship.

Over 800 LGBT owned businesses had applied for London 2012 contracts: 24% had been sucessul, and 6.5% had won contracts already - an above average success rate

 

Lord Browne raises the LGBT issue in the boardroom*

In an interview for BBC Radio's Today programme in May 2012, Lord Browne, former CEO of BP, called for a four-point code to guide business leaders. These were to:

- demonstrate that you are doing certain things to show you are being inclusive

- don't do things that are purposely putting people off

- make sure role models are known

- and do it in such a way that it doesn't feel so precious and fragile that is it simply being politically correct.

 

Stephen Coote, director of the Gay Business Association commented:

"While there has been huge progress in the UK, around the world there is still severe discrimination against lesbian and gay employees. The Gay Business Association welcomes the efforts of international companies to share best practice in employment policies in parts of the world where gay people can be in fear of their lives.

"In the UK we are encouraged by the success of LGBT staff groups which have helped to change attitudes and highlight discrimination. And GBA members have benefited from working with the organisers of London 2012, who have actively encouraged minority-owned firms to apply for contracts to supply the Olympics.

"However, there is still work to be done in winning the hearts and minds of all management.

 


*Lord Browne calls for action on homophobia
ft.com | independent.co,uk | gba.org.uk 31 May 12

Lord Browne interviewed by Robert Peston on BBC Radio 4's Today ( 1 hour 22 minutes in )
bbc iPlayer


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