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Soho's best kept secret

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21 March 2013

century Club

Century Club

63 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 6LG


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.

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


Photos from previous meetings:

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

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

Barclays to sponsor Stonewall's 2013 Workplace Conferences - Yvette Cooper, Claire Harvey, Evan Davis, Alice Arnold among speakers - Fri 26 Apr 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. | 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 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 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 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 26 Feb 13

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

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

Equality orgs to fight for same-sex pension rights - current UK Bill limits survivors' benefits 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 12 Feb 13

LGBT workers sent to repressive countries - top panel to discuss their experiences, at TUC, Fri 15 Feb
RSVP: 12 Feb 13


76% of HIV positive people cancel their insurance after diagnosis, even though they are likely to be covered 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 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 - 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 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


Belma Gaudio unveils the window she designed to celebrate Tererence Higgins Trust's 30th anniversary at Liberty's department store in Regent Street 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' 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 30 Jan 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 29 Jan 13

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

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

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 | 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 |


Stonewall Top 100 Employers in Britain

Stonewall Top 100 Employers in Britain - The workplace equality index 17 Jan 13

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

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

Accenture tops Stonewall's 2013 list of gay-friendly employers 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 - Manchester-based LGBT radio station takes over two digital radio licences in London and Sussex Coast 7 Jan 13

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

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

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

GaydarRadio DAB licences to be handed over to Gaydio, a not for profit FM radio station for LGBT people | 3 Jan 13


Meet the woman who brought gay hedgehog walking to banking - Eva Eisenschimmel, marketing director of Lloyds Bank 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 Jobs 2 Jan 13

GaydarRadio DAB licences to be handed over to Gaydio, a not for profit FM radio station for LGBT people | 3 Jan 13

BBC News was biased against same-sex marriage over Christmas - comment 29 Dec 12

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

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


Pride London

Boris's officials stepped in to save Pride London concert 20 Dec 12

Boris adviser: We almost pulled funding for World Pride 2012 20 Dec 12

London's Olympic Stadium in bid to host Gay Games of 2018 16 Dec 12

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

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

London's gay charities lose 20% of their staff - funding crisis in London's LGBT sector 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 10 Dec 12

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

European Diversity Awards will count Barclays Bank director as the new Chair of Judges for 2013 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 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 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 28 Nov 12

5 top tips to tackle homophobic bullying in the workplace 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 23 Nov 12

Gay executives running Britain's leading companies should come out to provide "visible senior role-models" 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 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 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 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 10 Nov 12

LGBT travel market potential reaches global record according to new data from Out Now Business Class 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 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
Guy Black, director, Telegraph Media group
- Anthony Watson, Chief information, Barclays
- Sara Geater, CEO, FreemantleMedia UK
Evelyn Asante-Mensah, Chair, NHS Manchester 4 Nov 12


gay quarter in Lower Briggate Leeds

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

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

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

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

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


Barclcard feature Niki Mahona and boyfriend Luis Donegan-Brown on their commercial for personalised debit cards 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: 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 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 17 Oct 12


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

Pride Sports launches first UK LGBT sports club survey 12 Oct 12

William Hague gay marriage

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


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

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

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

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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 16 Sep 12

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

Community forum set up for Pride London 2013 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 28 Sep 12

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


Pink Paper

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

Internet porn blocking consultation draws to close in 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



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

£1,000 Alan Turing computer science bursary launched by Manchester Pride supported by Manchester Airport and easyJet 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 | 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 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" 15 Aug 12


Clare Balding

Clare Balding ends excellent Olympics with new Channel 4 contract 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 9 Aug 12


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

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

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

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

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

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

Three construction firms champion gay equality - Arup, Lend Lease and Kier join Diversity Champions 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 22 Jul 12

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

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


Out and Equal - Hundreds gather in London for Global LGBT Workplace Summit 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 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 22 Jun 12


CMI Marketing Conference



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

Microsoft outlook lesbian wedding

Microsoft feature a lesbian wedding in their new commercial for 13 Mar 13

Vatican purchases apartments above Europe's largest gay sauna 12 Mar 13


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

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

Wet dreams

Pet shop targeted in homophobic Facebook rant - by a competing firm's page has been swamped with support 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 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 1 Mar 13

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

Gay Business Working Group Formed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 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 27 Feb 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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 8 Feb 13

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

Marc Jacobs is diet coke style guru

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

George Kalogridis Disney

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

Jesus comes out

'Gay Jesus' - Complaint about an Auckland church billboard dismissed on the grounds it wasn't offensive 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 29 Jan 13

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

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

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


Tetu magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gay Ad Network introduces Gay Audience Targeting 3 Jan 13

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

Janeé Harteau

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

Culture silenced by HIV

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

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


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

European Parliament's annual report on human rights focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity 13 Dec 12

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

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

San Francisco commits funds for LGBT senior housing project

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. 7 Dec 12


Ellen Degeneres' first JC Penny Christmas commercial upsets One Million Mums | 7 Dec 12

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

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

Chinese job site removes ad favoring gays 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

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

Boeing to deny Equal Pension Benefits to gay married couples: report 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 20 Nov 12


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 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 15 Nov 12

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

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

Judge William Thomas

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

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



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

UPS Boy Scouts America

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

Guinness 1995 gay TV commercial

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

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

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

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

Equality landslide HRC

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

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

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

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


Big room gay clubs

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


Philadelphia lifted to the top-ten destination for gay and lesbian tourists in their $2 million 2003 campaign 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
Buy Book 4 Nov 12

Claudia Brind-Woody

Power gays: Claudia Brind-Woody, the IBM boss pushing diversity 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' 31 Oct 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

Census Bureau establishes National Advisory Committee to look at counting the LGBT population | 14 Oct 12

Brisbane gay business network lands government grant to support marketing and events 12 Oct 12

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

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

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

Expedia gay marriage ad

Expedia gay marriage ad gets homophobic responses on Facebook | 10 Oct 12

When will Hollywood come out the closet? 10 Oct 12

Marriott launches ad campaign for gay and minority Business Travelers 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 | 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 10 Oct 12

Madrid wins race to host 2017 World Gay Pride

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 9 Nov 12

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

ILGA conference Dublin 2012

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


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


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

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

Gay consumers are an $800 billion 'dream market', says LA marketing agency 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 25 Sep 12

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

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

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

Vermont begins marketing to LGBT community 21 Sep 12

General Mills' earnings unhurt by boycott over gay marriage issue 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 13 Sep 12

Google gay

The Ten Most Innovative Companies and the LGBTs who got them to the top 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 12 Sep 12

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

How Americans made politics all about sex 26 Aug 12


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 | 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 25 Aug 12

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

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

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

Peter Thiel

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

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

Why we should care about LGBT entrepreneurs - new group mentors start-ups | 5 Apr 12




Gay Pride Calendar 2013

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.

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

MORE Gay Research and statistics

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

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

Gay Men Like Vodka
Lesbians Love Tequila

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

Largest-ever study of over 45,000 LGBT citizens, living in 148 countries, publishes findings 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




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 |,uk | 31 May 12

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