Gay Star News is recruiting for a freelance news reporter in the Americas

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Gay Star News is looking for a freelance news reporter based anywhere in the Americas to join our global team.

You can be based anywhere from Alaska to Washington DC, from Brazil to Uruguay, we’d love to hear from you.

The news reporter will be responsible for the sourcing, researching and publishing of news stories suitable for GSN’s global audience.

Gay Star News is a leading LGBTI news, entertainment and lifestyle source.

Our work is regularly covered by other outlets and we have won several awards. We are looking for a news reporter to take Gay Star News to the next level.

News reporter

We’re seeking an ambitious and determined journalist to join the team covering news and investigations.

This is a home-based freelance position. It would suit someone looking to supplement their income and portfolio with occasional weekday or weekend shifts. Shifts will likely be, at least at first, covering vacations and sick days.

There may also be an opportunity to expand the role in the future.

You will need a computer or laptop, a phone, and have access to reliable internet.

We offer enviable perks in the industry, such as in-house training in media law and journalism.

About you

  • Ideally, you will have a relevant qualification in journalism.
  • Ideally, at least six months experience working in news.
  • A willingness to be flexible and available.
  • A passion for news-writing.
  • Ability to use picture editing software.
  • Confidence in using social media.
  • An understanding of the target audience of Gay Star News.
  • An ability to manage time and resources in order to deliver original content with agreed deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A willingness to expand their contact list.
  • Content produced in English. However, knowledge of other languages is desirable.

Start date is ASAP

Feel free to get in touch to discuss the role further. To apply for the role, please send your resume, a cover letter, and an example of previous work to Joe Morgan, the News Editor, at joem@gaystarnews.com

Author: Joe Morgan

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Half of LGBTI graduates in Japan have found job interviews ‘uncomfortable’

LGBTI advocates and supporters take to the streets in Sapporo, northern Japan. (Photo: Twitter)

Almost half of all LGBTI graduates in Japan have experienced uncomfortable job interviews, a new study has found.

This trend is even more pronounced for trans graduates, where the number rises to 80%.

Respondents said that discomfort often stems from interviewers assuming that they were heterosexual or displaying a negative attitude towards LGBTI people.

Tokyo-based LGBTI support group ReBit conducted the survey, The Japan Times reports.

The group found that 42.5% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and 87.4% of trans people had experienced some form of discomfort during job interviews.

For the survey, ReBit questioned 241 respondents about their experiences of job hunting over the past 10 years.

In response to the findings, ReBit said that ‘company officials in charge of personnel affairs should be aware that job-hunting students include a certain percentage of sexual minorities’.

Mika Yakushi, the head of the Rebit, added that ‘assuming that job-seeking students are not LGBT could lead to harassment’.

Remaining closeted in the workplace 

The findings also showed that LGBTI employees in Japan often choose to remain closeted at work.

According to the survey, 78.0% of respondents were not open about their sexuality to their companies.

70.8% said they were concerned about experiencing discrimination and harassment at their workplace. 68.9% worried that it would lead to their employers making negative decisions.

Yakushi said the findings show that universities should offer support to students who are preparing to look for full-time employment.

Increasing awareness 

A separate survey released in January found that around nine percent of Japan’s population identify as LGBTI.

This is up from 7.6 percent in 2015 and 5.1 percent in 2012.

The study also showed a tangible growing awareness of LGBTI issues among Japan’s population.

80 percent of respondents said they were in favor of same-sex marriage, and 70 percent said they understood the meaning of the LGBT initialism.

However, the study also found similar, with over half of respondents saying that they had not ‘come out’ to their work colleagues and that there is no support network in place for LGBTI employees.

Japan is considered as generally progressive for LGBTI rights and has implemented a number of pro-LGBTI policies.

However, the LGBTI community still lacks full equality in Japan, with same-sex marriage banned and trans people being required to be sterilized before their gender can be officially recognized.

A number of LGBTI rights advocates are challenging these policies.

Last month, 13 same-sex couples filed lawsuits against Japan’s government to demand that they recognize marriage equality.

Author: Calum Stuart

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Man’s coming out tweet goes unexpectedly viral

Adam Fletcher came out via Twitter

A Californian man has seen his coming out tweet go viral.

Adam Fletcher, 35, of Orange County, works in the gaming industry. On 30 December he posted a tweet to reveal he is gay.

‘I’ve typed this tweet maybe 10+ times this year because I haven’t figured out a proper way of saying it…’ he began.

‘I’m gay.

‘I’ve been scared to say it forever, but damn does it feel good to say now!

‘Close friends and some co-workers know, but the general public doesn’t.’

‘Very conservative’ family

The original tweet has been liked over 23,000 times and prompted thousands of comments. Fletcher went on to explain why he’s previously struggled talking about his sexuality. And why he wanted to make it public.

‘Why am I saying this publicly now? It’s tough to say. I’ve had a ton of fear from friends and work to not say anything. Fear that friends would shun me. Fear that it would hold me back career wise as bad apples always exist on a tree.

‘And of course the fear of my family. Will I ever tell them? Time will tell.

‘Everyone has told me that they will understand but I know many don’t know them like I do. Right now, they are very conservative and I have a heavy fear of losing my family from my life.

‘I still love them despite not seeing eye to eye and I can’t have that empty spot in my life without them.

‘What made me okay with this saying now? The two things I feared… work and friends made me feel okay.

Support from friends and work

‘I have a close group of friends that have been incredibly supportive,’ he says. ‘These wonderful people have given me more confidence and support. I’ve been able to lean against them through this when family wasn’t an option.’

Last January, Fletcher took on the role of esports product manager with Blizzard Entertainment.

‘As for work… I’ve been employed at some very great companies but Blizzard is another level,’ he goes on to say.

‘Blizzard and the culture of the company is super open and welcoming that I feel I can actually be me. It’s great and I’m thankful for it. Blizzard and the people there are amazing.

‘So here I am. I’m sure people will be against it, but it feels good to just say it.

‘I am gay. And now I’m damn happy.

‘Sorry if you’re against it.

‘Thanks for those that are supportive. ❤

‘And for those who may be in the same situation…

‘Things really do get better. 👍🏻

Response

The response to his coming out was overwhelmingly positive.

‘When did we meet, like 8 years ago?’ said one acquaintance, @akamikeb, on Twitter. ‘It SUCKS to think that this whole time you felt you had to keep something like this to yourself, but I’m stoked that you’ve got it all out now!’

A response to the coming out tweet from Adam Fletcher

 

Others emphasized with the sense of freedom coming out can bring.

‘I came out when i was 25 and the release of being free from having to hide a part of me was worth it,’ commented @Asikaa604. ‘All the love and strength to you. Love always wins in the end.’

Adam Fletcher response tweet 2

Others just wanted to offer their congratulations and support.

‘This member of the general public feels honoured to have witnessed your coming out, is inspired by your courage, deeply desirous or your future happiness and always happy to offer whatever support that someone from the general public who you’ve never met, can offer. Blessings,’ said @RevDaniel.

Adam Fletcher response tweet 3

Coming out at work

Fletcher’s reluctance to come out earlier to colleagues is far from uncommon. Last year, LGBT advocacy group HRC revealed 50% of LGBT people are not out at work.

Fortunately, the tech and gaming industries are viewed as more embracing of diversity than some other sectors. Award-winning gamer Sonic Fox, who last year described himself as ‘super gay’, is among those making waves in the world of esports.

Many people choose social media to come out, but not everyone sees the announcement go viral. Fletcher, because of his role in the esports industry, has a large following, which partly why so many are commenting on his tweet.

For others, it’s Fletcher’s palpable sense of relief that touched a nerve.

Gay Star News reached out to Fletcher. He said he hadn’t expected it to go viral, but, ‘I have been really heartened by the response. People are good. I greatly appreciate the kind words and support. I have seen a few negative reactions but I tend to ignore them.’

However, despite coming out on a public platform, he says he has yet to tell his family and will do so when the time is right.

‘As for family, they still don’t know as I noted and in due time I will tell them. They don’t use Twitter so I felt comfortable telling followers and friends on Twitter as that is mainly what I use the platform doing.’

See also

Wrestler Anthony Bowens comes out again – as gay not bisexual

How do I convince my mum to accept my sexuality and wish me happiness?

What’s the best way to come out to homophobic parents?

Author: David Hudson

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