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EA tells employees it will not publicly defend abortion or transgender rights

Electronic Arts (EA) has shared that the company will not make a public statement defending abortion or transgender rights, claiming that “being an inclusive company means being inclusive of all […] points of view.”During an internal company-wide town hall meeting on Tuesday (May 24), Kotaku has reported that “many” employees at EA repeatedly asked company leadership to make public statements to defend abortion rights and transgender rights.However, according to a transcript of the meeting, chief people officer Mala Singh told employees that EA will only make public statements that “actually have a positive impact.”“These things are hard and they’re personal and we all have our own perspectives and sometimes we won’t speak, and that will be upsetting and I understand that, we really do,” added Singh, who said that EA considers “multiple perspectives and then decide what’s in the best interest of EA and the various communities of stakeholders we have, including our people, our players, our fans and stakeholders, [and] our shareholders.”Addressing recent mass shootings in America and a potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, Sing said “one of the other things you’re going to see is we’re going to be making some more healing circles available through modern health.”It’s unclear what these healing circles entail, but EA’s corporate communications director Lacey Haines said “we’re not going to comment further on the Global Town Hall, as that is a company confidential forum.”“That said, we work to create an environment where our employees can talk about complex issues in our world today.

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Gemma Collins evacuated from hotel at 5.30 in the morning after Big Night Out in Cardiff
supports HTML5 videoGemma Collins had a very early start after a big night out as she was evacuated from her hotel at 5.30am.The reality star and actress is currently on a tour of the UK with her stage show, The GC’s Big Night Out, and on Wednesday performed at St David’s Hall in Cardiff.After the show – which can go on until late at night – Gemma grabbed dinner with her crew before settling into bed to prepare for the following day’s show, which involved a long trip to Newcastle and an early start.Unfortunately for Gemma, she got an even earlier start than anticipated as a fire alarm in the hotel went off at the break of dawn and forced Gemma to evacuate.Former The Only Way Is Essex favourite Gemma took to Instagram stories in the early hours of Thursday morning where she shared a video of herself and security guard Sid Arora walking down the stairwell of the hotel, with a timestamp of 05.31.‘Guys, you couldn’t write it,’ Gemma sighs in the video. ‘It’s half five in the morning.‘After my performance last night, went out for a bit of dinner, come home, got woken up this morning by a fire alarm.’She assured fans that they had ‘the all-clear’ and weren’t in any danger, joking: ‘it’s just a day in the life’.The TV favourite added: ‘I’m really pleased that everyone is okay and it is a false alarm.’Minutes later, Gemma then shared a snap of security guard and pal Sid in what looked to be the lobby of the hotel, as she enjoyed a pot of tea that had been set in front of her.A second video sees a tired Gemma drinking from her cup of tea, looking wrecked, as she explains the situation further.‘It was a false alarm, thank goodness,’ she clarifies.
Sydney Council Votes For New Rainbow Pathway Ahead Of WorldPride
A rainbow pathway in Newtown may be just around the corner, after a motion to begin plans for a new pathway in time for next year’s Sydney WorldPride event was carried unanimously by Inner West Council last week.The motion, which was moved by Independent Pauline Lockie and seconded by the Greens Liz Atkins, noted that installing a rainbow crossing in Newtown would be “a visible sign of pride and support for our LGBTQ community”.“Symbols representing our community make it clear that queer people are welcome in our community and, are in fact, to be celebrated,” Cr Atkins told Star Observer when asked about the significance of installing the new rainbow pathway.Cr Pauline LockThis follows a previously resolved motion by council in December 2019, where prospects for a rainbow crossing at the intersection of King Street and Enmore Road in Newtown were being investigated.Although the motion was then approved by councillors, an installation required the approval of Transport for NSW, who “advised Council that it would not support a rainbow crossing in this location and is also unlikely to approve other locations for on-road rainbow crossings”.“That’s quite a complicated intersection anyway, there are multiple sets of lights; multiple crossing points; emergency access points; a train station there”, Cr Lockie told City Hub.Alternative options suggested in the motion included lighting one of the pathways in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park with rainbow lights, painting one of the existing pathways in the park in rainbow colours, and painting a rainbow pathway outside Newtown Town Hall.Two amendments were moved by Cr Mat Howard, who called on council to “submit a request to the Geographical Names Board to rename the public square
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival kicks off
website.The annual Progress Pride Flag Raising Ceremony to mark the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival will take place at 6pm Friday March 18.The flag will be raised at Sydney Town Hall.Other events for the Sydney Mardi Gras include Laugh Out Proud.Laugh Out Proud is a comedy event on February 25 showcasing rising stars in the Australian queer comedy scene.As COVID-19 restrictions ease across NSW just in time for Mardi Gras, many pubs and nightclubs will be hosting events.Singing and dancing will be back on the cards.Other events include the Mardi Gras Film Festival exhibiting more than 110 films, all "unabashedly and proudly queer".It is currently underway until March 3.Lifesavers with Pride have teamed up with Surf Life Saving Clubs along the east coast of Australia to bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to the country's iconic beaches on Sunday February 27.Lifesavers with Pride have marched in the Mardi Gras parade for over a decade.Surf clubs up and down the coast are dressing up and decorating in rainbow to celebrate Mardi Gras.Beach patrollers, nippers and swimming clubs are adding colour to their equipment and fluro zinc to their sun protection.Clubs hosting Rainbow Beaches celebrations include Bronte, Tamarama, Coogee, Bondi, Dee Why, Bigola, Avalon and Queenscliff, Byron Bay, Brunswick and Yamba.Rainbow Beaches first started in 2021 to celebrate diversity and including among Surf Live Savers.Ivan Power from Lifesavers with Pride said: "Surf Life Saving has evolved to become far more diverse and inclusive since it was formed over 100 years ago to make our beaches safer.""The more diverse, inclusive and welcoming we are as a community, the stronger and more effective our movement can be."
A county hall or shire hall is a common name given to a building that houses the seat of local government for a county. The location of the county hall has usually denoted the county town. In the case of Surrey, England, when county boundaries changed the county hall remained in Kingston upon Thames. County halls usually contain a council chamber, committee rooms and offices.