24th September 2010
£5 billion marriage equality figure was calculated by Stonewall 78
9:04 PM — The origin of the £5 billion figure quoted by Stonewall as a possible cost of marriage equality has been revealed. According to Brian Paddick, the former deputy assistant commissioner of the Met Police and former Lib Dem London mayoral candidate, the figure was calculated for Stonewall by a former civil servant.
1.5% figure is wrong, says gay dating website with 2.2 million members 61
4:31 PM — Gay networking websites Gaydar and GaydarGirls say that estimates of 1.5 per cent of the population being gay or bisexual cannot be true as they have 2.2 million members in the UK. Yesterday, the Office of National Statistics published a survey of 450,000 people - the second largest after the census - which suggested that only one per cent of British people are gay or lesbian and 0.5 per cent are bisexual.
HIV quangos face the axe, while EHRC is ‘at risk’ 4
12:11 PM — Two HIV quangos will reportedly be abolished as part of government plans to save money. The Expert Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and the Independent Advisory Group of Sexual Health and HIV are two of 177 taxpayer-funded bodies to be scrapped, a leaked list suggests.
Ken Livingstone backed by Labour to become London mayor in 2012 13
11:09 AM — Ken Livingstone has won the Labour nomination for London mayor in the 2012 election. He defeated rival Oona King with 68.8 per cent of the vote.
Gay men achieve world’s longest kiss 8
10:44 AM — Two American gay men have broken the world record for the longest kiss - locking lips for almost 33 hours. Students Matty Daley and Bobby Canciello, who are just friends, hope to win a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for their achievement.