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  • 8th December 2010

    Campaign for AIDS memorial in London 18

    London is unusual in that it does not have an AIDS memorial, campaigners say

    3:35 PM — Campaigners are calling for an AIDS memorial to be created in London to remember those who have died from the disease. Unlike Brighton, Manchester and many western capitals, London does not have a permanent memorial despite its high number of AIDS deaths.

  • 29th November 2010

    Wikileaks says US had dossier on gay Tory Alan Duncan 25

    Alan Duncan appeared to have been of special interest to the US

    10:05 AM — US spies drew up a dossier on gay Conservative minister Alan Duncan, leaked documents show. Mr Duncan, now the international development minister, was apparently of special interest to the US and is the only British MP to have been singled out so far.

  • 26th November 2010

    Five arrested in Met raids for anti-gay and transphobic crimes 2

    Police arrested a total of 247 people in connection with hate crimes

    2:45 PM — Five people in London were arrested on suspicion of homophobic and transphobic crimes yesterday as part of a series of dawn raids. A total of 247 people were arrested in connection with hate crimes in yesterday's Met police operation.

  • UK HIV diagnoses remain high among gay men 6

    HIV rates remain high, campaigners say

    10:33 AM — New figures show a slight decline in the number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV but campaigners estimate that one in four with the disease are unaware they have it.

  • 25th November 2010

    Met Police arrest 195 people in anti-hate crime raids 5

    Police arrested at least 195 people in London this morning

    4:47 PM — An anti-hate crime operation carried out by the Met Police this morning has resulted in 195 arrests. The majority of arrests were connected to domestic violence, although two were related to homophobic offences.

  • 24th November 2010

    Queer book prize seeks submissions

    The prize is for a first work (Photo: Kate Ter Haar)

    4:04 PM — The Polari First Book Prize is seeking submissions for its third contest. The award is open to any first book which "explores the queer experience" and has been published in the UK within twelve months of the February 1st 2011 closing date.

  • Gay men in London warned over ‘drugged robberies’ 7

    Gay drinkers in Charing Cross were warned to be on their guard

    1:54 PM — Middle-aged gay men who drink in the Charing Cross area of London have been advised to stay on their guard after a spate of drug-assisted robberies. Lambeth Police say there have been a number of incidents in which older men have been approached by a young man in a Charing Cross bar and subsequently robbed.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 5

    The couple say they will go to court over the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    3:52 PM — A straight couple who were barred from having a civil partnership say they will fight the ban in court. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, of Bristol, said they were disappointed to have been rejected by Bristol register office because they are straight but hope that their attempt would help change the law.

  • Teenage girls ‘kicked gay man as he lay unconscious’

    Ian Baynham died last year after being attacked in Trafalgar Square

    3:05 PM — Two teenage girls taunted a gay man and then kicked him as he lay unconscious, a court has heard. Ruby Thomas and Rachel Burke are accusing of stamping and kicking Ian Baynham, a 63-year-old civil servant who died 18 days after he was knocked to the floor last September in Trafalgar Square.

  • 22nd November 2010

    Gay Saudi prince convicted of murder must pay prosecution costs 5

    Saud was convicted of murdering his servant

    12:36 PM — A gay Saudi prince convicted of murdering his servant must pay his prosecution costs. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, will have to pay more than £100,000 for the cost of his trial at the Old Bailey.

  • 19th November 2010

    Featherstone says government is ‘committed’ to tackling transphobia 11

    Lynne Featherstone said that the government was committed to tackling transphobia

    5:17 PM — Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has said the government is committed to tackling hate crime against trans people. She was speaking ahead of Saturday's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

  • 17th November 2010

    May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying 35

    Home Secretary Theresa May scrapped the public body equality duty

    12:56 PM — Schools will be given new powers to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying and measures to delete historic sex convictions will be in the Freedom Bill, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today. She also said that an equality duty on public bodies would be scrapped.

  • 16th November 2010

    Film chronicles Israel’s gay revolution 2

    Gay Days will be screened on Thursday at the ICA

    3:41 PM — From 1985 to the present day, Israel's gay community has undergone dramatic changes. A film chronicling how the community found its feet will be shown during the UK Jewish Film Festival this week in London.

  • 12th November 2010

    Gay charity urges gay men to sign up to HIV pledge 44

    The Count Me In campaign

    6:11 PM — London-based gay men's health charity GMFA has begun a new campaign to raise awareness of HIV. 'Count Me In' asks gay men to agree with a five-point pledge about protecting their health and not assuming they know the HIV status of other men.

  • 11th November 2010

    Man stabbed 12 times ‘after youths thought he was gay’

    The case continues

    12:39 PM — Four men have been accused of stabbing a London man 12 times because they believed he was gay, a court has heard. The group, aged between 16 and 31, allegedly believed that the victim had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs,

  • 10th November 2010

    Comment: Political parties should do more to attract LGBT people 10

    James Cottis came out this year

    6:00 PM — Local Tory councillor James Cottis feared coming out until this year but discovered that his constituents had already spotted him dancing in G-A-Y. He argues that all parties must do more to attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

  • 9th November 2010

    Straight couple denied civil partnership again 34

    Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle were refused a civil partnership

    5:36 PM — A straight couple from London have once again been denied a civil partnership. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 26, expected to be turned away from Islington registry office this morning but said they would take legal action over the refusal.

  • 8th November 2010

    Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16

    Travel companies should do more to prove they are gay-friendly, the survey says

    7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.

  • Gay arts festival GFEST begins today 1

    GFEST director Niranjan Kamatkar with Lynne Featherstone and David Lammy

    6:35 PM — London's only LGBT arts festival begins today. GFEST will run for two weeks and features dozens of short films, exhibitions and performances by a range of artists.

  • 5th November 2010

    Comment: When did gay men stop fighting HIV? 48

    Scott Roberts says the bigger picture on HIV is being missed

    4:34 PM — Scott Roberts argues that campaigners angry about the gay blood ban are missing the bigger picture and that the gay community should be enraged at the continuing gulf of health inequality around HIV and AIDS.

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