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England

  • 26th September 2011

    Christian street preacher told gay couple to ‘burn in hell’

    Michael Overd denies shouting abuse at the couple

    10:42 AM — A Christian street preacher has appeared in court charged with verbally abusing a gay couple. Michael Overd, 47, from Creech St Michael in Somerset, allegedly told the men that they were "evil" and would "burn in hell".

  • 22nd September 2011

    Men jailed for attacking and robbing gay victim

    The pair were sentenced to eight and five years in jail

    1:55 PM — Two men from Melton, Leicestershire, have been jailed for attacking and robbing a gay man. Andrew Davis, 42, and Jonathan Huckerby, 21, were jailed for eight and five years respectively for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and theft.

  • 21st September 2011

    Teen says he killed gay man because he came on to him

    The case continues

    11:30 AM — A Lincolnshire teenager accused of murdering a pensioner says he lashed out because the older man came on to him. Aiden Jackson, is accused of murdering David Cowley, 67, at Sleaford Rail Station in November last year.

  • 20th September 2011

    Gay policeman and former Mr Gay UK cleared of all charges 49

    Mark Carter was cleared of all the charges against him

    10:57 AM — A gay policeman who won Mr Gay UK has had the last of a series of charges against him dropped. PC Mark Carter, from Birkenshaw, was cleared in June of three counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.

  • 3rd September 2011

    Former police chief Brian Paddick wins Lib Dem nomination for Mayor of London 48

    Brian Paddick will be the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London

    12:42 AM — Brian Paddick, formerly the most senior out gay police officer in Britain, has won the race for the Liberal Democrats nomination for the Mayor of London. Mr Paddick, came third in the 2008 Mayoral contest and less than a year ago told PinkNews.co.uk that he would not stand for Mayor again.

  • 31st August 2011

    Burnley Pride postponed until 2012 4

    Burnley Pride will take place next year (Photo: Kevin Wong)

    2:39 PM — East Lancashire's first gay Pride festival has been postponed until next year. Organisers of Burnley Pride said it had been "too adventurous" to plan the event in time for September.

  • Teenager ‘murdered gay man after promising him sex’

    The court heard that the teenager planned to kill or injure David Cowley

    11:44 AM — A 17-year-old Lincolnshire boy has been accused of murdering a 67-year-old man after arranging to have sex with him. The teenager is said to have punched, kicked and suffocated the older man.

  • 18th August 2011

    Keighley man jailed for horrific attack on lesbian couple 57

    Adrian Feather was jailed for the attack

    10:09 AM — A 22-year-old man from Keighley, West Yorkshire, has been jailed for six and a half years for a vicious attack on a lesbian couple. Adrian Feather was said to have borne a grudge against Verona Benson and Tracey Williams after an incident in a pub.

  • 17th August 2011

    Woman accused of anti-gay attack showed jurors gay pride tattoo 17

    The defendant showed jurors a rainbow tattoo (Photo: Kevin Wong)

    5:34 PM — A woman accused of a homophobic attack showed jurors a picture of a rainbow tattoo on her bottom to prove she is not anti-gay. Lauren Proverbs, 21, of Borehamwood, was found not guilty of actual bodily harm over an incident in a takeaway in January.

  • Manchester Pride’s festival director steps down 4

    Manchester Pride parade takes place next weekend

    2:38 PM — The director of Manchester Pride, Jackie Crozier, has announced she will leave her role. Ms Crozier announced today she would step down after six years with the event, although she will leave once a replacement has been found.

  • Leeds campaigners want official city gay quarter 6

    Leeds campaigners want recognition for the gay venues

    11:10 AM — Gay rights activists in Leeds hope to persuade the city council to officially recognise the gay village. They want recognition and business schemes for Lower Briggate, Bridge End and The Calls, which have a number of gay venues.

  • 14th August 2011

    In Photos: Brighton Pride 2011 112

    1:36 AM — Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Sonia, Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell were among the celebrities attending the 19th Brighton Pride held yesterday. Here are the best photos of the day

  • 11th August 2011

    Simon Hughes to sue News International about phone hacking 3

    Simon Hughes already knows his phone was hacked by the News of the World

    10:46 PM — The bisexual deputy-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, is to sue News International over the hacking of his phone by a private investigator working for the now defunct News of the World.

  • 10th August 2011

    Riot damage won’t stop Manchester Pride, organisers say 53

    Manchester Pride will go ahead

    3:30 PM — Manchester Pride will go ahead this weekend, organisers have said. The city centre is recovering from yesterday's widespread riots and looting and businesses in the gay village suffered some damage.

  • 9th August 2011

    £1m record deal for Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus 20

    Some of the 30-strong chorus

    10:32 AM — The Brighton & Hove Gay Men’s Chorus has signed a £1 million record deal. The chorus has been signed to Universal Records, which counts U2, Grace Jones and Paul Weller among its artists.

  • 8th August 2011

    Liverpool Pride doubles its numbers 6

    Liverpool now has its own Pride festival

    2:17 PM — An estimated 40,000 people joined Liverpool Pride on Saturday - double the number who turned up last year. The festival, now in its second year, was held at the city's waterfront, where it is thought around 35,000 people joined the celebrations.

  • 7th August 2011

    Eggheads star CJ de Mooi banned from wearing ‘Some people are Gay. Get over it’ T-shirt to chess awards 179

    Eggheads star CJ de Mooi in the T-shirt he was banned from wearing (Photo via CJ de Mooi's Twitter account)

    11:59 AM — CJ de Mooi, star of BBC 2's Eggheads, has revealed that he was banned from presenting prizes to the winners of the British Chess Championship because he was wearing a Stonewall 'Some people are gay. Get over it' T-shirt.

  • 5th August 2011

    Liverpool council ‘should officially recognise gay quarter’ 19

    Liverpool's gay village is set to be improved

    12:42 PM — A Liverpool council report says that the city's gay quarter should be officially recognised. A £12,000 consultation ended in May after the area’s residents, businesses and visitors were asked how the area could be improved.

  • 1st August 2011

    Liverpool’s Homotopia art festival wins three-year funding 8

    Homotopia has won arts funding

    2:57 PM — Liverpool's Homotopia art festival has been granted funding for the next three years. The annual art and culture event will receive £70,000 a year for the next three years from Arts Council England.

  • 18th July 2011

    Man carjacked and left half-naked at gay cruising spot 67

    Lewis Harding was found guilty of robbery

    3:42 PM — A man who was tricked into removing his trousers was carjacked at a gay cruising spot near Coventry. Leamington Crown Court heard that the victim, 45, began speaking to a younger man while parked in a layby on the A45 near the Stonebridge roundabout in Coventry.

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