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  • 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.

  • In photos: Lovebox Out and Fierce 2011 (Gay day) 9

    3:00 PM — Tens of thousands of people attended Lovebox Out and Fierce 2011 (Gay day) in Victoria Park, East London on Sunday. Bands on stage included Blondie, Beth Ditto and the Scissor Sisters as well as Horse Meat Disco at the legendary NYC Downlow

  • 16th July 2011

    Ben Daniels rejects Rupert Everett’s advice for aspiring gay actors not to come out 26

    Ben Daniels starred in Cutting It (photo:BBC)

    1:55 PM — Ben Daniels, star of the BBC hit series Cutting It, has dismissed claims made by Hollywood star Rupert Everett that it is better for aspiring gay actors to stay in the closet despite homophobia he experienced at the BBC.

  • Video: Queen unveils monument at Bletchley Park, home of gay genius codebreaker Alan Turing 34

    The Queen unveiling the monument at Bletchly Park

    12:25 PM — The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday unveiled a monument to commemorate the contribution made by code breakers at Bletchley Park to victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. In particular, The Queen paid tribute to the gay codebreaker Alan Turing who was later forced to undergo chemical castration after being convicted of homosexuality.

  • 15th July 2011

    Pixie Lott, Blue and The Sugababes for Manchester Pride 13

    Pixie Lott is to headline Manchester Pride

    2:19 PM — Pop star Pixie Lott is to headline next month's Manchester Pride for the event's 21st birthday. The Mama Do singer will be supported by Blue and the Sugababes, while other acts include Patrick Wolf, Soundgirl and Heather Peace.

  • 14th July 2011

    Men attacked in Vauxhall after London Pride 129

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    10:13 AM — Two men were attacked and robbed in Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, after London Pride. The men, aged 25 and 33, were returning home from a night out at around 1.40am Sunday July 4th when they were set upon by a gang of between eight and ten black males.

  • 1st July 2011

    Tory gay group says Ken Livingstone should be banned from Pride 62

    LGBTory says Ken Livingstone should be 'banned from Pride'

    4:19 PM — Updated: The Conservative Party's LGBT group, LGBTory, has called for mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone to banned from London Pride over his alleged "close friendship" with an anti-gay extremist. The group's chairman, Matthew Sephton, accused Mr Livingstone of being a "hypocrite" who will "undermine the core values" of the event.

  • 26th June 2011

    Sir Ian McKellen on why he never came out to his parents 52

    Sir Ian McKellen's mother died when he was still a teenager

    12:51 AM — Sir Ian McKellen, who is fronting an advertising campaign for the Albert Kennedy Trust on gay teenagers kicked out of home for coming out has explained in an interview for The Times why he never came out to his own parents.

  • 21st June 2011

    Trans woman wants drag acts banned from Pride festival 144

    Drag acts should be banned or come with a disclaimer, Rose White said.

    2:01 PM — A transgender woman in Calderdale is calling for the area's Pride festival to ban drag acts or publish a disclaimer about them. Rose White, 64, claims that drag acts promote negative stereotypes about trans people and encourage hatred.

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