26th December 2010
Spy killed in apparent sex game was not gay claims friend 1
1:52 AM — A friend of MI6 spy Gareth Williams, found dead after what police believe was a bondage sex game has said that the 31-year-old was not gay and was in fact studying for a new identity. Williams, whose naked body was found padlocked inside a sports bag in August was a GCHQ code-breaker who was on secondment to MI6 at the time of his death.
23rd December 2010
Man sought over gay robberies
2:30 PM — Police are searching for a man accused of robbing gay men after persuading them to let him stay in their homes. Stephen Murphy, thought to be 29 and from Manchester, is said to befriend gay men on dating websites before stealing their possessions.
22nd December 2010
Mystery remains over spy’s death 9
12:33 PM — Police are still mystified over the death of British spy Gareth Williams, whose body was found padlocked inside a sports bag in August. Mr Williams, 31, was a GCHQ code-breaker who was on secondment to MI6 at the time of his death.
21st December 2010
London men cleared of stab attack on ‘gay victim’ 6
2:09 PM — Two men and two teenage boys have been cleared of stabbing a man they allegedly thought was gay. The group was accused of attacking Ricky Brown, of Homerton, east London, because they believed he had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs.
14th December 2010
Jury retires in case of gay Trafalgar Square death
2:40 PM — The jury in the case of a gay man killed in central London has retired to consider its verdict. Ian Baynham, 62, died 18 days after he was attacked in Trafalgar Square in September 2009.
9th December 2010
Gay Jewish group celebrates Chanukah festival 4
5:18 PM — Saturday night saw the celebration of the Jewish festival of Chanukah by London's largest gay men's Jewish group, Gay Jews in London.
8th December 2010
Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015 4
5:29 PM — Brighton MPs Simon Kirby and Caroline Lucas have welcomed the Department of Health's decision to support a cross-party policy document on HIV prevention. The Halve It campaign aims to cut estimated undiagnosed HIV infections in half by 2015.
Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues 27
5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.
Campaign for AIDS memorial in London 18
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.
2nd December 2010
Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8
2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.
26th November 2010
Five arrested in Met raids for anti-gay and transphobic crimes 2
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.
25th November 2010
London gay charity hopes to keep premises 6
5:21 PM — London Friend hopes to buy the central London property it currently rents from Islington council after being told the building is to be sold imminently.
Met Police arrest 195 people in anti-hate crime raids 5
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
Gay men in London warned over ‘drugged robberies’ 7
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
Teenage girls ‘kicked gay man as he lay unconscious’
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.
17th November 2010
Rugby League begins gay equality campaign in parliament 1
9:21 AM — The Rugby Football League (RFL) held a reception in parliament last night to launch a campaign to welcome gay fans and players.The event was hosted by Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland and attended by a number of MPs from all parties and two players from Sheffield Eagles.
12th November 2010
Gay charity urges gay men to sign up to HIV pledge 44
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’
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,
9th November 2010
Straight couple denied civil partnership again 34
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
Gay arts festival GFEST begins today 1
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.