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  • 25th June 2010

    New gay Tory MP pays tribute to Alan Turing 21

    Alan Turing's death in 1954 was ruled a suicide

    4:06 PM — Newly-elected Tory MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, made his first speech in the House of Commons last night in which he spoke of the heroic life and tragic early death of gay mathematician and wartime code-breaker Alan Turing.

  • 18th June 2010

    London Pride in Soho cancelled 18

    No Pride in Soho this year

    11:25 AM — Update: London Pride organisers are currently in new talks with Westminster council.The Soho element of London Pride 2010 has been cancelled, organisers announced today. As PinkNews.co.uk reported yesterday, roadworks around north Soho and Soho Square meant the Fire Brigade raised concerns that a large number of people in the area would not be safe.

  • 17th June 2010

    Exclusive: Fire risk may mean no London Pride in Soho 17

    Revellers may be discouraged from going to north Soho

    5:29 PM — Soho, the gay heart of London, may not be part of this year's London Pride celebrations because of fire safety concerns. The area, home to dozens of gay bars, cafes and shops, is currently surrounded by a number of roadworks and waterworks and the council may refuse to let normal celebrations go ahead on the advice of the fire brigade.

  • Listen to David Cameron’s speech on gay equality 5

    David Cameron said the summer was about Pride as well as football

    10:54 AM — Listen to David Cameron's speech to the LGBT Pride reception last night.

  • 10th June 2010

    Life sentence for man who killed gay pensioner 10

    Edward Highwood was known as 'Teddy'

    1:13 PM — A Polish man found guilty of murdering a 79-year-old gay man has been jailed for a minimum of 23 years. Marcin Orlowski, 21 and of no fixed address, was found guilty yesterday of the murder of Edward 'Teddy' Highwood, at the pensioner's Greenwich home.

  • 9th June 2010

    Man, 21, found guilty of gay pensioner’s murder 1

    Marcin Orlowski was found guilty of Edward Highwood's murder

    5:19 PM — A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a 79-year-old gay man in his south London home. Marcin Orlowski, of no fixed address, denied killing Edward 'Teddy' Highwood on July 17th last year in the pensioner's Greenwich home.

  • Gay couple threatened and hit on London bus 65

    Police are looking for witnesses to the attack

    2:01 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a gay couple were abused, threatened and assaulted by a man on a London bus. The attack took place on Tuesday shortly after midnight.

  • 6th June 2010

    Punch Taverns begins investigation over homophobia row with Labour gay group 39

    The pub say they often hang LGBT pride flags in their window

    10:20 PM — Punch Taverns says it has begun an internal investigation after the deputy manager of its Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster allegedly told the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group that he would not have accepted the group's booking had he have known they were gay.

  • Pub that allegedly said it would have banned gay Labour group reported to police 26

    The Greencoat Boy is owned by Punch Taverns

    2:04 AM — A London pub has been reported to the police following an alleged homophobic comment made by its manager to the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group. The comments have sparked widespread condemnation by senior labour figures including leadership candidate Ed Balls and Sarah Brown, the wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown and former deputy prime minister John Prescott.

  • 2nd June 2010

    Ken Livingstone accuses Boris Johnson of ‘snubbing’ gay Londoners over Pride 24

    Ken Livingstone said Boris Johnson was snubbing gay Londoners

    9:42 PM — Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has accused his successor Boris Johnson of "snubbing" gay Londoners by scrapping the annual London Pride mayoral reception. He promised he would reinstate the receptions if re-elected in 2012.

  • Exclusive: London mayor Boris Johnson scraps Pride reception 23

    Boris Johnson is rolling out a new programme of "borough community receptions".

    5:47 PM — London mayor Boris Johnson is scrapping the usual London Pride mayoral reception.The mayor usually holds a reception to mark London's biggest gay festival but City Hall has decided to end receptions which are specific to minority groups.

  • 28th May 2010

    Pentecostal church leader denies allegations of homophobia 153

    Bishop Francis refutes allegations of homophobia

    4:10 PM — Amended May 1st, 3.10pm. Bishop John Francis, head of the Ruach Christian Ministry in Brixton, south-west London, was reported to have allegedly linked homosexuality to paedophilia and rape in his sermon delivered on Sunday 23 May.

  • Simon Hughes MP runs for deputy leadership of Liberal Democrats 13

    Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes

    3:36 PM — Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, today launched his bid for the role of deputy leader of the party. He also admitted to Sky News today that there were "risks" to the new coalition government.

  • London Borough of Camden has new gay mayor and mayoress 8

    Amy Lamé and Jonathan Simpson, new Mayoress and Mayor of Camden

    2:52 PM — Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Camden borough's first openly gay mayor, was last night confirmed in his role at a ceremony in Camden Town Hall. In his new position, Councillor Simpson pledged to retain the "rock 'n' roll" spirit of Camden, a major landmark on Britain's musical map.

  • 27th May 2010

    More than half of gay men surveyed are uncomfortable displaying public affection 31

    Many gay men still find it uncomfortable to display affection in public

    6:33 PM — In a survey undertaken by free gay dating website ManCentral.com, 61 per cent of gay and bisexual men say they felt uncomfortable displaying affection with another man in public.

  • Gay superhero comic up for major award 6

    Team Spandex save the world

    4:40 PM — A new comic called Spandex, about a gang of gay superheros, has been nominated for an Eagle Award, the comic world's equivalent of an Oscar. It is being put forward in the category of Best British Colour Comic Book.

  • Hundreds expected to turn out for Malawi protest this Saturday in London 13

    The couple were sentenced last week

    1:44 PM — A vast crowd is expected to turn out for Saturday's protest at London's Malawi High Commission, in a show of solidarity for Malawian prisoners Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

  • 26th May 2010

    Matt Lucas accepts damages from Daily Star 9

    Matt Lucas is best known for the characters he plays in BBC comedy Little Britain

    9:35 AM — The comedian Matt Lucas has accepted undisclosed damages from the Daily Star over articles published in the paper about his late former civil partner, Kevin McGee.

  • 25th May 2010

    Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20

    The Pope has called gay marriage "dangerous" in the past

    2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.

  • 24th May 2010

    Protest to be held in London over imprisonment of Malawi couple 14

    Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been imprisoned for 14 years

    5:23 PM — A protest is to be held this Saturday 29 May in solidarity with Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour in Malawi.

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