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July 2, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson is accused of banning the Core Issues Trust ads in order to secure the gay vote

A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson banned a ‘gay cure’ advert on London buses in order to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

July 2, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson is accused of banning the Core Issues Trust ads in order to secure the gay vote

A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson banned a ‘gay cure’ advert on London buses in order to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

June 24, 2014

If you live in the UK capital, see where your area fits in and whether there has been more or less crime

Shocking figures have revealed the levels of homophobic crime for each London borough.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

And a 23-year-old fashion journalist was left unconscious after he and his partner were beaten up at a cashpoint in Whitechapel.

There were 1,185 crimes across London from May 2013 to May 2014, compared to 1,109 from the previous year.

City hall says London mayor Boris Johnson is working on a new strategy to cut homophobic attacks.

January 27, 2014

London’s High Court is examining a newly-released email pointing to mayor Boris Johnson as the driving force behind a ban on anti-gay bus adverts. The Christian group behind the ads alleges Johnson used the ban to secure gay votes for re-election

High Court judges are examining whether London mayor Boris Johnson banned an anti-gay bus adverts to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

A previously unreleased email suggests it was Johnson, not Transport for London’s (TfL) managing director of marketing and communications Vernon Everitt, who authorized a ban on anti-gay bus adverts from 2012.

December 10, 2013

New organizers made small loss after having to put together 2013’s pride in the UK capital in just five months

A well-wisher has stepped forward to save Pride in London with a personal loan after it made a loss of £24,000 ($40,000 €29,000) in 2013.

It means the event can continue in 2014. New organizers took it over at short notice last year after 2012’s pride faced a cash crisis and was almost cancelled at short notice.

The event cost £491,000 ($808,000 €587,000) in 2013 and delays from London’s City Hall meant organizers only had five months to raise cash and make it happen.

October 17, 2013

Core Issues Trust, who was banned from promoting their 'gay cure' counselling, has lodged papers at High Court

A Christian group has lodged a legal challenge against London bus ads featuring ‘Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!’

Core Issues Trust, a ‘gay cure’ organization, has lodged papers at the High Court attempting to force Transport for London to take down the billboards.

They claim the transport chiefs are deliberately ignoring a ruling by High Court, which judged the posters from gay rights group Stonewall to be ‘highly offensive to fundamentalist Christians’ who believe ‘gay sex is a sin’.

June 28, 2013

After a disappointing year, London Pride is back bigger and better with big acts, themed nights out, and a family day out

After the disappointment of London Pride last year, the England capital had to step it up.

But with a brand new team of organizers, this weekend is set to bring a new rainbow to London.

Several athletes will also be attending, with Pride supporting London’s bid to host the next Gay Games.

With 150 groups parading through the heart of the capital and attracting hundreds of thousands, it is shaping up to be one of the best Prides yet.

June 26, 2013

Stars and politicians attend Pride in London Gala Dinner to raise money for community events

Mayor of London Boris Johnson rubbed shoulders with 200 people from the worlds of business, showbiz and politics at the Pride in London Gala Dinner last night (25 June).

The inaugural dinner at Claridge’s was to raise money to run the pride festival in the UK capital which will culminate in a parade, rally and party this Saturday (29 June).

May 21, 2013

Lesbian tennis superstar Martina Navratilova to launch week of events. Summer Rites music festival added. Gala dinner with London mayor

Bosses of Pride in London have given the green light to this year’s event having reached key fundraising and volunteer recruitment milestones.

Until this moment, it was theoretically possible the event would be canceled.

But now Pride in London has announced this year’s festival will go ahead with a week of celebrations, a full parade through the center of the UK capital, a rally in Trafalgar Square and a party in the gay district of Soho.

April 1, 2013

A Christian group is accusing London mayor Boris Johnson of a ‘cover-up’ and pressuring officials into banning anti-gay posters from London buses

A Christian group is accusing Boris Johnson of mishandling a ban on anti-gay posters from London public transport.

According to the Telegraph, The Christian Legal Centre is accusing Johnson of a ‘cover up’, saying the mayor pressured officials into banning the anti-gay ads that read 'Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!'.

The Christian Legal Centre has submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act to see all the documentation involved in the case.

April 1, 2013

A Christian group is accusing London mayor Boris Johnson of a ‘cover-up’ and pressuring officials into banning anti-gay posters from London buses

A Christian group is accusing Boris Johnson of mishandling a ban on anti-gay posters from London public transport.

According to the Telegraph, The Christian Legal Centre is accusing Johnson of a ‘cover up’, saying the mayor pressured officials into banning the anti-gay ads that read 'Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!'.

The Christian Legal Centre has submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act to see all the documentation involved in the case.

March 22, 2013

Mayor of London Boris Johnson banned an advert from a Christian group saying 'Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!'

The Mayor of London’s decision to ban a Christian group’s ‘gay cure’ advert from London buses was not illegal, a court has ruled.

Core Issues Trust, a non-profit Christian group, was banned by Boris Johnson from running a campaign calling for respect of individuals who claim they have been 'cured' of homosexuality.

The advert, a parody of gay rights charity Stonewall's 'Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!', would have said 'Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get Over It!'

February 28, 2013

Core Issues Trust wants to force Transport For London to carry adverts saying 'Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!'

A ban on a bus advert claiming gay people can be ‘cured’ is a ‘deep threat to democracy, the High Court has heard.

Christian group Core Issues Trust, who created an advert last year but was banned by London mayor Boris Johnson, say the decision stifled their freedom of expression.

February 25, 2013

Core Issues Trust wants to force Travel For London to carry adverts saying 'Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!'

A Christian group is to go against Mayor Boris Johnson this week after he banned their ‘gay cure’ posters from London buses.

The Mayor of London refused to run the advertisements that promoted the group’s view homosexuals can be ‘cured’ by therapy, an idea condemned by the majority of worldwide health organizations.

Christian group Core Issues Trust say the mayor violated their freedom of speech, and hope to force Travel For London to use their adverts.

February 19, 2013

Organizers have warned they will make a decision in April if the Pride in London event on 29 June has enough money and volunteers to go ahead

Pride in London may still be cancelled this year, if it doesn’t get enough money and volunteers to go ahead.
 
The LGBT festival, parade and rally in the UK capital was saved after the previous organizing committee collapsed last year. They had been heavily criticized for only delivering a ‘scaled back’ World Pride 2012.
 
Now it’s being run by a new Community Interest Company called London LGBT+ Community Pride.
 

January 18, 2013

Community-based group chosen to run festival in UK capital for the next five years. Only 115 days remain to put event together

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (18 January) chosen a community interest company to run the city’s pride festival for the next five years.

But the decision has come so late that organizers now only have 115 days to put together a festival which usually takes a year to organize.

It comes after the previous organization running pride collapsed following 2012’s event. London had been hosting World Pride but it had to be drastically scaled back at the last minute due to a funding crisis.

January 4, 2013

Simon Walsh, a gay former aide to London Mayor Boris Johnson, was cleared of all charges in ‘extreme porn’ case but fall-out continues

British government officials – and Policing Minister, Damian Green, MP – were today accused of spreading deliberate disinformation about the reasons for prosecuting gay barrister Simon Walsh in 2012 for possession of extreme porn.

Damian Green, in particular, is singled out as needing to explain why, in respect of such a controversial legal initiative, he appeared to be smearing Walsh by linking him to practices that formed no part of the case against him.

January 1, 2013

London mayor’s chief of staff admits they almost pulled out of 2012 gay festival. Community-based group likely to win bid to run pride until 2017

Mayor Boris Johnson considered pulling out of supporting London’s World Pride event altogether when it became clear organizers were struggling.

The World Pride LGBT festival in the UK capital in 2012 became a major headache for City Hall when it had to be drastically scaled back with just 10 days to go.

A funding shortfall and other organizational problems saw the event scaled back with floats and other vehicles banned from the march.

December 28, 2012

Gay Star News travels the world to find the best places to ring in the New Year

If you're looking for somewhere a little more exciting to spend New Year's Eve than your local boozer, then take a look at the celebrations the rest of the world has to offer.

There are concerts, fireworks and parties going on all over the world, each one with its own unique and exciting selling points.

December 25, 2012

80s singing star Boy George and Paralympian Claire Harvey among those to back Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s Love Equal Marriage campaign

Celebrities have thrown their weight behind a push to get marriage equality out of the debating chamber and onto the statute books in Britain.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF), north-west England’s leading LGBT organization, is leading the Love Equal Marriage campaign.

The UK government has brought forward proposals for full marriage equality for England and Wales and the Scottish government is also taking action with both bills set to be debated in 2013.

December 9, 2012

Tories such as London mayor Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Michael Gove are urging backbenchers to back marriage equality

Senior members of the Conservative party have launched a new group to campaign for same-sex marriage.

Uniting under the slogan ‘Freedom to Marry’, the group contains some of the party’s biggest names such as Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Patrick McLoughlin.

The campaign has launched as a response to the 130 Tory backbenchers who say they will not back marriage equality when the bill is up for a free vote next year.

November 20, 2012

London Community Pride reveals it is one of the bidders to run the UK capital's annual LGBT festival

A group which promises to make gay pride in London a 'beacon to the world' has announced its bid to run next year's event in the UK capital.

The London Community Pride (LCP) group have applied to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for the job of managing the annual event for the next five years.

Claiming to comprise of individuals with 'wide experience' in events organization and fundraising, LCP promises to use money made from the festival to support charities which work with and for the LGBT community, as well as finance pride in the future.

November 19, 2012

Johnson pledges support for THT campaign encouraging gay and bisexual men to test more regularly for HIV

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is backing England's first ever national HIV testing week.

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, which marked its 30th anniversary at the UK capital's City Hall last night (19 November), launched the campaign to encourage gay and bisexual men to test more regularly for the virus.

October 31, 2012

People interested in running LGBT pride in London have just three days for the deadline for bids closes

There are only three days left until the deadline closes for bids to run gay pride in the British capital.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced last Wednesday (24 October) that his team will review bids from non-profit, community-based organizations to run and develop pride in London over the next five years from 2013.

The deadline for interested parties closes on Friday (2 November).

The winning tender could be given grants by City Hall of up to £500,000 ($800,000 €619,000) with free use of Trafalgar Square in central London chucked into the deal.