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January 15, 2015

Cotswolds-style farmhouse meets French-style chateau in South West England stopover

Author Sinclair Lewis famously once described winter as less of a season and more of an ‘occupation’. Unfortunately that occupation – at least in January once the warm glow of Christmas has faded – often involves nothing more than willing longer, warmer days to arrive as quickly as possible. An ideal time, then, for a warming post-Christmas retreat – and the Old Manor Hotel in Wiltshire was the perfect place to escape.

January 11, 2015

We tackle the hard questions and bring you the highlights of day 3 of London Collections: Men

The sun was shining for the start of day three of London Collections: Men. Fuelled up on coffee, I was channelling my inner Miranda Priestly and ready to be impressed by what AW15 had waiting for the fashion world.

January 10, 2015

London Collections: Men continues and we bring you the highlights of day two.

It was cold, wet, and grey with a blustery wind as the city’s followers of fashion faced into day two of London Collections: Men.

January 9, 2015

Get the full London cosmopolitan experience with a stay at this epically-located hotel

Hotels in blockbuster cities ought to provide an escape from the hustle and bustle, while emphasizing a sense of awe and wonder – more often than not, though, said hotels are busy, cramped, overpriced and create a whirlwind of stress akin to the one you were trying to escape.

December 9, 2014

Menswear will be in the spotlight as the fashion world parties in the UK capital

January can sometimes be a bleak time to visit London – with the excitement of Christmas behind us, the depths of an English winter often promises little more than endless weeks of cold weather and dark nights.

However one of the things that gets Londoners buzzing is fashion, and from 9-12 January 2015, the British Fashion Council will be presenting London Collections: Men.

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

October 2, 2014

Local police have now agreed to work together in order to try and put a stop to the hellish campaign

A 53-year-old man from Northamptonshire is in police custody over the leaflets branding gay people 'worthy of death' in Chester earlier this week.

The leaflets, distributed in several UK towns and cities about to host Pride events, describe homosexuality as 'not natural' and 'part of the same moral degradation as...pedophilia.'

Some eyewitnesses of the person or people giving out the leaflets say they are being handed out dressed in a 'mysterious monk' outfit.

September 25, 2014

Jane Fae takes on web filters, calling out the UK government for using a filtering system that does not comply with UK equality law

Pride, the film of how lesbian and gay activists gave support to the striking miners in 1984/5, may be a hit at the box office.

It is not quite such a hit with Hertfordshire Council, a county north of London, whose public Wi-Fi filters have deemed a Wikipedia page detailing the history of this campaign is 'adult content' and as such in breach of their conditions of use.

July 21, 2014

George Montague, in his 90s, was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride

David Cameron has written a letter to congratulate the ‘oldest gay in the village’.

The affectionate moniker is George Montague’s, who was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride.

In his 90s, he is one of the UK city’s most famous and loved citizens.

Montague sent the Prime Minister a copy of his new book, The Oldest Gay In The Village, to read.

July 12, 2014

UK city prepares for pride celebrations as special wristbands go on sale for their legendary street celebrations at the heart of the weekend

As Brighton Pride 2014 draws nearer, organizers are encouraging people to buy their new pledgebands to ensure they can enjoy the celebrations.

Due the popularity of Brighton Pride, as the UK seaside town is not only a LGBTI hotspot but also a cultural melting pot and summer destination, organizers have introduced a pledgeband, like a wristband, for revellers to buy for the weekend.

July 9, 2014

The 26-year-olds are alleged to have pretended to be young hot men on the gay dating app and then tried to get thousands of pounds from the men who got contact with them

Two British men are being accused of trying to blackmail gay men on Grindr.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both from Gloucester in South West England, have been charged with two counts of blackmail.

The 26-year-olds pretended to be young hot men on the gay dating app and then tried to get thousands of pounds from the men who got in contact with them, it was alleged at Gloucester Crown Court.

June 26, 2014

2014's theme for Pride In London is #FreedomTo, celebrating the new-found rights and protections given to us this year

Three months ago, gay couples in England and Wales were allowed to walk down the aisle and get married.

But while LGBTI Londoners may have more rights than ever, this is not the time to get lazy.

After all, reports of homophobic crime are up since last year.

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

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.

June 19, 2014

Fuzzies and their lovers head to the UK’s gay mecca on the coast for a weekend of boogies in the disco and picnics in the park

It’s only 'Fursday', but we’ve already got the weekend on the mind, and this one in particular.

In the British coastal town of Brighton, a slew of parties and events will be hosted for bears, cubs, otters, wolves and whatever other animal classification are out there for furry, burly gay men (and their admirers).

They’re calling it the Brighton Bear Weekender.

This year’s Bear Weekender will run from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June 2014.

The events will include:

June 9, 2014

Police are appealing for help to find one man and two women in connection with a homophobic attack in Vauxhall

A London man who was sprayed with bleach in an anti-gay attack may never see again.

The clubber, 23, is one of three victims attacked by a concentrated ammonia solution in premeditated attacks at around 4am yesterday.

Police are asking for people to look at CCTV images of a bearded man and two younger women who they would like to identify in connection with the attacks.

It happened outside Lightbox club in South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall – an area south of the River Thames in the UK capital, popular with gay clubbers.

June 9, 2014

Heather Peace, who opened the crossing, said she wanted it to be a 'beautiful symbol during LGBT Pride month'

Brighton is being given a bold makeover as Europe’s first official ‘rainbow crossing’ was unveiled to celebrate Pride.

Created by local artists overnight, the rainbow stretches across the road at the artists’ quarter of Madeira Drive.

Hundreds are expected to visit the crossing. Even though the council supported the rainbow walk, it will be closed within a week.

Brighton Pride will take place on 2 August.

Due to government regulations, the police have also warned the public that it should not be considered an official road crossing.

May 23, 2014

We promise to not make a weak 'Brighton up your weekend' pun. Oops

Summer is coming, and many British people are packing their bags to head to the seaside.

And for LGBTI Brits, the best option is going down south to Brighton.

Not only is it known as the gay capital of Europe, it is a great place for a weekend away.

It’s open-minded, relaxed, and just a little bit eccentric.

Take a look at what is quite possibly the perfect gay weekend in Brighton.

May 22, 2014

Non-LGBTI crowd, heavy drinking and vast numbers caused problems for police. If community doesn’t back plan, whole festival could be shut down

The UK’s Brighton Pride is planning to charge for its street party for the first time to stop a ‘rough’ free-for-all with out of control drinking.

The change has been forced on organizers of the LGBTI festival on the south coast of England, which is a highlight of the British summer.

And if the community doesn’t agree to the new plan, the whole festival could be shut down for safety reasons.

May 1, 2014

Two men boasted to a takeaway they pushed a man into an incredibly dangerous river because he was gay

A British man was plucked from the jaws of death after two muggers pushed him into a river because he was gay.

The victim, given anonymity, was walking home from a gay bar in Hull when he was attacked.

Muggers Kallum Crosby, 20, and Jamie Norris, 22, attacked him, rifled through his pockets and pushed him into the river Humber.

Later, the pair boasted about the attack to a takeaway worker, saying they did it because he was gay.

April 10, 2014

With a rich gay history and exciting culinary offerings, not even gray British weather is enough to dampen Brighton's bright light

One thing can be said about British people and seaside cities: Inevitable bad weather will not stop them from having a good time. This is especially true in Brighton.

My weekend in the gay capital of the UK on the southern coast of England truly lived up to the British expectations of weather. It was grey, and it was windy.

However, my weekend could not have been any sunnier as I was treated to a weekend sampling of Brighton’s best bars and restaurants, and learning about its surprising history.

April 2, 2014

Ever been to a dog pride show? If you answered no, you’ll be barking mad to miss this… *warning terrible puns oncoming*

They’ve been brushed, clipped and covered in glitter… It’s the Brighton and Hove Dog Pride Show 2014!

The event will be held to give a new leash of life to the Brighton Pride 2014 event series, featuring awards for the best categories and even a glamorous catwalk for the dogs to strut down.

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March 20, 2014

British politician Samuel Fletcher seems to think 'part-time homosexuals' exist - they don't

Some have struggled in the past to fully embrace the rich diversity of the LGBTI community.

But one man, Samuel Fletcher, is perhaps the most baffled man alive.

A UKIP councillor for Bracken Bank and Ingrow Ward in Keighley, he seems to believe bisexual and trans people are ‘part-time homosexuals’.

In the past, he has also accused LGBTI people of being 'strange', and saying British society has become 'far more complex and harder to immediately understand since it became socially acceptable to be openly homosexual'.

February 3, 2014

The men from OutdoorLads take a walk on the wild side along one of England's most scenic coastlines

I’m a sucker for a sexy headline.

So when I saw the ‘Jurassic Coast’ weekend advertised on OutdoorLads.com I signed up straight away. I’m no dinosaur fanatic, but giving southwest England's Dorset Coast a prehistoric flair did it for me.