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February 5, 2014

Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett, an adovocate for gay rights, was a friend of Prime Minister Tony Blair

A gay mayor in London has died suddenly, at the age of 44, from a suspected heart attack.

Tributes have poured in to Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett, who was first elected in 2005, died on Monday (3 February).

Tony Blair, former Labour Prime Minister, described him as an ‘intelligent, immensely hard-working and above all, a warm and generous spirit who was a pleasure to be around’.

Bennett, assistant to Alistair Campbell for the first four years of Blair’s government from 1997 to 2001, also paid tribute.

November 25, 2013

Police are on the hunt for a 30-year-old black male who befriends gay victims before stealing laptops, cash and other valuables

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.

April 14, 2012

Current Conservative mayor criticised for not making a single reference to the gay community in his 152 page manifesto

The candidates for London mayor faced a grilling from gay voters today (14 April) at a mayoral debate hosted by Stonewall.

The current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson, his Labour predecessor Ken Livingstone, the openly gay Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick, and Green party candidate Jenny Jones sat in a packed theatre to answer questions from the public.

The debate was chaired by chief executive of the UK-based LGBT charity Stonewall Ben Summerskill as candidates hoped to gain votes for the election on 3 May.

April 13, 2012

Extremist 'gay cure' group seek legal action after London bus advert banned

A Christian group which planned to run anti-gay adverts on London buses is considering legal action after authorities banned the campaign.

The Core Issues Trust advert, which read 'Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!', was due to appear on the side of 26 buses running past historic London landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral, from Monday (16 April) for two weeks.

April 12, 2012

Just hours after plans for an anti-gay advert on London buses was announced, it has been pulled by Transport for London

Transport for London has refused to carry adverts which proposed that gay people could be ‘cured’ on its buses.

The campaign, a response to a pro-gay advert currently running on the side of 1,000 buses from British LGB organization Stonewall, was booked to start on Monday (16 April) for two weeks.

March 19, 2012

Ken Livingstone send out a message to his gay voters in this week's HomoLAB

This week the HomoLAB team interview former London mayor Ken Livingstone and discuss why he's standing for the job again in the elections on 5 May against Conservative encumbent Boris Johnson who beathim in 1998.

The Labour politician also talks about standing up for gay rights, his openly gay Liberal Democrat rival for the mayor's job Brian Paddick and what Olympic tickets he has got.