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November 20, 2014

After falling in love whilst in the British Army together, Tracey and Samantha Henry became moms to twin boys Finlay and Logan in 2011 through utilizing the IVF services at London Women’s Clinic. Tracey told GSN about the experience

‘Sam and I are both 34 years old and have been together almost seven years. We met whilst serving in the Army but got to know each other during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. We started a relationship in February 2008.

‘Sam has been in the army 16 years and is a Staff Sergeant with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. I left the Army after maternity leave and now work for BNP Paribas Rental Solutions in Basingstoke.

‘We first talked about starting a family in 2009 after we got engaged but wanted to wait as Sam was on an 18-month career course.

November 18, 2014

Titan hotspots London, Berlin and San Francisco battle it out to be named top LGBTI havens

We've brought you numbers 20 to 16 and 15 to 11 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 10 to six; check back tomorrow for the final five!

10. Berlin

November 18, 2014

The equivalent of nine gay men received a positive HIV diagnosis every day in 2013

More and more gay men in the UK are being diagnosed with HIV.

Public Health England figures reported today show 2013 saw the highest ever number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with the virus - 3,250.

This is the equivalent of nine gay men receiving a positive HIV diagnosis every day.

Men who have sex with men continue to be disproportionately the biggest group affected by HIV.

Other statistics found one in 17 gay men in the UK aged 15 to 59 is now living with HIV, rising to one in eight in London.

November 17, 2014

Two artists have been left 'devastated' after work valued at £6000 was stolen by three men who posed as volunteers

Two artists have been left devastated after their artwork was snatched from the walls at a gay event in London in the early hours of Sunday morning (16 November).

Eight pieces were taken from the exhibition wall at the Winter Pride Art Awards, an event celebrating diversity, sexuality and artistry, held on Saturday at Tobacco Dock. Around 1500 people attended the event.

The culprits are believed to have posed as volunteers, removing the artwork at around 2-3am when the only people left at the end of the evening were the curating team, security and bar staff.

November 13, 2014

Openly gay Gypsy Boy author shares his experiences on the road

He's the handsome, enigmatic author of the best-selling and often heartbreaking memoirs Gypsy Boy and Gypsy Boy on the Run.

Here, born traveller Mikey Walsh – voted number 70 on the recent Independent On Sunday Rainbow List – shares his experiences on the road: from Christmas at London's Borough Market to the 'patchwork quilt' view of a dream-like, mountain-top Italian village he's forgotten the name of...

November 12, 2014

Aunty Ben, a show about a little girl and her drag queen uncle, is coming to London for a one-off performance at the Chelsea Theatre

Created by production company Super Paua, Aunty Ben is described as a LGBT-positive show for children aged 7+.

‘Nine-year old Tracey loves her Aunty Ben. It doesn’t matter to her that Aunty Ben is actually her uncle, or that he’s a drag queen, because in Tracey’s family dressing up is for everyone! But when Ben meets her school friends, Tracey is shocked to discover that other people’s families can be very different to her own.’

November 12, 2014

Police want to speak to a man in his early 20s in connection with a serious assault

London police have sent out a call to help find a man in connection with a vicious assault on a 51-year-old man.

Police in Camden, an area of central London popular with the LGBTI community, have now issued CCTV images for the assault which happened on 31 October.

A concerned Camden gay rights group will be extending their community outreach and is warning all LGBTI people in the area to remain vigilant.

November 12, 2014

Fierce

Most of us in high heels fall over in the first 30 seconds, but not these guys - they do a full on flawless dance routine.

Frenchmen Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi, who impressed on this year's Britain's Got Talent, are back in London with another incredible video.

This time, they sashay around the sites like Soho, Trafalgar Square and London Bridge tube station to Technotronic's Pump Up The Jam.

But not only that, they work in several quotes from classic UK comedy series Absolutely Fabulous.

And that's what this is, absolutely fabulous.

November 10, 2014

Top banks and financial services firms unite for summit on LGBTI issues in London

The CEO of HSBC in Britain, one of the biggest banks in the country, says being open about his sexuality helps him do his job.

Antonio Simoes was speaking at the LGBTI Out on the Street Europe Summit, for senior people in banking and finance, in London today (10 November).

Simoes said it was important for him to be ‘authentic’ to be a good boss and that meant speaking openly about his life and his husband.

‘I am the short, bald, Portuguese, gay guy. I have started to use it as a positive element of my personality,’ he told delegates.

November 10, 2014

LGBTI business summit in London hears legal and medical professions are struggling with diversity

Banks who look after their gay, bi and trans staff are more likely to be honest with customers, says the chairman of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

John Griffith-Jones, chairman of the FCA, was speaking today (10 November) at the Out on the Street Summit in London, targeted at banks and financial services firms wanting to develop LGBTI diversity.

He said diversity and inclusion must be on the agenda for banks wanting to repair their reputation after the global financial crisis.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 8, 2014

Think that your sexuality has no bearing on your work? An LGBT business conference taking place in London today reminded those attending that honesty fosters stronger and more authentic business relationships

Although an increasing number of young LGBT people are confident enough to be out whilst at university or business school, it’s estimated that around 61% choose to go back into the closet when they enter the world of business.

In fact, a recent study by Deloitte concluded that 85% of LGBT employees chose not to be out to their work colleagues.

November 8, 2014

The former head of BP, who was outed in 2007, spoke movingly today at business and diversity forum EurOUT 2014: warning tomorrow’s business leaders to be open about their sexuality

Lord Browne of Madingley, who was outed by a newspaper in May 2007 after it discovered details of his relationship with a man, spoke movingly today at a leading business and diversity conference in London.

The annual EurOUT 2014 conference – now in its fourth year – was held at the London Business School, Regents Park. The event is aimed at tomorrow’s business leaders; both students and recent alumni.

November 7, 2014

Olympic diver and Oscar winner raising money for causes close to their hearts

Olympic diver Tom Daley and his Oscar winning boyfriend Dustin Lance Black announced on Thursday (6 November) that they are selling themselves.

But just for one night.

The Power couple are raffling off a double date - with them - in London as a way to raise money for two causes near and dear to their hearts: The Brain Tumour Charity and the Human Rights Campaign.

They explain in a video that Daley's dad died of a brain tumor and Black's gay older brother died from cancer before marriage equality came to the Southern state in which he lived.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

November 5, 2014

Top firm faces £1.5 million lawsuit

A boss is being sued for telling employees badminton is so 'gay' men should wear a dress when they play it.

Neil Campbell, a manager at London brokerage company Tullet Prebon, is accused of presiding over a 'sexist, racist and homophobic culture'.

Former employee Kishore Kansal is seeking £1.5 million ($2.4 million, €1.9 million) in damages citing racial harassment and discrimination.

November 5, 2014

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old were 'beaten to a pulp' by two men wearing pink tutus

Two men have been arrested in connection to a violent attack on a gay teen and his friend in London.

Earlier this week, the victims came forward to say they were attacked by two men in pink tutus near a KFC in Surbiton, a surburban area of south-west London, shortly after 1am on Saturday (1 November).

It is believed the two were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women.

They were subjected to homophobic abuse by the men in the group.

November 3, 2014

One of the best gay parties in the world hits 25 and GSN travels to Belgium to help celebrate.

Friday morning and it was busy in the Eurostar departure lounge of London’s St Pancras station, but this is an incredibly easy way to travel – security and passport control is a breeze and there’s minimal hanging around before you’re boarding the comfortable train.

As I was patiently working my way down the carriage trying to find my seat, I realised that I was going to be sitting in a ‘duo’ seat, two seats opposite each other sharing a small table.

November 3, 2014

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old were the victims

Thugs dressed as pink fairies hurled anti-gay slurs, kicked and punched two young men on 1 November.

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old, both male, were attacked near a KFC in Surbiton, a surburban area of south-west London, shortly after 1am on Halloween night.

It is believed the two were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women.

They were subjected to homophobic abuse by the men in the group.

November 2, 2014

In the latest in a line of closures on the London gay scene, Hackney pub the Joiners Arms will shut its doors in January 2015. Its managements tell GSN that they are seeking new premises

A well-loved and long-running London gay bar has been told that it must find itself a new home.

The management of the Joiners Arms on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, has been informed that its current lease, which expires on 15 January 2015, will not be renewed.

David Pollard, the publican who re-launched the venue as a gay bar in 1997 and has run it ever since, told GSN that a development company is planning to demolish the venue and build flats on the site.

November 2, 2014

In the latest in a line of closures on the London gay scene, Hackney pub the Joiners Arms will shut its doors in January 2015. Its managements tell GSN that they are seeking new premises

A well-loved and long-running London gay bar has been told that it must find itself a new home.

The management of the Joiners Arms on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, has been informed that its current lease, which expires on 15 January 2015, will not be renewed.

David Pollard, the publican who re-launched the venue as a gay bar in 1997 and has run it ever since, told GSN that a development company is planning to demolish the venue and build flats on the site.

November 2, 2014

David Little, the UKIP candidate for Dover, Kent, says the image is satirical, but the local MP says that the illustration has drawn complaints

A candidate standing to be a British MP for UKIP has drawn criticism after posting a cartoon image on his Facebook page that refers to London as being full of ‘cosmopolitan poofters’ and Africa as ‘Bongo Bongo Lands’.

David Little is standing in next year’s General Election in Dover, Kent for UKIP (UK Independence Party).

He posted an image on his Facebook page of a ‘UKIP Map of the world’. The original image was drawn by cartoonist Martha Richler (aka Marf) for the website politicalbetting.com

October 31, 2014

A group of men allegedly told him 'Halloween hasn't started yet'

A gay man dressed in drag was attacked in Soho, London, it was reported today (31 October).

Benedict Stewardson, 20, as his alter ego, says he was punched in the jaw against a wall while waiting for a friend outside The Box this week.

He was allegedly told by a group of men that 'Halloween hasn't started yet'.

Stewardson responded to the remark, asking the men why they were wearing masks.

October 31, 2014

Legendary actor awarded accolade for his work in promoting LGBTI rights

Sir Ian McKellen has been given the Freedom of the City of London.

The gay Shakespearean actor, known for his roles in Lord Of The Rings and X Men, received the award at Guildhall.

While largely ceremonial these days, it does come with some 'symbolic privileges' such as being allowed to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge. (This technically no longer applies, but has been done periodically in recent years). 

One of the founders of campaigning group Stonewall UK, he also supports Pride London and The Albert Kennedy Trust.