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December 19, 2014

Police are looking to question her

Do you know this woman? Police have released a CCTV image of the person they believe went on a 'pro-longed', homophobic rant on the London underground.

Detectives say the woman abused a 23-year-old man on a Metropolitan Line between Baker Street and Northwood stations on the evening of 14 November.

The man was then followed off the train to the station exit.

December 18, 2014

Coolsculpting – or freezing away fat – got one dancer back on his feet

From an early age, all I wanted to do was perform. I began doing Youth Theatre for a couple of years and then one day I tried my luck at dance. I was completely won over and never looked back.

The challenges for my body and the feeling of music surging through me opened my eyes to a whole new way of living. I enjoyed everything about it and never took a moment to see it as exercise. It just felt right.

December 17, 2014

Emma Hill of the London Women’s Clinic answers some of the questions that women might have if they’re thinking about conception over the age of 40

The British newsreader Kate Silverton, 44, was recently interviewed by the Evening Standard about her experience as an older mum. Kate, who has just had her second baby at 43, discussed whether her generation had got it right by getting pregnant at 40 or over.

December 17, 2014

From tarmac to hotel – walk through Terminal 4 into the arms of sanctuary

An air of style and calm neighboring the world’s third busiest airport – the Hilton hotel at Heathrow’s Terminal 4 leaves no stone unturned in providing its guests a home away from home.

The 398-room hotel blends the impression of a high-class, Central London landmark hotel with the hot modern chic highly desired by those appreciative of unique contemporary structures and style – the only difference is it’s adjacent to Heathrow Airport, which is actually one of its unique selling points.

December 17, 2014

From tarmac to hotel – walk through Terminal 4 into the arms of sanctuary

An air of style and calm neighboring the world’s third busiest airport – the Hilton hotel at Heathrow’s Terminal 4 leaves no stone unturned in providing its guests a home away from home.

The 398-room hotel blends the impression of a high-class, Central London landmark hotel with the hot modern chic highly desired by those appreciative of unique contemporary structures and style – the only difference is it’s adjacent to Heathrow Airport, which is actually one of its unique selling points.

December 17, 2014

Kerry Smith says his language was no worse than what you'd hear on 1980s sitcom Only Fools and Horses

UKIP politician Kerry Smith has claimed referring to gay people as 'poofters' and Chinese people as 'chinky' would not offend anyone from where he is from in London.

The candidate for South Basildon and East Thurock was revealed to have made homophobic and racist remarks and joked about shooting poor people last week.

In recordings of phone calls, he described gay party members as 'disgusting, old poofters', referred to someone with a Chinese name as 'chinky' and said shooting working-class people would be like a 'peasant hunt'.

December 16, 2014

Coincides with travel-themed issue from gay men's magazine

Attitude magazine has been confirmed as a special guest at the Gay Star Travel Expo in January 2015.

The trailblazing gay men's magazine will be bringing along special goodie bags for guests at the show, containing their new travel-themed issue as well as the second edition of its Love and Marriage special.

The magazine will also be providing fun and frolics for its readers with an Attitude-branded photobooth.

December 16, 2014

This happened in February, and the effects are still being felt today

The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center of a civil rights firestorm.

Even though it happened in February, the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach the end of the year.

December 14, 2014

The perfect Soho location for a quintessential London weekend

My friend Andreas from Copenhagen was in town so I booked us into the Z Hotel in Soho to ensure that we were in the heart of the action for the fairly frenetic itinerary that we had planned – shop; drink; party; sleep; repeat.

Soho in London is the city’s recognised gay village, a dense network of small streets, awash with cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres, independent stores and sex shops.

December 14, 2014

The perfect Soho location for a quintessential London weekend

My friend Andreas from Copenhagen was in town so I booked us into the Z Hotel in Soho to ensure that we were in the heart of the action for the fairly frenetic itinerary that we had planned – shop; drink; party; sleep; repeat.

Soho in London is the city’s recognised gay village, a dense network of small streets, awash with cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres, independent stores and sex shops.

December 13, 2014

For wearing his organizer-provided underwear on his head instead of his groin during the underwear segment

Stavros Louca is an obese gay man who has been mocked all his life in school by his schoolmates, and straight and gay people as an adult.

'I got bullied when I first came out at school... Because of my size, they all reacted, "He's gay because he's so fat he can't get himself a woman."' He said in a video produced by the Guardian which was released this week.

And when he went to gay bars, he was picked on and insulted.

December 12, 2014

British LGBT Awards returns next spring

Hollyoaks TV soap actor Kieron Richardson wants you to nominate your favorites for next year’s British LGBT Awards.

The actor, best known for playing Ste Hay in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, picked up the ‘rising star of the year’ prize at the last ceremony, formerly called the Out In The City and G3 Awards.

He is now the official ambassador for the gay awards show.

The ceremony will take place on 24 April 2015 at a glittering ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel.

December 10, 2014

Australia House hosts the launch of a new work examining the wartime career of Sir Robert Menzies

As you walk down the Strand in London, Australia House is a major landmark. Construction began in 1913 and it was officially opened in 1918 – an incredibly ambitious building project that cost around £1 million – a huge investment and logistical challenge during the international upheaval of World War I.

December 10, 2014

Gay Danish-British presenter converts her civil partnership into marriage

Sandi Toksvig has converted her civil partnership to a marriage today (10 December).

The Danish-British presenter and her partner Debbie 'upgraded' their union at a registry office in London this afternoon.

Speaking on Lorraine, Toksvig said: 'It's time. It's a better quality - it's about not being a second class status. It's about being exactly the same as everyone else.

December 9, 2014

Singer seems to be uninjured as he is helped to his feet by tennis legend John McEnroe

All Elton John wanted to do was congratulate Martina Hingis and John McEnroe for their stellar play during a charity tennis in London on Sunday.

The singer got out of his courtside chair to greet the player and when he returned to sit down, he fell backward in the chair all the way to the ground.

John did not appear to be injured and video of the mishap at Royal Albert Hall has gone viral.

He was quickly helped to his feet by McEnroe.

It was still a good night for the pop icon, however.

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 9, 2014

Goreski and TV producer-writer Gary Janetti have been a couple for 13 years

These are exciting times for celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski who, along with Kathy Griffin, has been added to the panel of the E! show Fashion Police.

Goreski and longtime partner Gary Janetti,  who have been together for 13 years. are engaged to be married, the designer and reality show star confirmed on the red carpet of the Trevor Live! event in Hollywood over the weekend.

December 9, 2014

Transport for London, the authority in charge of London’s public transport and roads, will be rolling out its rainbow crossing again to mark the day that civil partnerships can be changed to marriage

England and Wales passed legislation late last year allowing same-sex marriage; in addition to previous legislation allowing same-sex civil partnerships.

Civil unions began in 2005, since which time over 120,000 people have entered into them. Same-sex marriages have been possible since March, but until now, those who were previously in civil partnerships have not been able to change their relationship status.

That all changes from tomorrow (10 December), when a simple appointment with a registrar will allow those in civil unions to become legally married.

December 8, 2014

Whether it's glamour in Glasgow or dirt in Dalston – welcome 2015 in style...

New Year's Eve may be falling on a weekday this month but that's no reason to hold back on the biggest party night of the year.

Here, we count down seven of the best gay and gay-friendly parties to check out this December 31...

December 8, 2014

Paul Cahill has an MBE for services to diversity in policing

A gay police offer who was awarded an MBE for diversity was arrested in London last week after class A drugs were discovered in his car.

Chief Inspector Paul Cahill, 43, was found slumped over the wheel of his car in Lambeth, south London by passing colleagues and taken to a nearby police station.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a substance thought to be class A drugs and a drink drive-related offence.

More class A drugs – a category which includes cocaine and heroin – were found at his home.

December 8, 2014

Proceeds from London event benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation

The 41-year friendship between Elton John and Billie Jean King continues to thrive and to raise funds in the fight against AIDS.

Their annual event WTT Smash Hits (WTT stands for World Team Tennis which was founded by King) was held over the weekend in London and raised more than $1 million dollars for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

It was only the second time in the event's history that Smash Hits surpassed $1 million. It has now raised more the $13 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993.

December 7, 2014

One customer wanted to check he isn’t going to a gay bar for his Christmas party and the response he receives is brilliant

What is one guaranteed way to get your Christmas staff party cancelled? Send a homophobic email to the venue.

Alex Proud, London-based restaurant owner, knows the perfect way to respond to homophobic emails from customers.

On his Twitter account, Proud tweeted screenshots of an exchange with a customer who wanted to know if his restaurant in Camden was a gay bar.

‘We have our Christmas staff party booked for next Friday at Proud,’ read the email.

December 5, 2014

RIP Nazim Mahmood

A British gay doctor killed himself days after coming out to his mother, in which she responded by telling him to seek a 'cure' for his 'illness'. 

Dr Nazim Mahmood committed suicide by jumping naked from his luxury penthouse London apartment balcony and falling four storeys to the ground on 30 July.

St Pancras Coroners' Court heard how the 34-year-old doctor told his mother he was in a 13-year relationship with a man, his fiancé Matthew Ogston, just days before his death.

December 4, 2014

A new app that phone users can download and use to report hate crimes is among several plans that have been announced by City Hall following a rise in homophobic hate offenses

As GSN reported last month, there has been a sharp increase in homophobic attacks in London in the past 12 months, with Scotland Yard reporting 1,073 violent homophobic offences between January and October alone (compared to 1,007 for the whole of 2013).