Camden’s new gay mayor and mayoress

jonathansimpsonThe London borough of Camden has received a gay mayor and mayoress. Local Labour councillor Jonathan Simpson became the borough’s first openly gay mayor after safely retaining his seat in the recent May elections. A regular at cult Saturday night club, Duckie, he asked good friend Amy Lamé (Duckie promoter and TV/radio presenter) – if she would act as his Lady Mayoress for the duration of his time in office.  A fellow Camden resident herself, Amy was only too happy to accept the offer.

Matt Lucas awarded damages

mattlucasComedienne and actor Matt Lucas has been awarded undisclosed damages over articles published by the Daily Star newspaper after the death of his former civil partner, Kevin McGee. The couple had a civil partnership ceremony in 2006, but the arrangement was dissolved in 2008. Mr McGee committed suicide in 2009.

Malawian protest planned for London

malawiflagA London protest has been organised by supporters of two Malawian men sentenced to imprisonment because of their sexuality. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were sentenced last week by a court in the country’s capital, Blantyre, to 14 years in prison with hard labour because of their sexuality. The two had been arrested in December after staging a mock engagement party and announcing that they planned to live as man and wife.

UK gets hung parliament

benbradshawAfter a nail-biting night of General Election results, the UK awoke today (Friday 7 May) to find that it had been left with its first post-Election hung parliament for over three decades. After being far ahead in the election polls just six months ago, the Conservative Party failed to win the overall majority that many had predicted they would achieve, with mixed fortunes for a whole host of LGB Parliamentary Candidates and sitting MPs, such as Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw (pictured) who managed to retain his Exeter seat, despite stiff competition from the local Conservative candidate...

Stonewall Equality Walk breaks records

stonewallwalkIt’s been announced that the latest Stonewall Brighton Equality Walk raised a record amount for the gay equality charity. Taking place on Sunday 2 May, and supported by American Express, 350 walkers braved the wet and windy bank holiday weather to embark on the 10km walk.

Design glamour for Spring Awakening

designmuseumFancy a glamorous night out? The Design Museum will this year play host to NAT’s (National AIDS Trust) annual fundraiser, Spring Awakening, on Thursday 13 May. Numerous established and up-and-coming British designers including Vivienne Westwood, Emma Bridgewater and Selina Rose are donating works to raise funds to tackle HIV in the UK.

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