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Watch: British PM Gordon Brown's 'Bigoted Woman' Gaffe


British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a major gaffe today after a press-op in northern England in which he spoke with a woman about taxes, the economy, and immigration. Following the exchange, Brown got in his car, and, while the mic was still on, was overheard, saying: 

"Should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that? It's just ridiculous. She's just a sort of bigoted woman that said she used to be Labour. I mean, it's just ridiculous."

Brown said he was mortified about the slur (being overheard) and returned to the woman's house later: 

"Mr Brown later spent more than half an hour at Mrs Duffy's house, apologising to her before telling waiting reporters he had misunderstood what she had said. He said: 'If you like, I'm a penitent sinner. Sometimes you say things you don't mean to say, sometimes you say things by mistake and sometimes when you say things you'll want to correct them very quickly. I wanted to come here and say to Gillian that I was sorry, I had made a mistake, but also to say I understood the concerns she was bringing to me and I had simply misunderstood some of the words she had used.'"


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Watch: British PM Gordon Brown's Message for David Mixner


Longtime activist David Mixner was honored in New York last night with the Point Foundation's Legend Award for his 50 years of activism. Broadway World has some photo coverage of the event. I'll hopefully have some video of Mixner's remarks sometime in the near future.

For now, here's a clip of Prime Minister and Mrs. Gordon Brown's remarks in honor of Mixner that were played at the event last night. Congrats, David.


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British PM Stands by Gays, Speaks Out on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

At a reception yesterday at 10 Downing Street for LGBT supporters, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke out about the repeal of the military gay ban in the United States.

Brown  Said Brown to those gathered: "You are the pride of our country and we thank you very much. We know this debate continues in America today. I would say to people who still favour ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, look at our experience in Britain."

He promised to never give up on gay rights: "Tonight we reaffirm our commitment, my commitment, the commitment of the Government to standing with you all until the full range of gay rights are achieved. When we started as a Government on this journey, people said the dreams that we had together were impossible.... as long as Harriet (Harman) and I and other ministers are able to work with you, I promise you that nobody ever need walk the road to equality alone."

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Transgender woman found strangled to death in her flat in Brighton, UK by firefighters responding to a blaze. Police have arrested a 42-year-old man: "The body of Andrea Waddell, 29, who had a masters degree and worked as a prostitute, was found just before midnight on Thursday by firefighters. The man in custody, from Brighton, was held on Saturday night, police said."


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Adam Lambert album to be called For Your Entertainment.


Fashion chat: Paul Smith blabs with Simon Doonan.


Lesbian couple attacked in Brighton, UK: " The couple, who are aged 18 and 22, were walking hand in hand at about 3am on October 7. When they turned towards the three men shouting homophobic insults at them, two of the men attacked them, punching them both in the head. Even when the young women begged the third man, who had a large brown dog, to stop his friends, he did not intervene."

British Government Apologizes to Gay Codebreaker Alan Turing

After thousands signed a petition calling for a formal British apology to mathematician Alan Turing. During World War II, Turing, who is known as the father of modern computing, devised the Turing Bombe, a codebreaking device that was used to decipher the Nazi enigma codes, up to 3,000 messages per day. He was also gay, and two years after being convicted of "gross indecency" and sentenced to undergo hormone therapy, he killed himself with a cyanide-laced apple.

 Today, Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologized: Turingstatue

"Thousands of people have come together to demand justice for Alan Turing and recognition of the appalling way he was treated. While Turing was dealt with under the law of the time, and we can't put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair, and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him. Alan and the many thousands of other gay men who were convicted, as he was convicted, under homophobic laws, were treated terribly. Over the years, millions more lived in fear in conviction. I am proud that those days are gone and that in the past 12 years this Government has done so much to make life fairer and more equal for our LGBT community. This recognition of Alan's status as one of Britain's most famous victims of homophobia is another step towards equality, and long overdue...

...It is thanks to men and women who were totally committed to fighting fascism, people like Alan Turing, that the horrors of the Holocaust and of total war are part of Europe's history and not Europe's present. So on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan's work, I am very proud to say: we're sorry. You deserved so much better."

Read Brown's full piece in the Telegraph.

Gordon Brown: I'm proud to say sorry to a real war hero [telegraph]

Pictured: a statue of Turing at Britain's Bletchley Park.

An excerpt of a documentary on Turing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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