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UK: Manchester Choir Stages Tram Singalong After Homophobic Attack - VIDEO

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A lesbian and gay choir staged a mass singalong on the tram network in Manchester, England last night to show support after two gay men were targeted in a homophobic attack by a group of approximately 15 men, reports The Guardian.

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07a4b8af970d-200wiThe November 1st attack started because the victims - 25-year-old Jean-Claude “Jo” Manseau and 19-year-old Jake Heaton - were singing songs from the musical Wicked.

The Safe to Sing (#SafeToSing) event started with about 80 singers boarding trams in the city center to belt out tunes including ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story and Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’.

Volunteers gave out rainbow coloured cupcakes from a box marked “Cake Not Hate” as the tram driver explained over the PA what was going on.

Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus (MLGC) members disembarked at Piccadilly Gardens, where Manseau and Heaton were attacked two weeks ago.

The choir were joined by the Hallé ensemble, the Manchester Community choir, Blackburn People’s choir, the Manchester Bach choir and other groups from the north west.

Although neither of the victims felt up to attending the event, Jo’s mother, Jacqueline said:

“To think that all these people have come out tonight for my son. It’s just a pity the rest of the world isn’t so kind.”

She added that her son is still “in a bad way” but was really touched at the action.

Manseau has told the Manchester Evening News that the attack “has destroyed every bit of confidence I have. It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again.”

MLGC co-chair Kath Fox said the event was “a way for us to reach out to Jo and Jake and to assure them we will defend the right to safe passage on public transport for all people, especially those from the LGBT community. Out of the ugliest circumstances, the most meaningful and powerful messages emerge and that is what we hope to achieve with Safe to Sing.”

Watch a Vine of the singalong as well as a longer video of the group singing "Defying Gravity," AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Eastenders' Actor Cut From BBC Telethon Following Gay Joke - VIDEO

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An actor on English soap opera Eastenders was reportedly cut from a quiz segment on the BBC telethon ‘Children In Need’ following a gay joke, according to Yahoo!

Shane RitchieShane Ritchie is alleged to have said “Hurry up! Last person in is gay” while he and members of reformed 90s pop band S Club 7 were trying to fit into an elevator together.

S Club 7 band member Jon Lee came out in 2010.

Following the remark, three members of the band are thought to have refused to appear alongside Ritchie.

A source close to the actor confirmed that Ritchie made the joke but did not mean it in an offensive manner.

Back in January, a kiss between two gay characters on Eastenders led to an outburst of homophobic comments on social media. In April, the soap's resident beefcake Ben Hardy appeared on the cover of Attitude.

Watch S Club 7’s performance along with Ritchie and the Eastenders cast taking on songs from ‘Grease’ for Children In Need, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Children's Channel to Broadcast Transgender Teen Documentary - VIDEO

 

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UK children’s TV channel CBBC will today broadcast a feature about a transgender boy for the first time, reports Pink News.

‘I Am Leo,’ aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds, will air this afternoon as part of the CBBC’s anti-bullying week.

The short film follows 13-year-old Leo, born Lily, who has lived as a boy since the age of 5 and legally changed his name when he was 11.

The BBC’s Kez Margrie told the state broadcaster’s in-house magazine:

“I had wanted to do a story on a transgender child for a while, because I know there are kids out there having a tough time. But up to now, we hadn’t found the right story to tell.

“It feels very much like [Leo’s] journey and story, as told by him. It’s not about the science or the medicine, it is fundamentally about identity and passion – about a boy taking a stand, saying ‘This is who I am’. He has an identity that others find tricky to accept. That’s a pretty universal story.”

Cat Lewis of production company Nine Lives added:

“The great thing about making documentaries like this for children is that they’re not born with prejudices. There is a risk that the BBC will be criticised for commissioning this film, but it’s important that CBBC has been so supportive of it.”

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Challenge To Northern Ireland's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Launched - VIDEO

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Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland are preparing a challenge to the legitimacy of the province’s ban on same-sex marriage, reports Buzzfeed.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where gay marriage remains illegal. Politicians at the Northern Irish Assembly have rejected motions calling for same-sex marriage on three occasions, most recently in April. This has been due in part to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) invoking a “petition of concern” to effectively veto any vote on the issue. Petitions of concern were designed to ensure no laws were passed exclusively by politicians representing either the nationalist or unionist communities. 

According to Gavin Boyd of activist group the Rainbow Project, preparations are underway for a test case challenging the status of same-sex couples who marry elsewhere in the UK but are not considered to be married when they travel to Northern Ireland.

“The legal challenge as it is planned involves two people who were lawfully married in England returning home to Northern Ireland, where they are no longer considered to be married. We consider that to be unlawful, unjust, and unjustifiable.”

Watch a report on last April's vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, is due to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage early next year.

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Gay Couple Kicked Off London Bus After Being Told They Weren't 'Real Men' For Kissing

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Transport for London has launched an investigation into a complaint made by a gay couple claiming they were thrown off a bus and berated by the homophobic driver for sharing a kiss.

Jack James, 23, and his partner were on board the number 89 bus when the incident occurred back in August, the London Evening Standard reports

Mr James, an events coordinator who lives in Greenwich said: “We were chatting away when my partner gave me a peck on the lips.

“The bus driver shouted ‘Oi you two don’t do that on my f****** bus or you can get off, I don’t want to watch that.”

He said that initially they thought the driver could not be speaking to them.

He added: “When the bus stopped at our stop I walked up to the driver and politely asked the driver if he was talking to us.

“His reply was ‘Yes, it’s my bus it is my rules and I don’t want to watch that, it’s disgusting, get off the bus’.

“Once we got off the bus we were fuming and I was shaking. The bus stopped again and he shouted  and told us we were not real men and we should f*** off.”

Said TfL's Head of Bus Operations Ken Davidson:

All customers have the right to use our services without fear of being abused and offensive behaviour is completely unacceptable.  We would like to reassure Mr James that this matter is being taken very seriously and that a thorough investigation is being conducted by Go Ahead.

The news comes less than a week after hundreds of protesters flooded a Sainsbury's supermarket in Brighton, UK  for a "big consensual kiss-in" to protest the treatment of a lesbian couple told to by a security guard to stop their "disgusting" kissing. 


Suspected Muslim Terrorist Says England Is Rife With Incest, Homosexuality - VIDEO

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A Muslim medical student arrested in London on charges related to terrorism offences had complained on Twitter that the U.K. is rife with incest and homosexuality, reports The Daily Mail.

20-year-old Tarik Hassane was one of four men arrested who were believed to have been orchestrating a terrorist attack in the U.K.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6f3e33b970b-800wiSharing his views on Twitter, Hassane is believed to have said that ISIS fighters in Syria were “fulfilling the greatest deed in Islam.” However, he denied that he is a member of ISIS.

In one post, he said that Muslims in non-Muslim countries should emigrate, even though he intended to carry out a two-year medical placement at a hospital in England.

In another, he said in England “you have incest, homosexuals, sexual interactions in public, physical attacks on Muslims, alcohol/nudity everywhere.”

He also suggested that women can never rule, judge or lead because they are driven by emotion and suggested to one woman that it would be “more beneficial for you to take lessons on how to make dinner and clean and obey.”

However, Hassane’s friends have defended the four men, claiming that they are “football loving students” and that Hassane's views should be taken as a joke. One Twitter user said that Hassane's comment the day before he was arrested - "Oi lads, I smell war" - was related to girls, not terrorism.

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