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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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London School of Economics Disbands Rugby Team Following Homophobic Display

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The London School of Economics has disbanded its men’s rugby club following the digital publication of a misogynistic, homophobic leaflet that the team passed out during a fair welcoming this semester’s fall freshman. The incendiary flyers triggered swift backlash from the LSE student body that quickly organized protests and reached out to university officials about the circulating slurs.

In response to the public’s outcry the LSE student union took to its Tumblr to announce its intentions of launching a full scale investigation into the circumstances leading up to the flyers creation.

“This investigation will be thorough,” the statement reads. “It will hear from both individuals that complained and the Club itself. This will allow us to determine any appropriate action.”

The rugby club expressed its regret through the university’s student newspaper, The Beaver, assuring students that it had every intention of cooperating with the student union’s investigation.

“LSE Men’s Rugby does not tolerate misogyny, racism, homophobia or prejudice of any description and the Club remains committed to the LSE’s equal opportunities policy. Clearly, on this occasion we not only failed ourselves, but the university which we are so proud to represent.”

Michael Etheridge, an openly gay administrator at the university wrote an impassioned open letter rejecting the rugby club’s apology as lip service and belying the much larger issue of homophobia within the world of sports.

“The pathetic statement from the Men’s Rugby Team shows no engagement with the issues, apologising not for their misogyny and homophobia, but for the decision to publish it.” he said. “The leaflet’s authors not only excluded gay people from their society, but went further in employing homophobia as a promotional tool.

The school’s women’s rugby team, a separate, unaffiliated organization, also issued its own condemnation of their male counterparts, stating that inclusion and diversity were key elements to the overall success of all of LSE’s sports teams.


Gay London Couple Denied Housing For Not Being A 'Regular Couple'

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Greg Rutherford - the Olympic athlete who bears a striking resemblence to Neil Patrick Harris - had a pair of friends looking for housing in Clapham, south London. The couple, who are gay men, found a promising ad through Gumtree, but when they contacted the landlord they received a less than hospitable (though polite) response:

"Hi guys, sorry but we are looking for a regular couple. Thanks for understanding."

George Poole, one of the two men denied housing, said when he spoke with the Standard:

It is weird - it is so backward. We all come into this world as equals so why can we not all be treated as equals? Especially somewhere like London - you would not expect that. And Clapham itself is generally considered quite gay friendly.

Unfortunately for the landlord, denying housing based on orientation runs afoul of the Equality Act 2010 which makes such a denial illegal, so turbulent times may be in his near future.


BBC Exposes Sham Gay Weddings To Circumvent Immigration Laws: VIDEO

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An increasing number of same-sex weddings in London are shams designed to get around immigration laws.

Despite a government clampdown, these fake weddings have more than trebled in number in recent years.

The BBC’s Inside Out London went undercover to expose the fraud and discovered one gang that organises sham gay marriages for £10,000.

The gang's leaders, who boasted they had "fixed" weddings "lots of times,” offered two potential fake Romanian brides to the reporter, both of whom stated they were not lesbians but were willing to pretend to be gay and marry anyone for cash.

One of the potential brides said she had organised six previous sham weddings and knew how to deceive immigration officers.

She added that she could also arrange a "romantic" photo shoot of the undercover reporter and herself, designed to persuade the authorities that they were in a genuine relationship.

Minister for Immigration and Security James Brokenshire has ordered his enforcement teams to launch an investigation into sham gay weddings as a result of the BBC report.

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Life-sized Amy Winehouse Memorial Statue Unveiled in London - VIDEO

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Fans from across the world travelled to Camden, north London, yesterday to celebrate the unveiling of a bronze statue of the late Amy Winehouse. Collaboratively designed by sculptor Scott Eaton and Winehouse’s father Mitch, the statue depicts Amy with her trademark beehive bouffant and a star of David.

"The hand on the hip, the turn of the head, the grabbing of the skirt, the turned in foot - these are all small elements that contribute to the personality of the piece,” Eaton told The Guardian.

The unveiling marks the three year anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s untimely death after a long, public battle with alcohol and drug addiction. Following her death by accidental alcohol poisoning, Winehouse’s father established The Amy Winehouse Foundation that focuses on providing drug abuse in youth communities.

"They don't put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she's gone but spiritually she'll never leave us,” said Mitch Winehouse after adorning the statue with a living red rose. “We shouldn't be here but we are, this is the reality and we've just got to make the most of it. Getting people to come here, spend some time with Amy and put a flower in her hair and remember her in a very positive way. That for me is wonderful.”

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