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Take Your LGBT Advocacy on the Road in London's Stylish New Rainbow Taxi: VIDEO

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To mark the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, taxi driver Ian Beetlestone has teamed up with ad company Ubiquitous and Transport for London to add a splash of color to the city's iconic black cab design.

Gay Times reports:

"As we mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia this Sunday, I want everyone to know they are welcome to hail a ride in our iconic, beautiful vehicle,” says Ian. 

The idea, came around when Ian approached TFL to join the Pride in London Parade this year. It has received loads of support and will join the company’s rainbow bus service. 

Watch the pride car's creation, AFTER THE JUMP...

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David Hockney: Gay Culture Has Been Ruined By 'Boring' Men Living Ordinary Lives - VIDEO

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Artist David Hockney has said that gay culture has become too conservative because men want to live “ordinary” lives by entering into civil partnerships and having children.   

In an interview prior to the launch of a new exhibition of his work in London, England, Hockney was aghast at the suggestion that he might marry another man and lamented the decline of the Bohemian spirit.

The 77 year-old said he has stayed in contact with former lovers, except for those who have become boring.

San Francisco is apparently also boring now because of the lack of such figures as Harvey Milk.

On a slightly more positive note, Hockney opened up about his love life, saying that the love of his life was “maybe” Gregory Evans, his 62-year-old manager.

He also discussed how the death of one of his assistants in 2013 almost caused him to give up painting. Dominic Elliott died at Hockney’s house after taking a cocktail of drugs and alcohol and then drinking a household drain cleaner.


UK Court Rules In Favor Of Gay Dads in Surrogacy Battle

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A High Court in the U.K. has ruled that a baby girl conceived through surrogacy will be removed from her biological mother and live with her father and his same-sex partner, reports Reuters.

The decision follows a legal pursuit over the nature of the parents' agreement when the child was conceived. The father said the mother had agreed to be a surrogate but she said they had agreed that she should be the baby's main parent.

Ms Justice Alison Russell ruled that the mother had misled the two men and had always intended to keep the baby, rather than changing her mind during the pregnancy.

Russell said:

"Very sadly this case is another example of how ‘agreements’ between potential parents, reached privately to conceive children to build a family, go wrong and cause great distress to the biological parents and their spouses or partners.

"[The mother] has consistently done all she can to minimize the role that [the father] had in the child's life...Far from being a child that she conceived with her good friend, as she describes it, her actions have always been of a woman determined to treat the child as solely her own."

The woman also made a deliberate attempt to discredit the two men in "a homophobic and offensive manner", according to the judge:

Natalie Smith, a trustee of Surrogacy UK, said:

"A contract which forces a woman to give up the right to make decisions about her body as part of a paid-for service would be a move towards a commercial model. This raises a raft of ethical questions... and the risk of surrogates being coerced through financial gain.”

Surrogacy in Britain is legal but it is a crime to advertise for a surrogate, to offer your services as a surrogate or to pay a surrogate a direct fee. The birth mother remains the legal mother of the child and is not obliged to give the baby up once it is born.


UK Prime Minister David Cameron Speaks Out Following Conservative Party Election Victory: VIDEO

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Speaking outside 10 Downing Street the day after his election night victory, UK Prime Minister David Cameron reflected on his previous coalition government and looked ahead to his Conservative Party's majority government.

Said Cameron:

"I truly believe we are on the brink of something special in our country. We can make Britain a place where a good life is in reach for everyone who is willing to work and do the right thing. Our manifesto is a manifesto for working people. And as a majority government, we will be able to deliver all of it. 

Watch a portion of Cameron's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Scottish National Party (SNP) took 56 of Scotland's 59 seats in the Westminster parliament. For more on the UK general election, check out POLITICO's "10 Early Take-Aways from the UK Elections".

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London 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Convention Cancelled Following Public Outcry: VIDEO

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A “gay conversion” conference in London, England has been cancelled following public outcry, reports London 24.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church “Holy Sexuality Conference" was set to include speakers Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison, who all claim to have been “cured” of their homosexuality.

A petition against the conference on Change.org was signed by more than 40,000 people.

Church in Britain cancels 'gay conversion' conference following online petition on @UKChange http://t.co/CZLnQvaLel via @mashable

— Brie Rogers Lowery (@brie_rl) April 14, 2015

PxBSLTYHntNiesg-800x450-noPadIn a statement, the church said:

“The Adventist Church recognises that the individuals invited to speak at the Holy Sexuality Conference have compelling life stories to share but equally appreciate that there are those who take a different point of view.

“We are disappointed that in a society that values freedom of speech and divergence of opinion that there are those whose wish it is to silence individuals who hold a different point of view to their own.

“We do not believe that the potential disruptions that were being planned for this event would have been beneficial either to the participants or to our friends in the LGBT community.

“As such, a decision has been made to cancel the event which had been locally organised by a group of members in the South London area.”

U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “if anything needs curing, it is the outdated belief that being gay is wrong or something to be ashamed of.”

Watch Carducci on his "addiction" to homosexuality, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last week, President Obama announced his support for  a "We the People" petition urging the government to "Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" after it reached more than 120,000 signatures.

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Two Gay Killers Become First Same-Sex Couple To Marry In UK Prison: VIDEO

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Two convicted killers have become the first same-sex couple in the UK to be married in prison, reports the Independent.

Mikhail Gallatinov (above left) is a convicted pedophile serving a life sentence for the murder of Adrian Kaminsky. Marc Goodwin (above right) was sentenced to life in 2007 for a homophobic murder that was described as part of a “gay-bashing spree."

4889940-largeThe pair married at a small ceremony in the visitor’s center at Full Sutton Prison, East Yorkshire.

Under the Marriage Act 1983, all prisoners have the right to marry while being detained.

Reacting to the news, Peter Benfold, whose brother was murdered by Goodwin, said:

“Hopefully they will strangle each other. It’s going to be terrible when they’re set free, given they’re both killers and one is a strangler and ­pedophile. It could be double trouble. It’s a marriage made in hell.”

40-year-old Gallatinov can be considered for parole next year.

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