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

George Poole and Matthew Greenaway

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.


Grindr Poll Accurately Predicts Scottish Independence Vote

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With neither the BBC nor any other UK media outlet paying for exit polling for the referendum on Scottish independence, there was a marked degree of uncertainty about which direction Scotland would vote during last night's vote.

News outlets and concerned citizens, however, needed only look at Tumblr user machotrout's Grindr poll to figure out that the UK would be staying intact. 

Over the past couple of days, machotraout polled several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believed Scotland should be an independent country. 

The polls breakdown in responses:

NO: 114

YES: 101

Undecided: 24

Other opinion: 20

Indifference: 15

Evasion: 38

Bemusement: 13

Amusement: 2

Too horny to answer: 6

General rejection: 4

Did not respond: 318

machhotrout added that when only decisive opinions were taken into account, Grindr voted NO on independence 54%-46%, which is remarkably close to how the final vote went down (55.3% no -44.7% yes)

You can visit the poll HERE and check out more screen-grab images from the polling (some of the responses are quite funny) 


Scotland Votes to Stay With the UK

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The United Kingdom will for now stay intact as voters in Scotland rejected a referendum last night that would have granted it independence. With all 32 councils declared, the final results stand at 55.3% no on independence votes, 44.7% yes. 

The Guardian reports that the yes campaign scored a handful of notable successes - succeeding in the largest city of Glasgow by 53% to 47%, winning 54% in West Dunbartonshire and a 57% win in Dundee.  

All throughout the campaign, celebrities voiced their opinion on whether or not Scotland should leave the UK and become an independent country.

Those in favor of independence included Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Franz Ferdinand, Bjork, Russell Brand, Gerard Butler, Rhys Ifans, and Morrissey.

Those opposed included Simon Cowell, Patrick Stewart, Sting, Mick Jagger, Tom Daley, David Beckham, Hugh Grant, Susan Boyle, J.K. Rowling, Eddie Izzard, John Barrowman, Helena Bonham Carter, David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench, Simon Cowell, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson.

Others, such as James McAvoy, Billy Connolly, Annie Lennox, Pierce Brosnan, and Hugh Laurie remained largely neutral. 

And for American audiences that were tuned-in to the results last night, Brett Belding helped put things into context:


England: Man Sentenced For Near-Fatal Homophobic Attack On Flatmate - VIDEO

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A UK man who battered his gay flatmate on the head with a claw hammer has been found guilty of attempted murder, reports The Huffington Post.

In May of last year, 21-year-old Joseph Williams inflicted “life-changing” head injuries on Connor Huntley while he slept in their shared flat in Margate, Kent.

Williams called emergency services after the attack and told an operator that his mental health had “deteriorated.”

The court heard that Williams came from a Catholic background and had recently made disparaging remarks about gay men. A week before the attack, Williams told his neighbour that he did not know if he could live with Huntley because he would end up hitting him.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e1316a0970d-320wiDuring sentencing, Judge Jeremy Donne QC told Williams:

"On May 28, 2013 you picked up a hammer, went into the bedroom of your sleeping flat mate and brought it down two times on his head. Not only did it fracture his skull but it was embedded in his brain.

"The injuries suffered by Connor Huntley were little short of catastrophic. They were life-changing. It is fortunate in the extreme for both him as for you that he did not die. That was only down to the skill of the medical personnel treating him but he will never be able to live an ordinary life. He will be never be able to enjoy all the things that young people enjoy doing. You have taken away a good part of his life."

In a statement, Huntley’s family said:

"Whilst Connor is making slow but steady progress from this horrific ordeal, we feel he has been handed his own life sentence by this hideous act. No one deserves to be so viciously attacked in such an evil manner, regardless of race, age, gender or sexuality.

"Whilst we are grateful for all your kind and meaningful get-well wishes, as a family we would ask that you respect ours and Connor's privacy at this horrendous point in our lives and allow us the time and space to concentrate on Connor's physical and mental rehabilitation."

Williams has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, which he will serve in a high security hospital until he is deemed fit to leave.

Watch a report on the case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Football Hunks Lace Up With Rainbows to Help Kick Homophobia Out of Sports: VIDEO

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Gay rights group Stonewall is teaming up with football stars from across the UK for another year of Rainbow Laces - a campaign to show support for LGB players and fans.

Said Stonewall [via video description]:

We've teamed up with Paddy Power, Arsenal, The Gay Football Supporters Network and loads more to send Rainbow Laces to every professional football player and club in Britain. We're asking players to wear the laces during the weekend of 13/14 September to show their support for kicking homophobia out of the beautiful game. 

Check out the campaign's video featuring a few of the UK's hunky athletes, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Town Of Glastonbury Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage


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(photo via Facebook)

David and Colin Kreps are the first same-sex couple to be married in the town of Glastonbury since the Marriage Act was enacted in England this March. Engaged last April after several years of dating, the happy couple first met each other while singing in a gay men's chorus.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d06285f8970c-250wiPink News reports:

Colin said: “Everything went really well. At midday we had a pagan hand-fastening ceremony in the garden behind the Glastonbury Tribunal, before having the actual ceremony at 2:30.”

Talking about the progress that the LGBT community has made through the years David added “Back in the Eighties, I was one of the only openly gay men in Glastonbury.”

“With all of the unpleasant things that used to be said about gay people, I feel that the only place I could really be open was in Glastonbury, which has always been a welcoming place.”

Over 1,400 same-sex marriage ceremonies have occurred thus far in England and Wales. Congrats to Colin and David for adding to that number!


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