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March 23, 2017

We Are With You London! 8 Pictures to Remind Everyone

It is with great sadness that we published these pictures to remind every one of two things. First that the british were as prepared as you get, observing the events without having the experts tell us how better it can be done. Secondly of how well the british people have dealt with this in an emotional stand point. London was bombed by the Nazis on WW2 and they show today that same resilience.

 We feel so sad for the death of the by standers and the Police officer that first encountered the terrorist sand got stabbed. It was a good thing this man did not have a weapon as displayed in Belgium recently. We also send our love to to those injured and all of their families.
                                        We are with you

A woman ducks under a police tape after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017.
A woman ducks under a police tape after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017. 
Police tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London, Britain, March 22, 2017.
Police tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London, Britain, March 22, 2017. 
An air ambulance lands in Parliament Square during an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain March 22, 2017.
An air ambulance lands in Parliament Square during an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, Britain March 22, 2017. 
A woman lies injured after a shooting incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017.
A woman lies injured after a shooting incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017.

Injured people are assisted after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017.
Injured people are assisted after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017. 
Tawhid Tanim, an eyewitness to the incident tells VOA “It was quite loud. Three loud bang, bang, bang and then all of a sudden we could see on the road people started running like crazy.” (Photo: R. James / VOA)
Tawhid Tanim, an eyewitness to the incident tells VOA “It was quite loud. Three loud bang, bang, bang and then all of a sudden we could see on the road people started running like crazy.” (Photo: R. James / VOA) 
Police tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London, Britain, March 22, 2017.
Police tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London, Britain, March 22, 2017. 
Armed police officers stand guard inside a security cordon, outside of the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017 during an emergency incident.
Armed police officers stand guard inside a security cordon, outside of the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017 during an emergency incident.Th

These 8 pictures were obtained from Voice of America

November 25, 2016

Missing Kids and Men Suspect is London’s Grindr Serial Killer

 Port 41,  enjoyed having sex with drug induced unconscious or dead bodies.
Suspected of many dozens of killings of missing kids and men.

London police are reviewing the deaths of dozens of men who used sex-enhancing drugs amid concerns that cases previously dismissed as drug overdoses may be additional victims of serial killer Stephen Port.

Port, 41, was found guilty of murdering four gay men and drugging and sexually assaulting seven others by a jury at London’s Old Bailey on Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police Service told CNN they had identified at least 58 deaths from poisoning by the date-rape drug GHB between June 2011 and October 2015 -- the period in which Port carried out his crimes.

Police also are under fire for not fingering Port earlier as a killer and possibly saving some victims' lives.
Seven police officers are under investigation for gross misconduct over their handling of the case, and another 10 police officers have been accused of misconduct. 

The victims so farAnthony Walgate, 23Walgate, Stephen Port's first victim, was originally from Hull, northern England, but came to London to study fashion. He worked as a male escort to help fund his studies.After overdosing him with GHB, Port dumped his body and called the police, saying he had found the dead man by chance. Port was tracked down through his phone number, and after he was found to have lied to police, he was charged and later jailed for eight months.Gabriel Kovari, 22Originally from Slovakia, police say Kovari came to London "to begin a new life." He moved into Port's apartment after they met on a dating website, and the killer agreed to put him up on the sofa, rent free. Kovari's body was found by a dog walker in a graveyard, some 500 meters from Port's flat. He was propped up against a wall, wearing sunglasses, next to a bag of his belongings.Daniel Whitworth, 21Whitworth, a trainee chef, met Port through the Fitlads dating site. His body was found by the same dog walker in the same spot as Kovari. His phone was missing and Port had placed a fake suicide note in his hand, in which he appeared to confess to the death of the young Slovakian the month before. Jack Taylor, 25Forklift truck driver Taylor lived with his parents in east London, not far from Port's home. After drinking with friends in a local gay club, he went home and saw his father, before hooking up with Port on gay dating app Grindr and taking a taxi to his flat. His body was found near the graveyard, in similar circumstances to Whitworth and Kovari.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating “how officers responded to the four deaths before the homicide investigation was launched, including the nature of the investigative work undertaken, how evidence was examined and how similarities between the cases were considered," itsaid in a statement.

Port, who lived alone in Barking, east London, was arrested after the first death but only charged with perverting the course of justice — which meant he was able to carry on killing after serving a short jail term.

He lured his victims to his home using online dating sites and then either injected them with drugs or spiked their drinks using "poppers," Viagra and sleeping pills as well as GHB and crystal meth.
Port then dragged the bodies of his victims out into the street and left them slumped against walls not far from where he lived, police said.

GHB was found in the bodies of each of the four men who died. And in three of the four deaths, drugs were planted on or near victims' bodies to make it look as though they had overdosed.
Port will be sentenced on Friday.

Killer showed no remorse

“Port is a highly devious, manipulative and self-obsessed individual who has not once shown a shred of remorse for his actions,” said Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime and Operations command.

He said Port was “motivated by his overwhelming desire to have sex with younger gay men while they were unconscious through drugs."

None of the sexual assault victims had contacted police before Port was charged in relation to the four deaths. “I hope Port's conviction today offers reassurance to the LGBT community that if you have been a victim of crime our officers will take you seriously, treat your situation with the utmost sensitivity and do their very best to bring offenders before the courts," said Cundy.

"We can't rule out the fact there may be other victims out there who suffered at Port's hands and have yet to come forward. We would appeal for them to contact us as soon as possible.


Stories on this killer:

1. trial-for-grindr-gay-men-killer.html

2. Serious Killer of unconscious men((

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September 24, 2016

Britain Recognizes 6 Gay Historic Places and It’s Just the Beginning

Oscar Wilde’s former home, the estate of "the first modern lesbian" and a memorial to a trans spy have been given special status by Historic England.

Historic England, a body that designates places worthy of legal protection, announced the decision, the latest in an effort to showcase “queer history.” Last September, Historic England gave the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a well-known gay pub, a Grade II listing, meaning that it cannot be demolished, extended or altered without special permission.

Similar efforts to recognize gay history are underway in the United States. In June, President Obama designated the Stonewall Inn, the location of a 1969 police raid and subsequent protest that galvanized the gay rights movement, and surrounding sites a national monument.

Duncan Wilson, the chief executive of Historic England, said in a telephone interview that the decision was “part of a deliberate policy of looking at what we protect and commemorate by a listing, to see that it is more representative of society as a whole.”

Through a research project called Pride of Place, people have been invited to submit places of importance to gay history, many of them forgotten or obscure. More than 1,600 submissions have come in. The project will in part serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary next year of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales.
Six "historic LGBT venues" landmarks are being recognised for reflecting England's "queer history". 
Chief executive Duncan Wilson said the influence of men and women "who helped build our nation has been ignored" because they came from minority groups.
The sites include the former home of Benjamin Britten and his partner. 

'Understanding our diverse nation'

The initiative comes in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967.

Oscar Wilde's Kensington houseImage copyrightDEREK KENDALL
Image captionOscar Wilde's house in Kensington is one of the landmarks highlighted by Historic England

Playwright Oscar Wilde's west London home already had listed status, but has been relisted to emphasise its importance as an LGBT landmark. 
The Irishman lived in Kensington and Chelsea before being imprisoned for two years' hard labour in Reading Gaol for gross indecency. 

Amelia Edwards and Amelia Edwards tombstoneImage copyrightBEV ROGERS
Image captionThe gravestone of 19th Century Egyptologist and writer Amelia Edwards is in St Mary's Churchyard in Bristol, next to her partner Ellen Braysher
Chevalier d'Eon and Burdett-Coutts memorialImage copyrightNATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY/LOZ PYCOCK
Image captionBurdett-Coutts Memorial, which commemorates trans figure Chevalier d'Eon, has had its status upgraded

Burdett-Coutts Memorial at St Pancras Gardens in north London, which commemorates people including the 18th Century trans French diplomat and spy Chevalier d'Eon, has been upgraded to Grade II*. 
Chevalier d'Eon identified as a man for 49 years, but after infiltrating the Empress of Russia's court by dressing as a woman the spy lived the rest of his life as female. 
Mr Wilson added: "Our project is one step on the road to better understanding just what a diverse nation we are, and have been for many centuries. At a time when historic LGBT venues are under particular threat, this is an important step."
Last year the body listed the Royal Vauxhall Tavern - a well-known LGBT venue - which prevented the club's development by its landlord.

St Ann's Court SurreyImage copyrightTHE MODERN HOUSE
Image captionSt Ann's Court in Chertsey, Surrey, is hailed as an example of "queer architecture"

One of the previously-listed homes to be given special status is St Ann's Court in Chertsey, Surrey. 
Owned by architect Christopher Tunnard and broker GL Schlesinger while homosexuality was still illegal, the master bedroom of the house could be separated if visitors came round. 

Shibden Hall in HalifaxImage copyrightHISTORIC ENGLAND
Image captionShibden Hall in Halifax, the home of diarist Anne Lister, was previously a listed building

The estate of "the first modern lesbian", Anne Lister, has been relisted to record her importance as a lesbian pioneer.
At Shibden Hall, she wrote a coded diary, using the Greek alphabet and mathematical symbols, which would describe her lesbian affairs.

Red House in AldeburghImage copyrightPHILIP VILE
Image captionRed House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, is where Benjamin Britten composed a large portion of his works, including the opera Peter Grimes

The home of post-war composer Benjamin Britten has also been relisted, to highlight his relationship with professional and personal partner Peter Pears. 
The celebrated conductor and writer of War Requiem spent most of his life in Red House, Aldeburgh, where he founded the annual classical festival in 1948. 
Historic England has also been compiling people's personal monuments to the LGBT community in an online research project called Pride of Place
More than 1,600 contributions have been made to the project, spanning the length and breadth of the country. 
Lead researcher Prof Alison Oram said: “Queer heritage is everywhere, and we hope that Pride of Place will lead to more historic places being publicly valued and protected for their important queer histories."


August 13, 2016

BIG Kiss for Sainsbury-London After A Gay Couple asked to Leave


A gay couple left “humiliated” after being told to stop holding hands in Sainsbury's have inspired protesters to stage a peaceful "kiss-in" at a north London branch of the supermarket giant.

Thomas Rees and his boyfriend Josh were shopping after work at a Sainsbury’s store in Hackney, London, on August 8, when a security guard called them over.

He asked them to follow him outside and explained that a female shopper had complained they were touching and behaving inappropriately.  

Later, they were offered a £10 gift card as compensation, but the gesture wasn't enough to lay the incident to rest.

Couples - mostly same-sex - now plan to fill the aisles of the supermarket and embrace in support of the pair.

Campaigner Michael Segalov has organized a "big gay kiss in" on Facebook, which encourages LGBT people to gather at the branch where the "inappropriate hand holding" took place. Writing on Facebook, he said: “In a year that’s seen attacks all too often on the LGBT community, it’s high time that Sainsbury’s – with profits over £500 million this year – put their money where their mouths are and use their resources to ensure that homophobia becomes a thing of the past. A £10 voucher just doesn’t cut it.

“Come down to Sainsbury’s at 7pm this Saturday: hold hands, pucker up, and tell Sainsbury’s enough is enough.” Sainsbury's has come under fire before for staff treatment of LGBT people. In October 2014, a lesbian couple complained after a security guard at a branch in Brighton reportedly told the couple that another customer found them “disgusting” when one pecked the other on the cheek, and asked them to leave if they continued to show affection.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury's said: "We sincerely apologise to Thomas and Josh.

"We are an inclusive retailer and employer and do not tolerate discrimination in our stores.

“We will take appropriate action once we've concluded our investigation with our security contractor."

August 11, 2016

Gay Couple Who Holding Hands at Mall in London Accosted by Security Guard


Thomas Rees was shopping in Sainsbury’s in Hackney, London, on Monday when a security guard approached him and his boyfriend to say someone had complained about them holding hands, he told BuzzFeed News.
The 32-year-old said he had just finished paying for his shopping at the Hackney Road store when he and his boyfriend Josh were “beckoned over” by the guard.
At first he thought they had accidentally stolen something, “because we were made to feel like criminals”. 
“My boyfriend and I became aware we were being watched,” Rees said. “We were holding hands, arms around each other’s waists, basically showing public displays of affection.
“As we came to pay for our shopping I noticed a security guard watching us. Once we had paid, he then approached us and asked us to follow him outside.”
Rees said the security guard told them a customer had complained about the couple. The guard said that while he “was brought up to believe in live and let live”, he had to tell them the customer had said they were touching and behaving inappropriately.
Rees said he did not witness the complaint being made and was “stunned and shaking”. “I just don’t understand why he needed to take us outside and why he needed to tell us,” he said.
“There was no sense of humility. I refuse to believe this would have happened to a heterosexual couple – we just stared in disbelief. The issue here is it felt like like 1960s Britain.” 
 Rees said the guard acted inappropriately in deciding to pull them aside and that Sainsbury’s should ensure staff are fully trained to deal with diversity.
He now feels uncomfortable shopping in the local store for fear of seeing the guard or discovering other customers in the store who share the same views as the complainant.
“The sad thing is there are multiple situations when Josh and I are holding hands and I’m the first to push him away,” he said, “but I felt safe surrounded by my community and I was oblivious and unguarded.”
He was torn over whether to complain, he said, but “part of me thought I should raise my voice”.
A customer service representative had since offered Rees a £10 gift card to apologise, he said, but he felt the gesture was not enough and Sainsbury’s should instead ensure all staff are properly trained.
This is not the first time the supermarket has found itself embroiled in controversyover its treatment of same-sex couples. 
In 2014, campaigners staged a “kiss-in” at a Sainsbury’s store in Brighton in support of LGBTQ rights after a security guard allegedly asked a lesbian couple to leave a store for kissing. At the time the retailer apologised and said: “This should never have happened.”
A spokesperson told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday: “We do not tolerate discrimination in any form. We are investigating this urgently with our security contractor.”
By Sara Spary who is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. Contact this reporter at
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June 13, 2015

Christian Group Advertising to Change Gays Looses in London Court

The banned poster
The adverts were a repost to a slogan by gay charity Stonewall

A Christian group has failed in a bid to overturn a decision to ban its bus adverts, which suggested gay people could be helped to change their sexuality.
The group, Core Issues, was ordered to pay £100,000 in legal costs after the High Court rejected its case. 
It was trying to challenge a Transport for London (TfL) ban of its posters, which read "Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!".
Core Issues vowed to continue fighting.
The 2012 campaign was a response to a bus poster campaign by gay rights group Stonewall, saying: "Some people are gay. Get over it!".

'All a whitewash'

In March 2013, the High Court ruled the TfL ban was lawful because displaying the advert would "cause grave offence" to those who were gay.
But Core Issues argued that London mayor Boris Johnson, as TfL chairman, had ordered it to impose the ban for the "improper purpose" of seeking votes from gay people to help him win re-election.
The Court of Appeal ordered a further investigation, and High Court judge Mrs Justice Lang cleared Mr Johnson of any wrongdoing last July.
However, returning to the Court of Appeal, Core Issues argued the judge had not properly considered the evidence that Mr Johnson had "instructed" TfL to impose the ban.
But Lord Justice Sullivan said although there was an amount of "puffing" by Mr Johnson, the ban was "certainly not unlawful" and refused a fresh appeal. 
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said later: "It does not finish here. It is all a whitewash."
Referring to the fact that Core Issues now faces a £100,000 legal expenses bill from TfL, Ms Williams said: "This is intimidation. It is an extortionate amount of costs against somebody seeking to do good.”

March 11, 2015

Singer Sam Smith Recounts the Homophobic Mistreatment he got in London

Sam Smith has spoken out about the physical and verbal abuse he’s experienced over the course of his life for being gay.

The singer told The Sun he was attacked by strangers on the street shortly after moving to London. He said:
When I moved to London I got punched in the neck walking back from work. It was definitely homophobic. I was on the phone speaking quite loudly and had pink headphones on, so it was pretty clear I was gay.
Ian Gavan / Getty Images

He went on to reveal that he was bullied at school for being gay from the age of 11:

A bunch of boys from a rival school would shout insults at me as I walked from my home to the train station. I remember walking to the station getting “f*****” shouted at me all the time. It was the most mortifying thing. Not so much for me. I knew these people were stupid, uneducated twats.
 Smith said he had faced bullying from the gay community too, and that his “whole world crashed” during his first experience at a gay club.

When I was 17 I decided to go gay clubbing in Soho in London. I remember walking in and this gay guy turned to his mate and said something really nasty about me. My whole world just crashed and I had a really lonely feeling. I knew then it was going to take a lot longer to be accepted. There’s a lot of homophobia and bullying in the gay community. There’s also a lot of body dysmorphia in the gay community, which means if you’re not toned and skinny it can be awful.
Gareth Cattermole / Getty

Smith has spoken in the past about how he wants to use his music to help and inspire young gay people.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said:
I’m just trying to make music that stands the test of time. So that, in 400 years, when a little kid who’s gay listens to In The Lonely Hour, or my next record, he will be inspired. I want to be a different type of popstar. I want to be a popstar who’s not Photoshopped, who’s a straight-on human. Honesty is timeless.

August 26, 2014

Gentrification,The Human-resident garbage disposal system-NYC is bad but London is Worse


Big cities and their big real estate mean big business. Enough about New York City — here’s the view from another world center. 
Bad news: The only way to afford one of the world’s toniest cities may be to have mummy and daddy foot the bill for your flat.

In London’s high-end neighborhoods of Knightsbridge and Chelsea, the average cost of renting an apartment can top $10,000 a month.

Foreign students moving to London for a degree account for 29 percent.

of the London rental market, according to London Central Portfolio Limited, an asset management firm. And they’re not living in barrack-like student exchange housing of Prague or Jerusalem from back in the Gen X college days. Many of them are living in some of the most moneyed parts of the city. In Westminster, a two-bedroom goes for $1,757 a month. That’s not quite Manhattan prices, but it’s more monthly than many people’s mortgage payments.

London apartments have a 96-percent occupancy rate, with a rate of return for real estate investors of some 9 percent a year. The researchers and market watchers credit a lot of that to the international textbook set.

Real estate expert Nicola Livingstone says the foreign students are good for London — they have a reliable, steady stream of tenants with good backers (read: parents). But then again, the flip side is professionals pushed out of the central living areas, and the potential of rising rates in such a strong market.

What comes after gentrification? Are the oligarchs laying in wait? Time will tell …

August 24, 2013

London Taxi Driver Suspended Over Kicking Out Gay Couple Out of Car

Homophobia claims: The couple said they were thrown out for being gay

A cab driver has been suspended after claims he kicked a gay couple out of his taxi for holding hands
Liam Kelly said he got in the Addison Lee cab with his boyfriend after leaving the G-A-Y bar in Soho last night.
He said he was told to ‘get out’ just moments later by the driver, who then allegedly called the pair ‘dirty’.
Mr Kelly posted the license plate number of the car online following the incident and complained to the private hire firm via his Twitter account.
"Just been ejected from an @AddisonLeeCabs taxi for being gay.
"Thanks for the homophobic treatment,’ he wrote.
"My BF and I got into a taxi from G-A-Y Late. Started holding hands and were told to get out, and called dirty.’
He later tweeted: ‘Thank you to everyone for your messages of support, they mean a lot.
"We’re home now, after a very nice black taxi journey.’
Addison Lee said it ‘does not tolerate any form of discrimination’ and launched an immediate investigation.
The firm has been using its Twitter account to respond to angry reaction on the social networking site.
In a press statement the firm said: "We are aware of an incident involving an Addison Lee vehicle in London last night."
"This incident is being investigated thoroughly, and the driver has been suspended from duty while the investigation takes place.
"We are also in contact with the customer to understand more about what happened.
"We pride ourselves in delivering the highest possible level of professional service, and we take matters like this very seriously.”
By Debbie James

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