A councillor who allegedly said that "all gays are paedophiles" has denied committing a public order offence.
Peter Willows, 75, a Tory councillor on Brighton and Hove City Council, was allegedly heard to make the remark at a mayoral reception on 18 May.
He was subsequently charged with using disorderly behaviour, or threatening, abusive or insulting words, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
A not guilty plea was entered in court on Friday and a trial set for December.
Mr Willows, who lives in Hove, was not at Brighton Magistrates' Court for the first hearing.
His trial will begin at the same court on 12 December.