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  • 30th November 2010

    Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10

    The ban on out gay and lesbian soldiers can be lifted, the report said

    8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.

  • 24th November 2010

    New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27

    Martin Callanan is the new head of the Conservatives in Europe

    2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.

  • 22nd November 2010

    German theologian says Catholic Church homophobia ’caused by gay priests’ 12

    Many Catholic priests are gay, Mr Berger claimed.

    5:59 PM — A German theologian claims that homophobia in the Catholic Church is caused by gay priests who cannot be open about their sexuality. David Berger, an expert on St Thomas Aquinas and former publisher of a Catholic magazine, told a German publication that the Vatican needs to admit it has many gay clergy.

  • 3rd November 2010

    Lesbian activist awarded MBE 12

    Clare Dimyon was honoured with an MBE

    4:34 PM — A lesbian campaigner from Brighton has been awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Clare Dimyon, 45, was honoured for “services to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in central and eastern Europe”.

  • 28th May 2010

    Bulgaria’s third LGBT pride parade has diplomatic support 1

    The German embassy in Sofia on Wednesday

    12:15 PM — The International Diplomatic Society in Sofia, Bulgaria, has again expressed its staunch support of the capital's third annual pride parade, to be held on 26 June.

  • 25th May 2010

    Malta has poor record on gay rights 17

    Malta is one of the EU countries accused of failing its LGBT population

    10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Isle of Man to consider civil partnerships for gay couples 8

    The Isle of Man will debate civil partnerships legislation

    5:52 PM — The Isle of Man's House of Keys will debate whether to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples on the island. The Civil Partnerships Bill will have its first reading tomorrow and, if passed into law, will give gay and lesbian couples the same rights afforded to straight married couples.

  • 16th February 2010

    Gay civil partnerships approved for parliament 17

    Civil partnership ceremonies will be held in parliament

    2:57 PM — The Houses of Parliament will be opened for civil partnerships and marriages for both MPs and members of the public. Westminster council has approved two rooms for use for the non-religious ceremonies after Speaker John Bercow began looking into the possibility of holding ceremonies for gay MPs on parliament's grounds last year.

  • 12th February 2010

    Comment: Homophobia hurts young straight men too 20

    John Amaechi argues that homophobia's damage reaches beyond the LGBT community

    3:43 PM — Following the postponement of the FA's efforts to tackle anti-gay abuse, former NBA player John Amaechi argues that homophobia on and off the pitch damages straight men as well as gays.

  • 9th February 2010

    Preview: PinkNews.co.uk founder explores his ‘teenage dotcom millionaire’ past 7

    Benjamin Cohen is the Technology Correspondent for Channel 4 News (Photo: Adam Smith)

    1:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel 4 News Correspondent Benjamin Cohen is to revisit his life as a teenage dotcom millionaire a decade ago in a programme broadcast this afternoon on BBC Radio 4.

  • 5th February 2010

    No gay marriage for Albania 11

    The law protects against discrimination but does not legalise gay marriage

    4:52 PM — A gay rights law passed in Albania yesterday will outlaw homophobic discrimination but will not allow same-sex marriage, despite support for it from the prime minister.

  • 4th February 2010

    David Cameron refuses to call Polish allies homophobic 87

    Cameron would not call his European allies homophobic

    11:29 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has defended his party's European alliances with the Polish Law and Justice Party but has refused to call them homophobic, saying the Liberal Democrats also have anti-gay allies.

  • 2nd February 2010

    Top US military commander says gay ban must be lifted 3

    The law means gays and lesbians must hide their sexual orientation

    7:08 PM — The highest-ranking uniformed officer in the US military has said he believes the ban on gays serving openly must be lifted. Admiral Mike Mullen, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing earlier today that repealing the 1993 law was "the right thing to do".

  • 20th January 2010

    Lesbian UKIP MEP barred from standing for re-election 18

    Nikki Sinclaire was barred from standing as a candidate in the general election

    5:04 PM — A lesbian UKIP MEP who left the party's European grouping has been told she cannot stand for election under her party. Nikki Sinclaire, an MEP for the West Midlands, was told she had broken party rules.

  • 19th January 2010

    Day to raise awareness of homophobia in football to be held next month 4

    The day will tackle homophobia, organisers hope

    6:59 PM — The Justin Campaign has announced that an international day against homophobia in football will be held in February. Organisers of the campaign, named after the only out gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, hope it will raise awareness of the problem in the sport.

  • 18th January 2010

    Lib Dems attack Tory voting record on gay rights 38

    The Lib Dems attacked the Tory voting record

    1:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat party has attacked the "shameful" Tory record on voting for gay rights issues. According to research by the party, a quarter of David Cameron's shadow cabinet has voted against gay rights legislation.

  • 14th January 2010

    Bercow hopes for Westminster civil partnerships before May 9

    Gay MPs could have their civil partnerships in parliament in the spring

    7:12 PM — Speaker John Bercow said today that he hopes civil partnerships for gay MPs will be held in parliament in the next few months.

  • Lesbian UKIP MEP leaves European group 7

    Nikki Sinclaire left her party's group (Photo; Euro Realist Newsletter)

    3:20 PM — A lesbian MEP for the UK Independence Party has left the group her party joined in the European Parliament. Nikki Sinclaire announced this week that she was leaving the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group.

  • 11th January 2010

    Pope calls gay marriage an ‘attack on creation’ 129

    The Pope attacked gay marriage

    1:17 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has called gay marriage laws an "attack" on the natural differences between men and women. He was speaking today after Portugal's parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage.

  • 8th January 2010

    Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30

    Portugal's parliament approved the law

    3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.

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