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Germany

  • 20th September 2011

    Video: US airman comes out to his father live on YouTube 48

    The airman who uses the username AreYouSurprised broadcast the video on YouTube

    11:02 PM — On the day that President Obama finally ended the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ban on openly gay people serving in the US military, a young airman came out to his father via the telephone and broadcast a webcam recording of the event on YouTube.

  • 31st May 2011

    New memorial to gay holocaust victims to be built in Munich 96

    Over 50,000 gay people were arrested and imprisoned by the Nazis

    2:38 PM — The German city of Munich, where the Nazis raided gay bars in the early days of the Third Reich, is to have a new memorial dedicated to the gay and lesbian victims of the holocaust.

  • 16th November 2010

    German funeral home hopes to cater for gay send-offs 5

    The funeral home says it offers a sensitive service and rainbow coffins (Photo: Andre Weick)

    1:43 PM — A funeral home in Cologne, Germany, caters for gay people with a "sensitive" service and rainbow coffins. Königsfeld & Brandl is run by Thomas Brandl, 32, and Michael Königsfeld, 34, who themselves are a gay couple.

  • 15th November 2010

    Gay vultures split up by zookeepers 16

    The vulture couple will be split up (Photo: Mike Baird)

    2:31 PM — A pair of gay vultures at a zoo in Germany will be split up so one can be mated with a female. The male couple, both 14, have been building a nest together for the past few months.

  • 12th November 2010

    German footballer Mario Gomez says gay players should come out 1

    There are no openly gay major football players in the German game

    12:01 PM — Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has urged gay footballers to come out of the closet. The player told German magazine Bunte that homosexuality was a "taboo topic" in sport, Die Zeit reports

  • 8th November 2010

    Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16

    Travel companies should do more to prove they are gay-friendly, the survey says

    7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Iraqi LGBT celebrates fifth birthday with London charity night

    Iraq is a dangerous place for LGBT people

    4:29 PM — Aid group Iraqi LGBT is to hold a fundraising night in central London next week. The group is celebrating five years of supporting persecuted LGBT Iraqis and claims to have helped save the lives of 100 people.

  • Facebook ads can ‘out’ gay users 12

    Facebook has had a string of privacy issues

    1:56 PM — Facebook 'outs' gay users through some of its targeted ads, researchers have discovered. They found that some ads which were completely neutral to sexual orientation (such as a nursing degree at a Florida medical college) were targeted exclusively at gay man.

  • 27th August 2010

    A year on from Tel Aviv shootings, young survivors visit Berlin memorial

    Berlin's gay memorial, which was visited by teenagers who survived 2009's Tel Aviv shootings. Photo: Flickr, maha-online

    4:06 PM — A year after the shootings at a Tel Aviv LGBT youth centre in which two young people died, over a dozen teenagers who were present at the attack have undertaken an organised trip to Germany.

  • 26th May 2010

    Former German spy jailed for sharing state secrets with gay lover 4

    Robert Anton K. worked for the German BND Intelligence Service

    1:06 PM — In Munich today, a former German spy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for sharing top-secret information with his boyfriend, a Macedonian interpreter who he met while on a clandestine mission to Kosovo for the German BND Intelligence Service in 2005.

  • 23rd December 2009

    Head of Russian Orthodox Church condemns discrimination against gays 28

    Patriarch Kirill said gays must not be discriminated against

    4:09 PM — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has said that although homosexuality is still a sin, gay people must not be discriminated against.

  • 22nd December 2009

    Filmstar Tom Cruise sued by alleged gay lover 27

    In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star

    12:04 PM — Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is being sued over allegations of wiretapping. Magazine editor, Michael Davis Sapir, claims that the actor hired private detective, Anthony Pellicano, to wiretap his phone. In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star.

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