21st April 2010
David Cameron to dispatch top gay Tory Nick Herbert to challenge homophobic Polish allies 35
11:59 PM — David Cameron has tonight attempted to further diffuse the row over gay rights within the Conservative Party by sending shadow environment secretary, Nick Herbert, the most senior gay Conservative, to Poland to confront the homophobia displayed by the party's Polish allies.
12th April 2010
Pope’s number two claims sexual abuse scandals due to homosexuality not celibacy 76
11:55 PM — The Vatican's second most senior cleric has said that the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality rather than celibacy among priests. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state, effectively the deputy to Pope Benedict XVI made the controversial statement during a press conference in Chile.
10th April 2010
Gay rights advocating former Polish Deputy PM among dead in plane crash 16
1:36 PM — The plane crash that killed the homophobic Polish President Lech Kaczynski has also claimed the life of Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, one of the most outspoken advocates for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in Poland.
Polish President who said homosexuality will destroy human race dies in plane crash 130
9:55 AM — Polish President Lech Kaczynski who once said that the promotion of homosexuality would lead to the eventual destruction of the human race has died in a plane crash near Smolensk in Russia. Kaczynski's right wing Law and Justice party are in an alliance with the British Conservative party in the European Parliament.
8th April 2010
Colin Farrell supports anti-homophobia campaign 9
4:45 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is supporting an Irish campaign against homophobic bullying. The 31-year-old star, who is from Dublin, spoke out for LGBT charity Belong To's STAND UP! campaign.
Irish union says schools are allowed to discriminate against gay teachers 11
12:12 PM — An Irish teaching union has said that equality laws allow religious schools to discriminate against gay teachers. Laws allow faith schools to take action against employees "undermining" their religious ethos.
6th April 2010
English Patient inspiration had gay lover 7
2:40 PM — The man who was the inspiration for the film The English Patient had a gay Nazi lover, letters have suggested. Count Laszlo de Almásy, a Hungarian-born adventurer, was the inspiration for the heterosexual hero played by Ralph Fiennes in the film.
31st March 2010
Britain ‘could force Gibraltar to adopt equal age of consent’ 33
5:00 PM — The British government could force Gibraltar to equalise the age of consent for gay men if the territory does not take action to change the law.
30th March 2010
US general sorry for blaming massacre on gay soldiers 11
4:29 PM — A former US general has apologised for suggesting that gay soldiers were partly responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
26th March 2010
Gay Berlin Holocaust memorial ‘shouldn’t include lesbians’ 67
4:44 PM — Holocaust scholars are arguing over whether a memorial in Berlin should include lesbians. The memorial consists of a concrete slab with a window where viewers can see a continuous film of two men kissing.
24th March 2010
Dutch MPs support legal action against US general 3
3:46 PM — Dutch politicians have given their support to plans to sue a retired US general who claimed gay soldiers were partly responsible for the Srebrenica massacre.
23rd March 2010
Dutch gay group wants to sue US general 9
2:42 PM — A new Dutch gay group called Pink Army has said it wants to sue a US general who blamed the Srebrenica massacre on gay soldiers in the Dutch army.
19th March 2010
Dutch prime minister calls gay Srebrenica comments ‘disgraceful’ 5
6:00 PM — Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende has attacked a retired US Army general for claiming that the Srebrenica massacre was partly caused by allowing out gay soldiers.
16th March 2010
Irish Catholic bishops say civil partnerships bill will ‘undermine’ marriage 27
4:29 PM — Bishops in the Catholic Church of Ireland have attacked a civil partnerships bill for "undermining" marriage. They said that gay relationships could never be equal to heterosexual marriage.
12th March 2010
German football boss says gay players should find another job 19
5:12 PM — A former German football manager has said gay men should not play football because they will be ridiculed. Rudi Assauer's comments have outraged German gay groups, with the Gay and Lesbian Federation saying they were "beneath contempt".
11th March 2010
Chief exorcist says the Devil is working in the Vatican 51
12:45 PM — The Catholic Church's chief exorcist has said that the Devil is at work in the Vatican. Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, says that in the Vatican, there are "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".
5th March 2010
Gibraltar court to rule on gay age of consent 10
4:50 PM — Gibraltar's Supreme Court is to rule on whether the unequal age of consent for gays violates constitutional law. The British territory has an age of consent of 16 for heterosexuals and lesbians but 18 for gay men, which contravenes European human rights law.
Gay sex scandal at the Vatican 57
11:39 AM — The Vatican has been hit by a gay sex scandal after allegations that a chorister had procured male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. The chorister, 29-year-old Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, was sacked after police heard him talking on a wiretap to Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness.
3rd March 2010
European court rules Poland discriminated against gay man 17
3:03 PM — The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that Poland discriminated against a gay man for refusing to treat him and his partner in the same way as a straight married couple.
1st March 2010
Slovakia to hold first Pride festival 9
6:59 PM — The eastern European country of Slovakia will hold a Pride festival this year. Dúhový (Rainbow) Pride will take place in Bratislava on 22nd May and is the first event of its kind in the country.