13th November 2008
Two men jailed for assault in Dutch HIV blood case 5
12:36 PM — A court in Holland has found two men guilty of assault after a trial in which witnesses testified they were drugged, sexually assaulted and injected with HIV positive blood.
12th November 2008
European Court of Human Rights rejects Russian “gay” marriage case
4:44 PM — A straight human rights activist who tried to register a same-sex union with the owner of a gay website has been denied a hearing before the European Court of Human Rights.
11th November 2008
Jamaican star Capleton’s Basel concert cancelled after Swiss gay groups protest 25
3:21 PM — A reggae star who has gone back on a promise not to perform songs encouraging violence against lesbian and gay people has had a concert in Switzerland cancelled.
Bulgarian leader’s anti-gay comment targets Prime Minister
12:42 PM — A 'war of words' between the leader of Bulgaria's popular GERB political party and the country's Prime Minister has escalated.
Moscow assures gays they will be safe at Eurovision 3
10:52 AM — A leading Russian gay rights activist has accused the Moscow authorities of "pure hypocrisy" after an official gave assurances about the safety of gay people attending next year's Eurovision Song Contest.
10th November 2008
Hungarian parliament approves homophobic hate crimes legislation 1
6:35 PM — Two landmark measures extending protections to LGBT people have been adopted by the Hungarian parliament.
Nicole Kidman lines up bisexual and trans roles 1
5:31 PM — Actress Nicole Kidman is to play a Danish artist who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1931, one of the first documented cases of transsexuality.
6th November 2008
Belarusian authorities ban gay rights protest in Minsk
2:53 PM — Officials in Belarus have refused permission for a protest outside the Russian embassy in the capital Minsk.
5th November 2008
Irish Catholic leaders ready for court challenge to civil partnerships 21
5:57 PM — The Roman Cahtolic Church in Ireland may support a legal challenge to new legislation that aims to give gay and lesbian couples the right to civil partnerships.
31st October 2008
Vatican approves new tests to weed out ‘gay’ priests 20
1:41 PM — Men who aspire to the priesthood may face psychological tests to check whether they are homosexual, despite the fact that Roman Catholic priests are celibate.
30th October 2008
Queen of Spain speaks out against gay marriage 28
6:12 PM — Queen Sofia of Spain has caused outrage among gay groups after extracts from a new biography show she is hostile to gay people.
Ireland’s President urges kids to fight gay bullying 3
4:37 PM — The President of Ireland has spoken at a forum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people. Mary McAleese said that homophobic bullying must be tackled.
25th October 2008
Mandelson reveals he first met Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska in 2004 3
1:33 PM — Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has confirmed that he met with the controversial Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2004, two years earlier than his former European Union officials.
Travel: Sinful but fun-filled St Tropez 2
12:45 PM — Of all the exuberant cities on the Cote d'Azur, St Tropez has the most sinful reputation for fun and frolicking. It is glamorous, gregarious and oh so gorgeous.
Travel: Get arty in Aarhus
12:41 PM — Denmark's second largest city Aarhus, offers a vibrant art and cultural scene making it an excellent choice for an "art-house" weekend away. Its heady mixture of old-world charm, vibrant social life and rich beautiful scenery, make the perfect ingredients for a relaxing city break.
24th October 2008
Polish President’s visit scuppers gay rights march 5
6:16 PM — The decision of the President of Poland to attend an anniversary event in Krakow has frustrated plans for a gay rights event on October 31st.
Court backs Swedish lesbian’s right to puppies 1
5:07 PM — Sweden's Court of Appeal has rejected a kennel owner's request to appeal a sexual orientation discrimination case he lost after he refused to sell a dog to a lesbian.
Conspiracy theories surround death of Austria’s gay fascist leader 7
1:10 PM — The widow of Joerg Haider wants another autopsy to be carried out amid suggestions that his death was not an accident.
23rd October 2008
Trans woman claims violation of human rights over marriage refusal
1:42 PM — A woman in Malta who has been refused the right to get married to her male partner because she used to be male has challenged the decision in court.
Leader of Austrian right sacked for revealing Haider was his gay lover 5
10:54 AM — The man who has taken over the leadership of right wing political party Alliance for the Future of Austria after the death of Joerg Haider has revealed that they were lovers.