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Europe

  • 8th December 2010

    Lithuania to vote on fining people who ‘promote’ homosexuality 24

    Lithuanian MPs will vote on a law to ban the "promotion" of homosexuality

    1:50 PM — The Lithuanian parliament will vote next week on legislation to impose heavy fines on those who "promote" homosexuality. Amnesty International said the law, if passed, would essentially ban Pride marches, gay rights campaigning and LGBT health services.

  • 7th December 2010

    Gay and lesbian couples first to marry mid-air 9

    Aleksandar Mijatovic and Shantu Bhattacherjee were the first gay couple to marry mid-air (Photo: SAS)

    5:02 PM — A gay couple from Germany and a lesbian couple from Poland married on an airplane yesterday between Stockholm and New York.

  • Homotopia and The Pansy Project go to Istanbul

    A pansy planted at the British Consulate in Istanbul

    4:32 PM — A gay arts festival and a project to remember victims of anti-gay hate crime visited Istanbul last week. The Turkish city is the 2010 European Capital of Culture and Liverpool-based arts festival Homotopia and The Pansy Project planted hundreds of pansies at the British Consulate.

  • 6th December 2010

    Czech Republic uses ‘gay tests’ on asylum seekers 19

    The Czech Republican uses porn to test whether some asylum seekers are gay

    3:13 PM — The Czech Republic has been condemned for using "phallometric testing" to check whether asylum seekers who claim to be gay are lying. The tests check the physical reaction to straight porn.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Irish gay Traveller group honoured by president 5

    A gay support group for Travellers was honoured

    4:57 PM — An Irish support group for gay Travellers has been honoured for its work. President Mary McAleese presented the Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin yesterday and paid tribute to the work of the Gay Traveller Support Group.

  • 30th November 2010

    Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2

    iCondom is available in the iPhone App store

    11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.

  • 25th November 2010

    Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3

    The demonstration was held in St Petersburg

    3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.

  • 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.

  • 18th November 2010

    UEFA to investigate Croatian football chief over ‘gay ban’ 1

    UEFA is investigating the comments

    1:23 PM — UEFA is to investigate the president of the Croatian Football Federation after he said he would not allow gay players on the national team.

  • 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

    Elton John concert paid for by EU development funds 5

    Elton John played in Naples last September

    5:15 PM — The European Union is investigating why its development funds were used to pay for an Elton John concert in Italy last year. John performed for thousands of people at the Piedigrotta festival in Naples in September 2009.

  • Gibraltar Supreme Court considers gay age of consent 11

    Gibraltar's age of consent for gay men is 18

    3:41 PM — The Gibraltar Supreme Court is considering whether the age of consent for gay men is discriminatory. The territory currently allows lesbians and heterosexuals to have sex at 16, but the age of consent for gay men is 18. Anal sex is illegal between men and women.

  • 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

  • 11th November 2010

    Irish civil partners to be included in immigration laws 17

    Ireland will soon allow civil partnerships

    6:21 PM — The Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern has tabled amendments to give civil partners equal treatment in Ireland's immigration laws. The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill is currently at Committee stage in the Dáil.

  • Croatian football chief says sorry for anti-gay comments 19

    The football chief said sorry

    4:07 PM — The president of the Croatian Football Federation, Vlatko Markovic, has apologised for offending gay people after he said that there was no place for homosexuality on the country's national team.

  • 10th November 2010

    Croatian football president bans gays from national team 8

    There will be no gay footballers on the Croatian national team, Vlatko Markovic said.

    11:23 AM — The president of the Croatian Football Federation, Vlatko Markovic, has said that there is no place for gay players on the country's national team. Croatian gay and lesbian groups have said they will sue him and report him to UEFA for the outburst.

  • 8th November 2010

    Hundreds stage gay kiss-in as Pope visits Spain 16

    The Pope was greeted by protesters staging a gay kiss-in

    1:18 PM — Gays and lesbians staged a kiss-in protest during the Pope's visit to Spain as the Pontiff defended "traditional" relationships. The protest, said by reports to include 100-200 people, took place as he was driven through Barcelona yester

  • 5th November 2010

    Lesbian MEP accuses UKIP of homophobia 14

    Nikki Sinclaire claimed UKIP had been homophobic

    5:39 PM — A lesbian MEP for the West Midlands claims that UKIP discriminated against her on the grounds of her sexual orientation. Nikki Sinclaire was elected as a UKIP MEP last year but fell out with the party in January when she refused to sit with its EFD allies in the European Parliament.

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