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  • 5th March 2010

    Gay sex scandal at the Vatican 57

    The Vatican has been hit by another scandal

    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

    The European court ruled against Poland

    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

    Pride is coming to Slovakia

    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.

  • Video: Dutch protest after gays are denied communion 16

    Protestors in pink

    5:12 PM — Gay rights activists in the Netherlands staged a protest yesterday over a Catholic church's policy of denying gay people communion.

  • 19th February 2010

    Amsterdam winners may get kisses from gay men, not girls 16

    A politician said gay men could kiss the race winner

    6:39 PM — A left-wing party in Holland has suggested that winners of a cycle race should swap the traditional celebration of kisses from attractive girls for kisses from gay men.

  • 15th February 2010

    France de-lists transgenderism as a mental illness 32

    France will not consider transgenderism a mental illness

    5:30 PM — France has become the first country in the world to declassify transgenderism as a mental illness. A health minister signalled the change would be made last May and this was confirmed last week by a government decree.

  • 12th February 2010

    European Parliament says candidate countries must offer gays protection 17

    The European Parliament said the countries must offer LGBT protections

    6:33 PM — The European Parliament has said that Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey must prove they can offer "genuine protection" to gay people in order to join the European Union.

  • 4th February 2010

    Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17

    British civil partners in France now have equal tax and inheritance rights

    1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.

  • 28th January 2010

    Irish civil partnerships bill progresses through parliament 17

    The Irish parliament is considering the civil partnerships bill

    4:59 PM — A bill to allow gay couples the right to civil partnerships is making progress through the Irish parliament. It was presented to parliament in December and completed its second stage in the Dail yesterday. It will now go to a committee for further scrutiny.

  • Italy opens first transgender prison 3

    The prison will house 30 trans inmates

    2:10 PM — Italy is to open its first prison specially for trans inmates. The building, a former halfway house for women, is in the town of Empoli in Tuscany. It will open in late March.

  • 25th January 2010

    Moscow mayor repeats claims of ‘satanic’ gay Pride marches 9

    Yuri Luzhkov said Pride marches were satanic

    4:15 PM — The mayor of Moscow has repeated his claims that gay Pride marches are "satanic". Yury Luzhkov attacked gay-themed events in 2007 as "satanic" in 2007 and banned gay rights campaigners from holding such an event.

  • 22nd January 2010

    Spanish judge closes case on death of Stephen Gately 4

    The investigation into Gately's death was closed

    5:50 PM — A Spanish court ruled yesterday that gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately died from natural causes, rather than drugs or alcohol.

  • 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

    Mainstream holiday operator to cater for gay couples 17

    Thomson is offering gay-friendly holidays

    4:15 PM — Holiday company Thomson has announced it is launching a new holiday brochure aimed at gay couples. The operator said its seven destinations are gay-friendly.

  • 14th January 2010

    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.

  • 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.

  • 6th January 2010

    Portugal expected to approve gay marriage this week 14

    Portugal could be the next European country to legalise gay marriage

    6:30 PM — Portugal is expected to approve gay marriage this Friday when a bill comes up for debate in parliament. It is thought the law is almost certain to pass, as left-wing parties who are supportive of gay marriage occupy a majority of seats.

  • 5th January 2010

    Italian footballer player could be punished for gay magazine shoot 19

    Jesus Datolo in an image from the shoot

    6:26 PM — An Italian football player who posed in his underwear for a gay magazine could face sanctions from his club. Napoli player Jesus Datalo posed for monthly gay publication Romeo Mag.

  • 24th December 2009

    Georgian gay rights group raided by police 3

    Police were accused of not wearing uniforms or producing search warrants

    3:21 PM — The Inclusive Foundation, a gay rights group based in the eastern European country of Georgia, was raided by police earlier this month and its leader arrested. European gay organisation ILGA-Europe said the raid was motivated by homophobia.

  • 23rd December 2009

    Lithuanian parliament revises ‘gay ban’ law 10

    Lithuania's parliament revised the law

    5:09 PM — Lithuania has revised a controversial law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality. The country's parliament voted 58-4, with 25 abstentions, to amend the law. It prohibited the "public dissemination" of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.

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