14th November 2011
French mayor performs “militant gay marriage ceremony” 17
9:45 AM — The ceremony, before the 2012 presidential election, is the second held by a town's mayor to attract national attention, with some dismissing it as "provocative".
8th November 2011
Poland’s first gay and trans MPs to be sworn in 16
11:54 AM — Anna Grodzka is believed to become the first sitting trans MP anywhere in the world when she is sworn in with Robert Biedron today.
French paper publishes “gay Mohammed” cartoon 102
10:32 AM — The paper, Charlie Hebdo, had had its offices firebombed when it announced the prophet would be guest-editing.
4th November 2011
Ricky Martin granted Spanish citizenship 26
4:56 PM — El Pais reports the South American singer wants to marry in the country, which was the third in the world to introduce marriage equality.
3rd November 2011
Over a third of Ireland’s older LGBT people fear rejection in society 6
12:17 PM — Study commissioners say report highlights progress of last 20 years, but also problems facing today's older population.
2nd November 2011
Serbian MP convicted for saying Pride would promote gay “illness” 24
2:56 PM — Dragan Markovic, the leader of United Serbia, made the comments ahead of Belgrade Pride 2011, which had to be cancelled due to security fears.
1st November 2011
Comment: A tribute to Axel Axgil, 1915-2011 15
11:40 AM — Peter Tatchell remembers how Danish gay rights pioneer led him to uncover history of experiments on gay concentration camp prisoners.
31st October 2011
Danish gay rights pioneer Axel Axgil dies, aged 96 27
10:48 AM — In 1989, Mr Axgil and his partner were the first gay couple to enter into a civil union anywhere in the world.
Homophobia question prompts Irish radio comedian to come out 28
10:15 AM — Satirist counters accusations after lampooning a fashion-loving footballer on his national radio programme.
26th October 2011
Peter Tatchell: A tribute to Nikolai Alekseev 5
3:58 PM — Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev has announced that he is standing down as chief organiser of Moscow Pride and of the LGBT human rights project GayRussia.Ru – two major initiatives that he pioneered. Peter Tatchell highlights his work.
Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev retires 7
2:21 PM — Nikolai Alekseev, the face of gay rights campaigning in Russia, has retired. In an email sent to supporters last week, the 34-year-old said he would no longer head Moscow Pride and GayRussia.ru but gave little reason for his decision.
24th October 2011
Denmark set to introduce gay marriage 19
1:54 PM — Lawmakers in Denmark are considering legalising gay marriage. Church minister Manu Sareen told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that gay couples may be allowed to wed in the spring of 2012.
20th October 2011
London MEP says North Cyprus president promised to repeal anti-gay laws 16
2:55 PM — A Conservative MEP for London says North Cyprus president Derviş Eroğlu promised her he would repeal laws against homosexuality. Marina Yannakoudakis was visiting Nicolosia as part of her role on an EU group for relationships with the Turkish Cypriot community.
19th October 2011
Three Northern Cyprus men arrested for gay sex 44
10:38 AM — Three men in Northern Cyprus have been arrested for sexual "acts against nature". The men were arrested in a private home in north Nicosia last Thursday and have already spent five days in custody.
17th October 2011
Poland’s first transgender MP will fight for equal rights 9
2:43 PM — Anna Grodzka, Poland's first transgender MP, says she will seek equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The 57-year-old, who was elected an MP for Krakow last week, said she would make the Catholic country more accepting.
10th October 2011
Transgender woman set to become Polish MP 16
1:29 PM — A transgender woman is expected to become the first trans person in Poland to be elected as an MP. Anna Grodzka, 57, of Krakow, believes she will be the world's only sitting transgender MP if elected for the Palikot Movement party.
3rd October 2011
Spain to open first gay retirement home 91
5:04 PM — Work will begin on Spain's first gay and lesbian retirement home in the coming weeks. The December 26th Foundation in Madrid is named after the 1979 date when General Franco's anti-gay law was repealed.
Six suspected anti-gay extremists arrested in Belgrade 23
12:05 PM — Serbian police have arrested six suspected anti-gay extremists in connection with attempts to disrupt a Pride march. The march, which was to be held yesterday in Belgrade, was cancelled by police over fears of mass violence.
30th September 2011
Police ban Serbia Pride over violence threats 81
5:10 PM — Serbia's gay Pride march has been banned by police. Authorities fear a repeat of the violence that marred last year's event and injured almost 100 police officers.
Serbia Pride may be banned over violence fears 7
3:17 PM — Serbian authorities are considering banning Sunday's Pride march. Yesterday, the country's police chief warned that marchers in Belgrade may face violence from far-right extremists.