20th September 2010
Gay German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has a civil partnership 2
12:09 PM — Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle tied the knot with his partner in a civil partnership on Friday evening. Mr Westerwelle, 48, has been with 43-year-old Michael Mronz, a sporting events organiser, since 2003. The politician came out in 2004 during chancellor Angela Merkel's 50th birthday celebrations.
Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev ‘kidnapped and drugged’ by Russian security agents 5
10:04 AM — Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev says he was kidnapped and possibly drugged by Russian security forces who detained him for more than two days. Mr Alekseev went missing on Wednesday evening from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow when he was due to catch a plane to Geneva.
17th September 2010
Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev ‘applying for political asylum’ but friends fear messages are fake 4
4:56 PM — Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev is said to be applying for political asylum in Belarus. His supporters have raised concerns that he has only communicated by text since his arrest on Wednesday and fear the messages may be fake.
16th September 2010
Missing Russian gay rights campaigner ‘in Minsk’ 4
8:28 PM — Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian gay rights campaigner who was arrested at an airport in Moscow yesterday, is believed to be in Minsk. Mr Alekseev, who is unpopular with Russian authorities for attempting to hold Pride marches, was arrested by border control police yesterday at Domodedovo airport after passing through passport control.
Russian gay rights campaigner arrested in Moscow 11
10:34 AM — Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner was arrested at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport yesterday. Nikolai Alekseev was boarding a flight to Geneva and had passed through passport control when he was arrested by Russian border police yesterday evening.
15th September 2010
Majority of Irish people in favour of gay marriage 9
3:07 PM — An Irish poll on social attitudes has suggested that most people agree with marriage equality and would not think less of a person for being gay or lesbian.
10th September 2010
MEPs call for Europe-wide recognition of gay relationships 20
4:35 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called for action to ensure gay couples in marriages and civil partnerships are recognised across the continent. They said gay couples who visit or live in other EU countries were still lacking legal protection in areas such as healthcare, pensions and parental rights.
9th September 2010
HIV infections in France ‘200 times higher in gay men’ 17
4:28 PM — A study published today suggests that rates of HIV in France are 200 times higher in gay and bisexual men than in heterosexuals.
8th September 2010
French football club rejects gay player citing ‘trouble’ of sexuality 8
4:34 PM — An amateur football club in eastern France has denied a player's request to return to the team in an attempt to avoid homophobia
Italian Protestants agree to same-sex blessings 11
2:59 PM — New decision opens doors to LGBT couples in certain Italian churches
Court rules Moscow nightclub closure illegal 2
2:15 PM — The closing of a gay nightclub in Moscow was against the law, it emerged this week.
Travel: Going gay at the Oktoberfest 2
11:27 AM — More than just the world’s biggest mug-clunking, beer-swilling and sausage gobbling festival in the world – on the first Sunday of Munich’s macho beer festival, the Oktoberfest turns a bright shade of pink when the Braurösl tent is filled to the rafters with 8,000 gay men. Most of them in scrumptiously tight-fitting lederhosen.
7th September 2010
Serbia to hold first Pride Parade since 2001 4
3:35 PM — Serbian gay rights groups are in the process of planning a gay Pride Parade in Belgrade next month. It will be the first such parade to take place in nearly a decade.
Faroe Islands MP refuses to dine with Iceland’s gay prime minister and her partner 27
3:04 PM — An MP from the Faroe Islands has refused to attend a state banquet held in honour of Icelandic prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir's official visit.
New book to examine history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party 10
1:24 PM — A book detailing the history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party and how its attitudes to it have changed over the decades is to be published by Biteback Publishing next year.
‘Young, white gay men’ are ‘contributing’ to spread of HIV infections in Europe says report 36
12:28 PM — According to new research published today, reckless sexual behaviour among a subset of young gay men is fuelling the HIV epidemic in Europe and the UK.
Irish LGBT marriage equality group to launch report on the lives of children raised by gay parents 3
11:13 AM — An Irish equality group is to launch the results of a report documenting the experience of children raised in Ireland by LGBT parents.
6th September 2010
Spain is to launch official gay lottery this Christmas 7
6:28 PM — Spain's official Christmas lottery, whose first prize of €3,000,000 'El Gordo’ or 'the fat one' is to go gay this year. The La Bruixa d’Or lottery administration office in Sort, Lérida, is to launch a special ticket for the draw called 'Gay Luck.'
5th September 2010
Travel: The Pink Lake festival closes after four days captivating Wörthersee 1
11:13 PM — The Pink Lake LGBT festival, held around Lake Wörthersee in Austria closed this evening after four days of activities and parties. In what is a stunningly beautiful setting, the Pink Lake festival offers something unique to the thousand or so people who attend the event every year.
2nd September 2010
Scandinavian airline to hold first mid-air gay wedding 1
11:14 AM — A Scandinavian airline hopes to host the world’s first mile-high gay wedding. SAS Scandinavian Airlines is running an online competition to find a lucky couple to walk down the aisle during a flight from Stockholm to New York on December 6th.