16th June 2010
German court says gay man’s foreign marriage must be recognised as a partnership 15
4:09 PM — A German man who married his Spanish husband in Canada has been told by a court Germany will recognise his marriage as a registered partnership.
Spanish clinic investigated for attempting to ‘cure’ gays 7
3:49 PM — A Spanish clinic is being investigated by the regional government for claiming it can 'cure' gay people. The Policlinica Tibidabo clinic in Barcelona allegedly offers pills and psychiatric therapy to people who believe they can become straight.
McDonald’s chief says gay ad won’t air in the US 36
1:17 PM — McDonald's won't show an ad featuring a gay teenager in the US, the brand's chief of operations says. Don Thompson, the fast food giant's second-in-command, said the ad was not right for the country because of different "cultural norms".
11th June 2010
UK will tell Gibraltar age of consent difference ‘breaches international law’ 15
5:39 PM — The UK is to tell Gibraltar its unequal age of consent for gay and straight people breaches international law. 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.
Iceland’s parliament unanimously approves gay marriage 37
4:33 PM — Politicians in Iceland have passed a law legalising gay marriage. The country, which is the only one in the world to have an out gay leader, prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, passed the law today.
France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11
4:07 PM — If your breasts don’t measure up – you just can’t be a “proper” woman. If you thought such archaic attitudes had long since disappeared, think again: in a recent ruling, French authorities declared that before trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard could be classed as a woman, she needed to provide written evidence that she had undergone breast enhancement.
10th June 2010
Major Polish museum to hold exhibition on gay love 6
5:33 PM — A museum in Poland's capital city Warsaw is to hold an exhibition on gay love. The National Museum's exhibition will focus on male nudes and gay couples depicted in ancient sculpture and contemporary painting and photography.
Madrid Pride bans Israeli gay group over Gaza ship raid 25
4:46 PM — A group of gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from marching in Madrid Pride next month. Pride organisers say they are barring the group's float because Tel Aviv's mayor has not apologised for a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine people died.
7th June 2010
Lesbians are first gay couple to marry in Portugal 10
3:33 PM — Two women were the first gay couple to wed in Portugal today after the country legalised same-sex marriage. Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, both divorced mothers in their 30s, married in a 15-minute ceremony in capital city Lisbon.
4th June 2010
Moscow Pride ‘a success’, gay activists say 6
11:12 AM — A ten-minute flashmob in Moscow last weekend has been hailed as the first successful Pride parade in the city. It was the first to proceed without violence or arrests.
3rd June 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo supports impending introduction of gay marriage in native Portugal 11
11:43 PM — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled his support for the impending introduction of gay marriage in his native Portgual. Ronaldo, brought up on the Portuguese island of Maderia said: "“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country.
2nd June 2010
Video: McDonald’s releases first gay ad in France 20
10:04 AM — Fast food giant McDonald's has released its first gay advertisement. The ad, which will be broadcast in France, shows a gay teenager eating in a McDonald's restaurant with his father.
1st June 2010
Survey suggests gaydar does exist 7
11:32 AM — A small survey of gay and straight people has suggested that 'gaydar' does exist. The term means a sixth sense for guessing who is gay and Dutch researchers believe gay people have better attention to detail than their straight counterparts.
28th May 2010
Mayor of Moscow a ‘criminal’ says Peter Tatchell 15
1:06 PM — Peter Tatchell said yesterday that the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, was a "criminal" because of his placing a ban on Moscow Pride for the past five years.
26th May 2010
Gay immigration group hit out at ‘sensational’ asylum report 9
5:27 PM — The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) have expressed their misgivings over a recent newspaper article slamming the UK's border control policies. The article which appeared last weekend in the Independent on Sunday was headlined: "Virtually All Gay Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Persecution". UKLGIG say that the article created a false impression of the fate of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.
Former German spy jailed for sharing state secrets with gay lover 4
1:06 PM — In Munich today, a former German spy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for sharing top-secret information with his boyfriend, a Macedonian interpreter who he met while on a clandestine mission to Kosovo for the German BND Intelligence Service in 2005.
Manchester Pride 2010 lineup announced
12:12 PM — Manchester Pride have revealed their Big Weekend line-up for this summer. Artists set to perform include 1980s stars Belinda Carlisle and Heaven 17, soul singer Beverly Knight, electro outfit May 68 and local indie band The Sticks.
25th May 2010
Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20
2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.
Malta has poor record on gay rights 17
10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.
24th May 2010
Violence erupts at Slovakian Gay Pride march 3
3:57 PM — Last Saturday's Gay Pride march in Bratislava, Slovakia, had to be called off because of hundreds of neo-Nazis lining the planned route.