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Europe

  • 28th May 2010

    Mayor of Moscow a ‘criminal’ says Peter Tatchell 15

    Moscow Pride has been banned five years in a row

    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

    LGBT asylum seekers can face enormous odds

    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

    Robert Anton K. worked for the German BND Intelligence Service

    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

    Manchester Pride celebrates its 20th birthday this year

    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

    The Pope has called gay marriage "dangerous" in the past

    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

    Malta is one of the EU countries accused of failing its LGBT population

    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

    Neo-Nazi protestors hijacked Slovakia's first Gay pride march

    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.

  • 18th May 2010

    Portugal’s president reluctantly approves gay marriage law 40

    Portugal is the sixth European county to legalise gay marriage

    10:23 AM — Portugal is the sixth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after its president approved legislation. The Catholic country's parliament passed a bill allowing gay couples to wed in January and it was ratified by President Anibal Cavaco Silva yesterday.

  • 8th May 2010

    Baltic Gay Pride ban overturned by Lithuanian Supreme Court 6

    Lithuania's pride has been reinstated

    12:09 PM — A Lithuanian court of appeal last night overturn a ban on the country's first pride event, so that it can take place in the next few hours. Despite assurances from police that hundreds of marchers through the capital Vilnius would be protected, the Lithuanian Attorney General's Office argued that they could be injured by anti-gay groups. A court sided with the Attorney General and banned the the Baltic Pride march on the 6th May.

  • 6th May 2010

    Cannes Film Festival to get first gay award 2

    The Queer Palm will be Cannes' unofficial gay award

    4:47 PM — Cannes Film Festival will have its first unofficial gay award this year. Inspired by the Teddy award at Berlin Film Festival and the Queer Lion at Venice Film Festival, an independent group is establishing the Queer Palm.

  • Baltic Pride suspended after authorities claim marchers could be hurt 4

    Baltic Pride has been suspended

    4:25 PM — Baltic Pride, due to be held this weekend in Lithuania, has been suspended after authorities said they could not guarantee participants' safety.

  • 5th May 2010

    Gay couples in Denmark now allowed to adopt 3

    Denmark has approved gay couples adopting

    1:46 PM — Gay couples in civil partnerships in Denmark have been granted the right to adopt children together. Around a year after a bill was introduced, parliament voted in favour yesterday but without the support of the government.

  • 27th April 2010

    Organisation set up for gay Irish doctors 1

    The AGM will be held next month

    5:56 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans doctors in Ireland now have their own social and support group. Gay Doctors Ireland will hold its first annual general meeting in Dublin next month after being set up in December.

  • 21st April 2010

    David Cameron to dispatch top gay Tory Nick Herbert to challenge homophobic Polish allies 35

    Nick Herbert is tipped to replace Chris Grayling if the Conservatives win the election

    11:59 PM — David Cameron has tonight attempted to further diffuse the row over gay rights within the Conservative Party by sending shadow environment secretary, Nick Herbert, the most senior gay Conservative, to Poland to confront the homophobia displayed by the party's Polish allies.

  • 12th April 2010

    Pope’s number two claims sexual abuse scandals due to homosexuality not celibacy 76

    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state

    11:55 PM — The Vatican's second most senior cleric has said that the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality rather than celibacy among priests. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state, effectively the deputy to Pope Benedict XVI made the controversial statement during a press conference in Chile.

  • 10th April 2010

    Gay rights advocating former Polish Deputy PM among dead in plane crash 16

    Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka served as Poland's deputy prime minister

    1:36 PM — The plane crash that killed the homophobic Polish President Lech Kaczynski has also claimed the life of Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, one of the most outspoken advocates for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in Poland.

  • Polish President who said homosexuality will destroy human race dies in plane crash 130

    Lech Kaczynsk and his wife are believed to have died

    9:55 AM — Polish President Lech Kaczynski who once said that the promotion of homosexuality would lead to the eventual destruction of the human race has died in a plane crash near Smolensk in Russia. Kaczynski's right wing Law and Justice party are in an alliance with the British Conservative party in the European Parliament.

  • 8th April 2010

    Colin Farrell supports anti-homophobia campaign 9

    Colin Farrell spoke out against homophobic bullying

    4:45 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is supporting an Irish campaign against homophobic bullying. The 31-year-old star, who is from Dublin, spoke out for LGBT charity Belong To's STAND UP! campaign.

  • Irish union says schools are allowed to discriminate against gay teachers 11

    The union warned schools could sack gay teachers

    12:12 PM — An Irish teaching union has said that equality laws allow religious schools to discriminate against gay teachers. Laws allow faith schools to take action against employees "undermining" their religious ethos.

  • 6th April 2010

    English Patient inspiration had gay lover 7

    Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient

    2:40 PM — The man who was the inspiration for the film The English Patient had a gay Nazi lover, letters have suggested. Count Laszlo de Almásy, a Hungarian-born adventurer, was the inspiration for the heterosexual hero played by Ralph Fiennes in the film.

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