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  • 27th August 2011

    In photos: Pink Lake kicks off in traditional style 11

    4:01 PM — The Pink Lake festival, held around Lake Wörthersee in Austria has kicked off in its own unique style. The festival, which is sponsored by PinkNews.co.uk sees just under a thousand LGBT tourists descend on the relatively small town of Velden for three nights of parties.

  • 25th August 2011

    Maltese LGBT community faces legal anomaly after discriminatory rule is revoked 21

    Malta is one of the most densely populated countries in the world

    11:13 AM — Mediterranean archipelago is forced to allow EU citizens' gay partners across its borders, but does not give own citizens the same opportunity.

  • 24th August 2011

    Reykjavik invites bears for annual gay-friendly weekend 5

    Bears, on ice (Photo: Bears on Ice)

    2:35 PM — Following the success of last year's event, Iceland is inviting bears back to the island for a weekend of sightseeing and parties.

  • Apologies after gay students ejected from bar ‘for kissing’ 50

    Both parties admitted mistakes in the way the altercation played out

    11:07 AM — Boycott organised through Facebook prompts reconciliation between bar owner and local patrons.

  • 22nd August 2011

    Anti-gay group may now intervene at ECHR as views sought on exemptions 86

    The ECHR will hear the appeals of four religious workers

    11:28 AM — In the latest turn at the European Court of Human Rights, the US' Alliance Defense Fund could intervene on behalf of religious workers who want to avoid serving gays while the European Commission opens its consultation.

  • 18th August 2011

    Gay protests greet Pope’s visit to Spain 31

    The Pope is visiting Spain

    2:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Spain held a protest last night to mark the Pope's visit to the country. The Pontiff is in Spain for a four-day visit but critics complain that the country cannot afford the cost of the trip. Estimates suggest the total cost could reach 100 million euros.

  • 4th August 2011

    Gay man who survived Nazi concentration camp dies aged 98 43

    Gay men in concentration camps were made to wear pink triangles

    3:15 PM — A man who was sent to a Nazi concentration camp for being gay has died at the age of 98. Rudolf Brazda was said to be the last surviving person who had been interned by the regime for homosexuality and was known as 'the last of the pink triangles', in reference to the markers gay men were forced to wear.

  • 3rd August 2011

    Lesbian couple saved 40 teenagers in Norway massacre 53

    Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen have been hailed as heroes. Photo: Maija Tammi/Helsingin Sanomat

    11:42 AM — A married lesbian couple have been commended for saving the lives of 40 teenagers in Norway's massacre two weeks ago. Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen were having dinner on the shore opposite the island of Utoya when they heard shots ring out and screaming.

  • 2nd August 2011

    Gay senator David Norris pulls out of Irish presidential race

    David Norris has abandoned his campaign

    3:55 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has pulled out of the Irish presidential race after controversy over a letter of support for a former partner who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old boy.

  • Blow to Irish senator David Norris’s presidential bid over ex-partner’s rape charge 12

    David Norris is expected to speak out this afternoon

    2:12 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has suffered heavy blows to his presidential bid over a letter of support he wrote for his former partner who was charged with raping a 15-year-old boy. Mr Norris, who was the favourite for the post, has now lost the support of several backers after the story emerged at the weekend.

  • Elton’s 750,000 euro HIV donation not spent 4

    Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish raise funds for HIV and AIDS

    1:48 PM — A 750,000 euro donation from Elton John to combat HIV in Ireland has not been spent, it has emerged. The singer gave the money to the government two years ago to be used in a clean needle project for drug addicts.

  • 29th July 2011

    North Cyprus campaigners call for repeal of anti-gay laws 11

    Gay sex is illegal in North Cyprus

    2:21 PM — Following reports of two men being arrested for gay sex, rights activists in Northern Cyprus are calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Homofobiye Karsi Inisiyatif (Initiative Against Homophobia) has been campaigning for years to have the penal code changed.

  • 28th July 2011

    Men arrested in North Cyprus for gay sex 90

    Gay sex remains illegal in North Cyprus

    5:23 PM — Two men have reportedly been arrested in North Cyprus for having gay sex. According to Kibris newspaper, the men were accused of having "unnatural intercourse" in a hostel in Nicosia.

  • 27th July 2011

    Italy rejects anti-homophobia bill 127

    Italy has no legal protection against LGBT discrimination (Photo: Vaughan Leiberum)

    9:49 AM — Italy's parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation.

  • 20th July 2011

    Gay Senator David Norris ahead for Irish presidency 39

    David Norris hopes to become Ireland's next head of state

    4:24 PM — Gay independent senator David Norris in in the lead for the Irish presidency, a poll of the public says. According to an Ipsos MRBI/Irish Times poll of 1,000 people, Mr Norris has 25 per cent of the vote.

  • 15th July 2011

    New Irish transgender laws ‘will break up families’ 27

    Ireland is to introduce legislation to recognise trans people

    11:53 AM — Irish proposals designed to give transgender people more rights will break up happy families, trans campaigners say. The plans say that trans people who married in their old gender will have to divorce or legally separate in order to be recognised in their new gender, regardless of whether they remain in a loving relationship with their partner.

  • 14th July 2011

    New Berlin archbishop says he will meet gay campaigners 18

    The Catholic archbishop said he would meet gay campaigners

    1:36 PM — Berlin's incoming Catholic archbishop says he will meet with gay activists who have criticised his appointment. Archbishop-elect Rainer Maria Woelk said at a press conference last week that he has "respect and esteem for all people".

  • 7th July 2011

    Gay journalist threatened with knife in Dublin homophobic attack 25

    Police have released CCTV images

    11:26 AM — Police are searching for two men who punched a well-known gay journalist in the face during a homophobic attack in Dublin. The 46-year-old victim was said to be "deeply traumatised" after the incident, which took place on June 8th.

  • 5th July 2011

    Austria’s fourth Pink Lake festival to be held in August

    The fourth Pink Lake festival will be held in August

    4:04 PM — The fourth Pink Lake festival is to be held in Austria in August. Set around Lake Wörthersee between August 25th-28th, the event includes entertainment, parties, relaxation and sports.

  • 25th June 2011

    British gay policeman victim of homophobic attack in Slovenia 59

    Slovenia allows private civil partnership ceremonies

    1:47 PM — A British gay policeman was savagely attacked in a homophobic incident in Slovenia it has been reported. Oliver McNally was in the capital Ljubljana with straight friends on a stag party but fell out with anti-gay revellers in a nightclub after what has only been described as an 'encounter' who later attacked him with metal police-style batons.

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