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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.