20th October 2010
eBay accused of banning gay couples from competition 18
2:06 PM — The French eBay website has been accused of discrimination after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a heterosexual couple.
Senator David Norris could be Ireland’s first gay president 11
11:41 AM — Irish Senator David Norris has revealed that he decided to stand for the presidency after a Facebook group urged him to. The 66-year-old is an independent senator known for his campaigning on gay rights.
Video: Hillary Clinton adds voice to ‘It Gets Better’ campaign for gay teens 8
12:41 AM — Arguably the most powerful woman in the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a moving voice to the 'It Gets Better' YouTube campaign to show solidarity with gay youth. In her message, Mrs Clinton told young gay people that they are not alone and to “hang in there.”
12th October 2010
French trans woman continues fight to be recognised as female 15
5:07 PM — Bad news for French trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard, as an appeal court yesterday refused, once again, to recognise her as female. This follows a year of legal to-ing and fro-ing, as initial willingness by the French state – in the form of the French Air Force – to recognise her female identity was revoked by a court in Nancy last August.
Russian city must allow gay Pride marches, court rules 1
4:26 PM — Russia's second-largest city, St Petersburg, must allow gay Pride marches to go ahead, the city court has ruled. As in the country's capital, Moscow, St Petersburg authorities have repeatedly banned gay marches and refused to give organisers alternative dates.
Gay Irish hurler Donal Og Cusack ‘courted for a political career’ 2
4:10 PM — Donal Og Cusack, the out gay Irish hurler, is rumoured to be considering a move to politics. The sportsman has been courted by two parties, Sinn Fein and the Labour Party, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
10th October 2010
Video: First Belgrade pride march since 2001 marred by violence 11
9:48 PM — 100 people, mostly police, have been injured in clashes between the police and anti-gay protesters intent on distrputing a gay pride march in Belgrade. The march, which was the first to be held in the capital of Serbia since 2001, was long predicted to be targeted by homophobic groups.
8th October 2010
Serbian Orthodox Church issues anti-Pride statement ahead of Sunday’s parade in Belgrade 12
3:45 PM — The Serbian Orthodox Church said today that they strongly oppose the gay Pride march planned for this Sunday in Belgrade.
Russian court rules LGBT Pride parade ban ‘illegal’ 5
1:28 PM — A Russian Judge at the Court of St Petersburg ruled on Wednesday that the ban on the city's Pride march back in June was illegal.
7th October 2010
Campaign begins against potential ‘catastrophic’ cuts to London LGBT services and charities 56
2:51 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) charities in London which provide vital services to said communities are facing unprecedented threats to their funding, which is currently provided by by London Councils.
1st October 2010
‘Transphobic’ attack at trans conference in Sweden 19
5:14 PM — Two trans women were attacked at a transgender conference in Sweden last night. The women, who were attending the third European Transgender Council in Malmo, received minor injuries in what police are treating as a transphobic assault.
28th September 2010
Russian president fires homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov 11
11:24 AM — Yuri Luzhkov, the homophobic mayor of Moscow, has been fired by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The 74-year-old, who bans gay Pride marches and has called gays and lesbians "satanic", has been fighting for his political life in the past few weeks.
27th September 2010
Amnesty International warns of violence at Belgrade Pride 1
3:48 PM — Human rights organisation, Amnesty International today warned of a risk of right wing groups threatening the safety of next week's pride march in Belgrade.
23rd September 2010
Polish equality minister ‘outs gay man on television’ 24
3:10 PM — The Polish minister for equality has been accused of homophobia for outing a gay man on television and saying Catholic schools should have the right to sack gay teachers.
21st September 2010
Eleven gay rights activists arrested for protest in Moscow 4
4:26 PM — Eleven gay rights activists were arrested today for holding a protest outside Moscow's city hall in protest at the homophobia of mayor Yuri Luzhkov. They were arrested by police at around 6.15pm local time after chaining themselves to a metal fence next to the building.
20th September 2010
Russian gay campaigners to protest against homophobic mayor
6:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Moscow will hold an unauthorised protest outside the city hall tomorrow to condemn homophobic mayor Yuri Luhzkov. Moscow authorities denied permission for the march last week, saying that the area would be too busy and the pavements were narrowed.
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.