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  • 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 W├Ârthersee 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.

  • Updated: Russian police arrest 14 gay rights campaigners in St Petersburg 25

    Police drag away a gay rights activist who protested in Moscow last month

    1:16 PM — Russian police have arrested and charged up to 14 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) activists who were attempting to hold a demonstration in St Petersburg.

  • 15th June 2011

    French transgender woman hopes to run for president 19

    Brigitte Goldberg hopes to run for president

    1:40 PM — A trans woman who has set up a new political party hopes to run in the 2012 French presidential elections. Brigitte Goldberg hopes her party Avenir 2012 will be supported by LGBT people.

  • 14th June 2011

    French parliament rejects gay marriage bill 62

    The French government rejected gay marriage (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    6:10 PM — The French parliament has rejected a bill designed to give gay couples the right to marry. Today, lawmakers voted by 293 votes to 222 to block the bill, which was not expected to pass.

  • 13th June 2011

    Video: Croatian gay pride march attacked by extremists 32

    The Croatian gay pride march ended in 100 arrests

    5:05 PM — A gay pride march in a coastal town in Croatia ended in violence on Saturday when a stone-throwing mob attacked marchers. The march, in the town of Split, attracted 200 LGBT people and their allies, but police said thousands of people lined the streets in protest.

  • 9th June 2011

    Lady Gaga to address Rome gay Pride 22

    Lady Gaga is to join the march

    1:49 PM — Lady Gaga is expected to address around hundreds of thousands of marchers at Rome Pride on Saturday. The singer, who is considered the world's best-known gay rights advocate, will sing her hit single Born This Way.

  • 8th June 2011

    Tensions rise again over the Kirk’s position on gay ministers 19

    The Church of Scotland's debate over allowing practising gay clergy continues.

    4:14 PM — Tensions are brewing once again at the Presbyterian General Assembly over the Church of Scotland's stance on accepting gay ministers.

  • London hospitals to offer routine HIV tests to A&E patients 40

    London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital will be the first in the UK to offer routine HIV tests.

    1:06 PM — Two hospitals in London are to offer routine HIV tests to Accident and Emergency (A&E) patients, making them the first in the UK to do so and aiming to save lives by reducing the number of cases of undiagnosed HIV.

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