19th January 2011
European Parliament calls on Lithuania to shelve anti-gay law 9
2:15 PM — The "public promotion of homosexual relations" would be punishable by a fine of up to €2900 if new legislation is adopted.
Gay marriage to be debated in French Constitutional Council 21
1:33 PM — A lesbian couple from rural France will challenge the Civil Code ban on gay marriages.
Four defendants stand trial for attack on gay man in Paris 5
12:19 PM — Bruno Wiel was left comatose for a fortnight after the attack in the French capital.
17th January 2011
Gay couple are first to be recognised as civil partners in Ireland 26
4:07 PM — A gay couple are celebrating after becoming the first recognised civil partners in Ireland. Glenn Cunningham and Adriano Vilar had a civil partnership in Northern Ireland last year but are now recognised as a couple in Ireland due to new laws.
13th January 2011
Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships 25
11:56 AM — Gay couples living in Ireland who have married or had a civil partnership abroad will be recognised as civil partners from today. The change is part of Ireland's new civil partnership laws, which give gay couples almost all the rights of marriage.
11th January 2011
Poll puts gay senator David Norris ahead for Irish presidency 18
2:48 PM — Irish independent senator David Norris is ahead in the race for the Irish presidency, an opinion poll predicts. The gay politician was favoured by 27 per cent of the 1,001 people surveyed by Red C for Paddy Power.
6th January 2011
Turkish LGBT group shut down by court 35
2:36 PM — Another Turkish LGBT organisation has been ordered to close. A criminal court in Bursa, north-west Turkey, ruled that the Rainbow Association must shut down after claims its members had engaged in prostitution. The group denies the allegations.
4th January 2011
Irish civil partnerships come into law 27
11:39 AM — Ireland's civil partnership law came into force at the weekend, although gay couples must wait until early April to hold their ceremonies. The law was welcomed by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network as a "new dawn" for gay and lesbian couples but other groups said it was not good enough.
24th December 2010
First Irish civil partnerships to take place in April 13
12:01 PM — Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern has signed a commencement order to bring civil partnerships into law. The ceremonies become legal on January 1st but as couples have to give three months' notice, the first civil partnerships will not take place until April 1st.
20th December 2010
Italian companies drop racy lesbian car advert 15
4:50 PM — The risque Renault Twingo advert has been shelved by Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset for its depiction of two women at a party
German politician Volker Kauder: Gays have no right to children 31
3:50 PM — Anti-adoption comments made today by the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union to the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung.
Prague puts gay hotspots on the map
11:56 AM — A new initiative will see the publication distributed for free at clubs and hotels across the Czech Republic's capital city.
17th December 2010
French straight couples opt for civil unions over marriage 22
3:03 PM — Heterosexual couples in France are opting for civil unions over marriage. The country allows both straight and gay couples to have PACS, or pacte civil de solidarité, although gay couples cannot marry.
15th December 2010
Researchers ‘cure’ man of HIV with stem cell transplant 9
1:25 PM — German researchers believe they have cured a man of HIV by using a stem cell transplant. Timothy Ray Brown, 42, was also being treated for acute myeloid leukaemia - a cancer of the immune system. Three and a half years later, he apparently shows no sign of either disease.
13th December 2010
Transgender model Lea T on why she came out 13
5:33 PM — Givenchy model Lea T has revealed why she decided to be open about being transgender. The Italian model was asked by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci to star in the ads and says that she agreed on the condition of being open about her trans status.
Police arrest Rome gang over gay drug robberies
3:36 PM — Italian police have arrested a gang in Rome for allegedly drugging and robbing at least 50 tourists outside a gay bar. The gang was arrested after one of its alleged victims was found dead in Colle Oppio park.
9th December 2010
Czech government defends use of ‘gay tests’ for asylum seekers 4
11:08 AM — The Czech government has defended the use of 'arousal tests' to check if asylum seekers who say they are gay are telling the truth. The country has used straight porn to see if applicants become aroused.
8th December 2010
Lithuania to vote on fining people who ‘promote’ homosexuality 24
1:50 PM — The Lithuanian parliament will vote next week on legislation to impose heavy fines on those who "promote" homosexuality. Amnesty International said the law, if passed, would essentially ban Pride marches, gay rights campaigning and LGBT health services.
7th December 2010
Gay and lesbian couples first to marry mid-air 9
5:02 PM — A gay couple from Germany and a lesbian couple from Poland married on an airplane yesterday between Stockholm and New York.
Homotopia and The Pansy Project go to Istanbul
4:32 PM — A gay arts festival and a project to remember victims of anti-gay hate crime visited Istanbul last week. The Turkish city is the 2010 European Capital of Culture and Liverpool-based arts festival Homotopia and The Pansy Project planted hundreds of pansies at the British Consulate.