22nd October 2009
Rome holds flash mobs to call for legal protections for gays 6
5:57 PM — A number of demonstrations were held in Rome, Italy, last weekend to call for more laws to protect gay people from hate crime.
Germany gives pension rights to gay civil partners 8
4:41 PM — Germany's high court today ruled that civil partners of government employees are eligible to receive the same pension rights as their straight married counterparts.
Sweden allows gay couples to marry in church 17
11:08 AM — The Lutheran Church of Sweden has decided to allow gay couples to marry in church. Gay marriage became legal in the country on May 1st, allowing couples to wed in religious or civil ceremonies but not in church.
20th October 2009
Gay Irish hurling star says family have been hurt by homophobic slurs 10
6:21 PM — Dónal Óg Cusack, the hurling star who recently revealed he was gay, has said his mother will not attend his matches because of the homophobic abuse she hears.
19th October 2009
Irish sports star Dónal Óg Cusack reveals he’s gay 41
3:24 PM — Top Irish hurler Dónal Óg Cusack has come out. The 32-year-old, who plays in goal for Cork All Stars, revealed he was gay in installments of his autobiography, published this weekend in the Irish Mail on Sunday.
17th October 2009
Video: Stars and family mourn Stephen Gately at emotional funeral 6
6:40 PM — Boyzone bandmates, friends, relatives and partner have paid an emotional tribute to Stephen Gately whose funeral was held today at St Laurence O'Toole Church in north Dublin.
16th October 2009
Video: Stephen Gately’s body returns to Dublin escorted by Boyzone stars 6
8:41 PM — Boyzone star Stephen Gately's body was welcomed home to Dublin amid emotional scenes tonight. Hundreds lined the streets near St Laurence O'Toole Church where the singer's parents were joined by fellow Boyzone stars Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy together with their manager and the man who put Gately on the road to fame, Louis Walsh.
15th October 2009
Russian gays disappointed with Hillary Clinton 6
4:35 PM — Russian gay activists have spoken of their disappointment that US secretary of state Hillary Clinton did not condemn homophobia on a visit to Moscow.
Straight Italian couple sue after being put on gay cruise 20
3:19 PM — A straight Italian couple are suing a cruise line after they were placed on a gay cruise holiday. The unnamed middle-aged couple, who are married, said they were not told that the holiday was aimed at same-sex couples.
14th October 2009
French Muslim football side kicked out of league in row over gay team 22
4:11 PM — A Muslim football team who initially refused to play against a gay team and then appeared to back down have been kicked out of their league.
13th October 2009
Hillary Clinton to honour ‘gay’ poet Walt Whitman in Moscow 8
5:08 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will inaugurate a monument to gay poet Walt Whitman in Moscow tomorrow.
12th October 2009
French Muslim football team will play against gay side 23
4:18 PM — A French Muslim team who apparently refused to play against a gay side have said the row was a "misunderstanding".
Irish schools given guide to lesbian, gay and bisexual students 12
4:16 PM — Irish schools have been issued with a guide aimed to help teachers learn more about issues such as homophobic bullying.
11th October 2009
Video: Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately found dead while on holiday 44
11:27 AM — Stephen Gately, the openly gay member of the Irish "boy band" Boyzone has died while on holiday in the Balearic island Mallorca (Majorca). The 33-year-old was on holiday with his civil partner Andrew Cowles and it is reported that he went out for drinks, went back to his flat, feel asleep and then died.
9th October 2009
Turkey blocks access to gay websites 50
4:30 PM — Turkey has blocked two of its largest LGBT websites. Users of sites such as hadigayri.com and gabile.com are finding that instead of regular homepages, they are seeing messages stating that the site has been blocked by the Telecommunication Directorate.
Polish MEP Michal Kaminski says he will attend gay Tory event next year 34
10:53 AM — Polish MEP Michal Kaminski, who has been accused of homophobia, has said he would consider supporting civil partnerships and will attend Conservative Pride next year.
8th October 2009
Egyptian newspaper banned for claiming actors were gay 10
5:14 PM — An Egyptian newspaper has been banned for claiming that three high-profile actors were gay. The weekly independent Al Balagh Al Gadid claimed that Nour El Sherif, Khaled Aboul Naga and Hamdi El Wazir were questioned by police for allegedly being part of a gay prostitution ring.
French culture minister urged to resign over sex with boys 7
11:34 AM — Frederic Mitterrand, the French culture minister, is facing calls for his resignation after writing in a 2005 autobiography about paying boys for sex.
6th October 2009
Video: Stonewall chief pulls out of gay Conservative event in protest at David Cameron’s ‘homophobic’ partners 16
11:58 PM — Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) rights charity Stonewall, has pulled out of attending and speaking at the Conservative Party's LGBT event to be held tonight. The decision follows the party's coalition with homophobic parties within the European Parliament.
Video: Stephen Fry says David Cameron has aligned himself with homophobes 33
7:06 PM — A letter signed by celebrities including Ewan MacGregor, Stephen Fry and Jo Brand has asked Tory leader David Cameron to oppose the views of his party's new European allies. Fry tonight told Channel 4 News that Mr Cameron had aligned his party with an "unpleasantly homophobic nationalistic party in Poland and sharing their whip in Europe."