23rd June 2010
Brussels festival cancels Beenie Man’s appearance
10:22 AM — Organisers of the Belgian Couleur Cafe Festival, held annually in Brussels, have cancelled their invitation to openly homophobic Jamaican Dancehall singer Beenie Man.
22nd June 2010
UN human rights chief commends Iceland for legalising gay marriage 9
4:25 PM — The chief of human rights at the United Nations has praised Iceland for allowing gay couples to marry. The country's parliament unanimously approved a same-sex marriage law last month, which is to come into effect this weekend.
Beenie Man won’t play Dutch music festival 8
10:05 AM — Organisers of the Dutch Parkpop music festival have withdrawn their invitation to the controversial Jamaican singer Beenie Man to play at the event.
21st June 2010
Dutch festival bans Snoop Dogg in favour of ‘anti-gay’ Beenie Man 7
5:26 PM — A Dutch music festival has reportedly signed up the 'homophobic' Jamaican rapper Beenie Man to replace Snoop Dogg in order to preserve an "open and friendly atmosphere".
Irish trans woman wins battle to be recognised as female 7
3:52 PM — Ireland is to introduce new legislation to recognise trans people's new identities after the government scrapped an appeal to the Supreme Court. The case was brought by Lydia Foy, a trans woman who battled for 13 years to be legally recognised as female on her birth certificate.
17th June 2010
Irish artist paints Pope conducting a gay marriage 121
4:43 PM — An Irish artist is expecting outrage after painting a picture of the Pope conducting a gay marriage. 'You May Now Kiss The Groom' by Kevin Sharkey is to go on display in Dublin at the end of this month.
16th June 2010
German court says gay man’s foreign marriage must be recognised as a partnership 15
4:09 PM — A German man who married his Spanish husband in Canada has been told by a court Germany will recognise his marriage as a registered partnership.
Spanish clinic investigated for attempting to ‘cure’ gays 7
3:49 PM — A Spanish clinic is being investigated by the regional government for claiming it can 'cure' gay people. The Policlinica Tibidabo clinic in Barcelona allegedly offers pills and psychiatric therapy to people who believe they can become straight.
McDonald’s chief says gay ad won’t air in the US 36
1:17 PM — McDonald's won't show an ad featuring a gay teenager in the US, the brand's chief of operations says. Don Thompson, the fast food giant's second-in-command, said the ad was not right for the country because of different "cultural norms".
11th June 2010
UK will tell Gibraltar age of consent difference ‘breaches international law’ 15
5:39 PM — The UK is to tell Gibraltar its unequal age of consent for gay and straight people breaches international law. The territory currently allows lesbians and heterosexuals to have sex at 16, but the age of consent for gay men is 18. Anal sex is illegal between men and women.
Iceland’s parliament unanimously approves gay marriage 37
4:33 PM — Politicians in Iceland have passed a law legalising gay marriage. The country, which is the only one in the world to have an out gay leader, prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, passed the law today.
France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11
4:07 PM — If your breasts don’t measure up – you just can’t be a “proper” woman. If you thought such archaic attitudes had long since disappeared, think again: in a recent ruling, French authorities declared that before trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard could be classed as a woman, she needed to provide written evidence that she had undergone breast enhancement.
10th June 2010
Major Polish museum to hold exhibition on gay love 6
5:33 PM — A museum in Poland's capital city Warsaw is to hold an exhibition on gay love. The National Museum's exhibition will focus on male nudes and gay couples depicted in ancient sculpture and contemporary painting and photography.
Madrid Pride bans Israeli gay group over Gaza ship raid 25
4:46 PM — A group of gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from marching in Madrid Pride next month. Pride organisers say they are barring the group's float because Tel Aviv's mayor has not apologised for a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine people died.
7th June 2010
Lesbians are first gay couple to marry in Portugal 10
3:33 PM — Two women were the first gay couple to wed in Portugal today after the country legalised same-sex marriage. Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, both divorced mothers in their 30s, married in a 15-minute ceremony in capital city Lisbon.
4th June 2010
Moscow Pride ‘a success’, gay activists say 6
11:12 AM — A ten-minute flashmob in Moscow last weekend has been hailed as the first successful Pride parade in the city. It was the first to proceed without violence or arrests.
3rd June 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo supports impending introduction of gay marriage in native Portugal 11
11:43 PM — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled his support for the impending introduction of gay marriage in his native Portgual. Ronaldo, brought up on the Portuguese island of Maderia said: "“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country.
2nd June 2010
Video: McDonald’s releases first gay ad in France 20
10:04 AM — Fast food giant McDonald's has released its first gay advertisement. The ad, which will be broadcast in France, shows a gay teenager eating in a McDonald's restaurant with his father.
1st June 2010
Survey suggests gaydar does exist 7
11:32 AM — A small survey of gay and straight people has suggested that 'gaydar' does exist. The term means a sixth sense for guessing who is gay and Dutch researchers believe gay people have better attention to detail than their straight counterparts.
28th May 2010
Mayor of Moscow a ‘criminal’ says Peter Tatchell 15
1:06 PM — Peter Tatchell said yesterday that the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, was a "criminal" because of his placing a ban on Moscow Pride for the past five years.