22nd October 2008
Irish gay rights group says civil partnerships “a matter of immediate urgency” 4
12:08 PM — Despite considerable progress in the last year, there remain significant challenges for gay and lesbians in Ireland, according to the annual report from the nation's leading homosexual rights group.
21st October 2008
Nigerian ambassador to EU pressured over treatment of gay Christians 1
2:01 PM — Members of the European Parliament have drawn attention to the harassment faced by people working for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Nigeria.
18th October 2008
Thousands attend funeral of right-wing gay Austrian politician Joerg Haider 1
1:18 PM — Tens of thousands of people have lined the streets of the Austrian city of Klagenfurt for the funeral of the fascist politician Joerg Haider, who died in a car crash a week ago.
17th October 2008
Dutch court hears evidence from victims of ‘HIV gang’
2:18 PM — The trial of three men accused of deliberately injecting others with HIV-infected blood has heard testimony from some of their alleged victims.
Europe cannot impose recognition of same-sex partnerships says EU Commissioner 11
1:51 PM — The man responsible for the new EU directive on discrimination has said that it is up to individual member states whether or not to legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Austrian fascist leader visited gay bar before death crash 15
12:48 PM — The former leader of the far right in Austria was drinking in a gay bar the night he died, it has emerged.
16th October 2008
Spanish military LGBT activist releases gay calendar 2
5:25 PM — Albert Marchena and made history by being part of the first ever same-sex civil ceremony to take place between two military men in Spain in 2006.
14th October 2008
Baron Mandelson under pressure not to take Brussels ‘golden goodbye’ 3
4:20 PM — Peter Mandelson took his seat in the House of Lords yesterday. He becomes one of three openly gay peers, all men.
13th October 2008
Three men stand trial accused of deliberate HIV infection
4:09 PM — Three gay men go on trial today in Holland charged with picking up more than a dozen men on the Internet, drugging them and injecting them with HIV positive blood.
12th October 2008
Travel: A taste of the Med- a cooking holiday
12:26 PM — One of the best things about visiting a different country is the cuisine, which is why so many people head to the Mediterranean each year. Its delectable combination of sun, sea, scenery and food is among some of the best to be found in the world. However while you can't bring the sunny climate home, you could bring back some Mediterranean culinary know-how. If you feel that gastronomic competence is something that's always evaded you, think again, as travel agent Mallorca Farmhouses is offering a cookery course with a difference.
10th October 2008
Portugese parliament rejects gay marriage proposal 8
3:34 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Portugal will continue to be banned from getting married after the main government and opposition parties joined forces.
Russian mayor blocks gay rights protest 1
12:24 AM — A municipal leader in Russia has said that a planned protest against homophobia by gay rights activists cannot go ahead.
9th October 2008
Council of Europe calls on Bosnia to condemn homophobic violence
4:54 PM — An assembly of European parliamentarians has condemned the recent attacks on the organisers and participants of the Sarajevo Queer Festival by a homophobic mob.
Czechs face EU sanctions over anti-discrimination directive
2:36 PM — The Czech Republic could face an official complaint from the European Commission and financial sanctions over its failure to introduce an EU directive on discrimination into its legislation.
Bishops decide against church weddings for Norwegian gays 4
2:08 PM — The bishops of Norway's state church have ruled that there will be no weddings in church for gay and lesbian couples.
MEPs want EU countries to recognise same-sex partnerships 1
12:48 PM — European Parliamentarians are urging EU-wide recognition of same-sex partnerships or marriages created in member states.
Baltic gays will celebrate Pride in May
12:10 PM — Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian gays and lesbians will gather in Riga next May for "Friendship Days," a Pride celebration.
Ferdinand demands FIFA take action over homophobia 4
11:54 AM — An English footballer has demanded that the game's authorities take homophobic chanting and abuse seriously.
8th October 2008
Russia may permit first gay march 500km from Moscow 3
12:13 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have managed to secure permission to hold a picket against a homophobic politician in the city of Tambov.
7th October 2008
We are homophobic says Lithuanian minister 10
10:50 AM — A senior politician in Lithuania has spoken frankly about the lack of acceptance of gay people in the country.