18th July 2014
Turkey: Highest court makes first acknowledgment of homophobic speech as hate crime 3
4:00 PM — Turkey’s highest court has ruled that calling members of the LGBT community “perverts” constitutes hate speech, in what is reportedly its first acknowledgement of homophobia as a hate crime.
Russian lesbian couple seek asylum in Argentina after getting married 6
1:18 PM — A Russian lesbian couple are attempting to claim asylum in Argentina, after fleeing their home country to get married.
THT boss: Loss of HIV activists in Malaysia Airlines crash ‘a cruel blow’ 1
12:20 PM — Leading HIV charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), has paid tribute to the loss of 298 people, including 100 HIV activists, clinicians and academics, in the Malaysia Airlines crash, to say it is a "cruel blow" which will be "felt for some time."
AIDS activists killed in Malaysia Airlines plane crash 39
11:02 AM — A number of people due to attend an HIV/AIDS conference in Australia were onboard the doomed flight MH17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, according to reports.
17th July 2014
Lifetime gay blood ban not justifiable, says Europe Court of Justice Advocate General
4:57 PM — A lifetime ban preventing French gay men from donating blood is not justifiable, says the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.
Nick Clegg: Tories are ‘lining up with Putin’ over European Court power curb 3
2:20 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched an attack on Conservative plans to limit the power of the European Court of Human Rights.
European Court of Human Rights confirms forced divorce of trans people is legal 6
1:01 PM — Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their new gender recognised, European judges rules.
16th July 2014
Artist brings Conchita Wurst’s image to Paris streets
9:16 PM — Street artist Suriani has taken Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst's image to the streets of Paris.
Macedonia: Parliament approves constitutional same-sex marriage ban 15
6:06 PM — The Macedonian Assembly has approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Anti-gay former French National Front candidate jailed for racist remarks against minister 17
5:40 PM — A former candidate of the homophobic French Front National (FN) has been sentenced to nine months in jail for comparing a black Justice Minister to a chimpanzee.
Finland church head: It’s time we apologise to sexual minorities for cruel treatment 6
5:10 PM — The head of Finland's Lutheran Evangelical Church has issued a public apology for the harm caused by the church's previous stances on LGBT issues.
15th July 2014
Croatia passes civil partnerships law 52
5:14 PM — Croatia’s Parliament has passed a law allowing civil partnerships for same-sex couples.
14th July 2014
Video: Tori Amos performs lesbian anthem at Moscow gig 11
7:00 PM — Tori Amos has performed a lesbian anthem in a Moscow concert as part of her recent world tour.
Switzerland: Rate of new HIV infections falls by 8% 1
5:25 PM — The number of new HIV infections in Switzerland declined by 8% in 2013, according to new data.
Bishop: Church’s approach to homosexuals is ‘sick and heartless’ 8
5:08 PM — A Mexican Catholic Bishop has said that the Church's current approach to gay people is "sick and heartless".
Chef who pretended to be gay and raped a woman sentenced to seven years in jail 1
4:49 PM — A Chef from Westmeath, Ireland has been sentenced to seven years in jail for raping a woman after he told her he was gay and inviting her back to his flat.
Belgium: First transgender parliamentarian appointed to Senate 3
4:38 PM — Professor Petra De Sutter has become Belgium’s first transgender Member of Parliament, making her the second serving transgender MP in Europe, following the country’s recent elections.
Czech Republic: Support for equal marriage falls sharply 5
12:12 PM — Support for same-sex marriage in the Czech Republic has fallen sharply, bucking the trend from other Western countries.
New film chronicling Swiss gay magazine that survived the Nazis 3
10:49 AM — A new film is set to be released about a Swiss gay magazine that survived the Nazis.
12th July 2014
Ireland: Church that sells bleach as HIV ‘cure’ holding event in Dublin 42
2:11 PM — A church that attempts to cure HIV with industrial strength bleach is holding an event in Dublin.