27th April 2011
Moscow gay pride parade now uncertain 1
2:30 PM — Moscow have said they are ‘studying’ the proposal for the city’s first gay pride parade, after it was previously thought to be going ahead. Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s top gay rights activist, said yesterday that the city council had given the go-ahead to the proposed march on 28 May, a claim dismissed by Moscow’s central district head, […]
Gay man beaten in homophobic south London attack 229
1:21 PM — A gay man has received hospital treatment after being beaten up in an unprovoked homophobic attack at the weekend.
Last known gay holocaust survivor to receive France’s top honour 21
10:38 AM — The last known gay survivor of the Nazi holocaust is to receive the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur.
26th April 2011
Catholic charity loses appeal over gay adoption 173
5:32 PM — A tribunal has thrown out a Catholic charity's bid to be exempted from equality laws which make it illegal to discriminate against gay couples who wish to adopt.
Moscow set to allow first ever gay pride parade in the city 20
3:08 PM — Moscow city authorities gave permission today for the first ever gay pride parade to be held in the Russian capital.
Church of Scotland leaders to discuss special commission report on same-sex relationships 10
12:02 PM — The Church of Scotland's leaders will discuss the Special Commission's report on same-sex relationships and the ministry at May's General Assembly meeting.
Elton John to carry out paternity test for son 25
11:10 AM — Sir Elton John has said that he intends to find out who the real father of his son is.
19th April 2011
Hungary approves new ‘anti-gay’ constitution 52
11:09 AM — Hungarian politicians have approved a new constitution which bans gay marriage. The document restricts marriage to heterosexuals and does not protect LGBT people from discrimination.
18th April 2011
Irish trans woman wins £30,000 for discrimination 13
5:50 PM — An Irish trans woman has been awarded 35,000 euros (£30,000) after an equality tribunal ruled she was discriminated against on the grounds of gender and disability. Louise Hannon claims that her employer, First Direct Logistics Limited, discriminated against her after she revealed she was transitioning.
9th April 2011
Academic who blamed fall of Roman Empire on gays under pressure to resign 104
9:57 PM — A leading but controversial Italian academic is facing calls for him to resign as vice president of the country's Centre for National Research after he claimed that homosexuality caused the fall of the Roman Empire.
8th April 2011
European parliament calls for special protection of gay and trans asylum seekers 31
2:26 PM — The European parliament says that LGBT asylum seekers must be given special protection. MEPs voted this week to adopt a series of measures, such as ensuring that physical examinations are respectful and providing expert advice to asylum officials.
Racism and homophobia ‘worse in chaotic environments’ 32
11:55 AM — People are more racist and homophobic when their surroundings are chaotic, according to new research from the Netherlands. Scientists tested 40 people at Utrecht railway station during a cleaners' strike that had left the station dirty and litter-strewn.
7th April 2011
Video: Anti-gay Catholic archbishop slapped in face with custard pies 213
11:09 AM — A Belgian Catholic archbishop who said HIV is "justice" for gays has been hit in the face with custard pies. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the head of the country's Catholic Church, was targeted on Tuesday while speaking at a university near Brussels.
6th April 2011
5,000-year-old ‘transgender’ skeleton discovered 114
4:26 PM — Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old skeleton which they believe may be the remains of a transgender person. The male skeleton was found in a suburb of Prague and is buried in a manner previously only seen for female burials.
Hungary gay groups to protest against new constitution 22
1:50 PM — Gay rights groups in Hungary are to protest over the country's new draft constitution, which they say includes a ban on same-sex marriage.
5th April 2011
First Irish public civil partnerships take place 15
12:42 PM — Ireland's first public civil partnership ceremonies were due to take place this afternoon. The law came into force on January 1st, although the vast majority of couples were required to give three months notice of their intent to tie the knot.
1st April 2011
Polish MP expelled for lesbian joke 47
12:59 PM — A Polish MP has been expelled from his party for making a sexist joke about lesbians. Robert Wegrzyn of the centre-right Civic Platform party was given the boot this week, two months after he made the off-colour joke.
30th March 2011
First lesbian couple to marry celebrate 10th anniversary 15
9:36 AM — The world's first lesbian couple to legally marry have celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. Dutch couple Helene Faasen and Anne-Marie Thus met on a blind date in 1998 and married in 2001, when the Netherlands became the first country to allow gay marriage.
29th March 2011
Gay footballer Anton Hysen: ‘Players in the closet should give me a call’ 16
3:46 PM — Swedish footballer Anton Hysen has urged other players stuck in the closet to "give him a call". The Utsiktens BK player came out this month, making him the first Swedish footballer to declare he is gay.
Maltese trans man wins right to be recognised as male 3
10:31 AM — A transgender man in Malta has won the right to have his birth certificate changed to 'male'. The 26-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was born female but said he had always felt and acted like a man.