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.
28th March 2011
Thousands leave Finnish Lutheran church over anti-gay campaign 342
2:37 PM — Thousands of people have reportedly left the Lutheran Evangelical Association of Finland after a campaign against homosexuality. The week-long campaign, drawn up by several Christian groups, has been met with anger.
25th March 2011
Man takes ‘gay sex addict’ drug case to court 37
10:55 AM — A French man who claims a faulty Parkinson's Disease drug turned him into a gay sex addict is demanding £390,000 in compensation. Didier Jambart, 52, from Nantes, is suing ReQuip manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline for his psychological trauma.
21st March 2011
IKEA unveils gay ad in Italy 31
12:00 PM — Swedish furniture giant IKEA has unveiled an ad featuring a gay couple in Italy. The ad - which is not the first gay-friendly campaign the company has run - shows two men holding hands under the slogan: "We are open to all families."
14th March 2011
David Norris launches bid to become Irish president and world’s first gay head of state 82
3:33 PM — Gay senator David Norris has formally announced his bid to become the next president of Ireland. If successful, he will become the first openly gay head of state. Mr Norris, an independent senator is currently the front runner to win the position, which is primarily ceremonial.
10th March 2011
Off The Rails star Brendan Courtney speaks out following homophobic attack 5
11:20 AM — The presenter of Off The Rails, Brendan Courtney, has spoken out after being punched in the face in what he believes is a homophobic attack in Dublin.
9th March 2011
Trans star Dana International returns to Eurovision 3
3:43 PM — Transgender singer Dana International is to represent Israel again in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The 39-year-old star, real name Sharon Cohen, will perform her new song Ding Dong in the competition.
Swedish footballer Anton Hysen comes out as gay 61
11:07 AM — Swedish football player Anton Hysen has announced he is gay. The 20-year-old came out in an interview with Offside magazine today.
4th March 2011
Dior catwalk show goes ahead without disgraced British Designer Galliano 11
3:17 PM — Christian Dior's catwalk show took place at Paris Fashion Week today without its former star designer, John Galliano, who was sacked from the fashion house last week for a drunken, allegedly anti-Semitic tirade.
Poland to speed ahead of Australia on same-sex marriage equality 17
10:28 AM — There are signs that Poland, which currently has a ban on same-sex marriage and a poor recent track record on LGBT rights, may finally be on the first step to marriage equality by providing gay men and lesbians with the documentation required to marry overseas.
3rd March 2011
End of LGBT History month marked in Warsaw by remembering classic lesbian novel 5
12:56 PM — Ric Todd, the British Ambassador to Poland, visited the Polish National Library this week to mark the end of LGBT History Month and view their copy of Radclyffe Hall's groundbreaking 1928 lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness.