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.
Turkey’s first openly gay football referee continues legal battle 3
10:31 AM — Turkey's first openly gay referee has said he will push on with his legal battle against the Turkish Football Federation, who barred him from officiating over matches in 2008.
2nd March 2011
Video: Danish gay porn star makes pop debut 19
10:02 AM — Gay porn star Carsten Andersson credits adult film past for boosting his profile as he launches a career in music.
1st March 2011
Silvio Berlusconi tells Catholics: ‘We’ll never allow gays to marry or adopt’ 73
2:20 PM — Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has said gay couples will never be permitted to marry. Speaking at a Catholic conference in Milan, he said: "Gays will never have marriages equal to traditional family values because there is only one family."
28th February 2011
Ireland elects first openly gay TD 15
1:59 PM — Ireland has elected its first openly gay Teachta Dála, the Irish equivalent of an MP. Dominic Hannigan, a Labour politician, was elected to the seat of Meath East this weekend.
24th February 2011
Most Irish people support gay marriage, poll says 12
1:45 PM — A survey of Irish adults says that the majority - 61 per cent - support marriage equality for gay couples. Just 27 per cent of voters are opposed to the idea of gay marriage, the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne research found.
23rd February 2011
Irish politician says she received hate mail for anti-gay marriage views 46
5:41 PM — Irish Fine Gael politician Lucinda Creighton has complained at heavy criticism of her views on gay marriage. Ms Creighton, a party spokeswoman for equality issues, wrote on Twitter last week that she did not believe gay couples should be allowed to marry.
Belgian gay couple to be reunited with baby son 12
5:14 PM — A Belgian gay couple whose baby son was stranded in Ukraine for two years expect to be reunited with him soon. Peter Meurrens and Laurent Ghilain had baby Samuel by surrogate in 2009 but red tape meant they could not bring him home.
Polish gay football fans ask for separate seats at Euro 2012 4
2:09 PM — A Polish group of gay football fans has asked for separate seating at the 2012 European Championships to protect them from other fans.
Tory MEP says EU funds for Africa should depend on gay rights progress 30
11:52 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that EU financial aid to African countries should depend on their commitment to gay and human rights. Dr Charles Tannock, the foreign affairs and human rights spokesman for the Tories in Europe, said he raised the issue in the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week.
20th February 2011
Ireland’s first civil partnerships have taken place early and in secret 25
1:55 AM — The first civil partnerships in Ireland have already taken place, more than a month earlier than the planned introduction of the ceremonies. It is understood that at least one member of both couples involved are suffering from serious illnesses with a risk of that one may die before the three month notice period for a civil partnership would elapse.
18th February 2011
Court overturns Budapest police’s ban of gay pride march 10
11:09 PM — The Budapest Metropolitan Court has overturned a police decision to deny permission for Budapest's Pride march planned for June 18th 2011.
17th February 2011
Amnesty International asks Hungary to allow Budapest gay Pride 1
5:37 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has asked Hungary to allow this year's Budapest Pride. After asking permission to hold a rally outside parliament, organisers were told that the entire march would be banned.