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  • 30th September 2011

    Police ban Serbia Pride over violence threats 81

    Serbia Pride has been banned - but organisers have not yet said whether they will comply

    5:10 PM — Serbia's gay Pride march has been banned by police. Authorities fear a repeat of the violence that marred last year's event and injured almost 100 police officers.

  • Serbia Pride may be banned over violence fears 7

    Serbia Pride may be banned

    3:17 PM — Serbian authorities are considering banning Sunday's Pride march. Yesterday, the country's police chief warned that marchers in Belgrade may face violence from far-right extremists.

  • 29th September 2011

    Serbian gay Pride marchers face threat of violence 41

    An image from last year's riots

    5:31 PM — Marchers at Sunday's Pride parade in Belgrade have been warned they are likely to be attacked by anti-gay extremists. Serbia's police chief, Ivica Dacic, urged organisers to cancel the event to avoid clashes with a far-right group which has planned a march on the same day.

  • 28th September 2011

    US census shows 131,297 gay marriages 7

    This is the first time the census has counted gay households (Photo: ILGA-Europe)

    4:12 PM — The US census shows that there are 131,297 gay married households and 514,735 unmarried gay households. Marriage equality campaigners said the figures show the need for gay couples to be given the right to wed.

  • Gay senator David Norris wins nomination for Irish presidency 127

    David Norris will stand for the presidency next month

    10:22 AM — Openly gay Irish senator David Norris has secured enough nominations to stand for president. The independent politician won the support of Dublin city council last night and will run against six other candidates next month.

  • 27th September 2011

    French smartphone app ‘tells mothers if their son is gay’ 39

    "Is my son gay?"

    5:01 PM — A new app for Android smartphones claims it can tell anxious mothers whether their son is gay. The 1.99 euro app asks 20 stereotypical questions, such as 'Does your son like to dress well?' and 'Does he like musicals?'

  • Gay Senator David Norris edges closer to Irish presidency 30

    David Norris rejoined the race this month

    1:51 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has moved closer to becoming a candidate in the 2012 Irish presidential election. The independent politician, who recently re-entered the race, needs the backing of one more council to become an official candidate.

  • 23rd September 2011

    Ten Italian MPs accused of being ‘gay hypocrites’ 34

    Italy does not allow gay marriage or adoption (Photo: Vaughan Leiberum)

    5:46 PM — Ten Italian MPs have been accused of being "gay hypocrites". A US-based blog named the politicians, who include right-wing MPs and members of Silvio Berlusconi's ruling party, and said they were secretly gay.

  • 22nd September 2011

    Pope faces hostility from gay groups in Germany 38

    The Pope is visiting Germany

    3:30 PM — Pope Benedict's first official visit to his homeland of Germany is expected to meet strong opposition today from up to 20,000 people, including gay rights campaigners, feminists, atheists and church abuse survivors.

  • 15th September 2011

    Belgian ex-footballer turns gay porn star 39

    Jonathan de Falco's screen name is Stany Falcone

    5:38 PM — A Belgian former professional footballer has become a gay porn actor. Jonathan de Falco, formerly of Racing Mechelen and Oud-Heverlee Leuven, says he always felt attracted to men but his sexuality was never public.

  • Kinnock’s daughter-in-law denies husband is gay on election eve 19

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt says her family has been hit by 'grotesque' smears (Photo: Mogens Engelund)

    4:37 PM — The wife of Lord Kinnock's son has had to deny that her husband is gay as she battles to become Denmark's new prime minister. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the leader of the Social Democrats, said her family had been hit by a "grotesque" smear.

  • 12th September 2011

    Gay senator David Norris ‘could re-enter race for Irish presidency’ 46

    David Norris will reportedly re-enter the race

    3:04 PM — Openly gay independent senator David Norris could re-enter the race for the Irish presidency, it has been reported. The Sunday Independent reported that he is considering whether to stand again, following a "consistent outpouring of public support".

  • 8th September 2011

    Disgraced designer John Galliano avoids jail over anti-Semitic slurs 25

    John Galliano was sacked by Dior

    2:16 PM — Former Dior designer John Galliano has been given a suspended fine of 6,000 euros for using racist and anti-Semitic slurs. The disgraced fashion star avoided jail for two outbursts in a Parisian cafe last February and October.

  • 7th September 2011

    Video: ‘Rory’s story’ shows inequalities of civil partnerships in Ireland 16

    The video says civil partnerships are not enough (Photo: ILGA-Europe)

    1:26 PM — A short video clip about a boy and his two mothers shows the consequences of 'discriminatory' civil partnerships in Ireland. Made by Marriage Equality Ireland, the clip, titled 'Rory's Story', shows the family as happy and accepted until the day the law classes them as strangers.

  • 5th September 2011

    Senior Church of Ireland minister announces civil partnership 4

    The minister announced his civil partnership (File photo)

    12:22 PM — A senior minister in the Church of Ireland has announced he is in a civil partnership. Rev Tom Gordon Dean of Leighlin Cathedral, Co Carlow, said he had the ceremony in July with his partner of more than 20 years.

  • 31st August 2011

    Russian cannibal confesses to eating man he met on gay dating website 18

    The Russian authorities are questioning 'Ivan L'

    12:10 AM — An alleged cannibal in Russia has been arrested after confessing to stabbing, killing and then eating a 32-year-old man he met using a gay dating service. The 21-year-old man, identified only as Ivan L, reportedly confessed to eating the gay man, identified as Roman E, in the city of Murmansk, in the extreme north-west of Russia.

  • 30th August 2011

    Jedward ‘not gay’, says tour manager 81

    Jedward like girls, their tour manager says

    5:46 PM — Jedward's tour manager has denied that the Irish twins are gay. Liam McKenna told New magazine that despite speculation, the excitable duo like girls but won't discuss sex on Celebrity Big Brother in case their grandmother finds out.

  • German football captain Philipp Lahm says gay players should not come out 38

    Philipp Lahm said gay players would be abused (Photo: Stephen Depolo)

    11:02 AM — Gay footballers should stay in the closet, German football captain Philipp Lahm has said. The Bayern Munich captain, 27, wrote in his autobiography The Subtle Difference that bullied gay players could be driven to kill themselves.

  • 27th August 2011

    Video: Manchester Pride sees thousands celebrate their 21st pride 44

    Coronation Street's Antony Cotton and Pan Ann led the pride(Photo credit: @Danniejudge)

    7:05 PM — The LGBT community of Manchester have celebrated the 21st Manchester pride with hundreds of thousands lining the streets with rainbow flags and 'I Love MCR' banners supporting the fightback after the riots that broke out in the city earlier this month.

  • In Photos: Pink Lake boat party 6

    6:12 PM — The fun at Austria's Pink Lake festival, held around Lake Wörthersee continued last night with a boat party on the crystal clear waters.

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