4th January 2011
Irish civil partnerships come into law 27
11:39 AM — Ireland's civil partnership law came into force at the weekend, although gay couples must wait until early April to hold their ceremonies. The law was welcomed by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network as a "new dawn" for gay and lesbian couples but other groups said it was not good enough.
24th December 2010
First Irish civil partnerships to take place in April 13
12:01 PM — Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern has signed a commencement order to bring civil partnerships into law. The ceremonies become legal on January 1st but as couples have to give three months' notice, the first civil partnerships will not take place until April 1st.
20th December 2010
Italian companies drop racy lesbian car advert 15
4:50 PM — The risque Renault Twingo advert has been shelved by Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset for its depiction of two women at a party
German politician Volker Kauder: Gays have no right to children 31
3:50 PM — Anti-adoption comments made today by the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union to the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung.
Prague puts gay hotspots on the map
11:56 AM — A new initiative will see the publication distributed for free at clubs and hotels across the Czech Republic's capital city.
17th December 2010
French straight couples opt for civil unions over marriage 22
3:03 PM — Heterosexual couples in France are opting for civil unions over marriage. The country allows both straight and gay couples to have PACS, or pacte civil de solidarité, although gay couples cannot marry.
15th December 2010
Researchers ‘cure’ man of HIV with stem cell transplant 9
1:25 PM — German researchers believe they have cured a man of HIV by using a stem cell transplant. Timothy Ray Brown, 42, was also being treated for acute myeloid leukaemia - a cancer of the immune system. Three and a half years later, he apparently shows no sign of either disease.
13th December 2010
Transgender model Lea T on why she came out 13
5:33 PM — Givenchy model Lea T has revealed why she decided to be open about being transgender. The Italian model was asked by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci to star in the ads and says that she agreed on the condition of being open about her trans status.
Police arrest Rome gang over gay drug robberies
3:36 PM — Italian police have arrested a gang in Rome for allegedly drugging and robbing at least 50 tourists outside a gay bar. The gang was arrested after one of its alleged victims was found dead in Colle Oppio park.
9th December 2010
Czech government defends use of ‘gay tests’ for asylum seekers 4
11:08 AM — The Czech government has defended the use of 'arousal tests' to check if asylum seekers who say they are gay are telling the truth. The country has used straight porn to see if applicants become aroused.
8th December 2010
Lithuania to vote on fining people who ‘promote’ homosexuality 24
1:50 PM — The Lithuanian parliament will vote next week on legislation to impose heavy fines on those who "promote" homosexuality. Amnesty International said the law, if passed, would essentially ban Pride marches, gay rights campaigning and LGBT health services.
7th December 2010
Gay and lesbian couples first to marry mid-air 9
5:02 PM — A gay couple from Germany and a lesbian couple from Poland married on an airplane yesterday between Stockholm and New York.
Homotopia and The Pansy Project go to Istanbul
4:32 PM — A gay arts festival and a project to remember victims of anti-gay hate crime visited Istanbul last week. The Turkish city is the 2010 European Capital of Culture and Liverpool-based arts festival Homotopia and The Pansy Project planted hundreds of pansies at the British Consulate.
6th December 2010
Czech Republic uses ‘gay tests’ on asylum seekers 19
3:13 PM — The Czech Republic has been condemned for using "phallometric testing" to check whether asylum seekers who claim to be gay are lying. The tests check the physical reaction to straight porn.
3rd December 2010
Irish gay Traveller group honoured by president 5
4:57 PM — An Irish support group for gay Travellers has been honoured for its work. President Mary McAleese presented the Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin yesterday and paid tribute to the work of the Gay Traveller Support Group.
30th November 2010
Need to find a condom? There’s an app for that 2
11:00 PM — Launched ahead of World AIDS day, a new Apple iPhone application helps people find their nearest condom dispenser in two US cities. The launch of iCondom in the USA follows the launch of an app for Paris and Marseilles.
25th November 2010
Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3
3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.
24th November 2010
New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27
2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.
22nd November 2010
German theologian says Catholic Church homophobia ’caused by gay priests’ 12
5:59 PM — A German theologian claims that homophobia in the Catholic Church is caused by gay priests who cannot be open about their sexuality. David Berger, an expert on St Thomas Aquinas and former publisher of a Catholic magazine, told a German publication that the Vatican needs to admit it has many gay clergy.
18th November 2010
UEFA to investigate Croatian football chief over ‘gay ban’ 1
1:23 PM — UEFA is to investigate the president of the Croatian Football Federation after he said he would not allow gay players on the national team.