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Europe

  • 16th November 2010

    German funeral home hopes to cater for gay send-offs 5

    The funeral home says it offers a sensitive service and rainbow coffins (Photo: Andre Weick)

    1:43 PM — A funeral home in Cologne, Germany, caters for gay people with a "sensitive" service and rainbow coffins. Königsfeld & Brandl is run by Thomas Brandl, 32, and Michael Königsfeld, 34, who themselves are a gay couple.

  • 15th November 2010

    Gay vultures split up by zookeepers 16

    The vulture couple will be split up (Photo: Mike Baird)

    2:31 PM — A pair of gay vultures at a zoo in Germany will be split up so one can be mated with a female. The male couple, both 14, have been building a nest together for the past few months.

  • 12th November 2010

    Elton John concert paid for by EU development funds 5

    Elton John played in Naples last September

    5:15 PM — The European Union is investigating why its development funds were used to pay for an Elton John concert in Italy last year. John performed for thousands of people at the Piedigrotta festival in Naples in September 2009.

  • Gibraltar Supreme Court considers gay age of consent 11

    Gibraltar's age of consent for gay men is 18

    3:41 PM — The Gibraltar Supreme Court is considering whether the age of consent for gay men is discriminatory. The territory currently allows lesbians and heterosexuals to have sex at 16, but the age of consent for gay men is 18. Anal sex is illegal between men and women.

  • German footballer Mario Gomez says gay players should come out 1

    There are no openly gay major football players in the German game

    12:01 PM — Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has urged gay footballers to come out of the closet. The player told German magazine Bunte that homosexuality was a "taboo topic" in sport, Die Zeit reports

  • 11th November 2010

    Irish civil partners to be included in immigration laws 17

    Ireland will soon allow civil partnerships

    6:21 PM — The Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern has tabled amendments to give civil partners equal treatment in Ireland's immigration laws. The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill is currently at Committee stage in the Dáil.

  • Croatian football chief says sorry for anti-gay comments 19

    The football chief said sorry

    4:07 PM — The president of the Croatian Football Federation, Vlatko Markovic, has apologised for offending gay people after he said that there was no place for homosexuality on the country's national team.

  • 10th November 2010

    Croatian football president bans gays from national team 8

    There will be no gay footballers on the Croatian national team, Vlatko Markovic said.

    11:23 AM — The president of the Croatian Football Federation, Vlatko Markovic, has said that there is no place for gay players on the country's national team. Croatian gay and lesbian groups have said they will sue him and report him to UEFA for the outburst.

  • 8th November 2010

    Hundreds stage gay kiss-in as Pope visits Spain 16

    The Pope was greeted by protesters staging a gay kiss-in

    1:18 PM — Gays and lesbians staged a kiss-in protest during the Pope's visit to Spain as the Pontiff defended "traditional" relationships. The protest, said by reports to include 100-200 people, took place as he was driven through Barcelona yester

  • 5th November 2010

    Lesbian MEP accuses UKIP of homophobia 14

    Nikki Sinclaire claimed UKIP had been homophobic

    5:39 PM — A lesbian MEP for the West Midlands claims that UKIP discriminated against her on the grounds of her sexual orientation. Nikki Sinclaire was elected as a UKIP MEP last year but fell out with the party in January when she refused to sit with its EFD allies in the European Parliament.

  • 4th November 2010

    Head of Belgian Catholic church says AIDS is ‘justice’ for gays 86

    The Catholic Church says homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered".

    11:20 AM — The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium has said that AIDS is "intrinsic justice" for homosexuality. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard also said that elderly priests found to have sexually abused children should not be punished.

  • 2nd November 2010

    Silvio Berlusconi says it’s ‘better to like pretty women than be gay’ 55

    Mr Berlusconi said his eye for pretty women was better than being gay

    1:56 PM — Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has angered gay groups by saying that having an eye for beautiful women is better than being gay. The premier has been fighting allegations of sexual impropriety in his private life.

  • 26th October 2010

    Gay kissing protest for Pope’s visit to Spain 18

    The Pope will visit Spain next month

    3:08 PM — A gay group is organising a kissing protest to greet Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Spain. The Pope is to tour the country next month and Queer Kissing Flashmob says it will stage the demonstration in front of him during a procession.

  • 22nd October 2010

    eBay says sorry for competition gay ban 21

    eBay said it was sorry for barring gay couples

    11:15 AM — eBay has apologised for barring gay couples from a competition. The French version of the auction site was accused of discrimination this week after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a male and female couple.

  • 21st October 2010

    European Human Rights Court rules against Russia over Moscow Gay Pride ban 5

    Bans on Moscow Pride were found to be against international human rights laws (Photo: Chad Meacham)

    11:00 AM — Gay rights activists in Russia are celebrating after the European Court of Human Rights today upheld three complaints over Moscow's ban on gay Pride marches.

  • 20th October 2010

    eBay accused of banning gay couples from competition 18

    eBay said it did not intend to ban gay couples

    2:06 PM — The French eBay website has been accused of discrimination after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a heterosexual couple.

  • Senator David Norris could be Ireland’s first gay president 11

    David Norris hopes to become Ireland's next president

    11:41 AM — Irish Senator David Norris has revealed that he decided to stand for the presidency after a Facebook group urged him to. The 66-year-old is an independent senator known for his campaigning on gay rights.

  • Video: Hillary Clinton adds voice to ‘It Gets Better’ campaign for gay teens 8

    Hillary Clinton made the speech on YouTube

    12:41 AM — Arguably the most powerful woman in the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a moving voice to the 'It Gets Better' YouTube campaign to show solidarity with gay youth. In her message, Mrs Clinton told young gay people that they are not alone and to “hang in there.”

  • 12th October 2010

    French trans woman continues fight to be recognised as female 15

    France is refusing to recognise Ms Giard as female

    5:07 PM — Bad news for French trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard, as an appeal court yesterday refused, once again, to recognise her as female. This follows a year of legal to-ing and fro-ing, as initial willingness by the French state – in the form of the French Air Force – to recognise her female identity was revoked by a court in Nancy last August.

  • Russian city must allow gay Pride marches, court rules 1

    Moscow Pride could soon take place legally, campaigners hope (Photo: Chad Meacham)

    4:26 PM — Russia's second-largest city, St Petersburg, must allow gay Pride marches to go ahead, the city court has ruled. As in the country's capital, Moscow, St Petersburg authorities have repeatedly banned gay marches and refused to give organisers alternative dates.

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