20th July 2010
Irish programme launched to tackle LGBT isolation 8
5:43 PM — A new programme has been launched in Ireland to counter isolation suffered by LGBT people in rural communities. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Diversity programme aims to coordinate support services for LGBT people across the country.
Irish president Mary McAleese signs civil partnerships bill into law 31
1:53 PM — Irish president Mary McAleese signed the country's civil partnerships bill into law yesterday. It gives gay couples almost all of the rights of marriage. The bill passed in the Dail without a vote and was approved by senators in the Seanad last week.
17th July 2010
SDPL leader Marek Borowski promises to open Warsaw Pride if elected mayor 1
6:51 PM — Marek Borowski, leader of the Social Democracy of Poland party, has promised to open the next Warsaw Pride if elected mayor.
Thousands celebrate EuroPride as anti-gay protesters line the route 8
6:46 PM — Approximately 10,000 people took to the streets of Warsaw today to celebrate EuroPride 2010. Anti-gay protesters held up the parade several times, as marchers waited in 35° Celsius heat.
Gay Tory Nick Herbert attends EuroPride in Warsaw 17
6:42 PM — Gay Conservative MP Nick Herbert and British ambassador Ric Todd spoke to PinkNews.co.uk today at Warsaw's EuroPride. Mr Herbert and Mr Todd rode on the Fundacja Równości (Equality Foundation) truck during the parade, which was attended by approximately 10,000 people.
16th July 2010
Gay Tory minister Nick Herbert to challenge party allies’ homophobia at Europride 25
4:15 PM — Policing minister Nick Herbert, Britain's most senior out gay politician, will attend Europe's largest Pride celebration in Warsaw tomorrow, where he is expected to encourage Tory allies to be more tolerant.
15th July 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo parties with gay singer Lance Bass 14
3:14 PM — Real Madrid footballer and gay icon Cristiano Ronaldo has been spotted partying with gay former *NSYNC star Lance Bass. The pair were photographed dining out together in Tribeca, New York’s gay district, last Friday night.
Travel: Ibiza – time for a return by gay travellers? 4
12:54 AM — Sam Feller travels to Ibiza to discover whether it really lives up to the stereotypes and if it is time for gay travellers to rediscover the island. Like any good Jewish gay boy, his journey around the island and visits to some of the world's largest nightclubs with PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen is punctuated with good meals rather than Class A drugs.
14th July 2010
Germany’s World Cup team ‘a bunch of gays’, says captain’s agent 15
2:37 PM — German football has been hit by controversy after the agent of injured captain Michael Ballack was reported to have described the World Cup team as a "bunch of gays".
9th July 2010
Ireland’s upper house passes civil partnerships bill 15
3:55 PM — A civil partnerships bill has now passed both houses of the Irish parliament and will go to the president to be signed into law. The bill, which grants almost all of the rights of marriage, passed in the Dail last week and was approved in the Seanad last night after two days of debate.
8th July 2010
Sark will equalise age of consent for gay men 15
3:50 PM — Sark, in the Channel Isles, is to equalise the age of consent for gay men. The island is following advice that the current age, 21, breaks international human rights laws.
5th July 2010
Homophobic Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski loses presidential election 11
5:06 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the homophobic right-wing Polish politician, has lost a presidential election. The election was called after the death of his twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.
Gay-friendly Christian church to carry out gay weddings in Spain 10
3:31 PM — The US-based Metropolitan Community Church hopes to open a congregation in Madrid, Spain, this year to perform same-sex weddings. As the Roman Catholic Church in Spain fiercely opposes equal marriage rights, the MCC will be the first church in the country to hold gay weddings.
3rd July 2010
Madrid celebrates gay pride 4
5:51 PM — Madrid Pride took place in the Spanish capital today. One of the biggest gay celebrations taking place in Europe, the parade featured over 30 floats from all around the world.
2nd July 2010
Irish parliament approves civil partnerships bill 28
11:06 AM — Irish politicians have passed a bill granting gay and lesbians couples the right to civil partnerships. The bill passed in the Dail yesterday without a vote and justice minister Dermot Ahern said the move reflected change in Irish society.
29th June 2010
Kylie Minogue to join Madrid Pride 6
10:50 AM — Gay icon Kylie Minogue is to play at Madrid Pride this weekend. Fresh from a surprise Glastonbury appearance with the Scissor Sisters, the star will take centre stage at Saturday's event, which is the largest gay festival in Europe.
28th June 2010
Spanish clinic investigated for offering gay ‘cure’ 5
1:49 PM — A psychiatric clinic in Barcelona in the Spanish region of Catalonia is under investigation for allegedly offering to "treat" homosexuality with therapy and medication. It is believed that the clinic is not alone in its offer of such treatment in Spain.
Icelandic PM weds as gay marriage legislation comes into effect 27
11:18 AM — Iceland's openly gay Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, has officially married her long-term partner, Jonina Leosdottir. Legislation that allows gay couples to marry came into force yesterday, 27 June, following a unanimous decision adopted by Icelandic parliament on 12 June.
25th June 2010
European law not required to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples, court rules 33
4:59 PM — The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled that under European law, the 47 member states have no legal obligation to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.
Sofia Pride in Bulgaria Tomorrow 3
3:10 PM — Bulgaria's capital city, Sofia, will host their third pride parade tomorrow, Saturday 26 June. The event will mark the culmination of a week of Pride-related events, including photographic exhibitions, a number of social and cultural events and a conference on hate crime which included a call for such crimes against LGBT people to be criminalised in Bulgaria. Statements of support have come from both the British and Norwegian ambassadors.