27th May 2011
Sarkozy ally compares gay marriage to bestiality in French parliament 79
10:24 AM — Brigitte Barèges, an MP in French president Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, has sparked an angry reaction in the French parliament by comparing gay marriage to bestiality.
26th May 2011
Ian McKellen supports Moscow Gay Pride 27
2:58 PM — Veteran actor Ian McKellen has given his support to Saturday's Moscow Pride march. City authorities have banned the march but gay rights activists say they will hold it regardless.
25th May 2011
Moscow Pride to go ahead despite ban 102
1:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners say they will hold Moscow Pride regardless of a ban. Activists applied to hold the event in Bolotnaya Ploshchad city park on Saturday but Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s administration turned down the request, citing a risk of public disorder.
20th May 2011
German football captain warns gay players will face abuse 40
10:32 AM — Germany's football captain has warned that gay players will face verbal abuse if they decide to come out of the closet. Bayern Munich star Philipp Lahm, 27, said he would welcome gay players but claimed they would face difficulties.
18th May 2011
Moscow bans gay Pride march again 175
5:42 PM — Moscow has once again denied permission for a gay Pride march. Activists applied to hold the event in Bolotnaya Ploshchad city park on May 28th but Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's administration turned down the request, citing a risk of public disorder.
16th May 2011
Concerns over Eurovision 2012 host Azerbaijan’s gay rights record 84
3:43 PM — After winning Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest, Azerbaijan has won the right to host next year's competition. However, broadcasters, fans and human rights groups are concerned that the country's record on gay rights makes it deeply unsuitable to hold the contest.
13th May 2011
Video: Trans star Dana International misses out on Eurovision final 35
1:37 PM — Israeli singer Dana International was knocked out of the Eurovision Song Contest last night at the semi-final in Dusseldorf. The star, who is transgender, performed her song Ding Dong but failed to win a place in Saturday's final.
6th May 2011
Gay footballer Anton Hysen on coming out 63
11:47 AM — The world's only openly gay footballer, Anton Hysen, says others in the closet should not worry about fans' reactions. The Swedish star, 20, came out earlier this year, declaring that it was "f**ked up" that no other players had done so.
27th April 2011
Moscow gay pride parade now uncertain 1
2:30 PM — Moscow have said they are ‘studying’ the proposal for the city’s first gay pride parade, after it was previously thought to be going ahead. Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s top gay rights activist, said yesterday that the city council had given the go-ahead to the proposed march on 28 May, a claim dismissed by Moscow’s central district head, […]
Gay man beaten in homophobic south London attack 229
1:21 PM — A gay man has received hospital treatment after being beaten up in an unprovoked homophobic attack at the weekend.
Last known gay holocaust survivor to receive France’s top honour 21
10:38 AM — The last known gay survivor of the Nazi holocaust is to receive the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur.
26th April 2011
Catholic charity loses appeal over gay adoption 173
5:32 PM — A tribunal has thrown out a Catholic charity's bid to be exempted from equality laws which make it illegal to discriminate against gay couples who wish to adopt.
Moscow set to allow first ever gay pride parade in the city 20
3:08 PM — Moscow city authorities gave permission today for the first ever gay pride parade to be held in the Russian capital.
Church of Scotland leaders to discuss special commission report on same-sex relationships 10
12:02 PM — The Church of Scotland's leaders will discuss the Special Commission's report on same-sex relationships and the ministry at May's General Assembly meeting.
Elton John to carry out paternity test for son 25
11:10 AM — Sir Elton John has said that he intends to find out who the real father of his son is.
19th April 2011
Hungary approves new ‘anti-gay’ constitution 52
11:09 AM — Hungarian politicians have approved a new constitution which bans gay marriage. The document restricts marriage to heterosexuals and does not protect LGBT people from discrimination.
18th April 2011
Irish trans woman wins £30,000 for discrimination 13
5:50 PM — An Irish trans woman has been awarded 35,000 euros (£30,000) after an equality tribunal ruled she was discriminated against on the grounds of gender and disability. Louise Hannon claims that her employer, First Direct Logistics Limited, discriminated against her after she revealed she was transitioning.
9th April 2011
Academic who blamed fall of Roman Empire on gays under pressure to resign 104
9:57 PM — A leading but controversial Italian academic is facing calls for him to resign as vice president of the country's Centre for National Research after he claimed that homosexuality caused the fall of the Roman Empire.
8th April 2011
European parliament calls for special protection of gay and trans asylum seekers 31
2:26 PM — The European parliament says that LGBT asylum seekers must be given special protection. MEPs voted this week to adopt a series of measures, such as ensuring that physical examinations are respectful and providing expert advice to asylum officials.
Racism and homophobia ‘worse in chaotic environments’ 32
11:55 AM — People are more racist and homophobic when their surroundings are chaotic, according to new research from the Netherlands. Scientists tested 40 people at Utrecht railway station during a cleaners' strike that had left the station dirty and litter-strewn.