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Europe

  • 31st October 2011

    Homophobia question prompts Irish radio comedian to come out 28

    Callan performed made the announcement on Saturday evening

    10:15 AM — Satirist counters accusations after lampooning a fashion-loving footballer on his national radio programme.

  • 26th October 2011

    Peter Tatchell: A tribute to Nikolai Alekseev 5

    Nikolai Alekseev has resigned

    3:58 PM — Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev has announced that he is standing down as chief organiser of Moscow Pride and of the LGBT human rights project GayRussia.Ru – two major initiatives that he pioneered. Peter Tatchell highlights his work.

  • Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev retires 7

    Nikolai Alekseev being arrested during a 2010 protest (Photo: Nico111)

    2:21 PM — Nikolai Alekseev, the face of gay rights campaigning in Russia, has retired. In an email sent to supporters last week, the 34-year-old said he would no longer head Moscow Pride and GayRussia.ru but gave little reason for his decision.

  • 24th October 2011

    Denmark set to introduce gay marriage 19

    Denmark may be next to allow gay marriage (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    1:54 PM — Lawmakers in Denmark are considering legalising gay marriage. Church minister Manu Sareen told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that gay couples may be allowed to wed in the spring of 2012.

  • 20th October 2011

    London MEP says North Cyprus president promised to repeal anti-gay laws 16

    North Cyprus still criminalises gay sex

    2:55 PM — A Conservative MEP for London says North Cyprus president Derviş Eroğlu promised her he would repeal laws against homosexuality. Marina Yannakoudakis was visiting Nicolosia as part of her role on an EU group for relationships with the Turkish Cypriot community.

  • 19th October 2011

    Three Northern Cyprus men arrested for gay sex 44

    Gay sex remains illegal in North Cyprus

    10:38 AM — Three men in Northern Cyprus have been arrested for sexual "acts against nature". The men were arrested in a private home in north Nicosia last Thursday and have already spent five days in custody.

  • 17th October 2011

    Poland’s first transgender MP will fight for equal rights 9

    Anna Grodzka is Poland's first transgender MP

    2:43 PM — Anna Grodzka, Poland's first transgender MP, says she will seek equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The 57-year-old, who was elected an MP for Krakow last week, said she would make the Catholic country more accepting.

  • 10th October 2011

    Transgender woman set to become Polish MP 16

    Anna Grodzka will be Poland's first transgender MP

    1:29 PM — A transgender woman is expected to become the first trans person in Poland to be elected as an MP. Anna Grodzka, 57, of Krakow, believes she will be the world's only sitting transgender MP if elected for the Palikot Movement party.

  • 3rd October 2011

    Spain to open first gay retirement home 91

    Spain's first gay retirement village is to be built

    5:04 PM — Work will begin on Spain's first gay and lesbian retirement home in the coming weeks. The December 26th Foundation in Madrid is named after the 1979 date when General Franco's anti-gay law was repealed.

  • Six suspected anti-gay extremists arrested in Belgrade 23

    The Pride march was cancelled (Photo: Kevin Wong)

    12:05 PM — Serbian police have arrested six suspected anti-gay extremists in connection with attempts to disrupt a Pride march. The march, which was to be held yesterday in Belgrade, was cancelled by police over fears of mass violence.

  • 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.

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