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Europe

  • 22nd June 2010

    Beenie Man won’t play Dutch music festival 8

    Beenie Man will not play at the Dutch festival

    10:05 AM — Organisers of the Dutch Parkpop music festival have withdrawn their invitation to the controversial Jamaican singer Beenie Man to play at the event.

  • 21st June 2010

    Dutch festival bans Snoop Dogg in favour of ‘anti-gay’ Beenie Man 7

    Beenie Man will reportedly replace Snoop Dogg

    5:26 PM — A Dutch music festival has reportedly signed up the 'homophobic' Jamaican rapper Beenie Man to replace Snoop Dogg in order to preserve an "open and friendly atmosphere".

  • Irish trans woman wins battle to be recognised as female 7

    The decision means Ireland must pass laws to recognise trans people's new genders

    3:52 PM — Ireland is to introduce new legislation to recognise trans people's new identities after the government scrapped an appeal to the Supreme Court. The case was brought by Lydia Foy, a trans woman who battled for 13 years to be legally recognised as female on her birth certificate.

  • 17th June 2010

    Irish artist paints Pope conducting a gay marriage 121

    'You May Now Kiss The Groom' by Kevin Sharkey

    4:43 PM — An Irish artist is expecting outrage after painting a picture of the Pope conducting a gay marriage. 'You May Now Kiss The Groom' by Kevin Sharkey is to go on display in Dublin at the end of this month.

  • 16th June 2010

    German court says gay man’s foreign marriage must be recognised as a partnership 15

    The couple were given partial recognition of their marriage

    4:09 PM — A German man who married his Spanish husband in Canada has been told by a court Germany will recognise his marriage as a registered partnership.

  • Spanish clinic investigated for attempting to ‘cure’ gays 7

    The clinic allegedly offers pills to make people straight

    3:49 PM — A Spanish clinic is being investigated by the regional government for claiming it can 'cure' gay people. The Policlinica Tibidabo clinic in Barcelona allegedly offers pills and psychiatric therapy to people who believe they can become straight.

  • McDonald’s chief says gay ad won’t air in the US 36

    A still from the gay-friendly ad

    1:17 PM — McDonald's won't show an ad featuring a gay teenager in the US, the brand's chief of operations says. Don Thompson, the fast food giant's second-in-command, said the ad was not right for the country because of different "cultural norms".

  • 11th June 2010

    UK will tell Gibraltar age of consent difference ‘breaches international law’ 15

    Gibraltar's age of consent goes against international laws

    5:39 PM — The UK is to tell Gibraltar its unequal age of consent for gay and straight people breaches international law. 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.

  • Iceland’s parliament unanimously approves gay marriage 37

    Iceland's prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir is a lesbian

    4:33 PM — Politicians in Iceland have passed a law legalising gay marriage. The country, which is the only one in the world to have an out gay leader, prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, passed the law today.

  • France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11

    Delphine Ravisé-Giard was told she must provide proof of breast surgery (Photo: limaoscarjuliet)

    4:07 PM — If your breasts don’t measure up – you just can’t be a “proper” woman. If you thought such archaic attitudes had long since disappeared, think again: in a recent ruling, French authorities declared that before trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard could be classed as a woman, she needed to provide written evidence that she had undergone breast enhancement.

  • 10th June 2010

    Major Polish museum to hold exhibition on gay love 6

    The exhibition will focus on gay love (Photo: made-underground)

    5:33 PM — A museum in Poland's capital city Warsaw is to hold an exhibition on gay love. The National Museum's exhibition will focus on male nudes and gay couples depicted in ancient sculpture and contemporary painting and photography.

  • Madrid Pride bans Israeli gay group over Gaza ship raid 25

    Gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from Madrid Pride

    4:46 PM — A group of gay activists from Tel Aviv have been barred from marching in Madrid Pride next month. Pride organisers say they are barring the group's float because Tel Aviv's mayor has not apologised for a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine people died.

  • 7th June 2010

    Lesbians are first gay couple to marry in Portugal 10

    The couple married today

    3:33 PM — Two women were the first gay couple to wed in Portugal today after the country legalised same-sex marriage. Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao, both divorced mothers in their 30s, married in a 15-minute ceremony in capital city Lisbon.

  • 4th June 2010

    Moscow Pride ‘a success’, gay activists say 6

    Moscow Pride 2010 (Photo: Chad Meacham/www.walkwithpridenow.com)

    11:12 AM — A ten-minute flashmob in Moscow last weekend has been hailed as the first successful Pride parade in the city. It was the first to proceed without violence or arrests.

  • 3rd June 2010

    Cristiano Ronaldo supports impending introduction of gay marriage in native Portugal 11

    Cristiano Ronaldo playing in a recent football match

    11:43 PM — Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled his support for the impending introduction of gay marriage in his native Portgual. Ronaldo, brought up on the Portuguese island of Maderia said: "“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country.

  • 2nd June 2010

    Video: McDonald’s releases first gay ad in France 20

    McDonald's says it welcomes everyone

    10:04 AM — Fast food giant McDonald's has released its first gay advertisement. The ad, which will be broadcast in France, shows a gay teenager eating in a McDonald's restaurant with his father.

  • 1st June 2010

    Survey suggests gaydar does exist 7

    The survey suggested gaydar does exist

    11:32 AM — A small survey of gay and straight people has suggested that 'gaydar' does exist. The term means a sixth sense for guessing who is gay and Dutch researchers believe gay people have better attention to detail than their straight counterparts.

  • 28th May 2010

    Mayor of Moscow a ‘criminal’ says Peter Tatchell 15

    Moscow Pride has been banned five years in a row

    1:06 PM — Peter Tatchell said yesterday that the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, was a "criminal" because of his placing a ban on Moscow Pride for the past five years.

  • 26th May 2010

    Gay immigration group hit out at ‘sensational’ asylum report 9

    LGBT asylum seekers can face enormous odds

    5:27 PM — The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) have expressed their misgivings over a recent newspaper article slamming the UK's border control policies. The article which appeared last weekend in the Independent on Sunday was headlined: "Virtually All Gay Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Persecution". UKLGIG say that the article created a false impression of the fate of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.

  • Former German spy jailed for sharing state secrets with gay lover 4

    Robert Anton K. worked for the German BND Intelligence Service

    1:06 PM — In Munich today, a former German spy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for sharing top-secret information with his boyfriend, a Macedonian interpreter who he met while on a clandestine mission to Kosovo for the German BND Intelligence Service in 2005.

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