25th May 2010
Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20
2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.
Malta has poor record on gay rights 17
10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.
24th May 2010
Violence erupts at Slovakian Gay Pride march 3
3:57 PM — Last Saturday's Gay Pride march in Bratislava, Slovakia, had to be called off because of hundreds of neo-Nazis lining the planned route.
18th May 2010
Portugal’s president reluctantly approves gay marriage law 40
10:23 AM — Portugal is the sixth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after its president approved legislation. The Catholic country's parliament passed a bill allowing gay couples to wed in January and it was ratified by President Anibal Cavaco Silva yesterday.
8th May 2010
Baltic Gay Pride ban overturned by Lithuanian Supreme Court 6
12:09 PM — A Lithuanian court of appeal last night overturn a ban on the country's first pride event, so that it can take place in the next few hours. Despite assurances from police that hundreds of marchers through the capital Vilnius would be protected, the Lithuanian Attorney General's Office argued that they could be injured by anti-gay groups. A court sided with the Attorney General and banned the the Baltic Pride march on the 6th May.
6th May 2010
Cannes Film Festival to get first gay award 2
4:47 PM — Cannes Film Festival will have its first unofficial gay award this year. Inspired by the Teddy award at Berlin Film Festival and the Queer Lion at Venice Film Festival, an independent group is establishing the Queer Palm.
Baltic Pride suspended after authorities claim marchers could be hurt 4
4:25 PM — Baltic Pride, due to be held this weekend in Lithuania, has been suspended after authorities said they could not guarantee participants' safety.
5th May 2010
Gay couples in Denmark now allowed to adopt 3
1:46 PM — Gay couples in civil partnerships in Denmark have been granted the right to adopt children together. Around a year after a bill was introduced, parliament voted in favour yesterday but without the support of the government.
27th April 2010
Organisation set up for gay Irish doctors 1
5:56 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans doctors in Ireland now have their own social and support group. Gay Doctors Ireland will hold its first annual general meeting in Dublin next month after being set up in December.
21st April 2010
David Cameron to dispatch top gay Tory Nick Herbert to challenge homophobic Polish allies 35
11:59 PM — David Cameron has tonight attempted to further diffuse the row over gay rights within the Conservative Party by sending shadow environment secretary, Nick Herbert, the most senior gay Conservative, to Poland to confront the homophobia displayed by the party's Polish allies.
12th April 2010
Pope’s number two claims sexual abuse scandals due to homosexuality not celibacy 76
11:55 PM — The Vatican's second most senior cleric has said that the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality rather than celibacy among priests. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state, effectively the deputy to Pope Benedict XVI made the controversial statement during a press conference in Chile.
10th April 2010
Gay rights advocating former Polish Deputy PM among dead in plane crash 16
1:36 PM — The plane crash that killed the homophobic Polish President Lech Kaczynski has also claimed the life of Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, one of the most outspoken advocates for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in Poland.
Polish President who said homosexuality will destroy human race dies in plane crash 130
9:55 AM — Polish President Lech Kaczynski who once said that the promotion of homosexuality would lead to the eventual destruction of the human race has died in a plane crash near Smolensk in Russia. Kaczynski's right wing Law and Justice party are in an alliance with the British Conservative party in the European Parliament.
8th April 2010
Colin Farrell supports anti-homophobia campaign 9
4:45 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is supporting an Irish campaign against homophobic bullying. The 31-year-old star, who is from Dublin, spoke out for LGBT charity Belong To's STAND UP! campaign.
Irish union says schools are allowed to discriminate against gay teachers 11
12:12 PM — An Irish teaching union has said that equality laws allow religious schools to discriminate against gay teachers. Laws allow faith schools to take action against employees "undermining" their religious ethos.
6th April 2010
English Patient inspiration had gay lover 7
2:40 PM — The man who was the inspiration for the film The English Patient had a gay Nazi lover, letters have suggested. Count Laszlo de Almásy, a Hungarian-born adventurer, was the inspiration for the heterosexual hero played by Ralph Fiennes in the film.
31st March 2010
Britain ‘could force Gibraltar to adopt equal age of consent’ 33
5:00 PM — The British government could force Gibraltar to equalise the age of consent for gay men if the territory does not take action to change the law.
30th March 2010
US general sorry for blaming massacre on gay soldiers 11
4:29 PM — A former US general has apologised for suggesting that gay soldiers were partly responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
26th March 2010
Gay Berlin Holocaust memorial ‘shouldn’t include lesbians’ 67
4:44 PM — Holocaust scholars are arguing over whether a memorial in Berlin should include lesbians. The memorial consists of a concrete slab with a window where viewers can see a continuous film of two men kissing.
24th March 2010
Dutch MPs support legal action against US general 3
3:46 PM — Dutch politicians have given their support to plans to sue a retired US general who claimed gay soldiers were partly responsible for the Srebrenica massacre.