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October 16, 2014

'This horrible act has two reasons: the animalistic bestiality of an obviously sick and retarded bloodthirsty American soldier and your own society and corrupt politics'

The German fiancé of transgender murder victim Jennifer Laude has broken his silence.

ABS-CBN News published a statement from Marc Suselbeck, who said he had been engaged to Laude since December 2012 and was trying to move her to his home country.

Laude was found dead with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo, northwest of Manila.

October 11, 2014

The German city of Cologne is gearing up to host to the annual German Bear Pride festival between 26-30 November 2014 - marking the 30th anniversary of the Cologne Bears group

Although the annual Bear Week in Sitges, Spain, may now surpass it in terms of numbers, Cologne’s annual Bear Pride week remains one of Europe’s biggest gatherings of husky gay men.

Organizers are confident that this year’s event, which will run from 26 November until 30 November 2014, should be particularly busy as they will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cologne Bears group, which began way back in 1984. 

October 9, 2014

The country’s MPs voted narrowly in favour of the historic bill that grants gay couples the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts

Members of the Estonian Parliament today voted in favour of a gender-neutral civil partnership bill.

The bill was first introduced back in the spring by 40 MPs drawn from three of the four parties in the Parliament, known as the Riigikogu.

October 8, 2014

60 people were injured at last year's event, the first ever LGBTI celebration in the country

Montenegro's second ever Pride will be held in secret over fears of attack.

The location will be kept private until the day itself in an attempt to protect the marchers. It will be held somewhere in the capital on 2 November.

Last year, around 100 people marched in the capital Podgorica in the southeastern European country's first ever celebration of the LGBTI community.

But hundreds of hooligans started throwing stones and bottles, leading to the police using tear gas against them. Around 60 people were injured.

October 6, 2014

Get some northern exposure in Helsinki, where businesses are joining a gay network and the city welcomes LGBTI travelers with open arms

As summer comes to an end, my thoughts generally turn to travel destinations that can offer more than a beach and sunshine.

I’d like to think that I have an adventurous streak, and that I’m not afraid to try something new – but with so much publicity about LGBT rights in countries around the world, I’m also cautious about where I go, and who is the recipient of my hard-earned tourism spend.

I suppose what I’m most concerned about is receiving warm and genuine welcome.

October 3, 2014

LGBTI advocacy groups are very concerned about the new proposals

UK minister Chris Grayling, who believes B&Bs should have the right to turn away gay couples, wants to choose your human rights.

The Justice Secretary has said if the Conservatives win the next election, he wants to scrap the Human Rights Act by coming up with a new Bill of Rights.

Grayling has also said the Conservatives are prepared to distance itself from the European Convention of Human Rights, which requires rulings in Europe to be complied with in the UK.

October 2, 2014

Russia says the program bypassed laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage

Russia has suspended a long-running student exchange program with the US after a teenager stayed in the country under the guardianship of a gay couple.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) had helped the couple bypass laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage, and had not respected the 'moral and ethical principles of Russian society.'

September 28, 2014

'Belgrade is an open city, which means it is open to all and that everyone here is equal'

For the first time in four years, there was a gay pride parade in Belgrade.

The march for equality took place today, 28 September, after getting approval yesterday from Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.

September 28, 2014

'Belgrade is an open city, which means it is open to all and that everyone here is equal'

For the first time in four years, there was a gay pride parade in Belgrade.

The march for equality took place today, 28 September, after getting approval yesterday from Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 23, 2014

Whether you’re flying solo, with your partner or rainbow family, the Gay European Tourism Association offers some advice to keep safe and have fun on your European adventure

The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe.

GETA's new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries.

September 23, 2014

Thousands of political prisoners were 're-educated' in the island jail

The Croatian government has received a controversial proposal to turn a former gulag into a gay resort.

Only a few abandoned prison buildings stand on the uninhabited island of Goli Otok, which translates to the Barren Isle.

Between 1949 and 1956, 13,000 political prisoners were sent to the gulag for 're-education' when Croatia was part of Communist Yugoslavia. About 400 of them died there.

September 19, 2014

Nearly 40,000 people signed a petition calling for the deal with the country's national airline to be dropped

The Australian Football League (AFL) has ended sponsorship from Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) due to the country's stone the gays law.

AFL Europe, the sport's governing body on the continent, touted the 12-month deal with the state-owned airline as its 'biggest ever sponsorship' when it was announced in July.

Under its first major sports sponsorship deal, RBA flew players between Melbourne and London while the AFL promoted the airline in Australia and 22 European countries.

September 11, 2014

The sport's governing body says it was unaware of the country's stone the gays law

The Australian Football League (AFL) has said it is 'reassessing' its sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines amid a global boycott of the anti-gay country. 

The league said it was unaware of the law Brunei enacted law in April that punishes gay sex with death by stoning and will come into effect next year.

September 8, 2014

One of the world’s smallest but most unusual gay festivals, Bears on Ice took place in Iceland over the weekend 4-7 September

The Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, saw an influx of hairy and hunky men over the past weekend. The reason? The tenth, annual Bears of Ice festival, which, besides evening parties and discos, also includes sight-seeing tours of this fascinating and unique country.

September 3, 2014

Sergei Aksyonov says the police and self-defense forces will be called if gay people try to hold public events

Crimea's top official Sergei Aksyonov said yesterday gay people 'have no chance' on the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, the Interfax news agency reported.

The de facto leader told a government session, 'This is definitely not our style. We in Crimea do not need such people and they will never hold their events publicly. The police and self-defense [forces] will react quickly and explain within three minutes the orientation one should hold to.'

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

September 1, 2014

The Zimbabwean president made the comment while visiting China but left without a single yuan in aid or soft loans

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has said he prefers aid from China because Beijing did not force Africa to 'embrace homosexuality' like the West.

'Whereas Europe and America, when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions,' he told a Chinese TV interviewer. 'And that is our objection.'

He continued, ‘We know they are negative because the approach of China is quite different from their own approach. As I said, they want to use aid to control. China uses aid to promote the African personality.’

August 29, 2014

Greek lawmaker has reacted to a gay politician's engagement by saying it will lead to the end of Europe

A Greek lawmaker has accused gay Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel of leading a 'Europe of faggots'.

Nikos Nikopoulos, the president of the conservative Christian-Democratic party in Greece, was reacting to the Luxembourg prime minister's engagement to his partner.

'From a Europe of nation states to a Europe of...faggots!!' he said on Twitter. 'The prime minister of Luxembourg is engaged with his darling!!'

While Nikopoulos received some support, he was in the minority.

August 28, 2014

A new poll by the Gallup research group has found that people in the Netherlands think their country is the friendliest to gays and lesbians but Pakistanis and Senegalese people thought their countries were the most hostile

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians.

People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was 'a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement.

August 24, 2014

Maria Walsh, winner of the competition celebrating Irish heritage, says she is not ashamed of her sexuality

The winner of a competition celebrating Irish heritage has come out as gay.

Maria Walsh, 27, was crowned winner of the Rose of Tralee festival on the 19 August, and revealed her sexuality in an interview with Irish newspaper The Irish Sun on Sunday today (24 August).

‘I'm not ashamed of my sexuality by any means,’ she said.

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 14, 2014

Northern Lights. Geothermal spas. Icelandic horses. We dare you to find a better winter holiday

You know you’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. Now’s your chance.

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