Europe

Pope Francis leaves Assisi at the end of Economy of Francis, an international movement of young economists. (Getty) Pope Francis reportedly encouraged an LGBTQ+ Catholic group to build a church “that excludes no one.” According to L’Avvenire, the pope met with Italian LGBTQ+ Catholic group The Tent of Jonathon in a Wednesday (21 September) conference
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Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić allowed the march to go ahead, but on a smaller route. (Getty) Serbia’s government has been forced into a screeching u-turn after its decision to ban EuroPride’s parade was met with fierce opposition. EuroPride is an international celebration of the LGBTQ+ community hosted by a different European country each year. Serbia
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A woman take a photo using her mobile phone of the EuroPride flags fluttering during the opening ceremony of the EuroPride 2022 in Belgrade. (Oliver Bunic/Getty) EuroPride organisers have vowed to fight Serbia’s “disgraceful” ban on its planned march in Belgrade. The European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA) are preparing to mount a legal challenge after
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Police secure serbian LGBT Info centre during the ‘Litiya for salvation of Serbia’ in Belgrade. (Getty) Politicians from across Europe have condemned the Serbian government over the effective ban of this year’s EuroPride. Serbian police announced a ban on the route of the march on Tuesday (13 September) after weeks of hostile back-and-forth between EuroPride
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Maria Walsh speaks in an Instagram clip. (Maria Walsh/Instagram) MEP Maria Walsh has urged EuroPride to continue despite backlash from anti-LGBTQ+ groups. The Midlands-North-West member of the European Parliament insisted that the Pride festival – which is hosted in a different European city each year – should go ahead as scheduled from 12 to 18
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LGBTQ+ activists and allies gathered outside the Independent House to demand an end to the Irish Indepdent’s “anti-trans crusade”. (Trans and Intersex Pride Dublin) Protesters outside the Irish Independent’s offices have rallied the publication’s continued “anti-trans crusade”. Over 100 people gathered outside Independent House in Dublin on Saturday (27 August) to highlight a rise in
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French monkeypox patients have been saying how psychologically painful the virus has been for them. (Getty) Monkeypox may leave more than just physical scars, according to several accounts by patients. Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital’s infectious disease specialist, Nathan Peiffer-Smadja, told France24 that research suggests that “psychological distress is linked to several aspects” of the disease. He
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Paul Dennison (R) has been crowned Mr Gay Europe 2022 and David Allwood (L) is Mr Gay England 2022. (CatherineBallPortraits/Little and Large Media) A trio of queer winners were crowned in a kaleidoscopic pageant that boasted everything from a swimsuit round to charitable wor On Saturday (August 20), The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland was transformed
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Thousands of people marched against Belgrade hosting EuroPride. (Oliver Bunic/Getty) Thousands of religious and right-wing Serbians have marched in Belgrade to protest an upcoming EuroPride event… that’s already been postponed. Anti-LGBTQ+ protestors took to the streets of the country’s capital on Sunday (28 August) to oppose plans for the city to host EuroPride on 17
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Serbian Orthodox Church bishop Nikanor Bogunović of Bana. (Screen capture via YouTube) A senior bishop in Serbia has been condemned for encouraging armed attacks against an LGBTQ+ Pride event in Belgrade. In September, the Serbian capital will host EuroPride, which celebrates LGBTQ+ rights across the continent, in a first for a southeastern European country. But Serbian
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Pope Francis celebrates mass at the the National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Canada. (Getty/ Chip Somodevilla) Pope Francis has met with four groups of trans people who found shelter in a Catholic church, the Vatican has confirmed. According to AP News, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported that the Pope met with a group of trans
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Jill Scott of England celebrates with the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Trophy during the England Women’s Team Celebration at Trafalgar Square on August 01, 2022 in London, England. (Leon Neal/Getty) England hero Jill Scott interviewed the Women’s Euro 2022 trophy in a hilarious clip. The England team descended on London’s Trafalgar Square on Monday (1
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France’s minister for territorial cohesion Caroline Cayeux. (AFP via Getty/ SAMEER AL-DOUMY) More than 100 public figures in France have called for the resignation of minister Caroline Cayeux after she reaffirmed her anti-LGBTQ+ views. Cayeux, who was appointed minister for territorial cohesion less than two weeks ago on 4 July when France formed its new government,
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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. (AFP via Getty/ ATTILA KISBENEDEK) The European Commission has launched legal action against Hungary over the country’s so-called LGBTQ+ propaganda law. The legislation banning any discussion of LGBTQ+ people in schools and in the media was passed in an near unanimous vote in June 2021. Prime minister Viktor Orbán and
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Red Cross worker and St Petersburg activist Daria Apakhonchich was arrested for taking part in a “vulva ballet” street performance in support of Yulia Tsvetkova. (Darya Apakhonchich/ Facebook) An LGBTQ+ feminist activist in Russia has been acquitted of pornography charges in a rare win for queer rights in the country. Yulia Tsvetkova was arrested in
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Tourists visit the Ancient Acropolis archeological site in Athens on 1 July 2021. (Louisa Gouliamaki/X07402/AFP via Getty) Greece’s culture ministry has launched an investigation following the release of a short film showing two men having sex at the ancient Acropolis in Athens. The 36-minute film, entitled “Departhenon” or “Xeparthenon” in some reports, was released in
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Donald Trump at a meeting with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, in the Oval Office on 13 May, 2019. (Getty/ Mark Wilson) Former US president Donald Trump has “endorsed” Viktor Orbán as he campaigns to remain in power in Hungary’s upcoming parliamentary elections. In a statement, Trump said: “Viktor Orbán of Hungary truly loves his country and
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Switzerland has taken a major step on the path to equality after its parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a law to pass same-sex marriage. The council of states – the upper house of Switzerland’s legislature – voted by by 22 votes to 15 to approve landmark legislation to make same-sex marriage a reality. Just
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Finland military troops (Creative Commons/A. v. Z.) Finland’s defence forces have been criticised for using discriminatory training material that described homosexuality as an “obstacle” to service. The shocking advice came from the Centre for Military Medicine, which is responsible for the health of conscripts and defence personnel. According to a report by the Finnish Parliamentary
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The red area shows the municipalities in Poland that have signed the ‘LGBT-free’ pledge. (Atlas of Hate) In a narrow vote, councillors in Kraśnik, in eastern Poland, voted Tuesday (22 September) to keep their municipality an “LGBT-free zone” in an open challenge to the scores of European Union pressure to undo such patches of open
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Viktor Orbán speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the WWI Trianon-memorial (Attila Kisbenedeck/AFP/Getty) Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has used an event commemorating the end of WWI as an opportunity to launch yet another barb at LGBT+ people. The far-right leader made the comments at a national event to inaugurate a monument commemorating the Treaty
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