January 7 What do you know. Tin Tin is gay, according to the Times of London!
February 14 On Valentine’s Day, gay and lesbian couples stage mock weddings for the television crews in downtown Beijing.
February 20 Oscar-winning comedian Roberto Benini makes a heartfelt plea against homophobia during the televised San Remo festival in Italy. The song “Luca was gay” about a “cured” homosexual takes second place at the contest.
February 25 In Paris 374 million euros are raised for AIDS research during the auction of Yves-Saint Laurent’ and his partner Pierre Bergé’s famous art collection.
March 7 Clad in the national colours, Australia’s out olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham leads the Mardi Gras gay parade in Sydney.
March 7 Activists storm the Athens Opera House protesting an attempt to censor a gay kiss during the staging of Dvořák's “Rusalka”.
March 18 The U.S. signs a U.N declaration calling for the international de-criminalisation of homosexuality.
April 1 Not an April’s Fool joke! Sweden becomes the seventh country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage.
April 2 The Homo-caust in Iraq charts its grimly course: six presumed homosexuals are found murdered in Baghdad in little less than a week.
May 5 A court in Rhodes rules that the weddings of two same-sex couples on the island of Tilos were null and void.
May 16 40 protesters who try to stage a gay rights parade to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest are arrested in Moscow.
May 2 Two of gay porn’s most recognizable stars, Francesco Di Macho and Damien Crosse, get married in Madrid.
June 3 New Hampshire becomes the 5th U.S. state to recognize same-sex marriage – and the third to do so since the beginning of the year
June 4 Harvard University inaugurates a department of LGBT studies.
June 13 The organizers of Athens Pride spread a 31-meter-long rainbow flag in front of the House of Parliament.
June 23 Openly gay writer and filmaker Frederic Mitterand becomes France’s minister of Culture.
July 1 A court in India rules that banning gay sex is uncostitutional.
July 14 Michael Jackson was gay according to an unauthorised biography.
July 15 Sponsored by the socialist opposition, a domestic partnership bill that includes same-sex couples is rejected by a greek parliamentary commitee.
July 24 “A Monstrous Masterpiece”, the homoerotic work of leftist greek poet Yannis Ritsos is presented at the Epidavros theatre.
July 27 Modern dance revolutionary Merce Cunningham dies at the age of 90.
August 1 A masked man shoots and kils two people and injures a dozen at an lgbt youth center in Tel Aviv.
August 6 Researchers at the University of North Carolina announce they have mapped the genome of the HIV virus.
August 7 The American Psychological Association rejects “reparative therapy” for homosexuals.
August 8 The israeli president talks at a 25.000-strong rally protesting Tel Aviv’s gay massacre.
September 5 New hopes for the development of an AIDS vaccine after researchers in California discover two antibodies that can fight the virus.
September 9 Uruguay becomes the first country in Latin America to let same-sex couples adopt children.
September 11 The UK government posthumously apologises to Alan Turing. The father of computer science took his own life in 1954 after being convicted for same-sex relations.
September 20 Serbia’s Pride parade is called off after extremist groups threaten participants with violence.
September 22 The Vatican’s UN envoy claims that homosexuals are to blame for pedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church.
September 23 In an interview for a dutch gay magazine pop star Mika reveals he is bisexual.
September 24 10 thousand people take to the streets of Rome to protest a wave of homophobic violence in the Eternal City.
October 11 Thousands of protesters -Lady Gaga among them- take to the streets of Washington, D.C. callling on president Obama not to renege on his promises for lgbt rights.
October 13 Athens’ renovated National Theatre opens the new theatre season with the works of openly gay choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou and legendary gay writer Kostas Tachtsis.
October 14 A muslim team is banned from France’s amateur soccer league after refusing a match with a gay team.
October 16 French president Nicola Sarkozy defends Frederic Mitterand from charges of sex tourism in Thailand insisting that “homosexuality cannot be mixed up with pedophilia”.
October 28 Barack Obama signs a bill named after murdered gay student Matthew Shepard that qualifies homophobic attacks as federal hate crimes.
October 30 Londoners protest homophobic violence after the murder of a 60-year-old man at Trafalgar Square.
November 2 Authorities in the US lift the HIV travel ban.
November 10 The man who killed TV star Nikos Sergianopoulos during an apparent sex transaction gets 20 years in prison.
December 1 Sweden lifts the ban on blood donations for gay men provided they have abstained from sex for at least one year.
December 2 France becomes the first country in the world that officially calls on iranian authorities to stop the executions of homosexuals.
December 4 Spain compensates a gay man who was imprisoned by the Franco regime.
December 10 The austrian parliament approves a domestic partnership scheme that offers limited rights to same-sex couples.
December 10 The depiction of sex and erotic love in ancient greek art is the subject of a landmark exhibition at Athens’ Museum of Cycladic Art.
December 17 After making its mark representing Greece on the gay festival circuit “Strella”, the story of a transexual girl facing some tough choices, starts its succesful run in Athens cinemas.