28th November 2012
Malta: Politician with controversial equalities record appointed EU health commissioner 5
3:55 PM — European ministers have approved Tonio Borg for the job of the EU’s top health official despite opposition by some Liberal and Green MEPs over the Maltese politician’s conservative views.
17th October 2012
Cameroon urged to release jailed men for wearing ‘gay’ clothes and for drinking Baileys 15
6:13 PM — The US, EU and campaign groups have strongly condemned Cameroon’s appalling gay rights record ahead of a court appeal involving two men.
4th October 2012
Pressure builds on Serbia over gay pride ban 9
5:50 PM — The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has urged the authorities in Serbia to reconsider a ban on this weekend’s gay pride march in Belgrade.
3rd October 2012
Serbia bans gay pride parade, again 8
6:05 PM — The Serbian interior ministry has banned a gay pride parade from taking place in the country’s capital Belgrade for the second year running after ultra-nationalists threatened the march and the Serbian Orthodox Church condemned it.
Russian court backs St Petersburg’s anti-gay law 15
2:32 PM — Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s second largest city of St Petersburg can continue to enforce its homophobic censorship law.
14th June 2012
Law Society backs equal marriage, says faiths will not be forced to marry gay couples 108
1:58 PM — The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has lent its support to equal marriage rights for gay couples and called for faiths to be allowed to perform gay weddings if they so choose, saying the European Court of Human Rights has shown it is 'not going to force religious groups to conduct same-sex marriages'.
13th June 2012
New EU human rights ambassador ‘should promote LGBT rights globally’ 5
4:54 PM — The European Parliament has recommended that person appointed as EU Special Representative for Human Rights promote the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people worldwide.
6th June 2012
Video: Pro-gay fly-posting campaign disturbed in Montenegro 7
1:47 PM — An LGBT youth group in Montenegro has initiated a nocturnal campaign to put up pro-gay posters around the capital city of Podgorica.
17th May 2012
Popular Eurovision website hacked in response to ‘parade of homosexuals’ 34
1:12 PM — A group is reportedly targeting websites related to the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan in protest at a 'parade of homosexuals' it believes will take place.
16th May 2012
MP calls for gays to leave Lithuania 35
5:23 PM — A Lithuanian MP notorious for his anti-gay views has said gays should be driven from the country, interrupting a press conference in the Parliament building.
Video: EU politicians say ‘It Gets Better’ in 17 languages 29
4:25 PM — For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2012, over 50 European politicians and leaders from EU institutions have joined forces to tell LGBT teenagers they are working to make things better.
8th May 2012
François Hollande’s presidential win brings French marriage equality closer 50
12:53 PM — The new President-elect of France, François Hollande, the country's first Socialist president in nearly two decades, is expected to push equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples in the European country.
4th May 2012
Sweden: Deportation nears for trans woman abused in native Russia 130
3:55 PM — Time is fast running out for a Russian trans woman who, it was reported recently in Pink News, fears being forced by Swedish authorities to return to Russia, where she expects to face violence and possible imprisonment at the hands of the authorities.
20th April 2012
Row after Tory MEPs abstain from pro-LGBT amendment vote 55
12:14 PM — Labour MEPs have criticised Tories this week for abstaining from a vote at the European Parliament on an amendment strengthening LGBT protections, with Tories accusing them of 'grandstanding' in response.
11th April 2012
Irish minister to bring forward protections for gay teachers 5
4:23 PM — Statements made by Ireland's Education Minister Ruairi Quinn at yesterdays ASTI Conference in Cork of his intention to bar discrimination against gay people that may prevent them taking up employment as teachers have been welcomed.
Budapest urged to reverse Pride route refusal 5
11:13 AM — The Human Rights Watch group is calling on Hungarian authorities to reverse a decision which refused Pride organisers permission to hold a march on their chosen route in Budapest later this year.
3rd April 2012
German football club bans fans for anti-gay sign 7
10:19 AM — A German football club has banned fans who displayed a homophobic banner from the stands during a league match.
2nd April 2012
Potential new EU member states told to improve gay and trans laws 14
4:10 PM — Last week, the European Parliament adopted its annual enlargement progress reports for Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. All the resolutions recommended greater protection for gay, bi and transgender citizens in the potential new member states.
First EU-wide survey on life for gay, bi and trans citizens opens 17
1:46 PM — Gay, bi and transgender adults from around the EU and Croatia are being asked to take part in the first European LGBT survey of its kind.
30th March 2012
European Parliament stands up for free movement of LGBT persons in EU 16
9:24 AM — The European Parliament unveiled yesterday their annual report on EU citizenship, which stated that same-sex couples and their families still face considerable hurdles inside the European Union.