14th March 2012
European Parliament resolves to protect gay couples’ inheritance rights 6
4:10 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on member states to ensure gay couples inheritance rights are respect around the EU, though it will not be binding on the UK, Ireland or Denmark.
Denmark: Equal marriage law may take effect in June 51
1:07 PM — Denmark's prime minister has announced that equal marriage laws may come into effect on 15 June this year.
13th March 2012
St Petersburg governor signs ‘gay propaganda’ bill into law 46
2:36 PM — St Petersburg's governor has signed into law a bill making it an offence to 'promote' gay or transgender personal identities with commentators fearing how badly it will 'encourage hate' towards the city's gay, bi and trans people.
German gun clubs vote against ‘crowning’ partners of gay champions 34
12:41 PM — German gun clubs say they will no longer crown gay couples at annual ceremonies for their top shooters after a champion gunman's male partner had to be named 'queen' last year.
12th March 2012
Comment: Marriage would be an unnecessary victory roll for gay rights, David Coburn argues 127
3:48 PM — Last week, David Coburn, UKIP’s openly gay London Regional Chairman, said the government was 'picking a fight’ with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage. Here, he explains why.
8th March 2012
Malta may give cohabiting gays legal recognition 2
1:35 PM — A bill due to arrive at Malta's parliament which was designed to give cohabiting couples legal rights will include provisions for gay civil partnerships, an official has said.
7th March 2012
UKIP: Marriage belongs to religion, not government 110
10:53 AM — UKIP has accused the government of 'picking a fight' with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage saying the issue is 'in the domain of the church and other faiths'.
5th March 2012
President of Belarus would rather be ‘a dictator than gay’ 58
12:35 PM — The president of Belarus has responded to German criticisms of his government's human rights record and accusations of a dictatorship in the land-locked European state by saying it is 'better to be a dictator than gay'.
23rd February 2012
Rabbi is Sweden’s ‘straight person of the year’ 10
1:27 PM — A rabbi has won the title of Sweden's 'straight man of the year'. David Lazar is the rabbi for the Jewish community in Stockholm. He was given the Årets Hetero award by the Swedish QX magazine this month.
20th February 2012
Sweden set to drop sterilisation rule for official trans recognition 16
12:17 PM — The Swedish Christian Democrat party has abandoned its support for the rule which requires transgender people to be sterilised before the state recognises their gender and so cleared the way for repeal.
16th February 2012
European Parliament denounces Russian ‘gay propaganda’ laws 23
11:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the upcoming presidential election in Russia today clearly denouncing the regional laws which ban 'gay propaganda' around minors.
15th February 2012
French UMP ‘expelling’ Vanneste over gay comments 40
5:02 PM — The French UMP party of French president Nicolas Sarkozy is reportedly expelling Christian Vanneste for comments he made about gay people and gay history in a video released this week.
Video: Italian gay marriage film shows unequal laws 8
2:45 PM — An Italian marriage equality video shows the preparations for a gay couple's wedding as a reminder that the country provides no legal recognitions for same-sex relationships.
French MP: Gays must be narcissists 24
12:40 PM — Christian Vanneste's views on homosexuality and gay history have been called "nauseating" and led to a demand for him to be ejected from his party.
13th February 2012
Malta: Lesbian assault victims ‘to be charged with breaching peace’ 16
3:19 PM — The lesbian victims of an assault which led the prime minister to promise new hate crime laws now face charges themselves, reports say.
10th February 2012
Video: Turkish parents’ appeal for anti-homophobia film 2
1:55 PM — A support group for the families of gay and trans people in Turkey is appealing for funds to finish a documentary on the experiences of parents.
30th November 2010
Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10
8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.
24th November 2010
New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27
2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.
22nd November 2010
German theologian says Catholic Church homophobia ’caused by gay priests’ 12
5:59 PM — A German theologian claims that homophobia in the Catholic Church is caused by gay priests who cannot be open about their sexuality. David Berger, an expert on St Thomas Aquinas and former publisher of a Catholic magazine, told a German publication that the Vatican needs to admit it has many gay clergy.
3rd November 2010
Lesbian activist awarded MBE 12
4:34 PM — A lesbian campaigner from Brighton has been awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Clare Dimyon, 45, was honoured for “services to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in central and eastern Europe”.