17th June 2013
European Parliament express concerns on lack of gay rights provision in trade treaty 3
7:05 PM — The European Parliament has agreed to a new multilateral treaty with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions, but with strong reservations about its lack of human rights protections in relation to sexual orientation.
25th April 2013
Romanian football club asked to prove it’s not homophobic with patron saying gays ‘must be kept in enclosures’ 14
4:00 PM — The European Court of Justice has criticised Romanian football club, Steaua Bucarest, over years of homophobic comments from its patron and former MEP George Becali.
27th January 2012
184 MEPs support gay rights manifesto 11
2:05 PM — 184 MEPs, including the President of the European Parliament came together on Wednesday to sign a pledge in support of LGBT rights, following a two-day long awareness event.
29th November 2011
New once-a-day HIV drug launched ahead of World AIDS Day 24
2:18 PM — The European Commission has given marketing authorisation to a new once-daily tablet for the treatment of HIV. Gilead Sciences new drug Eviplera will be used commercially in 27 countries of the European Union.
31st January 2011
UK gay marriage challenge goes to European Court 27
1:54 PM — A challenge against the UK's bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships will be filed at the European Court of Human Rights this week.
19th January 2011
European Parliament calls on Lithuania to shelve anti-gay law 9
2:15 PM — The "public promotion of homosexual relations" would be punishable by a fine of up to €2900 if new legislation is adopted.
25th November 2010
Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3
3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.
12th November 2010
Elton John concert paid for by EU development funds 5
5:15 PM — The European Union is investigating why its development funds were used to pay for an Elton John concert in Italy last year. John performed for thousands of people at the Piedigrotta festival in Naples in September 2009.
12th February 2010
European Parliament says candidate countries must offer gays protection 17
6:33 PM — The European Parliament has said that Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey must prove they can offer "genuine protection" to gay people in order to join the European Union.
5th February 2010
No gay marriage for Albania 11
4:52 PM — A gay rights law passed in Albania yesterday will outlaw homophobic discrimination but will not allow same-sex marriage, despite support for it from the prime minister.
26th January 2010
Government will consider religious civil partnerships 19
1:27 PM — The government has agreed to consider allowing civil partnerships to be held in religious premises after a debate in the House of Lords last night.
25th January 2010
Senior bishops call on Lords to retain gay employment exemptions 40
3:00 PM — A statement from three senior bishops calls on peers today to retain and even widen religious exemptions on employing gay people. It says churches will be sued under legislation in he Equality Bill
15th December 2009
Updated: Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses appeal 254
10:47 AM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.
14th December 2009
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.
12th December 2009
Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40
12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.