21st February 2014
German court declines to rule on joint adoption by gay couples 11
1:13 PM — Germany’s highest court has refused to rule on allowing same-sex couples in civil partnerships the right to adopt children.
28th January 2014
Former Arsenal goalkeeper: Coming out ‘would be nuts’ because football ‘is a man’s sport’ 36
6:53 PM — Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says gay footballers should stay in the closet.
9th January 2014
Thomas Hitzlsperger: There’s ‘a long way to go’ before a premiership star comes out and continues playing 11
10:49 AM — Ex-premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger says there is "a long way to go" before there will be an openly gay man playing in top league football.
8th January 2014
Football stars Joey Barton and Gary Lineker praise Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 5
1:39 PM — Figures in the world of football are praising former West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger, over his decision to announce that he is gay.
2nd January 2014
Germany gets its first out lesbian cabinet minister 4
4:33 PM — In low key fashion, Germany's new Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks came out this week in a newspaper interview – making her the country's first openly lesbian cabinet member.
9th December 2013
Germany’s President snubs Sochi Winter Olympics 12
5:21 PM — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Russia next year.
29th November 2013
Gay German policeman kills and eats man after meeting on cannibal website 24
1:19 PM — A gay policeman in Germany has been arrested on suspicion of killing and chopping up a man he met on a cannibal website.
1st November 2013
Germany: First European state to introduce a third option for gender 3
1:58 PM — From today, Germany becomes the first country in Europe to give parents the choice to leave the child’s gender indeterminate on their birth certificate.
2nd October 2013
‘Rainbow’ German Winter Olympics uniforms seen as silent protest against Russian anti-gay law 24
1:46 PM — Germany has debuted its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics uniforms, the rainbow design of which has prompted many to speculate whether they are meant as a silent protest against Russian anti-gay laws.
18th September 2013
Amnesty report shows Germany, Czech Republic and Italy poor against hate crime 5
10:43 AM — Amnesty International has launched a new report in Brussels on the state of homophobia and transphobia across the European Union.
12th September 2013
German football legend Oliver Kahn tells gay players: ‘Don’t come out’ 12
2:36 PM — German football legend Oliver Kahn has told gay footballers to keep their sexuality a secret, saying that he "wouldn't advise" them to come out.
4th September 2013
Video: US radio host says ‘the Nazi Party started in a gay bar in Munich’ 30
12:55 PM — US radio host, Bryan Fischer, who once claimed that Russia's anti-gay laws were "homorealistic," has recently claimed the Nazi Party was started in a Munich gay bar.
1st September 2013
Germany: Thousands in Berlin protest against Russian anti-gay law 10
2:37 PM — Over 2,000 turned out to rally in the German capital Berlin yesterday against a law introduced in Russia in June which bans the promotion of "non-traditional relationships".
18th August 2013
Germany: Birth certificates to gain third gender option 19
11:34 AM — Germany will become the first country in Europe to introduce a third option for assigning gender on birth certificates, giving the choice to leave the space blank.
12th August 2013
German Foreign Minister: Treatment of gay people in Russia unacceptable 13
4:26 PM — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has criticised Russia's treatment of gay people, branding it unacceptable.
9th August 2013
George Takei backs petition to move Russia Olympics to Canada over ‘horrific’ anti-gay laws 10
2:10 PM — Star Trek actor and gay rights activist George Takei has backed a petition to move the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Russia to the 2010 host city Vancouver because of "horrific" anti-gay legislation.
1st August 2013
Germany: Drag queen campaigner sews mouth shut over Russian anti-gay laws 9
3:28 PM — An online video has made the rounds recently, depicting a German drag queen sewing up her mouth in protest of the controversial anti-gay laws and violence in Russia.
16th July 2013
Germany: Berlin Mayor files legal complaint against rapper for anti-gay lyrics 19
6:24 PM — A German rapper is the subject of a legal complaint filed by Berlin's mayor, who has accused him of releasing a video containing anti-gay lyrics, and which incites violence.
12th July 2013
Germany: Football club to permanently fly rainbow flag against homophobia 4
12:44 AM — German second division football club St Pauli is to permanently fly a rainbow flag as a symbol against homophobia and discrimination, it announced on Thursday.
8th July 2013
Annual LGBT pride festival takes place in Cologne 2
1:43 PM — Tens of thousands took to the streets of Cologne at the weekend as part of Germany's annual LGBT Pride celebrations.