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.
2nd July 2013
Germany’s Lower House of Parliament approves equal tax breaks for civil partnerships 6
12:14 PM — The Lower House of Germany’s Parliament has approved a measure to equalise tax breaks for couples in civil partnerships.
22nd June 2013
German foreign minister slams Russia over possible anti-gay adoption ban 4
6:48 PM — Germany's foreign minister has heavily criticised Russian's recently advanced legislation which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples.
15th June 2013
German Cabinet adopts bill to give gay couples equal tax benefits 17
2:30 PM — The German cabinet has adopted a bill granting same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same income tax benefit as married opposite-sex couples.
6th June 2013
Angela Merkel told to equalise tax benefits for gay couples by Constitutional Court 21
1:50 PM — Germany’s highest court says gay couples are entitled to the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals in a ruling which threatens to deepen rifts within Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
24th April 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats banned from using Berlin Pride float due to equal marriage stance 41
5:58 PM — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats won’t be allowed their normal float at this year's gay pride festival in Berlin.
Interview: Scott Mills on love, marriage equality and Eurovision 2013 2
4:51 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews’ Laurence Watts, BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills talks about finding love, his future career plans and presenting this year’s Eurovision on BBC Three.
22nd April 2013
Video: German Football fans unite in demonstration against homophobia 5
5:39 PM — Fans of a German football team coordinated efforts at a recent match, and demonstrated against homophobia in professional sport.
9th April 2013
Russia’s Vladimir Putin greeted by pro-LGBT topless protesters in Germany 7
1:19 AM — Upon arriving in Germany for a trade visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted by angry LGBT protesters, including a topless rally from the feminist group Femen.
11th March 2013
Trial of gay porn actor accused of murder and mutilation begins in Canada 4
5:29 PM — The trial of gay porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta who’s accused of killing and dismembering his lover is taking place in Canada.
4th March 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s conservative party to hold off on gay tax rights amidst election fears 15
6:07 PM — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party will not currently initiate further legislation to allow equal rights for gay couples, following a supreme court ruling which has caused controversy within her party.
28th February 2013
Poll: Majority of Europeans say Pope Benedict was not influential and has been ignored by politicians 14
1:31 PM — Despite his attempts to turn back the clock on gay rights, a YouGov poll shows Pope Benedict XVI has been of little influence to Europeans.
25th February 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s party considers u-turn on same-sex tax perks 7
6:00 PM — Leading members of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) are now considering a U-turn on policy on same-sex couples.
19th February 2013
Germany: Gay adoption laws strengthened for civil partners 8
11:37 AM — Germany’s highest court ruled today that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt their partner’s stepchild or adopted child.
13th February 2013
Germany: Poll finds that 26% of voters would not back a gay Chancellor 22
1:22 PM — A poll of German voters found that more than a quarter of those surveyed opposed both the idea of a gay Chancellor and the idea of an ethnic non-German Chancellor.
7th February 2013
Germany: Football Association sets up support group for gay players 1
2:37 AM — A working group has been set up by the German Football Association in order to provide support for and prepare clubs to deal with the potential for gay footballers coming out.