4th October 2012
Labour MEP Michael Cashman to stand down in 2014 13
4:28 PM — Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has confirmed that he will quit as a member of the European Parliament at the next European Election in 2014.
29th May 2012
European Parliament condemns consideration of anti-gay laws 32
10:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning anti-gay laws in Europe last week, specifically calling on Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania as well as Ukraine to address existing and draft legislation and 'demonstrate, and ensure respect for, the principle of non-discrimination'.
16th May 2012
Ex-EastEnders star and Stonewall founder Michael Cashman first MEP to come @Out4Marriage 10
8:59 PM — Michael Cashman has become the first member of the European Parliament to join the Out4Marriage campaign. The former star of British soap opera EastEnders says that equality should also mean that straight couples should be entitled to hold civil partnerships should they wish, something that the Government is not currently proposing.
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.
16th April 2012
Michael Cashman MEP meets Northern Cyprus leaders over anti-gay law 8
10:53 AM — Last week, openly gay MEP Michael Cashman met leaders and non-governmental organisations in the northern part of Cyprus, advocating for the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
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.
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.
26th January 2012
‘Bully’ Bloom slammed for gay funding question 29
1:17 PM — An MEP from the European Independence Party has been condemned by LGBT groups for questioning the European Commission on the legitimacy of funding of an LGBT rights organisation.
13th December 2011
250,000 sign petition against St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 7
3:18 PM — Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on world leaders to hold Russia to account for a draft law in St Petersburg which threatens to silence its gay community. The draft law would punish the promotion of LGBT lifestyles in public alongside paedophilia in Russia's second largest city.
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.
28th October 2010
Campaigners welcome Stonewall’s support of gay marriage 16
11:42 AM — Marriage equality campaigners have welcomed Stonewall's support of civil marriage for gay couples. The charity announced yesterday that after surveying its supporters, it would add the issue to its campaigning objectives.
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.
26th January 2010
Tatchell ‘surprised’ at third of British people who still believe homosexuality is wrong 24
5:23 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has expressed surprise at the results of a survey into social attitudes, saying he expected a greater change in the numbers who accepted homosexuality.
Social attitudes survey finds far greater acceptance of homosexuality 40
11:37 AM — A government-backed survey has found that people have become much more tolerant of homosexuality in the last 30 years.