12th January 2009
Maltese gay politician excommunicates himself from Catholic Church 20
1:24 PM — The first openly gay candidate for parliament in Malta has protested against the Pope's hostility to homosexuality by leaving the Roman Catholic Church.
Belarusian activist saved from army conscription 1
11:55 AM — Alexander Paluyan, the 23-year-old gay activist and editor of Belarusian LGBT website Gay.by, will no longer be called up to join the country’s military.
9th January 2009
Sweden funds project promoting LGBT rights in Vietnam
5:20 PM — The Swedish embassy in Vietnam has pledged financial support for a new campaign aimed at reducing violence against lesbian women and promoting human rights for sexual minorities.
Dutch foreign minister calls in Pope’s representative for a chat about gay rights 12
1:30 PM — The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Papal Nuncio to the Netherlands to the ministry and expressed objections to the approach the Holy See took at the UN over a statement on the human rights of gays.
Gay journalist called up for military service in Belarus 2
12:31 PM — A gay activist and editor of Gay.by, Belarus' biggest LGBT website, has been called up for military duties. Alexander Paluyan, 23, has so far been exempt for medical reasons.
8th January 2009
Dutch cities compete for gay business as Amsterdam loses its mojo 4
4:16 PM — The city of Amsterdam has failed to win in any category in a large-scale survey of the favourite venues of Dutch gays.
Italy manager: gay players welcome but may cause locker room complications 7
11:12 AM — The manager of Italy's national football team has said he does not think there are any gay professional footballers, but a gay man would not be excluded from playing under him.
6th January 2009
Comment: Trans discrimination must no longer be tolerated 1
6:02 PM — During missions to member states of the Council of Europe, I have been reminded of the on-going discrimination many face on account of their gender identity.
Greek Orthodox bishop sues AIDS charity for one million euros 15
11:13 AM — Gay rights advocates in Greece have appealed for help in fighting a lawsuit against activist Leo Kalovyrnas and non-governmental organisation Synthesis HIV/AIDS Awareness.
31st December 2008
Vatican breaks with Italian law after refusing to sign UN sexuality declaration 11
12:07 PM — A new statute coming into effect on January 1st will allow the Vatican to bypass Italian law. This comes in the wake of a row at the UN, where the Vatican refused to sign up to a universal declaration of human rights regardless of gender or sexuality.
30th December 2008
Spanish judge suspended for discrimination against lesbian parents 1
11:07 AM — A Spanish judge has suspended from work after attempting to stop a lesbian adopting her wife's child. Same-sex couples are permitted to adopt children in Spain, and gay marriage was legalised there in 2005.
29th December 2008
Facebook slams homophobic groups 4
12:45 PM — Social networking site Facebook has responded to calls for two Serbian homophobic groups to be removed from the web.
24th December 2008
Comment: Pope is wrong about “gay threat”, gay sexuality is part of human ecology 17
12:04 AM — By choosing to highlight homosexuality instead of hunger, war and homelessness, the Pope has lost his moral bearings and sense of priorities writes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
23rd December 2008
ILGA defends gay family exhibition at Euro Parliament as second MEP complains 1
12:06 AM — A leading gay rights group has said it "regrets" that two MEPs have objected to an exhibition highlighting the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families.
22nd December 2008
Nativity scene featuring Mary in drag upsets Amsterdam Christians 20
6:15 PM — A Christmas celebration that featured the Virgin Mary played by a drag queen and Joseph in black leather shorts has offended Christians in Holland.
17th December 2008
Berlin’s memorial to gay Holocaust victims targeted by vandals 1
11:46 AM — A memorial to gay men who died in the Holocaust has been attacked by vandals for the second time in four months.
Cypriot MEP “offended” by pictures of gay families 29
11:31 AM — An exhibition designed to highlight the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families has upset an MEP from Cyprus, who claims he is being harassed by the "gay lobby."
16th December 2008
First Baltic Pride will be celebrated in Riga next year 2
4:58 PM — LGBT organisations from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have announced their plans to hold a joint Pride event next year.
Catholic and Orthodox bishops enthuse about the joys of (heterosexual) marriage 17
3:27 PM — Roman Catholic and Orthodox bishops have issued a statement about the importance of marriage - for heterosexuals.
Sweden’s highest court rejects same-sex marriage case 3
2:32 PM — A gay couple who got married in Canada should not be regarded as a married couple under Swedish law, a court has ruled.