30th January 2012
Gay Aeroflot steward ‘forced to marry woman’ 12
5:05 PM — A gay air steward for the Russian carrier Aeroflot was forced to marry a woman in order to keep his job, campaigners say.
27th January 2012
Amsterdam’s ‘gay cure’ rabbi ‘fears for his life’ 68
4:42 PM — The New York-based rabbi who heads Amsterdam's Orthodox Ashkenazi community had said he fears for his life after he was suspended for signing a 'gay cure' declaration.
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.
Jail for fake Louis Walsh sex assault claims 11
10:09 AM — A man who admitted falsely accusing Louis Walsh of a sexual assault has been jailed for six months. Leonard Watters, an unemployed 24-year-old dance teacher was sentenced at Dublin District Court yesterday.
25th January 2012
Nikolay Alekseev: The visionary Peter Tatchell 4
2:52 PM — "Peter is a visionary. He has this capacity to understand how to take a problem and drive the maximum public attention to it in order to make the society think and force the politicians to address it."
24th January 2012
Malta: Lesbian attack prompts call for hate crime law 7
3:17 PM — An attack in Malta which left a 16-year-old lesbian with a fractured nose has prompted calls for the government to introduce hate crime legislation to protect gays.
Russia: Gay pride suspicion stops nationalist jog 10
11:45 AM — Police in the Kaliningrad outpost of Russia have reportedly stopped a group of right-wing joggers after being wrongly tipped that they were staging an illegal gay pride parade.
23rd January 2012
Gay presidential candidate through first-round Finnish vote 15
2:51 PM — Pekka Haavisto, the openly gay candidate in Finland's presidential race, has come second in the first round of voting.
20th January 2012
Edinburgh called on to stop St Petersburg anti-gay law 7
3:53 PM — A coalition of groups has called on the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Scotland to intervene on St Petersburg's postponed anti-gay law. Edinburgh has been twinned with St Petersburg, whose lawmakers passed an initial vote on a "gay propaganda" law last year by 27 to 1.
18th January 2012
Amsterdam’s chief rabbi suspended over gay cure declaration 129
3:02 PM — Aryeh Ralbag, the chief rabbi of Amsterdam, has been suspended from his today after he signed a document alleging homosexuality could be “modified and healed".
German FA head: Gay players should have ‘courage’ to come out 24
12:43 PM — The head of the German Football Association has again urged gay professional football players to come out. Theo Zwanziger spoke during a discussion on Tuesday at the Sportschule Hennef, which was centered on sexuality within professional sports.
17th January 2012
Sweden keeps sterilisation rule for trans recognition 24
2:56 PM — The Swedish Government have announced that they will not modernise a law from the 1970s which makes sterilisation compulsory for transgender people before the state will recognise their gender identity.
16th January 2012
Germany captain: Society cannot accept gay footballers 61
5:06 PM — Bayern Munich and German football captain Philipp Lahm does not believe society is ready to accept gay professional footballers, saying: “The football stadium is rarely politically correct. Football is like gladiatorial combat."
13th January 2012
Belgian minister wants anti-gay Primate replaced 44
10:08 AM — One of Belgium's deputy prime ministers has called for the anti-gay head of the Belgian Catholic Church to be replaced after he questioned the government's right to decide issues of marriage and sexuality.
11th January 2012
Video: Star Wars soldiers’ gay tale in Spanish film festival 9
12:11 PM — Two soldiers taken from the Star Wars films who must carry on their relationship in secret on the Death Star while a battle rages outside are the subject of a short Spanish film at this year's Notodo Film Festival.
10th January 2012
Pope: Gay marriage ‘threatens the future of humanity’ 169
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI reportedly said on Monday that allowing gay couples equal marriage rights could threaten the future of humanity, as a policy which "undermines the family".
4th January 2012
Spain’s first gay retirement home to be sited in Madrid suburb 9
12:09 PM — The planners of Spain's first gay retirement home have secured a plot of land on the outskirts of the capital city. The December 26th Foundation plans to build the new 115-apartment complex in Rivas-Vaciamadrid.
3rd January 2012
New Hungarian constitution comes into effect with same-sex marriage ban 53
5:13 PM — Hungary's new constitution, which bans gay marriage and does not explicitly protect gay people from discrimination, has come into force amid public unrest.
28th December 2011
Poll claims only 4% of Lithuanians support same-sex civil unions 18
12:55 PM — A poll by Lithuanian market research company RIAT claims only 4% of the country supports the introduction of civil partnerships for gay couples. The Baltic News Agency poll says 70% of the population is in favour of some form of legal recognition for relationships outside marriage, but not for gays.