31st July 2009
Portugal upholds gay marriage ban after lesbians’ challenge 8
5:57 PM — The Portuguese constitutional court has today upheld the ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple tried to use a constitutional loophole to challenge the law.
30th July 2009
Dutch Olympic champions promote gay tolerance in sport 2
11:48 AM — Several Dutch Olympic champions, including openly gay swimmer Johan Kenkhuis, take part in this year’s Amsterdam gay pride canal parade to promote acceptance and tolerance of LGBT people in sport. Adrian Tippetts reports.
Albania’s government to legalise gay marriage 32
11:38 AM — The government of Albania has proposed to legalise gay marriage. Prime minister Sali Berisha told a cabinet meeting yesterday that the law was an important move against discrimination.
European commissioner calls for greater trans rights 3
11:17 AM — Thomas Hammarberg, the commissioner for human rights for the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, has called on Europe to do more to stop transphobia.
Man arrested for ‘hate crime’ at World Outgames
10:56 AM — A man has been arrested at the World Outgames in Copenhagen for allegedly throwing fireworks at athletes. The 31-year-old man told a court he had thrown one firework against a wall but did not intend to hurt athletes.
28th July 2009
Irish civil partnerships are for ‘second-class people’ 50
10:53 AM — The Irish government's proposals to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples have been attacked by Amnesty International as being "a second-class form of marriage".
27th July 2009
World Outgames kicks off 1
1:38 PM — The World Outgames 2009, a celebration of gay sport and cultural diversity, kicks off today in the Copenhagen.
23rd July 2009
Map shows legal status of gays across Europe 13
4:34 PM — A map has been released to show the political status of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Europe, revealing some disturbing trends within the eastern European bloc.
22nd July 2009
Belarus customs officials seize copies of gay magazine 4
6:03 PM — Customs officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of gay magazine Pride. The magazine is published by international group InterPride.
Nations of the world meet to discuss and celebrate gay rights movement 1
12:55 PM — Copenhagen is next week hosting World Outgames 2009, a nine-day festival of sports, culture, and a conference on gay rights that will involve over 100 countries under the banner "Love of freedom, freedom to love".
17th July 2009
European Tory leader defends Polish MEP over ‘homophobia’ claims 19
4:50 PM — The head of the Tories in Europe has defended the new leader of David Cameron's bloc in Europe over footage which showed him making a homophobic comment.
Vatican heaps praise on Oscar Wilde.. who it once condemned as immoral 87
4:21 PM — The Vatican has praised the work of openly gay playwright Oscar Wilde, despite previously regarding him as an immoral degenerate.
Polish MEP and leader of Tories’ new group ‘called gays fags’ 29
10:27 AM — Footage has emerged of Polish Law and Justice Party MEP and the leader of the Tories' new bloc in Europe calling gay people "fags" in an interview in 2000.
16th July 2009
Tory MEP expelled for standing against candidate from ‘homophobic’ Polish Law and Justice Party 20
11:02 AM — A Tory MEP expelled from David Cameron's new grouping in the European Parliament for standing against a Polish Law and Justice candidate has told PinkNews.co.uk that the party's 'homophobia' contributed to his decision.
15th July 2009
Ukraine confirms Bruno ban, says the film ‘damages morality’ 8
5:39 PM — The Ukraine culture ministry has confirmed it is banning the film Bruno because is likely to offend conservative and religious opinion.
Ukraine may ban Bruno 1
11:10 AM — Ukraine is planning to ban the film Bruno because is likely to offend conservative and religious opionion, reports suggest. The film, about a gay Austrian journalist, features full-frontal nudity and sexual acts.
14th July 2009
MEP refuses to sit next to BNP leader Nick Griffin 19
6:49 PM — On the day that BNP MEPs Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons took up their seats in the European Parliament, a Democratic Unionist MEP refused to sit next to them.
Lithuania’s parliament passes ‘Section 28-style’ law to ban homosexuality in schools 26
5:43 PM — The Lithuanian parliament today voted to pass a law that bans information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
German trans teenager to launch pop career 8
10:51 AM — A 16-year-old trans teenager who became an internet hit is launching a pop career. Kim Petras, from Germany, began taking hormones at the age of 12 and underwent gender reassignment last year.
10th July 2009
Conservatives’ grouping with homophobic Polish party ‘will give them more power’ 20
5:21 PM — The decision of the Tories to join a new "anti-federalist" political group in the European Parliament, including a homophobic party, will give them more political clout, it has been claimed.