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.
Swedish nursing home may cater specifically for gays 2
1:54 PM — Elderly gays and lesbians in Stockholm may soon be able to live in a special gay-friendly nursing home.
9th July 2009
Mother’s letter inspires gay marriage protest outside Irish parliament 4
10:01 AM — A letter sent to the Irish justice minister by the mother of a gay son has inspired a protest today outside the Irish parliament for gay marriage.
8th July 2009
Polish Law and Justice Party confirms it’s still homophobic despite joining forces with the Tories in Europe 17
5:51 PM — A Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) MEP has refuted statements made by former Tory leader William Hague that the party has changed its views on gay rights.
Mother of gay son berates Irish minister over civil partnerships 51
11:03 AM — When Declan Doody wrote to Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern about the inequality of civil partnerships, he was dismayed to receive no response. However, when he posted a copy of the letter on his Facebook, his mother Helen was spurred into action to write her own.
29th June 2009
Mixed response to civil partnerships bill from Ireland’s gay community 15
1:12 PM — The largest LGBT rights group in the Irish Republic has welcomed the publication of a bill that provides for a statutory civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples.
26th June 2009
Lithuanian President blocks homophobic law 21
4:05 PM — The President of Lithuania has vetoed a new law that would have banned materials that “agitate" for gay relationships from schools.
Pride in Sofia could be a “step forward” for Bulgaria 4
2:57 PM — The Rainbow Friendship Rally that will take place on Sunday in Sofia could serve "as a step forward in attitudes of acceptance and tolerance in Bulgarian society," a leading commentator has said.