6th October 2009
Russian court denies lesbians the right to marry
10:45 AM — A Russian lesbian couple have been barred from marrying by a court. The Tverskoi District Court ruled that Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shipitko cannot marry as Russia law states marriage is between a man and a woman.
5th October 2009
Mother of boy Elton John hoped to adopt says she will not give him up 11
2:04 PM — A woman who claims she is the mother of a 15-month-old Ukrainian boy Elton John has said she will not let the star adopt him. John said that Lev had stolen his heart.
30th September 2009
Re-elected Portuguese prime minister promised to allow gay marriage 16
12:32 PM — Gay couples in Portugal are waiting to see whether their re-elected prime minister will follow through with his campaign promise for gay marriage.
German minister apologises for homophobic slur against gay party leader 8
10:41 AM — A German minister has been forced to apologise after making an anti-gay slur against the man tipped to be the country's next foreign minister.
28th September 2009
Thousands protest in Rome against homophobic attacks 4
12:07 PM — An estimated 30,000 people turned out onto the streets of Rome last week to protest against a spate of homophobic attacks in Italy.
25th September 2009
Gay man tipped as German foreign minister 12
6:07 PM — An openly gay man has been tipped to become Germany's foreign minister. Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the Free Democrat Party, may form a coalition government with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats after Sunday's elections, if the polls prove to be correct.
24th September 2009
Bullfighter to advertise gay drink on cape 14
3:39 PM — A Spanish matador has agreed to advertise a drink aimed at gay men in the ring. Joselito Ortega, who is not well-known, will have the name of the energy drink, Gay Up, embroidered on his cape.
23rd September 2009
Serbian justice minister calls for ban on extremist threats 4
12:33 PM — Slobodan Homen, a justice minister in Belgrade, has told the B92 television station in the wake of the city's cancelled gay pride march the government hopes to silence organisations "that voice threats".
19th September 2009
Serbian police ‘cancel’ Belgrade Pride despite assurances it would be protected 24
3:43 PM — It has been claimed that Serbian police this morning effectively cancelled permission for tomorrow's Belgrade pride to be held in its planned city centre location.
17th September 2009
EU opposes Lithuania’s ‘Section 28′ homosexuality law 27
3:29 PM — The European Union today voted to adopt a resolution criticising a recent law passed by Lithuania which prohibits any mention of homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
16th September 2009
Lady Gaga hits back at German TV presenter who ‘insulted’ her vagina 8
12:38 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga had a journalist thrown out of a press conference after she "insulted her vagina". The 'Poker Face' singer was promoting her new range of headphones in Berlin, Germany, when a reporter decided to quiz her on rumours she has both male and female sex organs.
15th September 2009
Video: Paris Hilton booed at Italian gay club 10
5:04 PM — Paris Hilton managed to upset Italy's gay community last night when she refused to hold up an anti-homophobia sign. The socialite appeared at Join the Gap, which was organised by Arcigay Milano at the Borgo del Tempo Perso club in Milan.
14th September 2009
Man arrested for gay attack in Italy 4
3:25 PM — A 32-year-old has been arrested in connection with the beating of a young gay man in Florence last week. The victim has had metal plates inserted in his face after sustaining fractures to his cheekbones, nose and jaw.
Amnesty report warns of violence against gays and women in Serbia 3
12:14 PM — The Serbian government is failing to protect human rights groups fighting for LGBT and women's rights, an Amnesty International report has claimed.
10th September 2009
Man accused of murdering lesbian couple escapes jail in a cardboard box
11:47 AM — A French man charged with the murder of two lesbian women managed to escape jail in a cardboard box, prison authorities have admitted.
9th September 2009
Turkish man tried in absentia for ‘honour killing’ of gay son 7
4:21 PM — A Turkish man accused of killing his gay son has gone on trial this week in Istanbul. Yahya Yildiz, 49, is on the run and is being tried in absentia for allegedly shooting his son Ahmet, 26, dead in June last year.
Amnesty sends warning over Lithuania’s criminalisation of ‘homosexual propaganda’ 9
2:10 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has condemned plans by Lithuania to criminalise the "promotion" of homosexuality, saying it could lead to increased violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians.
7th September 2009
2,000 march in Budapest Pride 12
11:11 AM — After violent fascist attacks last year, this year's Budapest Pride proceeded peacefully. Two thousand people took part in the march on Saturday amid a massive police presence.
4th September 2009
Catholic editor of Italian magazine forced to step down over gay allegations 7
4:57 PM — The editor of Italy's national Catholic newspaper has resigned after "defamatory" media attacks which claimed he was gay. Dino Buffo had criticised Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for his "immoral" lifestyle.
Video: Irish gay marriage ad becomes a surprise internet hit 20
12:28 PM — A ad from Irish gay marriage group MarriagEquality has become a worldwide hit on the internet. The video, titled Sinead's Hand, sees a smartly-dressed young man traipsing through streets and the Irish countryside asking everyone he meets for 'Sinead's' hand in marriage.