1st December 2009
Sweden to lift lifetime blood donation ban for gay men 5
6:11 PM — Sweden will allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood so long as they have not had sex with a man in the last 12 months. In a statement released today, which is World AIDS Day, the National Board of Health and Welfare confirmed the change.
30th November 2009
Trans recognition laws to come before Irish parliament 15
5:27 PM — New laws to give greater legal recognition to trans people will come before the Irish parliament (Dail) next year. They have been proposed by the Green Party, who say that people should be able to chose which gender they want to be legally recognised by.
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.
20th November 2009
Trans woman in Italian political scandal found dead 3
2:12 PM — A Brazillian trans woman at the centre of a scandal involving an Italian politician has been found dead in a burnt-out basement.
Newspaper roundup: New EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton has strong gay rights record 15
1:26 AM — In a profile published for The Guardian, Caroline Davies argues that the new European Union's new High Representative For Foreign Affairs has a strong history of standing up for equality. In 2006 she was the first recipient of the Stonewall Politician of the Year award.
19th November 2009
Gay German spy accused of betraying state secrets 1
2:31 PM — A German spy is on trial accused of handing over secret documents to his lover. The 42-year-old spy, named only as Anton K, reportedly began the affair with a Macedonian translator when he was posted to Kosovo in 2005.
18th November 2009
Austria allows civil partnerships but gay adoption ban stays 9
5:39 PM — Austria's government has agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 if it is approved by parliament. Bans on adoption and fertility treatment will remain.
13th November 2009
Workplace equality and violence top concerns for Irish gays and lesbians 1
1:16 PM — A nationwide survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Ireland has found that their top concerns are equality in the workplace, anti-gay violence and bullying.
10th November 2009
French lesbian couple win 11-year battle to adopt 2
5:57 PM — A lesbian couple in France have won their 11-year battle to adopt a child. An administrative tribunal in the eastern town of Besancon granted the couple the right after they had been turned down by regional authorities.
9th November 2009
Sweden ordains first openly lesbian bishop 3
3:28 PM — Eva Brunne, Sweden's first openly lesbian bishop, has been sworn into her new role. Brunne, 55, who is in a registered partnership and has a three-year-old son, is also believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop.
3rd November 2009
France condemns Uganda’s proposed anti-gay law 10
8:04 PM — The French foreign ministry has attacked a bill in Uganda which would see gay people facing the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Danish club fires footballer for ‘I hate gays’ comment 47
12:08 PM — Polish goalkeeper Arek Onyszko has been fired by FC Midtjylland, a Danish football club, for making homophobic comments in his autobiography. The player's book, titled F**king Polack, was released yesterday. In it, he detailed his hate of homosexuality.
26th October 2009
Film about gay Neo-Nazis wins top honours at Rome Film Festival 1
2:43 PM — Brotherhood, a film about two male Neo-Nazis who begin a relationship, has won the best film accolade at the Rome Film Festival.
23rd October 2009
Russian lesbians to marry in Canada today 10
5:13 PM — A Russian lesbian couple will marry in Canada today and then attempt to force their native country to recognise their marriage.
22nd October 2009
Rome holds flash mobs to call for legal protections for gays 6
5:57 PM — A number of demonstrations were held in Rome, Italy, last weekend to call for more laws to protect gay people from hate crime.
Germany gives pension rights to gay civil partners 8
4:41 PM — Germany's high court today ruled that civil partners of government employees are eligible to receive the same pension rights as their straight married counterparts.
Sweden allows gay couples to marry in church 17
11:08 AM — The Lutheran Church of Sweden has decided to allow gay couples to marry in church. Gay marriage became legal in the country on May 1st, allowing couples to wed in religious or civil ceremonies but not in church.
20th October 2009
Gay Irish hurling star says family have been hurt by homophobic slurs 10
6:21 PM — Dónal Óg Cusack, the hurling star who recently revealed he was gay, has said his mother will not attend his matches because of the homophobic abuse she hears.
19th October 2009
Irish sports star Dónal Óg Cusack reveals he’s gay 41
3:24 PM — Top Irish hurler Dónal Óg Cusack has come out. The 32-year-old, who plays in goal for Cork All Stars, revealed he was gay in installments of his autobiography, published this weekend in the Irish Mail on Sunday.
17th October 2009
Video: Stars and family mourn Stephen Gately at emotional funeral 6
6:40 PM — Boyzone bandmates, friends, relatives and partner have paid an emotional tribute to Stephen Gately whose funeral was held today at St Laurence O'Toole Church in north Dublin.