6th May 2009
Lesbian couple to appeal in the UK over Gibraltar’s housing policy
1:25 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar are to appeal in the UK. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant them a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.
Greek court annuls first gay marriages 10
9:55 AM — A Greek court has ruled that two gay marriages performed on the island of Tilos are invalid. Tilos mayor Tassos Aliferis had allowed the marriages to take place in July last year, saying that civil marriage law did not specify gender.
5th May 2009
Russian activists plan gay Pride march ahead of Eurovision 2
5:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have said they plan to hold a gay Pride march in Moscow hours before the city hosts the Eurovision Song Contest final.
1st May 2009
Moscow authorities to clamp down on gay Pride events 5
5:18 PM — Authorities in Moscow have said they will deal "firmly" with any attempts to hold gay Pride events in the city this month.
Gay marriage becomes legal in Sweden today 8
11:53 AM — A gender-neutral marriage law in Sweden has come into force today, meaning gay couples can now marry in the country in religious or civil ceremonies. However, they cannot yet get married in church ceremonies.
29th April 2009
Dutch park unveils signs to ‘warn visitors’ about gay cruising spots 19
11:34 AM — A park in the southwest of Amsterdam has put up signs indicating areas where gay men are allegedly known to have sex so no one will be caught unaware.
28th April 2009
Teacher ‘suffered ten years of homophobic harassment’
5:25 PM — The case of an Irish teacher who was allegedly bullied by colleagues for ten years over his sexual orientation is being challenged in the High Court.
27th April 2009
First lesbian prime minister wins Iceland election under left-wing coalition 9
10:50 AM — Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world's first openly gay leader, has won Iceland's general election. The Social Democrat leader formed a left-wing coalition with the Left-Green Movement.
24th April 2009
Dutch survey reveals lesbian women suffer depression and stigmatisation
2:41 PM — Research from the Netherlands has reported that bisexual and lesbian women suffer anxiety, depression and insomnia and are the targets of gossip and abuse.
23rd April 2009
Rightwing Polish politician angry at elephant’s gay tendencies 30
3:54 PM — A member of Poland's Law and Justice party has criticised a zoo for acquiring an elephant that might be gay.
Gays urged to vote in European Parliament elections 2
2:25 PM — The European Parliament elections are taking place between 4th and 7th June and gay rights group ILGA-Europe has recently launched a campaign encouraging people to take part.
LGBT groups say police are harassing gays in Ukraine
1:18 PM — More than 80 people who were arrested at a gay club in Kiev earlier this month by police had their human rights violated, it has been claimed.
17th April 2009
Dutch homophobia ghetto could host gay pride event 10
1:06 PM — The chairman of Amsterdam borough Slotervaart, which has made headlines in recent years for its residents' homophobia, is to introduce a raft of controversial new measures to ease tensions between the Islamic and gay communities.
‘Second mothers’ to get mandatory ‘paternity’ leave 7
12:46 PM — MEPs are to vote next month on pioneering legislation that will secure mandatory paternity leave for heterosexual fathers and the partners of gay mothers for the first time.
16th April 2009
Spanish gay murder reveals issues with domestic violence laws 5
11:01 AM — The case of a man who killed his ex-partner before committing suicide last week in Almeria, Spain, has revealed that domestic violence legislation in the country does not apply to gay men.
15th April 2009
Moroccan man kills Spanish ex-husband before committing suicide
4:41 PM — A Spanish man has been stabbed to death by his ex husband who later killed himself, it has been revealed. The Moroccan man, who has not been named, stabbed his 34 year old ex husband on Tuesday on the doorstep of his home in the village of Adra, Almeria. The couple had separated two months ago.
6th April 2009
Gay groups call for medical help for ‘homophobic’ university professor 15
11:48 AM — A Spanish university professor who said gays and bisexuals are "ill" and "unworthy" needs mental help, gay groups have said. Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said that anything which is not heterosexual, including masturbation, is "perverted".
2nd April 2009
European Parliament opts to extend anti-discrimination legislation 2
4:02 PM — The European Parliament today voted to extend anti-discrimination protections beyond employment to cover goods, facilities and services. Previously, provisions only applied to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.
1st April 2009
Sweden approves same-sex marriage 17
4:49 PM — Six of the seven parties in Swedish parliament have backed a proposal to introduce a gender-neutral marriage law. The proposal passed today with a 261 to 22 vote and 16 abstentions.
31st March 2009
LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13
10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.