13th December 2011
250,000 sign petition against St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 7
3:18 PM — Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on world leaders to hold Russia to account for a draft law in St Petersburg which threatens to silence its gay community. The draft law would punish the promotion of LGBT lifestyles in public alongside paedophilia in Russia's second largest city.
8th December 2011
Partner of Turkish gay man shot in ‘honour killing’ to address London audience tomorrow 50
2:54 PM — İbrahim Can, the partner of Ahmet Yildiz, a gay man shot dead in a reported "honour killing" in the Turkish city of Istanbul, will speak about his experience at London's SOAS tomorrow.
7th December 2011
Elio Di Rupo, Europe’s second openly gay government leader sworn in 27
9:28 AM — Elio Di Rupo has been named the new, openly gay, Prime Minister of Belgium, after the country went a year and a half without a government. He will become the second openly gay head of government in Europe.
2nd December 2011
Russian minister’s call for national version of St Petersburg’s anti-gay law was “only about paedophilia” 11
4:21 PM — Dmitry Kozak's press secretary says his comments only applied to the section on paedophilia, not LGBT issues. The bill has been criticised for legislating against the LGBT community alongside paedophiles.
European Parliament urges Croatia to protect gay citizens before joining EU 28
2:40 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution which reminds Croatia of its obligation to protect gay citizens from homophobia and homophobic violence before it joins the EU in 2013.
Russian deputy Prime Minister: A national “gay propaganda” law should be considered 30
1:04 PM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has said he is in favour of St Petersburg's pending "gay propaganda" law, and wants it considered at a national level. Kozak said the bill would punish "disgusting activity".
30th November 2011
Italian Footballers’ Association head “would not recommend coming out” to players 20
2:51 PM — The President of the Italian Footballers' Association Damiano Tommasi has suggested gay players keep their sexuality quiet, because the sport is "different to every other profession".
Russia reacts to overseas “interference” on St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 29
2:00 PM — A senior official in the Russian government has said he is "perplexed" by the US statement condemning a proposed law which could severely hinder freedom of expression for LGBT people in St Petersburg. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said the US State Department's comments were "incorrect".
29th November 2011
George Michael’s family join him at hospital during pneumonia treatment 17
1:27 PM — The family of George Michael has flown to Vienna to visit the singer in hospital, along with ex-boyfriend Kenny Goss, after the star fell ill with pneumonia last week.
24th November 2011
Right-wing Polish group registers logo depicting “no” symbol over gay sex graphic 17
4:54 PM — The decision by a court to allow registration of the logo is being opposed by Robert Biedron, the first openly gay MP in Poland's history, who took office this month.
Bradford Bulls rugby player warned over shirtless photo shoot comment 15
12:44 PM — Elliott Whitehead had said Stuart Reardon's shirtless photo shoot in Australian DNA magazine "really let the bradford bus down [sic]". He apologised to club officials for the comment and was issued a warning.
UK Government criticises proposed anti-gay Russian law 14
11:03 AM — In a statement, released on Wednesday, an FCO spokesperson said: “The message of this law, that homosexuality is unacceptable, let alone in any way similar to a crime like paedophilia, is wrong".
23rd November 2011
Outcry prompts St Petersburg legislature to reconsider “gay propaganda” law 20
12:04 PM — Law which passed its first reading with near unanimity this week will be reconsidered after international condemnation.
Denmark set to introduce gay religious wedding ceremonies “in spring 2012″ 33
11:35 AM — The Lutheran Church, Denmark's state church and most popular religious denomination, should be able to hold full gay wedding ceremonies next year under new proposals.
22nd November 2011
Video: Gay kiss interrupts Al-Jazeera report on Spain’s centre-right victory 19
2:56 PM — Amid concerns about the future of gay marriage in Spain, a couple manoeuvres into view on a report on the election and engages in a passionate embrace.
Spain’s new PM opposes gay marriage laws 48
2:47 PM — Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party has already lodged an appeal in Spain’s Constitutional Court against the country’s 2005 landmark law.
Video: Dutch anti-gay bullying website reports 200 cases in less than a month 2
12:22 PM — At least half of all Dutch LGBT pupils do not feel safe enough to be open about their sexuality. Gay Kraut’s new website is designed to give advice on combatting anti-gay hatred and homophobic violence.
21st November 2011
Malta’s ruling party signals recognition for gay couples 12
4:10 PM — Some form of recognition for Maltese gay couples has now been promoted by both parties sitting in the country's Parliament.
Updated: St Petersburg passes first “gay propaganda” law reading 42
2:24 PM — Gay rights campaigner says Russia's second largest city has issued a ban on pro-gay materials "anywhere where kids could be present".
18th November 2011
Conference highlights tax, pension and migration issues for gay couples in the EU 19
1:54 PM — European conference highlights lack of international recognition for gay and lesbian marriages and partnerships