14th May 2009
Ireland’s health service to recognise gay and lesbian relationships 1
3:11 PM — The Irish Health Service Executive is to draw up new guidelines for hospitals on gay and lesbian relationships. The plan is one of a number of recommendations made by a new report on LGBT health, which was launched yesterday.
Riga bans Baltic Pride 13
12:21 PM — The planned Baltic Pride march due to take place on Saturday in Riga, Latvia, has been banned by city officials.
13th May 2009
Gay visitors to Moscow told to expect violence 13
5:23 PM — Gay activists and Eurovision fans have been warned they may be met with violence this weekend in Moscow. The city is preparing to host the Eurovision Song Contest final but gay rights activists have said they will be holding a Slavic Pride march, despite city officials banning such events.
12th May 2009
Russian lesbian couple refused marriage licence 1
3:18 PM — A lesbian couple who applied for a marriage licence in Russia have had their application rejected. Gay rights activists Irina Fedotova and Irina Shipitko received a hand-written rejection letter from an official at the central Moscow registry office yesterday.
Foreign Office revises guidance for gay travellers in Moscow 42
12:24 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released new guidance for gay travellers in Russia, advising that visitors to Moscow should be aware of possible violence at a planned gay pride march this weekend.
11th May 2009
Comment: Peter Tatchell on why he’ll still march at Moscow Pride 39
5:07 PM — Despite threats to bash and arrest the marchers, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell explains why he will still be attending this Saturday's Moscow Gay Pride parade. Authorities have said the parade is banned and threatened "tough measures" to those who try to march. In 2007, Mr Tatchell was arrested and assaulted during the parade.
Dutch singer vows to boycott Eurovision if Moscow uses violence against gay activists 11
1:18 PM — Dutch singer Gordon has said he will boycott the Eurovision Song Contest if Moscow police use violence against gay rights activists.
8th May 2009
Tatchell condemns Irish civil partnerships as ‘sexual apartheid’ 21
5:20 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has attacked plans by the Irish government to introduce civil partnerships, saying the country should offer gay couples full marriage rights.
7th May 2009
Moscow authorities promise to stop gay pride marches 8
3:59 PM — Moscow is preparing to break up any gay pride marches on May 16th. Mayor Yury Luzhkov's press secretary said today the city has once again turned down an application to hold a march next week.
Poll finds zero tolerance for homosexuality among UK Muslims 225
11:20 AM — A survey published today shows that UK Muslims have significantly less tolerance for homosexuality than their French and German counterparts.
6th May 2009
Lesbian couple attempt to marry in Russia 3
3:29 PM — A lesbian couple are planning to apply for a marriage licence in Moscow later this month, it has been reported.
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.