10th February 2009
New “Mr Gay World” is a leader and a spokesman claims contest organiser 11
1:33 PM — A 37-year-old from Dublin has won an international beauty contest and now has the right to refer to himself as "Mr Gay World."
Gays who face persecution should be given asylum says EU 7
1:04 PM — The European Commission has affirmed that persecution on grounds of sexual orientation is a legitimate justification for an asylum claim.
9th February 2009
German gay footballer to get biopic treatment
1:30 PM — The story of a former East German footballer who left the professional game after deciding to come out of the closet is to be made into a film.
6th February 2009
Russian activists call for end to restrictions on HIV+ visitors
3:33 PM — A 1995 law that bans people living with HIV or AIDS from staying in Russia for more than three months should be overturned, gay rights activists in the country have said.
5th February 2009
Vatican diplomat stresses the principles of “natural law” ahead of Spain visit 19
2:07 PM — The Roman Catholic Church's most senior diplomat has set the tone for his visit to Spain today with some oblique criticisms of the country's government.
4th February 2009
Beckham: Inside me there is a gay man who wants to come out 10
2:17 PM — Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has said she has more in common with gay men than other women. The wife of footballer David Beckham, she is close friends with prominent gay Sir Elton John.
3rd February 2009
Finnish media group discriminated against lesbian editor 2
4:51 PM — The Labour Protection Office in Finland has ruled that the country's second-largest media group was guilty of unjust discrimination in the case of a gay woman.
2nd February 2009
Pope promotes priest who claimed hurricane was God’s punishment for tolerating gays 34
2:17 PM — A priest who thinks Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has been made a bishop.
New research finds 80% of Irish gays have been victims of homophobic abuse 7
1:15 PM — New research into the experiences lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ireland has found that many face abuse and violence.
Iceland makes history as lesbian Prime Minister takes office 4
11:07 AM — An openly gay person has taken office as head of government for the first time. Johanna Sigurdardottir was sworn in as interim Prime Minister.of Iceland yesterday.
30th January 2009
Russian thug boasts of beating up gay German MP at Moscow Pride 4
6:06 PM — Police in Moscow have been forced into action after a news magazine published an interview with a man who boasted about beating up a gay German MP in the city in May 2006.
Court rules Spanish children cannot opt out of gay rights class 5
3:26 PM — Parents in Spain who do not want their children to attend civics classes that include lessons on gay rights do not have the right to conscientiously object, a court has ruled.
Profile: World’s first lesbian Prime Minister’s slow rise to power 9
2:19 PM — When it was announced earlier this week that Johanna Sigurdardottir was likely to be appointed prime minister, little did Icelanders realise that their small island would be making history.
MEPs call for EU to pressure Honduras on trans murders 1
12:57 PM — Members of the European Parliament are demanding that the EU raise the issue of violence against trans people with the Honduras government.
28th January 2009
People who reject Church teaching on homosexuality should leave says bishop 31
3:40 PM — A Roman Catholic leader in Malta has said that church members who do not accept "Christ's teachings" should leave altogether.
27th January 2009
Icelandic politician may become world’s first lesbian Prime Minister 26
3:08 PM — The President of Iceland has asked Social Democratic party leader Ingibjorg Gisladottir to try to form an interim administration.
Lihtuanian MPs consider law against “promotion” of homosexuality to children 15
12:27 PM — An EU member state is considering new laws targeting "agitation for homosexual relations" to children. The proposal will be discussed in the Lithuanian Parliament's committees and voted on in the spring session.
Civil partnerships bill listed in Irish parliament’s spring session 5
12:08 PM — The Irish government has listed a Civil Partnership Bill among legislation for the spring session of Parliament.
23rd January 2009
French government minister confirms he is gay 1
4:00 PM — The French Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations has revealed he is gay in an interview ahead of the publication of his autobiography.
160 MEPs signed up for recognition of civil partnerships 6
2:41 PM — All Labour and Lib Dem MEPs have backed a written declaration on civil partnerships at the European Parliament. However, it did not attract enough support to move to the next stage.