25th June 2009
British parliamentarians condemn Lithuania’s anti-gay law 13
3:33 PM — A new law passed in Lithuania that "protects" minors by restricting publication of information on homosexual and bisexual relationships has been condemned across Europe.
Sarkozy accused of abandoning human rights after Yade is moved to sport 4
12:57 PM — The President of France has been criticised for moving his minister for human rights to a new department and failing to fill her role.
22nd June 2009
Tories join with ‘homophobic’ Polish party in Europe 51
4:12 PM — The Conservative Party has joined with the Polish Law and Justice Party in Europe, it was announced today. The Polish party has been accused of homophobia, antisemitism and racism.
Irish civil partnerships could be enacted by end of the year 9
11:33 AM — Irish minister for justice Dermot Ahern has said he will soon seek cabinet approval for a civil partnerships bill which could be enacted by the end of the year.
18th June 2009
Bill to equalise age of consent in Gibraltar defeated 6
4:41 PM — A Private Members Bill aimed to equalise the age of consent for gay men in Gibraltar has been defeated in parliament. However, a gay group has argued that the wording of the bill meant it could not have been passed.
Fears for gay participants of World Outgames 1
3:56 PM — LGBT people may face imprisonment or even capital punishment after taking part in the annual World Outgames, a policitian has warned.
17th June 2009
Lithuania passes Section 28-style law to ban mention of homosexuality in schools or media 42
10:20 AM — Lithuania's parliament has given final approval to a bill banning information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
16th June 2009
Gay travel agent offers lesbian wedding and IVF holiday package 10
1:33 PM — Lesbian couples can now have a Spanish holiday package that includes a marriage ceremony and insemination treatment.
15th June 2009
Homophobic bullying ‘widespread’ in Ireland 9
3:25 PM — Irish Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, has spoken out against the widespread nature of homophobic bullying in the country.
12th June 2009
Leaked Dutch report says schools can ban gay teachers 15
3:50 PM — A leaked report from the Dutch government has said that religious schools can refuse to employ gay teachers.
11th June 2009
Spanish trans man suffers miscarriage 15
2:47 PM — A Spanish trans man who was due to give birth to twin boys in September has miscarried. Ruben Noe Coronado, 25, who was born a woman, had stopped his course of hormone treatments in order to fall pregnant via artificial insemination.
British ambassador to Poland criticised for ‘pushing’ gay rights 37
2:39 PM — The British ambassador to Poland has been told by the country's civil rights ombudsman he is "exceeding his authority" by promoting a gay Pride march due to take place in Warsaw this weekend. Ric Todd has also been accused by Catholic groups of "representing the 'homosexual lobby".
10th June 2009
Fired lesbian editor loses in Finnish court 1
4:54 PM — A lesbian editor who claimed she was fired from her job due to her sexuality has lost her case for damages in a Finnish court. Johanna Korhonen was fired from Finnish daily paper Lapin Kansa last year after less than a month in the job.
9th June 2009
Russian activists plan picket for Obama’s visit to Moscow 2
12:42 PM — Gay rights campaigners are planning to stage a picket during US President Barack Obama's visit to Moscow in July to highlight his pledge to increase rights for same-sex couples.
4th June 2009
Section 28 style law likely to be passed in Lithuania to prohibit discussion of homosexuality in schools 59
12:15 PM — The Lithuanian Parliament is set to introduce a law to prohibit the discussion of homosexuality in schools. It is similar to the notorious Section 28 law in Britain that for years hampered the ability to teachers to discuss sexuality or help gay students. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has told PinkNews.co.uk that if passed, the country should have no right to remain in the EU.
3rd June 2009
Activists to take Moscow mayor to court over homophobic comments 3
8:08 PM — Russian gay rights activists are to take the city's homophobic mayor to court for saying that gay people undermined the heart of a morally health society.
Gay penguins rearing chick in German Zoo 20
7:28 PM — A gay penguin couple living in a German zoo have hatched a chick which they are now rearing as if it were their own child. They're one of three gay couples living in the zoo.
1st June 2009
Spanish Supreme Court rules judges cannot refuse to marry gay couples 3
6:17 PM — The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that judges in lower courts or in local town halls must marry gay and lesbian couples if required.
Sweden appoints lesbian bishop 4
2:11 PM — The Church of Sweden has appointed a lesbian as the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm. Eva Brunne, who is in a registered partnership, is believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop. She won the post by 413 votes against 365 votes and will succeed Bishop Caroline Krook, who is to retire in November.
28th May 2009
Civil servant escapes jail over gay male prostitute service 4
3:09 PM — An Irish civil servant who was exposed by journalists for running a gay escort service has avoided jail. Eugene Leech, 48, given a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to controlling or directing the activities of prostitutes for gain on dates between May and July in 2005