13th February 2009
Transsexual wins battle to serve in Spain’s armed forces 4
4:00 PM — Trans people will be allowed to serve in the Spanish Armed Forces, the country's defence ministry has announced.
Roman Catholic Church ready to fight gay equality in Portugal 8
3:45 PM — The leaders of the Catholic Church in Portugal have been accused of interfering in the political process after the country's bishops said they would fight proposals to introduce gay marriage.
Irish gay marriage activists plan Valentines Day carnival
2:18 PM — A group advocating full marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Ireland will hold a 'love carnival for equality' in Dublin tomorrow.
David Beckham subjected to homophobic abuse during England match 6
12:52 PM — An international match between Spain and England on Wednesday was marred by homophobic chanting, according to the Gay Football Supporters Network.
12th February 2009
Gay humanists back Dutch MP’s right to criticise Islam 25
2:52 PM — A gay humanist group has said the Home Secretary was wrong to ban a Dutch MP who is critical of Islam. Geert Wilders has been denied permission to enter Britain.
Hungarian government proposes registered same-sex partnerships 1
12:12 PM — The Hungarian Government has approved a new bill on registered partnerships. It replaces a previous law on registered partnership that was struck down by the Constitutional Court.
11th February 2009
Tatchell accuses Home Secretary of “gross hypocrisy” over ban on Dutch MP 22
5:06 PM — The decision to ban a member of the Dutch parliament from entering the United Kingdom has been criticised by a prominent gay rights activist.
Ireland to refuse adoption rights for gay couples 9
1:23 PM — A leading gay rights group in Ireland is angry that new adoption legislation is discriminatory. The Irish government published the Adoption Bill 2009 last month.
10th February 2009
Macedonian candidate for President claims gays face no discrimination 14
4:15 PM — A leading candidate for President of Macedonia has claimed that discrimnation against gay and lesbian people is a myth.
Gay activists target Russia’s President in European lawsuit 2
2:08 PM — Organisers of Moscow’s Pride event are taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights after the repeated bans on the event. Their latest action includes the President of Russia.
Ireland’s human rights body backs civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples 6
1:48 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the proposed introduction of civil partnerships.
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.