23rd December 2009
Lithuanian parliament revises ‘gay ban’ law 10
5:09 PM — Lithuania has revised a controversial law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality. The country's parliament voted 58-4, with 25 abstentions, to amend the law. It prohibited the "public dissemination" of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.
Head of Russian Orthodox Church condemns discrimination against gays 28
4:09 PM — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has said that although homosexuality is still a sin, gay people must not be discriminated against.
17th December 2009
Portugal tipped to allow gay marriage 16
6:06 PM — Portugal's government is drawing up a law to allow gay marriage. According to Associated Press, the legislative change would remove any references to gender and if passed, would come in to force by April.
15th December 2009
Gordon Brown ‘pushing for European recognition of British civil partnerships’ 28
4:55 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has said he is pushing European countries such as Spain and France to recognise civil partnerships registered in Britain. He added he wanted to see more gay rights in eastern Europe.
10th December 2009
Austria’s parliament legalises civil unions 5
5:28 PM — Austria's parliament has approved legalising civil unions in the country. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 but bars gay couples from some rights, such as adoption and fertility treatment.
Sperm donor wins access to lesbian couple’s son 13
5:18 PM — An Irish man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple has won the right to see the child. The Supreme Court heard that the gay man donated sperm to the couple three years ago when they were friends.
8th December 2009
Russian human rights commissioner says Moscow Pride should be held in Germany 11
2:23 PM — The Commissioner for Human Rights in Moscow, Alexander Muzykantsk, has suggested that Russian gays and lesbians should hold gay Pride marches in Germany, instead of their own country.
7th December 2009
Spain apologises for 1970s jailing of gay man 5
10:58 AM — A Spanish gay man who was sentenced to three months in jail in the 1970s has received an official apology from the government. Antoni Ruiz, 50, was jailed in 1976 at the age of 17 after coming out to his parents.
4th December 2009
Gay hurling star wins book award 11
4:22 PM — Donal Og Cusack, the Irish hurling star who came out in his autobiography, has won a prestigious award for the book. The 32-year-old, who plays in goal for Cork All Stars, revealed he was gay in installments of his autobiography, published last month
3rd December 2009
Swedish minister suggests aid funding could be cut over Uganda’s anti-gay bill 12
4:01 PM — Swedish development assistance minister Gunilla Carlsson reportedly suggested that her country could cut aid funding in Uganda as a result of a proposed law on homosexuality.
1st December 2009
Sweden to lift lifetime blood donation ban for gay men 5
6:11 PM — Sweden will allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood so long as they have not had sex with a man in the last 12 months. In a statement released today, which is World AIDS Day, the National Board of Health and Welfare confirmed the change.
30th November 2009
Trans recognition laws to come before Irish parliament 15
5:27 PM — New laws to give greater legal recognition to trans people will come before the Irish parliament (Dail) next year. They have been proposed by the Green Party, who say that people should be able to chose which gender they want to be legally recognised by.
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.
20th November 2009
Trans woman in Italian political scandal found dead 3
2:12 PM — A Brazillian trans woman at the centre of a scandal involving an Italian politician has been found dead in a burnt-out basement.
Newspaper roundup: New EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton has strong gay rights record 15
1:26 AM — In a profile published for The Guardian, Caroline Davies argues that the new European Union's new High Representative For Foreign Affairs has a strong history of standing up for equality. In 2006 she was the first recipient of the Stonewall Politician of the Year award.
19th November 2009
Gay German spy accused of betraying state secrets 1
2:31 PM — A German spy is on trial accused of handing over secret documents to his lover. The 42-year-old spy, named only as Anton K, reportedly began the affair with a Macedonian translator when he was posted to Kosovo in 2005.
18th November 2009
Austria allows civil partnerships but gay adoption ban stays 9
5:39 PM — Austria's government has agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 if it is approved by parliament. Bans on adoption and fertility treatment will remain.
13th November 2009
Workplace equality and violence top concerns for Irish gays and lesbians 1
1:16 PM — A nationwide survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Ireland has found that their top concerns are equality in the workplace, anti-gay violence and bullying.
10th November 2009
French lesbian couple win 11-year battle to adopt 2
5:57 PM — A lesbian couple in France have won their 11-year battle to adopt a child. An administrative tribunal in the eastern town of Besancon granted the couple the right after they had been turned down by regional authorities.
9th November 2009
Sweden ordains first openly lesbian bishop 3
3:28 PM — Eva Brunne, Sweden's first openly lesbian bishop, has been sworn into her new role. Brunne, 55, who is in a registered partnership and has a three-year-old son, is also believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop.