30th January 2009
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.
22nd January 2009
Polish MP disciplined after asking if former Prime Minister is gay 3
1:46 PM — A member of the ruling party in Poland is to be removed as the chair of a parliamentary committee after he publicly questioned if one of his political opponents is gay.
EU and UN condemn arrest of AIDS workers in Senegal 1
1:01 PM — The United Nations AIDS organisation and representatives of the European Union have called on Senegal to decriminalise homosexuality after the arrest of nine gay men.
21st January 2009
Istanbul gay rights group wins appeal against closure under morality laws 1
2:37 PM — Turkey's leading gay rights group will be allowed to continue to operate after a Supreme Court ruling. A department of the Istanbul Governor's office had alleged that Lambda Istanbul violates Turkish laws on morality.
Swedish MPs move to legalise gay marriage 2
11:55 AM — A motion tabled in the Swedish parliament and backed by three of the four parties in the coalition government would legalise gay marriage.
20th January 2009
Malta’s government accused of double standards on gay rights 4
3:59 PM — An opposition MP in Malta has accused the government of ignoring the rights of gay people now they have been re-elected.
16th January 2009
Song promoting “ex gay” movement angers Italian activists 10
12:43 PM — A singer who has penned a song about a man that "used" to be gay is going to be one of the acts headlining at the Sanremo music festival in Italy in February.
US Christian fundamentalists attack gay rights measure at Euro Parliament 14
12:23 PM — An American legal group associated with homophobic Christian preachers such as James Dobson has attacked a European Parliament initiative on human rights.
14th January 2009
European Parliament recommends mutual recognition of same-sex partnerships 3
4:27 PM — MEPs have adopted the Report on the Situation of Fundamental Rights in the EU. The report contains recommendations on a broad range of issues such as discrimination and gender equality.
13th January 2009
MEPs to vote on recognition of existing same-sex partnerships 5
5:33 PM — The European Parliament will vote on tomorrow on a resolution which calls for same-sex marriages to be recognised across all EU states.
12th January 2009
Swiss ordered to reimburse cost of gender reassignment surgery 1
4:27 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a 72-year old transsexual will be reimbursed after her country’s health insurance refused to pay the cost of her gender reassignment treatment.
Tintin ‘outing’ enrages fans who insist he is so macho 20
4:05 PM — Eighty years after Tintin first appeared on 10th January 1929, there appears to be little sign of his popularity subsiding, with millions of books still sold every year.