2nd April 2009
European Parliament opts to extend anti-discrimination legislation 2
4:02 PM — The European Parliament today voted to extend anti-discrimination protections beyond employment to cover goods, facilities and services. Previously, provisions only applied to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.
1st April 2009
Sweden approves same-sex marriage 17
4:49 PM — Six of the seven parties in Swedish parliament have backed a proposal to introduce a gender-neutral marriage law. The proposal passed today with a 261 to 22 vote and 16 abstentions.
31st March 2009
LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13
10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
30th March 2009
Zurich elects lesbian mayor
1:55 PM — Zurich has elected its first female and first openly lesbian mayor, Corine Mauch. A member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Mauch has been elected with a lead of 11,000 votes over her opposition following the surprise resignation of previous incumbent Elmar Ledergerber late last year.
26th March 2009
French Senate votes to recognise British civil partnerships 6
1:59 PM — France may soon recognise British civil partnerships if an amendment to the law is passed. Currently, British recognises French partnerships, known as Pacs (Pacte Civil de Solidarité) but France does not reciprocate this recognition.
23rd March 2009
Spanish trans man pregnant with twins 10
11:45 AM — A Spanish man who was born female has said he is pregnant with twins after a course of fertility treatment. Ruben Noe Coronado, 25, plans to bring up the babies with his partner Esperanza Ruiz, 43.
19th March 2009
Gay hotel: Sewage ‘was actually sand’ 36
10:57 AM — It has been claimed that Club Tucanes, the gay hotel in Gran Canaria which evacuated guests due to a 'sewage leak', was actually evicted for non-payment of rent.
18th March 2009
Leading gay hotel evacuated after leaking sewers posed health and safety risk 8
10:05 PM — One of Gran Canaria's biggest gay hotels has been forced to move, disrupting British LGBT holiday makers. The company blames leaking sewers for the move and has released graphic photographs showing excrement spurting out of the floor.
Italian footballer calls homosexuality ‘a sin’ 36
1:23 PM — Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie has denounced homosexuality as a sin and said it is "seen like fashion" these days. In his autobiography, released today, he discussed his Christian beliefs and recommended that gay people should read the Bible.
Denmark parliament approves equal adoption rights 7
11:32 AM — A majority vote in parliament yesterday will see the introduction of a bill giving equal adoption rights for civil partners and straight married couples in Denmark.
17th March 2009
European Parliament approves extension of LGBT discrimination protection 4
4:27 PM — A report recommending the extension of protection against LGBT discrimination has been approved by the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee. Currently, provisions only apply to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.
Lib Dems: ‘Tories must clarify whether they plan to ally with homophobes’ 22
3:43 PM — The Liberal Democrats have called for the Conservative Party to clarify whether they intend to form an alliance with the Polish Law and Justice Party in the European Parliament. The Law and Justice Party has a reputation for anti-gay sentiment.
6th March 2009
Hilary Clinton shows support for gay rights 2
6:28 PM — The US secretary of state stressed the need to end discrimination against lesbians and gay men.
5th March 2009
Man acquitted of double murder uses gay panic defence 10
2:59 PM — A man who confessed to killing a gay couple has been acquitted of murder by a jury in Spain, who accepted his defence of "fear".
2nd March 2009
Norwegian lesbians celebrate “first” humanist marriage ceremony 6
10:42 AM — Humanists in Norway are claiming to have conducted their first legal same-sex marriage ceremony. Cecilia Patricia Stensland, 24, and Janne Lemvig Abrahamsen, 38, wed in Oslo last week.
27th February 2009
Lithuania’s EU Commissioner denies she is a lesbian 3
3:31 PM — A leading Euro politician has responded to speculation about her personal life. Dalia Grybauskaite is the EU Commissioner for Financial Planning and Budgets.
26th February 2009
Euro Parliament accepts petition on Poland’s discrimination against gays 1
5:02 PM — The European Parliament Committee on Petitions has accepted a petition submitted by a Polish LGBT rights group on the discriminatory practices of registry offices.
Irish gay marriage advocates claim massive public support 15
12:56 PM — A group campaigning for full marriage rights for gay and lesbian people in Ireland has revealed the results of a new survey suggesting widespread support.
25th February 2009
Belgrade conference venue staff should be sacked for refusing gays says minister
2:32 PM — The directors of a conference hall who cancelled a press conference by a gay organisation for "security reasons" should resign.
23rd February 2009
Belarus gays challenge ban on demonstration against homophobia 2
3:01 PM — An event designed to raise public awareness about homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people in Belarus has been banned by government officials.