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.
French support for a gay presidential candidate
1:21 PM — A new poll has revealed that 75% of French voters would be happy to support a gay candidate for President. The current Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is considered as a likely candidate.
20th February 2009
Italian activists to protest against “ex-gay” song at national festival 6
3:34 PM — A coalition of lesbian, gay and bisexual rights groups in Italy plan to protest at a major music event in Italy tomorrow after the inclusion of a song about a gay man "turning" straight.
16th February 2009
Activists say registration of new LGBT group in Russia is “historic” 4
1:55 PM — Russian gays have for the first time registered an LGBT advocacy group with the government without the need for court intervention.
Priest who thinks God uses hurricanes to punish gays will not become bishop 8
12:59 PM — A priest who claimed Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has said he will decline an appointment as a bishop.
13th February 2009
American TV station pulls homophobic infomercial after gay complaints 7
4:26 PM — A local television station in the United States has pulled a one hour programme paid for by a notoriously homophobic "family" group.
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.