31st December 2008
Vatican breaks with Italian law after refusing to sign UN sexuality declaration 11
12:07 PM — A new statute coming into effect on January 1st will allow the Vatican to bypass Italian law. This comes in the wake of a row at the UN, where the Vatican refused to sign up to a universal declaration of human rights regardless of gender or sexuality.
30th December 2008
Spanish judge suspended for discrimination against lesbian parents 1
11:07 AM — A Spanish judge has suspended from work after attempting to stop a lesbian adopting her wife's child. Same-sex couples are permitted to adopt children in Spain, and gay marriage was legalised there in 2005.
29th December 2008
Facebook slams homophobic groups 4
12:45 PM — Social networking site Facebook has responded to calls for two Serbian homophobic groups to be removed from the web.
24th December 2008
Comment: Pope is wrong about “gay threat”, gay sexuality is part of human ecology 17
12:04 AM — By choosing to highlight homosexuality instead of hunger, war and homelessness, the Pope has lost his moral bearings and sense of priorities writes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
23rd December 2008
ILGA defends gay family exhibition at Euro Parliament as second MEP complains 1
12:06 AM — A leading gay rights group has said it "regrets" that two MEPs have objected to an exhibition highlighting the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families.
22nd December 2008
Nativity scene featuring Mary in drag upsets Amsterdam Christians 20
6:15 PM — A Christmas celebration that featured the Virgin Mary played by a drag queen and Joseph in black leather shorts has offended Christians in Holland.
17th December 2008
Berlin’s memorial to gay Holocaust victims targeted by vandals 1
11:46 AM — A memorial to gay men who died in the Holocaust has been attacked by vandals for the second time in four months.
Cypriot MEP “offended” by pictures of gay families 29
11:31 AM — An exhibition designed to highlight the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families has upset an MEP from Cyprus, who claims he is being harassed by the "gay lobby."
16th December 2008
First Baltic Pride will be celebrated in Riga next year 2
4:58 PM — LGBT organisations from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have announced their plans to hold a joint Pride event next year.
Catholic and Orthodox bishops enthuse about the joys of (heterosexual) marriage 17
3:27 PM — Roman Catholic and Orthodox bishops have issued a statement about the importance of marriage - for heterosexuals.
Sweden’s highest court rejects same-sex marriage case 3
2:32 PM — A gay couple who got married in Canada should not be regarded as a married couple under Swedish law, a court has ruled.
15th December 2008
Which MEPs are supporting civil partnerships recognition? 6
6:44 PM — Here is a recent list of MEPs that are backing a written declaration on civil partnerships. If it is signed by more than 50% of MEPs it will be adopted as a resolution.
British MEPs not signed up to civil partnerships recognition across EU 15
6:29 PM — Campaigners for equal recognition of gay marriage and civil partnerships across the EU have said that not all British MEPs are signed up to their cause.
Hungarian court blocks same-sex partnership law 10
5:11 PM — Hungary's Constitutional Court has annulled a new law due to come into effect next month that would legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Lithuanian MPs vote to “protect” minors from homosexuality 10
1:58 PM — Gay people in Lithuania have expressed concern that a new law will lead to a ban on gay activities. The Lithuanian parliament accepted amendments to the law on the protection of minors last week.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
11th December 2008
Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement 13
4:18 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.
10th December 2008
Mayor of Moscow’s message to gay Eurovision fans – stay off the streets 18
9:59 PM — The Mayor of Moscow has used a Eurovision Song Contest ceremony to warn gay people visiting the city for the event next year that they are not welcome on the streets.
Gay political leader pledges to cut German aid to homophobic countries 5
5:22 PM — An openly gay politician in Germany has said that if he is appointed Foreign Minister next year he will cut aid to countries that discriminate against women or sexual minorities.
Vatican claims to support human rights but still opposes UN declaration on sexuality 9
5:02 PM — The Director of the Vatican Press Office has claimed that the Roman Catholic Church supports the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.