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.
‘Ex-gay’ church loses funding from Dutch government 2
2:44 PM — An Orthodox Christian Group in the Netherlands has lost government financial backing over claims its members try to "cure" homosexuality.
I’m A Celebrity star Brian Paddick gets married in Norway 4
1:48 PM — Former senior police officer, candidate for Mayor of London and reality TV contestant Brian Paddick has married his boyfriend in a civil ceremony in Oslo.
Maltese gay politician excommunicates himself from Catholic Church 20
1:24 PM — The first openly gay candidate for parliament in Malta has protested against the Pope's hostility to homosexuality by leaving the Roman Catholic Church.
Belarusian activist saved from army conscription 1
11:55 AM — Alexander Paluyan, the 23-year-old gay activist and editor of Belarusian LGBT website Gay.by, will no longer be called up to join the country’s military.
9th January 2009
Sweden funds project promoting LGBT rights in Vietnam
5:20 PM — The Swedish embassy in Vietnam has pledged financial support for a new campaign aimed at reducing violence against lesbian women and promoting human rights for sexual minorities.
Dutch foreign minister calls in Pope’s representative for a chat about gay rights 12
1:30 PM — The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Papal Nuncio to the Netherlands to the ministry and expressed objections to the approach the Holy See took at the UN over a statement on the human rights of gays.
Gay journalist called up for military service in Belarus 2
12:31 PM — A gay activist and editor of Gay.by, Belarus' biggest LGBT website, has been called up for military duties. Alexander Paluyan, 23, has so far been exempt for medical reasons.
8th January 2009
Dutch cities compete for gay business as Amsterdam loses its mojo 4
4:16 PM — The city of Amsterdam has failed to win in any category in a large-scale survey of the favourite venues of Dutch gays.
Italy manager: gay players welcome but may cause locker room complications 7
11:12 AM — The manager of Italy's national football team has said he does not think there are any gay professional footballers, but a gay man would not be excluded from playing under him.
6th January 2009
Comment: Trans discrimination must no longer be tolerated 1
6:02 PM — During missions to member states of the Council of Europe, I have been reminded of the on-going discrimination many face on account of their gender identity.
Greek Orthodox bishop sues AIDS charity for one million euros 15
11:13 AM — Gay rights advocates in Greece have appealed for help in fighting a lawsuit against activist Leo Kalovyrnas and non-governmental organisation Synthesis HIV/AIDS Awareness.