29th March 2012
St Petersburg ‘gay propaganda’ law could become nationwide Russian policy 21
4:03 PM — Earlier this month, the governor of St Petersburg signed into law a bill making it an offence to "promote" gay or transgender personal identities in the city. Now, lawmakers in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk have proposed that Russia introduces the legislation nationwide.
Welsh vicar resigns over Church’s homophobic attitudes to gay couples marrying 32
9:47 AM — A vicar in Monmouthshire, Wales, has stepped down from his position over what he says is the Church's homophobia surrounding gay couples marrying.
28th March 2012
Reggae star’s Swedish concert cancelled again over anti-gay lyrics 30
10:04 PM — Jamaican reggae star Sizzla has been prevented from appearing in Stockholm tonight, despite a go-ahead earlier in the day, in response to a widespread backlash from gay rights activists on account of the anti-gay lyrics in his music.
Man jailed for nine years after homophobic attack in Liverpool 15
4:24 PM — A chef has been jailed for nine years this week for an attack on a young man in Liverpool's gay quarter last autumn.
Irish president slams homophobia in message to youth organisation 26
2:38 PM — Irish President Michael D Higgins has addressed a youth organisation about the evils of homophobia.
Christian group pledge support for gay couples marrying 52
1:20 PM — The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) is the latest British faith-based group to come out in favour of legal recognition of gay marriage.
Maltese government set to propose civil partnerships 9
10:58 AM — The Maltese government is set to propose civil partnerships for gay couples. The country's justice minister is to pilot a cohabitation law, which will propose the regulation of same-sex relationships.
27th March 2012
Serbia: Far-right leader jailed for homophobic death-threats 10
10:25 PM — A far-right Serbian leader, whose death-threats against homosexuals led to the cancellation of gay pride march in Belgrade three years ago, has been convicted and sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Uruguayan man given landmark residence permit to live with husband in Italy 23
12:52 PM — Authorities in northern Italy on Monday issued a residence permit to a Uruguayan man whose application was initially rejected because his marriage to an Italian man - which took place in Spain - is not recognised by the country's laws.
Comment: Biased BBC skews the debate on LGBT issues 140
10:36 AM — The BBC's reporting on marriage equality proposals is more proof the corporation does not take LGBT issues seriously. Stupid questions, a megaphone to fanatics, fawning deference to faith and giving no time to the voices from our communities: it’s time BBC stopped treating its LGBT licence payers with contempt.
Birmingham lavishes £10k on bling rhino sculpture for gay village 37
9:43 AM — Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has contributed the sum of £10,000 towards a huge, rhinestone-encrusted sculpture of a rhinoceros which is planned to mark entry to the city's gay village.
26th March 2012
Albania: Proposed gay pride march provokes homophobic comments 45
7:56 PM — With gay rights activists in Albania set to organise the country’s first ever gay pride parade in Tirana on May 17, religious groups and the Royalist Party have been quick to denounce the proposed plans.
Gay adoption law is rejected in Slovenian referendum 13
2:51 PM — A national referendum in Slovenia has rejected a new family law that included a clause to allow same-sex couples to adopt children under certain circumstances.
Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service 44
1:03 PM — Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.
Video: French footballers’ ‘kiss’ goes viral and sparks new discussion about homophobia on the pitch 29
11:19 AM — A video clip of two French international footballers apparently kissing in front of a packed stadium has gone viral and entranced the French media. After scoring a goal in a friendly match against Germany, Olivier Giroud appeared to grab his teammate Mathieu Debuchy's face and kiss him on the lips.
23rd March 2012
Madonna may be arrested in St Petersburg 41
9:06 PM — The author of the St Petersburg anti-gay bill has said that he would want Madonna charged under that law, should she speak out against it during her forthcoming concert in the city.
22nd March 2012
Madonna pledges to defy St Petersburg anti-gay law 43
7:19 PM — With only two days to go before the St Petersburg anti-gay law comes into effect, Madonna has vowed to defy the law during her Russian tour later this year.
Travel: Architectural wonders of Europe 6
5:51 PM — Heading off to to Europe over Spring? If you are, don't forget to do some sightseeing. Here are our five top architectural picks to look out for. Europe's great ruins and cities are mighty testament to the ancient and modern world. These are cities of legendary proportions, each with its unique charm, history and works of classical and modern art. Europe is on your doorstep: take a journey through its wondrous history.
Agency apologises for ‘tofu is gay meat’ ad concept 43
10:08 AM — An idea for a German restaurant advert dubbing tofu 'gay meat' has gone viral in the country after it was discovered on a branding competition website.
20th March 2012
Netherlands: Catholic Church ‘castrated boys as gay cures and punishments’ 47
12:30 PM — A newspaper in the Netherlands claims to have uncovered cases in which boys in Roman Catholic care over half a century ago were castrated to stop them being gay or to punish them for uncovering abuse.