4th March 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s conservative party to hold off on gay tax rights amidst election fears 15
6:07 PM — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party will not currently initiate further legislation to allow equal rights for gay couples, following a supreme court ruling which has caused controversy within her party.
Spain: Conservative ministers distance themselves from colleague’s anti-gay ‘survival of species’ argument 15
5:44 PM — Politicians in Spain have been quick to distance themselves from the comments of the Interior Minister, who said that same-sex marriage laws could mean the human race would not be “guaranteed” to survive. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said last week that, although religious arguments did not hold up in court: “There are rational arguments […]
Former Polish President refuses to apologise for saying gay people should sit ‘behind a wall’ in parliament 28
4:25 PM — The former President of Poland has refused to apologise for comments made in a TV interview, during which he said that gay people should sit "behind a wall" in parliament.
Poland: Former president says the place for gay people in parliament is ‘behind a wall’ 39
1:32 PM — Lech Walesa, a former Polish President famous for his human rights campaigns, caused outrage after he said that gay people should have a minor role in politics to reflect their minority status in a TV interview.
1st March 2013
Sweden: Married Ugandan men receive permission to stay after death threats from home 17
6:28 PM — The couple whose separation in Uganda and eventual reunion and marriage in Sweden made international news have learnt that they have both been granted asylum.
Finland: Parliamentary committee narrowly rejects equal marriage bill 29
6:12 PM — The Finnish parliament's Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted narrowly to reject a bill to legalise equal marriage.
Poland: Deputies strike down three civil partnership bills 7
4:49 PM — Deputies in Warsaw have rejected three bills which could have begun the process of allowing civil partnerships for gay couples in Poland.
Travel: Gastronomy in Benidorm 2
2:15 PM — When it comes to mouth-watering Spanish cuisine, the sunny gay haven of Benidorm has it all.
Moldova: Second largest city overturns local ban on ‘gay propaganda’ 2
1:14 PM — A court in the second largest city in Moldova has struck down a local ban on what authorities had referred to as "homosexual propaganda".
28th February 2013
Turkish trans actor’s mother denies death threat rumours and says family supports him
5:28 PM — The family of a Turkish trans man actor, who recently came out in an interview have denied rumours that he received death threats, and said they fully support his decision for gender reassignment.
Poll: Majority of Europeans say Pope Benedict was not influential and has been ignored by politicians 14
1:31 PM — Despite his attempts to turn back the clock on gay rights, a YouGov poll shows Pope Benedict XVI has been of little influence to Europeans.
27th February 2013
Sweden: Forcibly sterilised trans people to fight compensation battle
5:27 PM — Trans men and women in Sweden are suing their state for sterilisations that were carried out on them during gender reassignments under a law that was repealed in January this year.
Pope Benedict XVI holds final Vatican audience and says: ‘God would not let the church sink” 28
11:36 AM — Amid a wave of controversy over the sexual conduct of Catholic male priests, Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his final message at the Vatican's St Peter's Square - he said God would not let the church "sink."
26th February 2013
Russian Foreign Minister: ‘Homosexual propaganda’ bill will protect the majority of Russians from pro-gay views 27
7:01 PM — The Russian Foreign Minister has defended an anti-gay law which he says will protect the majority of Russians against "discrimination" from LGBT people promoting their values.
25th February 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s party considers u-turn on same-sex tax perks 7
6:00 PM — Leading members of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) are now considering a U-turn on policy on same-sex couples.
Turkish actor: ‘Gender reassignment was my choice and now I’m free’ 24
3:35 PM — A Turkish trans man actor has come out, discussing his decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery and his experiences prior, saying that he now feels "free" and like he has been "born again".
Italy: British gay chat room murder suspect told victim he was an MI5 agent 2
1:52 PM — Further details have emerged regarding the arrest of a 24-year-old man in Italy, held on suspicion of murdering a retired tour guide and attempting to murder another man - both of whom he met in gay chat rooms.
23rd February 2013
Italy: British murder suspect thought to have targeted victims via gay chat rooms
9:43 PM — A man from London has been arrested in connection with the murder of a tour guide and the attempted killing of another man in Italy – with police sources indicating he met both victims through gay chat rooms.
22nd February 2013
Australia: Brother of anti-gay party leader urges Melbourne to cut ties with St Petersburg over homophobic law 2
6:28 PM — LGBT activist Carl Katter, half-brother of anti-gay politician Bob Katter, has called on Melbourne to follow Venice and Milan by cutting ties with St Petersburg over homophobic laws.
Lithuanian President: Talks about civil unions for same-sex couples are too ‘premature’ 10
6:22 PM — The Lituania President has said that she thought that discussions on civil partnerships for gay couples were "premature".