6th March 2013
Uzbekistan: Wikileaks cable reveals president claimed Western democracy promotes homosexuality 6
3:00 PM — The Uzbek President Islam Karimov said he felt democracy was unsuitable for his country because it promotes homosexuality, according to a Wikileaks document.
Poland: First gay and trans MPs take front-bench seats protesting former president’s anti-gay remarks 2
2:19 PM — Polands first openly gay and trans lawmakers took front bench seats of the Polish parliament on Wednesday to protest against remarks made by a former president who said gay members should sit "behind a wall" in parliament.
Australia: Lord Mayor pushes Russian ambassador on ‘unacceptable’ anti-gay law 1
1:15 PM — Melbourne City Council may fly a member of the St Petersburg gay community to Australia to discuss conditions for gay people in the Russian city, following the implementation of anti-gay laws in the city.
Poland: Ex-president Lech Walesa defends anti-gay remarks by saying 95% agree with him 33
12:43 PM — Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland continues to resist calls and petitions to apologise for his anti-gay comments, and says he has received supportive letters from Polish citizens.
4th March 2013
Russia’s only lesbian glossy magazine goes on sale – but homophobes call it ‘filth’ 8
6:56 PM — A magazine for lesbians has gone on sale in Russia, providing the only publication of its kind to the LGBT community there.
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.