20th April 2012
Vatican criticises nuns’ focus on poverty over equal marriage opposition 55
2:49 PM — The Vatican has criticised a group of nuns for challenging settled doctrines and failing to speak out against equal marriage and abortion.
Row after Tory MEPs abstain from pro-LGBT amendment vote 55
12:14 PM — Labour MEPs have criticised Tories this week for abstaining from a vote at the European Parliament on an amendment strengthening LGBT protections, with Tories accusing them of 'grandstanding' in response.
19th April 2012
Prague’s second pride event announced 7
3:34 PM — Prague's second pride event will be held from 13 to 19 August 2012 on various attractive in the Czech Republic's capital.
Video: Turin’s gay film festival ad highlights unusual taboo 14
11:47 AM — The citizens of a progressive Italian town face the ultimate public taboo in the surprise ending to a video promoting the Turin GLBT film festival.
17th April 2012
Nicolas Sarkozy affirms view of family as ‘a mother and a father’ 62
3:05 PM — Incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy has re-affirmed his opposition to marriage equality ahead of this weekend's elections in France.
16th April 2012
Court overrules police to give go-ahead to Budapest Pride 5
4:31 PM — A court in Budapest has reportedly overruled the police's decision not to grant a licence for the city's gay pride march.
Michael Cashman MEP meets Northern Cyprus leaders over anti-gay law 8
10:53 AM — Last week, openly gay MEP Michael Cashman met leaders and non-governmental organisations in the northern part of Cyprus, advocating for the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
13th April 2012
Hungary: Fears over new ‘gay disorder’ bills 10
11:01 AM — Following similar developments in Russia, extreme-right parliamentarians in Hungary have tabled proposals to outlaw public discussions of homosexuality. In parallel, the Budapest police has rejected a request to hold the annual LGBT pride march in July 2012.
12th April 2012
Malta: Court hears details of assault on teenage lesbian couple 2
11:21 AM — Further details of an attack against a lesbian couple in the Maltese town of Hamrun emerged at a court hearing yesterday, with a defendant reportedly head-butting one of the girls.
11th April 2012
Irish minister to bring forward protections for gay teachers 5
4:23 PM — Statements made by Ireland's Education Minister Ruairi Quinn at yesterdays ASTI Conference in Cork of his intention to bar discrimination against gay people that may prevent them taking up employment as teachers have been welcomed.
Irish Student Union to campaign for marriage equality 7
2:34 PM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has voted to campaign in favour of equal rights for gay couples to marry and adopt in its latest Congress.
Budapest urged to reverse Pride route refusal 5
11:13 AM — The Human Rights Watch group is calling on Hungarian authorities to reverse a decision which refused Pride organisers permission to hold a march on their chosen route in Budapest later this year.
9th April 2012
Anti-discrimination bill in Moldova being challenged by Orthodox Church 19
1:21 PM — The Alliance for European Integration (AIE) is attempting to pass an anti-discrimination bill in the Moldovan city of Balti, where the City Council passed an ordinance banning the "propagandising" of homosexuality.
Gay Muslim men have marriage blessed in France 13
12:23 PM — Two gay Muslim men have married in France - where marriage between gay people is not yet recognised - with the blessing of an imam.
6th April 2012
Italian Catholic group calls for boycott of new gay-themed film 36
4:16 PM — A Catholic political group in Italy, calling themselves the Militia Christi, are calling for a boycott of a new gay-themed film.
Possible gay link to death of French academic in New York 15
12:16 PM — A married Parisian academic who was found dead in his Manhattan hotel room on Tuesday this week is said to have been using gay hook-up websites on his laptop prior to his death.
Activists in St Petersburg arrested for protesting against ‘gay propaganda’ ban 5
11:27 AM — Police detained two men in St. Petersburg yesterday for protesting against the new law banning "gay propaganda". As a result, the men are likely to become the first to be convicted under said law.
Gay former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw mocks Government’s plans for marriage equality 387
10:20 AM — Mr Bradshaw made the bizarre comment at a crucial moment in the battle for marriage equality, after a petition launched by the homophobic Coalition for Marriage group which insists that the institution should remain traditional - i.e. between a man and a woman – went beyond 400,000 signatures.
4th April 2012
MEPs welcome first EU-wide gay and transgender experience survey 8
11:30 AM — Members of the European Parliament have welcomed the EU Fundamental Rights Agency's first Europe-wide survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
3rd April 2012
Civil Partnership comes into effect in Jersey 12
8:45 PM — A law allowing same-sex couples to have civil partnerships, thereby giving them legal recognition and adoption rights similar to heterosexual couples, has come into force in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands.