3rd July 2012
French gay couples to get marriage and adoption rights in 2013 27
8:45 PM — France's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told parliament today that gay couples will be permitted to marry and adopt children in 2013. Mr Ayrault was making a keynote speech setting out the socialist government's five-year political and social agenda.
2nd July 2012
Paris pride celebrates commitment to equal marriage and adoption laws 5
4:59 PM — Organizers say approximately 700,000 people took place this year in Paris’s gay pride which was exceptionally energised given France’s newly elected socialist government's pledge to swiftly legalise gay marriages and adoption rights.
Elton John criticises Ukraine’s ‘tragic’ anti-gay draft law 4
3:50 PM — Sir Elton John has said it is 'tragic' that Ukraine is currently considering laws which would severely curtail the freedom to discuss homosexuality in the country.
1st July 2012
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Gay marriage is the civil rights issue of this generation’ 15
6:41 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore, has told Dublin Pride that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples the same rights to marry as opposite sex couples.
29th June 2012
Budapest: MEPs open gay EuroGames 2012 3
4:54 PM — Members of the European Parliament have taken part in the official opening of theEuroGames 2012 in Budapest, the Hungarian capital.
28th June 2012
German court tells lesbian asylum seeker to hide identity in Iran 23
5:49 PM — A German court rejected the asylum application of Samira Ghorbani Danesh, an Iranian lesbian refugee who fled Iran in 2009, with the justification that she can hide her homosexuality in Iran and avoid criminal penalties.
IDAHO founder begins hunger strike for UN resolution on decriminalising homosexuality 13
11:38 AM — The founder of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia has launched a hunger strike this week calling on the new French president to honour a promise to introduce a UN resolution on the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
27th June 2012
Cannes: Sexuality questionnaire pulled after ‘shocking’ retirees 9
2:30 PM — Following complaints, authorities in Cannes have pulled a questionnaire intended to shed light on why the area has a higher proportion of older people being diagnosed with HIV.
26th June 2012
Audio: Phil Brown accidentally dubs Italian midfielder ‘homophobic’ 7
4:04 PM — The former Hull City manager Phil Brown accidentally dubbed an Italian midfielder 'homophobic' this week, seemingly intending to suggest he was homesick.
25th June 2012
Last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust dies 26
9:36 PM — The last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust has passed away in Berlin, just days before he was due to celebrate his 89th birthday, the Jerusalem Post reports.
22nd June 2012
France: Cohabiting gay men ‘twice as likely to be unemployed as straight counterparts’ 32
2:57 PM — French researches say they have determined that men in co-habiting gay relationships are twice as likely to be unemployed as straight men living with a female partner.
Denmark: Newspaper editor refuses to write about gay marriage laws 34
12:14 PM — A Danish newspaper editor said he would refuse to include any news about the country's recently-implemented equal marriage laws.
21st June 2012
Malta: Gender identity and sexual orientation included in hate crime laws 10
12:53 PM — The Maltese parliament has extended its hate crime laws for the first time to protect citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
19th June 2012
Bulgaria: Church asked to repudiate priest’s call to ‘throw stones’ at Pride 29
3:16 PM — Pride organisers in the Bulgarian capital have clashed with the Orthodox Church over what event organisers see as tacit support for violence against marchers.
Gay former footballer to tweet on Ukraine’s anti-gay bill during England game
11:45 AM — Gay former professional footballer Marcus Urban will be tweeting with AllOut.org at this evening's Ukraine-England match to highlight the draft anti-gay law currently being considered by the former country's legislature.
18th June 2012
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage 13
5:02 PM — Claudio Marchisio, a midfielder on Italy's national squad has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples, a week after a team-mate said he hoped there were no gays on their team.
15th June 2012
Denmark: Equal marriage laws for gay couples come into effect today 44
10:23 AM — Denmark's new laws allowing gay couples to marry in the state church have come into effect today.
13th June 2012
New EU human rights ambassador ‘should promote LGBT rights globally’ 5
4:54 PM — The European Parliament has recommended that person appointed as EU Special Representative for Human Rights promote the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people worldwide.
Italian footballer ‘regrets’ hoping there were no gays in Euro 2012 team 40
11:03 AM — An Italian striker has apologised after telling a press conference he hoped there were no gay men in his team at the Euro 2012 football championships.
11th June 2012
European Commission publishes new report on trans and intersex discrimination 13
4:29 PM — The European Commission has published a new report into discrimination against transgender and intersex people around the EU.