13th May 2012
UK is the ‘best place in Europe’ to be gay 96
2:40 PM — For all the anti-equality campaigns by some politicians and right-wing religious groups, United Kingdom has been chosen as the best place in Europe for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in terms of legal rights, according to a study by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Europe.
11th May 2012
Church of Ireland withdraws controversial marriage motion from debate 9
11:56 AM — A motion to affirm the Church of Ireland's view of straight marriage as being the "only normative context for sexual intercourse" has been removed from this week's General Synod meeting after it provoked complaints.
10th May 2012
Church of Ireland will discuss marriage motion and ‘hurt and injury’ to gays this week 38
2:31 PM — The Church of Ireland General Synod will discuss this week the 'hurt and injury' felt by gay people as a result of the actions taken by those within the denomination in addition to a motion affirming its view that gays should not be allowed to marry.
9th May 2012
Facebook administrators ‘reject lesbian t-shirt ad’ 13
6:06 PM — An advert for a t-shirt bearing the slogan 'Lesbian wanted' has been rejected by Facebook advert regulators, the Danish producers said today.
Sweden: Trans woman ‘in hiding’ to escape deportation to Russia 12
10:14 AM — A Russian trans woman refused asylum in Sweden appears today to be defying Swedish authorities by refusing to aid them in their efforts to deport her to Russia.
8th May 2012
François Hollande’s presidential win brings French marriage equality closer 50
12:53 PM — The new President-elect of France, François Hollande, the country's first Socialist president in nearly two decades, is expected to push equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples in the European country.
Video: ‘First gay airline’ will fly to EuroGames in Budapest 35
11:50 AM — A 'gay airline' has been launched dedicated to delivering passengers to the EuroGames 2012 in Budapest.
4th May 2012
Sweden: Deportation nears for trans woman abused in native Russia 130
3:55 PM — Time is fast running out for a Russian trans woman who, it was reported recently in Pink News, fears being forced by Swedish authorities to return to Russia, where she expects to face violence and possible imprisonment at the hands of the authorities.
3rd May 2012
Belgium: Gay man’s death may be first to be classed as homophobic 16
4:49 PM — The death of Belgian man whose body was found this week may be the first to be treated as a homophobic killing under Belgium's new laws.
Denmark: Gay bar bans straight couples from kissing 144
12:33 PM — A gay bar in Copenhagen has confirmed it barred straight couples from kissing at the establishment.
Ireland ‘missed opportunity to protect LGBT employees’ in Seanad vote 17
12:15 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network in Ireland has expressed disappointment at the defeat of the Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2012 in the Seanad yesterday.
25th April 2012
Russia: Father imprisoned gay teen son in rehab clinic after a witch failed to exorcise his homosexuality 27
1:06 PM — A teenager has escaped from a rehab clinic after his traditonalist father had him locked up and drugged after he came out to him aged 16. The boy's grandmother had previously used the services of a 'witch' to cure him of his homosexuality.
Germany: Gay golfers to return for eighth annual tournament later this year
10:10 AM — Europe’s largest gay and lesbian golf tournament, the German-Rainbow-Open, will return for an eighth year this September.
24th April 2012
Analysis: Sweden to deport trans woman assaulted and urinated on by Russian police 28
11:52 AM — As a Russian trans woman prepares to return to violence or worse if she is expelled from Sweden later this week, the latter country’s reputation as a less than welcoming place for the trans community is once more in the spotlight.
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.