12th March 2013
Study: Men in same-sex unions live longer while mortality rates for lesbian couples on the increase 2
2:22 PM — A new study has found that married gay men in same sex marriages live longer, while mortality rates among married lesbians have begun to rise, despite a long period of decline.
Cardinals begin secret conclave vote to elect the next Pope 17
11:01 AM — 115 Cardinals of the Catholic Church have gathered in the Vatican to begin the process of electing the next Pope, which will take place in a secret conclave cut off from the world - even electronic signals are jammed to stop any Tweets about the vote.
11th March 2013
Lord Mayor of Copenhagen urges Lithuanian mayor to support gay pride 2
6:04 PM — Responding to calls from gay rights advocates, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen has urged the mayor of the Lithuanian capital city to support a gay pride event.
Poland: New poll contradicts former President’s claims that 95% of people agree that gay MPs should ‘sit behind a wall’ 6
3:02 PM — A new report has been published contradicting claims by the former Polish president that 95% of Polish people supported his view that gay MPs should sit "behind a wall" in parliament.
MEP Michael Cashman: Compassion for Cardinal O’Brien should be saved for victims of Catholic anti-gay discrimation 20
11:46 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman tweeted PinkNews today to state his disagreement with Baroness Kennedy's "huge compassion" for Cardinal O'Brien, saying her concern would be better suited to the LGBT people who suffer discrimination because of the Catholic Church.
9th March 2013
Recommendation to ban porn discovered in upcoming EU report 126
3:55 PM — MEPs will vote this week on a report which recommends a ban on all forms of pornography to fight discrimination against women. Critics say the report is an invasion of privacy on the internet, and in the bedroom.
7th March 2013
Ireland: Bill aims to add discrimination protections for LGBT teachers 4
5:25 PM — A new bill published to be published in Ireland tomorrow hopes to remove the possibility of teachers being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation.
6th March 2013
Catholic priest calls for next pope to be openly gay to avoid links to pedophilia 61
7:37 PM — A Catholic priest has called on the Papal conclave to elect a gay man to be the next Pope to avoid an association with pedophilia.
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.