22nd March 2012
Travel: Architectural wonders of Europe 6
5:51 PM — Heading off to to Europe over Spring? If you are, don't forget to do some sightseeing. Here are our five top architectural picks to look out for. Europe's great ruins and cities are mighty testament to the ancient and modern world. These are cities of legendary proportions, each with its unique charm, history and works of classical and modern art. Europe is on your doorstep: take a journey through its wondrous history.
Agency apologises for ‘tofu is gay meat’ ad concept 43
10:08 AM — An idea for a German restaurant advert dubbing tofu 'gay meat' has gone viral in the country after it was discovered on a branding competition website.
20th March 2012
Netherlands: Catholic Church ‘castrated boys as gay cures and punishments’ 47
12:30 PM — A newspaper in the Netherlands claims to have uncovered cases in which boys in Roman Catholic care over half a century ago were castrated to stop them being gay or to punish them for uncovering abuse.
19th March 2012
French gay couple lose adoption appeal at European Court 58
1:32 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against a lesbian couple from France who were seeking to jointly adopt a child one of them had conceived.
European delegates to Mr Gay World 2012 revealed 19
12:45 PM — Europe's delegates to the Mr Gay World competition in South Africa have been revealed.
Reggae artist Sizzla’s Swedish concert cancelled over anti-gay lyrics 28
11:14 AM — Reggae musician Sizzla has had the Swedish leg of his European tour cancelled on account of the anti-gay lyrics which feature in his music.
16th March 2012
European Parliament calls on Nigeria to reverse anti-gay laws 30
12:36 PM — Following violence and economic concerns in the African state, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution on Nigeria which condemns in part the current legal threats to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
14th March 2012
European Parliament resolves to protect gay couples’ inheritance rights 6
4:10 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on member states to ensure gay couples inheritance rights are respect around the EU, though it will not be binding on the UK, Ireland or Denmark.
Denmark: Equal marriage law may take effect in June 51
1:07 PM — Denmark's prime minister has announced that equal marriage laws may come into effect on 15 June this year.
13th March 2012
St Petersburg governor signs ‘gay propaganda’ bill into law 46
2:36 PM — St Petersburg's governor has signed into law a bill making it an offence to 'promote' gay or transgender personal identities with commentators fearing how badly it will 'encourage hate' towards the city's gay, bi and trans people.
German gun clubs vote against ‘crowning’ partners of gay champions 34
12:41 PM — German gun clubs say they will no longer crown gay couples at annual ceremonies for their top shooters after a champion gunman's male partner had to be named 'queen' last year.
9th March 2012
Comment: Gay marriage slurs will not keep us from equality 32
11:41 AM — Sarah Ludford MEP writes that the "very fact that those opposed to same-sex marriage cannot have a reasoned debate about the issue just proves that they are bereft of any real arguments".
8th March 2012
Malta may give cohabiting gays legal recognition 2
1:35 PM — A bill due to arrive at Malta's parliament which was designed to give cohabiting couples legal rights will include provisions for gay civil partnerships, an official has said.
7th March 2012
UKIP: Marriage belongs to religion, not government 110
10:53 AM — UKIP has accused the government of 'picking a fight' with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage saying the issue is 'in the domain of the church and other faiths'.
6th March 2012
Manchester to urge anti-gay law veto on St Petersburg trip 10
2:04 PM — The deputy council leader said it will exercise its right to point out that Manchester's twin city is "doing something wrong."
5th March 2012
President of Belarus would rather be ‘a dictator than gay’ 58
12:35 PM — The president of Belarus has responded to German criticisms of his government's human rights record and accusations of a dictatorship in the land-locked European state by saying it is 'better to be a dictator than gay'.
2nd March 2012
Video: Call to boycott St Petersburg over anti-gay law 17
5:07 PM — International protest against St Petersburg's new law banning the promotion of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism” have continued with a video highlighting the law's effect.
1st March 2012
Video: Footballer’s Spanish ad ‘showed black men as animalistic homosexuals’ 38
9:50 AM — A Spanish insurance company has pulled an advert after accusations it was racist in its depiction of black people as 'stupid, backward, animalistic homosexuals'.
29th February 2012
Protesters urge St Petersburg not to enact anti-gay law 1
4:38 PM — The British Foreign Office is among a number of bodies and groups of protesters around the world urging St Petersburg not to enact the anti-gay law its legislature passed today.
St Petersburg passes ‘gay propaganda’ law 8
10:51 AM — St Petersburg has joined three other Russian cities in passing a law banning the promotion of gay and trans identities among minors.