19th February 2013
Germany: Gay adoption laws strengthened for civil partners 8
11:37 AM — Germany’s highest court ruled today that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt their partner’s stepchild or adopted child.
18th February 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop slams homophobic letter that denounces the idea of same-sex love 12
3:50 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop, Charles Scicluna, has stepped in to condemn a provocative letter written by zealous Catholic churchgoer Joe Zammit who claims there can only be lust and not love between gay people
Trans MP Anna Grodzka says homophobia and transphobia means people are leaving Poland 10
12:48 PM — Polish Trans MP Anna Grodzka says homophobia and transphobia in Poland explains why many LGBT people end up leaving the country.
Turkey: Children fostered by European gay couples will be retrieved 35
12:04 PM — The Turkish Human Rights Commission has said that Turkish children fostered by gay European couples should be returned to their families or given to Turkish couples instead.
17th February 2013
France: Subway shop limits Valentine’s Day offer to straight couples only 39
7:52 PM — The owner of a Subway franchise in the French city of Angers has received heavy criticism for refusing to offer a Valentine's Day special offer to gay couples.
15th February 2013
Belarus: Scare tactics and raids used on gay clubs after LGBT group’s registration rejected 4
11:07 AM — After an unsuccessful attempt to legally register an LGBT rights group, activists in Belarus say they are experiencing raids on gay clubs and other scare tactics.
Ireland: Kerry County Council to vote on equal marriage 3
2:04 AM — County Kerry councillors are to be asked to back a motion supporting equal marriage, at its next meeting.
13th February 2013
Ukraine promises to ban anti-gay discrimination 6
9:42 PM — The Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, has promised that the country will soon ban all anti-gay discrimination in an interview with a Polish newspaper.
Russia: Coach blames demise of Olympic wrestling on gay conspiracy 68
3:08 PM — The coach of Olympic Russian wrestlers has claimed that the International Olympic Committee's decision to demote wrestling is because its leader has links to "sexual minorities".
Germany: Poll finds that 26% of voters would not back a gay Chancellor 22
1:22 PM — A poll of German voters found that more than a quarter of those surveyed opposed both the idea of a gay Chancellor and the idea of an ethnic non-German Chancellor.
Analysis: Why Russia is defying the global trend towards LGBT equality 21
1:07 PM — As several federal subjects of Russia start to approve legislation which prohibits so-called “homosexual propaganda”, PinkNews.co.uk examines what exactly is going on in one of the world’s most powerful countries.
12th February 2013
French National Assembly approves equal marriage bill 12
4:20 PM — France took a step closer to legalising equal marriage and adoptions for same sex couples, as its National Assembly approved a bill to do so, during its second reading today.
France: National Assembly expected to pass equal marriage bill 2
3:03 PM — France could take another step closer to legalising marriage equality, as its National Assembly is set to vote on a measure to legalise it this afternoon.
Topless feminists celebrate the resignation of Pope Bendict XVI in Notre Dame 19
1:30 PM — Topless members of a Ukrainian feminist group have taken to Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral in celebration at the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.
11th February 2013
Comment: Good riddance to the bigoted Pope Benedict XVI 59
4:08 PM — Following his decision to step down, Balaji Ravichandran assess Pope Benedict XVI's legacy of intolerance in an article for PinkNews.
Pope Benedict XVI to resign over ill health 98
11:22 AM — The world’s most senior anti-gay Catholic has announced that he’s stepping down due to ill health.
8th February 2013
Polish trans MP Anna Grodzka loses out on deputy speaker job in parliamentary vote 9
12:11 PM — Anna Grodzka, the transgender MP who had been a contender for the position of deputy speaker, has lost out in a parliamentary vote that chose to keep the incumbent deputy speaker in the role.
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
7th February 2013
Dutch government to commission report recognising LGBT families with three or more parents 9
4:09 PM — The Justice Ministry of the Netherlands is set to commission a report on the possibility of legally recognising families with three or more parents, and has noted the protective values of such a law for LGBT families.
Russian appeals court supports decision to drop gay ‘propaganda’ case against Madonna 3
3:27 PM — Appeals court officials in Russia have upheld a previous ruling rejecting a $10.5 million lawsuit filed against Madonna for allegedly promoting LGBT rights in the country.