1st May 2009
Gay marriage becomes legal in Sweden today 8
11:53 AM — A gender-neutral marriage law in Sweden has come into force today, meaning gay couples can now marry in the country in religious or civil ceremonies. However, they cannot yet get married in church ceremonies.
29th April 2009
Dutch park unveils signs to ‘warn visitors’ about gay cruising spots 19
11:34 AM — A park in the southwest of Amsterdam has put up signs indicating areas where gay men are allegedly known to have sex so no one will be caught unaware.
28th April 2009
Teacher ‘suffered ten years of homophobic harassment’
5:25 PM — The case of an Irish teacher who was allegedly bullied by colleagues for ten years over his sexual orientation is being challenged in the High Court.
27th April 2009
First lesbian prime minister wins Iceland election under left-wing coalition 9
10:50 AM — Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world's first openly gay leader, has won Iceland's general election. The Social Democrat leader formed a left-wing coalition with the Left-Green Movement.
24th April 2009
Dutch survey reveals lesbian women suffer depression and stigmatisation
2:41 PM — Research from the Netherlands has reported that bisexual and lesbian women suffer anxiety, depression and insomnia and are the targets of gossip and abuse.
23rd April 2009
Rightwing Polish politician angry at elephant’s gay tendencies 30
3:54 PM — A member of Poland's Law and Justice party has criticised a zoo for acquiring an elephant that might be gay.
Gays urged to vote in European Parliament elections 2
2:25 PM — The European Parliament elections are taking place between 4th and 7th June and gay rights group ILGA-Europe has recently launched a campaign encouraging people to take part.
LGBT groups say police are harassing gays in Ukraine
1:18 PM — More than 80 people who were arrested at a gay club in Kiev earlier this month by police had their human rights violated, it has been claimed.
17th April 2009
Dutch homophobia ghetto could host gay pride event 10
1:06 PM — The chairman of Amsterdam borough Slotervaart, which has made headlines in recent years for its residents' homophobia, is to introduce a raft of controversial new measures to ease tensions between the Islamic and gay communities.
‘Second mothers’ to get mandatory ‘paternity’ leave 7
12:46 PM — MEPs are to vote next month on pioneering legislation that will secure mandatory paternity leave for heterosexual fathers and the partners of gay mothers for the first time.
16th April 2009
Spanish gay murder reveals issues with domestic violence laws 5
11:01 AM — The case of a man who killed his ex-partner before committing suicide last week in Almeria, Spain, has revealed that domestic violence legislation in the country does not apply to gay men.
15th April 2009
Moroccan man kills Spanish ex-husband before committing suicide
4:41 PM — A Spanish man has been stabbed to death by his ex husband who later killed himself, it has been revealed. The Moroccan man, who has not been named, stabbed his 34 year old ex husband on Tuesday on the doorstep of his home in the village of Adra, Almeria. The couple had separated two months ago.
6th April 2009
Gay groups call for medical help for ‘homophobic’ university professor 15
11:48 AM — A Spanish university professor who said gays and bisexuals are "ill" and "unworthy" needs mental help, gay groups have said. Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said that anything which is not heterosexual, including masturbation, is "perverted".
2nd April 2009
European Parliament opts to extend anti-discrimination legislation 2
4:02 PM — The European Parliament today voted to extend anti-discrimination protections beyond employment to cover goods, facilities and services. Previously, provisions only applied to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.
1st April 2009
Sweden approves same-sex marriage 17
4:49 PM — Six of the seven parties in Swedish parliament have backed a proposal to introduce a gender-neutral marriage law. The proposal passed today with a 261 to 22 vote and 16 abstentions.
31st March 2009
LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13
10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
30th March 2009
Zurich elects lesbian mayor
1:55 PM — Zurich has elected its first female and first openly lesbian mayor, Corine Mauch. A member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Mauch has been elected with a lead of 11,000 votes over her opposition following the surprise resignation of previous incumbent Elmar Ledergerber late last year.
26th March 2009
French Senate votes to recognise British civil partnerships 6
1:59 PM — France may soon recognise British civil partnerships if an amendment to the law is passed. Currently, British recognises French partnerships, known as Pacs (Pacte Civil de Solidarité) but France does not reciprocate this recognition.
23rd March 2009
Spanish trans man pregnant with twins 10
11:45 AM — A Spanish man who was born female has said he is pregnant with twins after a course of fertility treatment. Ruben Noe Coronado, 25, plans to bring up the babies with his partner Esperanza Ruiz, 43.
19th March 2009
Gay hotel: Sewage ‘was actually sand’ 36
10:57 AM — It has been claimed that Club Tucanes, the gay hotel in Gran Canaria which evacuated guests due to a 'sewage leak', was actually evicted for non-payment of rent.