20th July 2012
European court to hear life tariff appeal for killer of gay men 41
11:01 AM — European judges will hear an appeal from three British murderers, including one who killed four gay men, that the 'life tariffs' on which they are imprisoned violate their human rights.
19th July 2012
Ireland: Two years since civil partnerships law passage marked 29
4:41 PM — The two-year anniversary of the day on which Ireland's civil partnerships system was signed into law by the country's president has been marked with a call for marriage equality.
18th July 2012
Turkey: ‘Twenty year old’ anti-gay stabbing circulates as news after paper goes online 3
3:48 PM — The killing of a gay Turkish man by his teenage brother, believed to have happened twenty years ago, has circulated internationally as news after a Turkish website digitised its archives and placed them online this month.
17th July 2012
Sweden: Trans asylum seeker’s partner to be deported to Russia 9
2:53 PM — Russian trans asylum seeker, Lita, who is currently in hiding somewhere in Sweden, narrowly escaped being caught last week. But her partner and boyfriend Anton was apprehended by police and is now in deportation prison in Flen, from where he will shortly be removed to Russia.
16th July 2012
IDAHO men’s hunger strike ends on twentieth day after health fears
5:09 PM — The founder and two committee members of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia have called off a hunger strike after one was taken to hospital, briefly losing consciousness last week.
13th July 2012
Petition launched to address Turkish ‘honour killings’ 9
2:13 PM — A petition has been started to lobby Turkey's president to address the 'honour killings' of gay and transgender people in his country.
12th July 2012
Italy: Police apologise after manual dubs homosexuality ‘deviant’ 9
12:31 PM — The national police force in Italy has apologised after a training manual listed homosexuality alongside bestiality, incest and necrophilia as a 'sexual deviance'.
11th July 2012
Irish prime minister refuses to take view on equal marriage 17
12:15 PM — The Irish prime minister, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not be drawn into taking a position on whether marriage should be available to gay couples before a constitutional convention examines the issue.
10th July 2012
Ireland: 734 civil partnerships since introduction last year 26
1:26 PM — 1,468 gays and lesbians in Ireland have taken advantage of the country's new civil partnerships law, which came into force in 2011.
9th July 2012
3,000 march at incident-free Budapest Pride 6
3:12 PM — Budapest Pride 2012 took place safely on Saturday despite earlier threats and the mayor’s unwillingness to support the event. Over 3,000 marchers took to the streets protected by riot police.
7th July 2012
Russia: Eight gay rights campaigners arrested in St Petersburg 10
10:41 PM — Eight gay rights activists were arrested today in St Petersburg, Russia, for handing out "homosexual propaganda". The campaigners were attempting to hold gay Pride rallies. Three were arrested in a park, while five more were arrested later at the Smolny complex.
6th July 2012
Ukraine: Parliament reported to have cancelled vote on anti-gay law 22
5:36 PM — The Ukrainian parliament has cancelled a scheduled vote on legislation that would ban any Ukrainian citizen from speaking out favourably about gays or lesbians, the petition website AllOUt.org said today.
3rd July 2012
French gay couples to get marriage and adoption rights in 2013 27
8:45 PM — France's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told parliament today that gay couples will be permitted to marry and adopt children in 2013. Mr Ayrault was making a keynote speech setting out the socialist government's five-year political and social agenda.
2nd July 2012
Paris pride celebrates commitment to equal marriage and adoption laws 5
4:59 PM — Organizers say approximately 700,000 people took place this year in Paris’s gay pride which was exceptionally energised given France’s newly elected socialist government's pledge to swiftly legalise gay marriages and adoption rights.
Elton John criticises Ukraine’s ‘tragic’ anti-gay draft law 4
3:50 PM — Sir Elton John has said it is 'tragic' that Ukraine is currently considering laws which would severely curtail the freedom to discuss homosexuality in the country.
1st July 2012
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Gay marriage is the civil rights issue of this generation’ 15
6:41 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore, has told Dublin Pride that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples the same rights to marry as opposite sex couples.
29th June 2012
Budapest: MEPs open gay EuroGames 2012 3
4:54 PM — Members of the European Parliament have taken part in the official opening of theEuroGames 2012 in Budapest, the Hungarian capital.
28th June 2012
German court tells lesbian asylum seeker to hide identity in Iran 23
5:49 PM — A German court rejected the asylum application of Samira Ghorbani Danesh, an Iranian lesbian refugee who fled Iran in 2009, with the justification that she can hide her homosexuality in Iran and avoid criminal penalties.
IDAHO founder begins hunger strike for UN resolution on decriminalising homosexuality 13
11:38 AM — The founder of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia has launched a hunger strike this week calling on the new French president to honour a promise to introduce a UN resolution on the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
27th June 2012
Cannes: Sexuality questionnaire pulled after ‘shocking’ retirees 9
2:30 PM — Following complaints, authorities in Cannes have pulled a questionnaire intended to shed light on why the area has a higher proportion of older people being diagnosed with HIV.