27th March 2012
Birmingham lavishes £10k on bling rhino sculpture for gay village 37
9:43 AM — Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has contributed the sum of £10,000 towards a huge, rhinestone-encrusted sculpture of a rhinoceros which is planned to mark entry to the city's gay village.
26th March 2012
Albania: Proposed gay pride march provokes homophobic comments 45
7:56 PM — With gay rights activists in Albania set to organise the country’s first ever gay pride parade in Tirana on May 17, religious groups and the Royalist Party have been quick to denounce the proposed plans.
Gay adoption law is rejected in Slovenian referendum 13
2:51 PM — A national referendum in Slovenia has rejected a new family law that included a clause to allow same-sex couples to adopt children under certain circumstances.
Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service 44
1:03 PM — Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.
Video: French footballers’ ‘kiss’ goes viral and sparks new discussion about homophobia on the pitch 29
11:19 AM — A video clip of two French international footballers apparently kissing in front of a packed stadium has gone viral and entranced the French media. After scoring a goal in a friendly match against Germany, Olivier Giroud appeared to grab his teammate Mathieu Debuchy's face and kiss him on the lips.
23rd March 2012
Madonna may be arrested in St Petersburg 41
9:06 PM — The author of the St Petersburg anti-gay bill has said that he would want Madonna charged under that law, should she speak out against it during her forthcoming concert in the city.
22nd March 2012
Madonna pledges to defy St Petersburg anti-gay law 43
7:19 PM — With only two days to go before the St Petersburg anti-gay law comes into effect, Madonna has vowed to defy the law during her Russian tour later this year.
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.