27th May 2012
Feature: The truth about gay life in Azerbaijan outside of the Eurovision Song Contest 21
12:18 AM — As Baku celebrates the end of the Eurovision Song Contest, which saw Sweden's Loreen win with her song Euphoria, we examine the realities of life of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are forced to lead in oppressive Azerbaijan.
25th May 2012
Peter Tatchell urges Eurovision singers to fight for free speech in Azerbaijan 4
2:03 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has urged Eurovision contestants and organisers to stand up against President Aliyev and his dictatorial regime in Azerbaijan, which many see as being incompatible with the competition’s inclusive values.
23rd May 2012
Iran recalls ambassador to Azerbaijan over Eurovision ‘gay parade’ 38
8:11 PM — Iran has recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan, having accused the Eurovision 2012 host of staging a 'gay parade' for the flamboyant contest this Saturday.
21st May 2012
MEPs support ‘free speech’ after Kiev pride violence 12
6:29 PM — Members of the European Parliament are concerned about the number of gay pride marches being cancelled or banned across Europe due to homophobic violence or laws criminalising public support for LGBT rights.
18th May 2012
French prime minister promises to implement equal marriage and adoption rights for gays 61
2:20 PM — The new French prime minister has announced a commitment to implement new president François Hollande's pledge to equalise the laws on marriage for gay and straight couples.
17th May 2012
Popular Eurovision website hacked in response to ‘parade of homosexuals’ 34
1:12 PM — A group is reportedly targeting websites related to the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan in protest at a 'parade of homosexuals' it believes will take place.
16th May 2012
Ex-EastEnders star and Stonewall founder Michael Cashman first MEP to come @Out4Marriage 10
8:59 PM — Michael Cashman has become the first member of the European Parliament to join the Out4Marriage campaign. The former star of British soap opera EastEnders says that equality should also mean that straight couples should be entitled to hold civil partnerships should they wish, something that the Government is not currently proposing.
MP calls for gays to leave Lithuania 35
5:23 PM — A Lithuanian MP notorious for his anti-gay views has said gays should be driven from the country, interrupting a press conference in the Parliament building.
Video: EU politicians say ‘It Gets Better’ in 17 languages 29
4:25 PM — For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2012, over 50 European politicians and leaders from EU institutions have joined forces to tell LGBT teenagers they are working to make things better.
Danish vicar refused to bury lesbian after opposing marriage for gays 47
1:42 PM — A Danish vicar has apologised to the bereaved partner and daughter of a woman he refused to bury because she was a lesbian.
Video: Short film ‘Homophobia’ made available free online ahead of IDAHO 16
12:59 PM — A short film set in the Austrian army has been released free online ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow.
Denmark: Ex-minister equates gays with ‘killer snails’ to oppose equal marriage rights 64
12:13 PM — A former Danish government minister as equated gays with the hermaphrodite 'killer snails' plaguing the country in an argument against gay marriage rights.
15th May 2012
Comment: Gays must be more involved if the Church of Ireland is to be more inclusive 16
12:14 PM — Stephen Spillane writes that gay members of the Church of Ireland must immerse themselves more following its recent vote on marriage and 'normative' relationships.
14th May 2012
Church of Ireland Synod: Gay relationships cannot be ‘normative’ 68
10:37 AM — The General Synod of the Church of Ireland has passed a motion confirming its opposition to the recognition of gay marriages and describing straight unions as the only 'normative' context for a sexual relationship.
13th May 2012
UK is the ‘best place in Europe’ to be gay 96
2:40 PM — For all the anti-equality campaigns by some politicians and right-wing religious groups, United Kingdom has been chosen as the best place in Europe for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in terms of legal rights, according to a study by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Europe.
11th May 2012
Church of Ireland withdraws controversial marriage motion from debate 9
11:56 AM — A motion to affirm the Church of Ireland's view of straight marriage as being the "only normative context for sexual intercourse" has been removed from this week's General Synod meeting after it provoked complaints.
10th May 2012
Church of Ireland will discuss marriage motion and ‘hurt and injury’ to gays this week 38
2:31 PM — The Church of Ireland General Synod will discuss this week the 'hurt and injury' felt by gay people as a result of the actions taken by those within the denomination in addition to a motion affirming its view that gays should not be allowed to marry.
9th May 2012
Facebook administrators ‘reject lesbian t-shirt ad’ 13
6:06 PM — An advert for a t-shirt bearing the slogan 'Lesbian wanted' has been rejected by Facebook advert regulators, the Danish producers said today.
Sweden: Trans woman ‘in hiding’ to escape deportation to Russia 12
10:14 AM — A Russian trans woman refused asylum in Sweden appears today to be defying Swedish authorities by refusing to aid them in their efforts to deport her to Russia.
8th May 2012
François Hollande’s presidential win brings French marriage equality closer 50
12:53 PM — The new President-elect of France, François Hollande, the country's first Socialist president in nearly two decades, is expected to push equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples in the European country.