21st November 2008
MEPs ask Commission if gay asylum seekers should be returned to Iran 9
4:07 PM — Members of the European parliament have intervened in the case of a gay man from Iran who was reportedly refused asylum in Cyprus on the grounds of his sexual orientation.
20th November 2008
Dutch men responsible for homophobic attacks police figures reveal 7
7:13 PM — A new system for reporting hate crimes in The Netherlands has found that the vast majority of homophobic attacks are carried out by native Dutch men.
MEP calls for EU strategy on HIV ahead of World AIDS Day
6:05 PM — Across the world people will mark World AIDS Day on December 1st, its 20th anniversary.
19th November 2008
Sweden removes transvestism and other ‘sexual behaviours’ from list of diseases
1:26 PM — The National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden has decided to remove a range of 'sexual behaviours' from the official disease registry.
18th November 2008
Stars back gay-bashing campaign for “traditional love” in Ukraine 20
2:00 PM — Pop stars and footballers are among the celebrities in Ukraine backing a new campaign that promotes "traditional love."
New report on Ireland’s gays reveals isolation and discrimination 4
12:49 PM — A new study of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in the West of Ireland has found that nearly 70% of them have suffered some form of discrimination.
Slavic Gay Pride will unite Belarusian and Russian activists
12:22 PM — Gay rights groups in Belarus and Russia have agreed to hold an annual Slavic Pride event. Organisers said there is good reason for Russian and Belarusian gays and lesbians to work together.
17th November 2008
Court setback for Russian gay activists over ban on Tambov march
12:18 PM — Courts in the Russian region of Tambov have rejected futher action aganist a homophobic politician and dismissed a ban on a gay rights march.
14th November 2008
New exhibition documents homophobia at Riga Pride 1
3:22 PM — A photographic exhibition in Glasgow featuring images from the disrupted Riga Pride 2008 is a "shocking" reminder of the hate, intolerance and violence still existing in Europe.
Norwegian bishops consider special liturgy for gay couples 1
2:12 PM — The Church of Norway has yet to decide if it should create a new liturgy for same-sex couples. From January gays and lesbians will be able to have a full civil marriage.
Sarkozy asked to raise gay rights with Russian President at weekend summit
1:03 PM — Human rights in Russia should be on the agenda at this weekend's EU/Russia summit in Nice, according to gay activists in Moscow.
13th November 2008
Give gay couples legal partnerships, MEPs ask Bulgaria
12:56 PM — Euro MPs have called on the Bulgarian goverment to extend civil partnerships to gay and lesbian couples.
Two men jailed for assault in Dutch HIV blood case 5
12:36 PM — A court in Holland has found two men guilty of assault after a trial in which witnesses testified they were drugged, sexually assaulted and injected with HIV positive blood.
12th November 2008
European Court of Human Rights rejects Russian “gay” marriage case
4:44 PM — A straight human rights activist who tried to register a same-sex union with the owner of a gay website has been denied a hearing before the European Court of Human Rights.
11th November 2008
Jamaican star Capleton’s Basel concert cancelled after Swiss gay groups protest 25
3:21 PM — A reggae star who has gone back on a promise not to perform songs encouraging violence against lesbian and gay people has had a concert in Switzerland cancelled.
Bulgarian leader’s anti-gay comment targets Prime Minister
12:42 PM — A 'war of words' between the leader of Bulgaria's popular GERB political party and the country's Prime Minister has escalated.
Moscow assures gays they will be safe at Eurovision 3
10:52 AM — A leading Russian gay rights activist has accused the Moscow authorities of "pure hypocrisy" after an official gave assurances about the safety of gay people attending next year's Eurovision Song Contest.
10th November 2008
Hungarian parliament approves homophobic hate crimes legislation 1
6:35 PM — Two landmark measures extending protections to LGBT people have been adopted by the Hungarian parliament.
Nicole Kidman lines up bisexual and trans roles 1
5:31 PM — Actress Nicole Kidman is to play a Danish artist who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1931, one of the first documented cases of transsexuality.
6th November 2008
Belarusian authorities ban gay rights protest in Minsk
2:53 PM — Officials in Belarus have refused permission for a protest outside the Russian embassy in the capital Minsk.