27th August 2009
Germany’s highest court confirms adoption by mother’s lesbian partner 3
3:03 PM — The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has confirmed that gay and lesbian people can adopt their partner's children, overturning a previous court ruling.
Italian gays condemn football manager and call for hate crimes legislation 3
12:12 PM — A leading gay rights group in Italy has condemned comments by the country's football coach about homosexual players.
Russian lesbian couple go to court over right to marry 1
11:07 AM — A lesbian couple in Russia have accused the authorities of using "any excuse" to obstruct their legal case for gay marriage.
26th August 2009
Italy’s football coach rejects hypothetical gay couple 9
3:38 PM — The coach of the Italian national football team has said that in "the current climate" it would be impossible for two of his players to be in a gay relationship.
24th August 2009
Polish gay man wins damages from homophobic neighbour in landmark case 11
4:21 PM — A Polish woman who repeatedly verbally abused one of her neighbours about his sexual orientation has been ordered to pay him more than £3,000 in damages.
Serbia’s Interior Minister promises police protection for Pride parade 2
1:47 PM — Police in Belgrade will ensure public safety during next month's Pride events, a senior politician has said.
Irish cardinal renews attack on civil partnerships 102
11:13 AM — The spiritual leader of Ireland's Roman Catholics has said that civil partnerships undermine marriage.
MEPs complain to Lithuania about proposed criminalisation of gay “propaganda” 10
10:27 AM — The European Parliament Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights has written to MPs in Lithuania about new legislation that aims to criminalise 'propagation of homosexual relations'.
19th August 2009
Gender tests on South African gold medallist sprinter Caster Semenya 20
10:52 PM — South African sprinter Caster Semenya might have won the 800m in 1min 55.45sec but all eyes are now on whether she is indeed a woman.
10th August 2009
Feature: Pride in Reykjavik, 64° north 8
11:31 PM — Adam Smith reviews pride in Reykjavik held last weekend where almost half of the city turns out to celebrate LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights 64° north.
Comment: Will Cameron back MEP who thinks marriage is not ‘relevant or appropriate’ for gay people? 18
3:13 PM — Roger Helmer also said homophobia was a "merely a propaganda device" designed to stigamatise conventional opinions.
Thousands march for gay marriage in Dublin 7
1:55 PM — Up to 5,000 people joined a rally to call for full marriage equality in Dublin, Ireland, yesterday. The rally was organised by equality group LGBT Noise, which are campaigning against government proposals to introduce civil partnerships.
Irish village hosts ‘world’s smallest gay Pride’ 6
11:55 AM — A Irish village has hosted what is thought to be the world's smallest Pride festival. Easkey, a coastal hamlet in County Sligo, has a population of just 250.
Tory MEP says homophobia doesn’t exist 171
10:33 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that homophobia does not exist and is simply a "propaganda device". Roger Helmer said it was used to "stigamatise those holding conventional opinions".
7th August 2009
Irish gay marriage activists call on straight supporters to march 13
11:40 AM — A group that advocates gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland has called on heterosexuals to take part in a protest march in Dublin on Sunday.
Russia’s newest LGBT support group to focus on education and health 1
10:34 AM — A new organisation that aims to develop social services for LGBT people has been formed in Moscow.
4th August 2009
Amsterdam mayor performs gay marriages for American-Dutch couples 1
3:14 PM — Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen presided over the marriages of five American-Dutch couples at the city's Pride festival on Saturday.
31st July 2009
Portugal upholds gay marriage ban after lesbians’ challenge 8
5:57 PM — The Portuguese constitutional court has today upheld the ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple tried to use a constitutional loophole to challenge the law.
30th July 2009
Dutch Olympic champions promote gay tolerance in sport 2
11:48 AM — Several Dutch Olympic champions, including openly gay swimmer Johan Kenkhuis, take part in this year’s Amsterdam gay pride canal parade to promote acceptance and tolerance of LGBT people in sport. Adrian Tippetts reports.
Albania’s government to legalise gay marriage 32
11:38 AM — The government of Albania has proposed to legalise gay marriage. Prime minister Sali Berisha told a cabinet meeting yesterday that the law was an important move against discrimination.