8th July 2009
Polish Law and Justice Party confirms it’s still homophobic despite joining forces with the Tories in Europe 17
5:51 PM — A Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) MEP has refuted statements made by former Tory leader William Hague that the party has changed its views on gay rights.
Mother of gay son berates Irish minister over civil partnerships 51
11:03 AM — When Declan Doody wrote to Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern about the inequality of civil partnerships, he was dismayed to receive no response. However, when he posted a copy of the letter on his Facebook, his mother Helen was spurred into action to write her own.
29th June 2009
Mixed response to civil partnerships bill from Ireland’s gay community 15
1:12 PM — The largest LGBT rights group in the Irish Republic has welcomed the publication of a bill that provides for a statutory civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples.
26th June 2009
Lithuanian President blocks homophobic law 21
4:05 PM — The President of Lithuania has vetoed a new law that would have banned materials that “agitate" for gay relationships from schools.
Pride in Sofia could be a “step forward” for Bulgaria 4
2:57 PM — The Rainbow Friendship Rally that will take place on Sunday in Sofia could serve "as a step forward in attitudes of acceptance and tolerance in Bulgarian society," a leading commentator has said.
Irish gays ‘deserve marriage rights’ claim campaigners 11
1:45 PM — A group campaiging for gay marriage in Ireland has criticised the government after the publication of the civil partnership bill.
Irish parliament hit by gay protest 2
12:55 PM — A gay rights activists was arrested in Dublin yesterday after a protest at the Irish parliament.
25th June 2009
British parliamentarians condemn Lithuania’s anti-gay law 13
3:33 PM — A new law passed in Lithuania that "protects" minors by restricting publication of information on homosexual and bisexual relationships has been condemned across Europe.
Sarkozy accused of abandoning human rights after Yade is moved to sport 4
12:57 PM — The President of France has been criticised for moving his minister for human rights to a new department and failing to fill her role.
22nd June 2009
Tories join with ‘homophobic’ Polish party in Europe 51
4:12 PM — The Conservative Party has joined with the Polish Law and Justice Party in Europe, it was announced today. The Polish party has been accused of homophobia, antisemitism and racism.
Irish civil partnerships could be enacted by end of the year 9
11:33 AM — Irish minister for justice Dermot Ahern has said he will soon seek cabinet approval for a civil partnerships bill which could be enacted by the end of the year.
18th June 2009
Bill to equalise age of consent in Gibraltar defeated 6
4:41 PM — A Private Members Bill aimed to equalise the age of consent for gay men in Gibraltar has been defeated in parliament. However, a gay group has argued that the wording of the bill meant it could not have been passed.
Fears for gay participants of World Outgames 1
3:56 PM — LGBT people may face imprisonment or even capital punishment after taking part in the annual World Outgames, a policitian has warned.
17th June 2009
Lithuania passes Section 28-style law to ban mention of homosexuality in schools or media 42
10:20 AM — Lithuania's parliament has given final approval to a bill banning information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
16th June 2009
Gay travel agent offers lesbian wedding and IVF holiday package 10
1:33 PM — Lesbian couples can now have a Spanish holiday package that includes a marriage ceremony and insemination treatment.
15th June 2009
Homophobic bullying ‘widespread’ in Ireland 9
3:25 PM — Irish Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, has spoken out against the widespread nature of homophobic bullying in the country.
12th June 2009
Leaked Dutch report says schools can ban gay teachers 15
3:50 PM — A leaked report from the Dutch government has said that religious schools can refuse to employ gay teachers.
11th June 2009
Spanish trans man suffers miscarriage 15
2:47 PM — A Spanish trans man who was due to give birth to twin boys in September has miscarried. Ruben Noe Coronado, 25, who was born a woman, had stopped his course of hormone treatments in order to fall pregnant via artificial insemination.
British ambassador to Poland criticised for ‘pushing’ gay rights 37
2:39 PM — The British ambassador to Poland has been told by the country's civil rights ombudsman he is "exceeding his authority" by promoting a gay Pride march due to take place in Warsaw this weekend. Ric Todd has also been accused by Catholic groups of "representing the 'homosexual lobby".
10th June 2009
Fired lesbian editor loses in Finnish court 1
4:54 PM — A lesbian editor who claimed she was fired from her job due to her sexuality has lost her case for damages in a Finnish court. Johanna Korhonen was fired from Finnish daily paper Lapin Kansa last year after less than a month in the job.