24th August 2009
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.
European commissioner calls for greater trans rights 3
11:17 AM — Thomas Hammarberg, the commissioner for human rights for the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, has called on Europe to do more to stop transphobia.
Man arrested for ‘hate crime’ at World Outgames
10:56 AM — A man has been arrested at the World Outgames in Copenhagen for allegedly throwing fireworks at athletes. The 31-year-old man told a court he had thrown one firework against a wall but did not intend to hurt athletes.
28th July 2009
Irish civil partnerships are for ‘second-class people’ 50
10:53 AM — The Irish government's proposals to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples have been attacked by Amnesty International as being "a second-class form of marriage".
27th July 2009
World Outgames kicks off 1
1:38 PM — The World Outgames 2009, a celebration of gay sport and cultural diversity, kicks off today in the Copenhagen.
23rd July 2009
Map shows legal status of gays across Europe 13
4:34 PM — A map has been released to show the political status of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Europe, revealing some disturbing trends within the eastern European bloc.
22nd July 2009
Belarus customs officials seize copies of gay magazine 4
6:03 PM — Customs officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of gay magazine Pride. The magazine is published by international group InterPride.
Nations of the world meet to discuss and celebrate gay rights movement 1
12:55 PM — Copenhagen is next week hosting World Outgames 2009, a nine-day festival of sports, culture, and a conference on gay rights that will involve over 100 countries under the banner "Love of freedom, freedom to love".