11th January 2012
Video: Star Wars soldiers’ gay tale in Spanish film festival 9
12:11 PM — Two soldiers taken from the Star Wars films who must carry on their relationship in secret on the Death Star while a battle rages outside are the subject of a short Spanish film at this year's Notodo Film Festival.
10th January 2012
Pope: Gay marriage ‘threatens the future of humanity’ 169
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI reportedly said on Monday that allowing gay couples equal marriage rights could threaten the future of humanity, as a policy which "undermines the family".
4th January 2012
Spain’s first gay retirement home to be sited in Madrid suburb 9
12:09 PM — The planners of Spain's first gay retirement home have secured a plot of land on the outskirts of the capital city. The December 26th Foundation plans to build the new 115-apartment complex in Rivas-Vaciamadrid.
3rd January 2012
New Hungarian constitution comes into effect with same-sex marriage ban 53
5:13 PM — Hungary's new constitution, which bans gay marriage and does not explicitly protect gay people from discrimination, has come into force amid public unrest.
28th December 2011
Poll claims only 4% of Lithuanians support same-sex civil unions 18
12:55 PM — A poll by Lithuanian market research company RIAT claims only 4% of the country supports the introduction of civil partnerships for gay couples. The Baltic News Agency poll says 70% of the population is in favour of some form of legal recognition for relationships outside marriage, but not for gays.
22nd December 2011
Adam Lambert “arrested after fight” at Finnish gay bar 22
1:05 PM — American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has reportedly been arrested outside a gay bar in Helsinki after a violent fight with his boyfriend. Lambert, 29, is said to have fought with Sauli Koskinen, a Finnish reality TV star, outside a bar called Don’t Tell Momma.
21st December 2011
Malaysian group wants legal probe of “disgraced” Irish civil partnership student 60
11:25 AM — A Malaysian religious group is calling for the country's police to intervene after one of their countrymen, who had been missing in Ireland for three years, was found to have entered into a civil partnership at the weekend.
19th December 2011
Danish MP’s gay Hans Christian Andersen festival dubbed a ‘silly suggestion’ 9
12:12 PM — An MP in Denmark has prompted debate after suggesting the country organise a week-long festival aimed at gay couples in honour of the writer Hans Christian Andersen.
Malaysian student “missing” for three years found after Irish civil partnership 57
11:30 AM — A Malaysian student whose family reported him missing after he stopped contacting them three years ago has been found after pictures of his civil partnership ceremony in Ireland circulated the internet.
16th December 2011
Labour MEPs pledge support for Equal Love campaign in Europe 44
11:49 AM — All Labour's representatives at the European Parliament have signed their support for the Equal Love campaign, which aims to allow equal access for gay and straight couples to civil partnerships and marriage.
14th December 2011
Study finds 50 per cent of gay people in Malta overestimate discrimination laws 10
3:49 PM — A study in Malta has shown that while 60 per cent of respondents experience discrimination in the workplace, half are unaware this is the only area where they are protected.
North Cyprus leader: Proposal to repeal anti-gay laws “has been submitted” 10
10:39 AM — A Conservative MEP who lobbied the leader of Northern Cyprus to repeal the self-declared state's anti-gay laws said yesterday he had written to her confirming that the proposal had been drafted.
13th December 2011
250,000 sign petition against St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 7
3:18 PM — Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on world leaders to hold Russia to account for a draft law in St Petersburg which threatens to silence its gay community. The draft law would punish the promotion of LGBT lifestyles in public alongside paedophilia in Russia's second largest city.
8th December 2011
Partner of Turkish gay man shot in ‘honour killing’ to address London audience tomorrow 50
2:54 PM — İbrahim Can, the partner of Ahmet Yildiz, a gay man shot dead in a reported "honour killing" in the Turkish city of Istanbul, will speak about his experience at London's SOAS tomorrow.
7th December 2011
Elio Di Rupo, Europe’s second openly gay government leader sworn in 27
9:28 AM — Elio Di Rupo has been named the new, openly gay, Prime Minister of Belgium, after the country went a year and a half without a government. He will become the second openly gay head of government in Europe.
2nd December 2011
Russian minister’s call for national version of St Petersburg’s anti-gay law was “only about paedophilia” 11
4:21 PM — Dmitry Kozak's press secretary says his comments only applied to the section on paedophilia, not LGBT issues. The bill has been criticised for legislating against the LGBT community alongside paedophiles.
European Parliament urges Croatia to protect gay citizens before joining EU 28
2:40 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution which reminds Croatia of its obligation to protect gay citizens from homophobia and homophobic violence before it joins the EU in 2013.
Russian deputy Prime Minister: A national “gay propaganda” law should be considered 30
1:04 PM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has said he is in favour of St Petersburg's pending "gay propaganda" law, and wants it considered at a national level. Kozak said the bill would punish "disgusting activity".
30th November 2011
Italian Footballers’ Association head “would not recommend coming out” to players 20
2:51 PM — The President of the Italian Footballers' Association Damiano Tommasi has suggested gay players keep their sexuality quiet, because the sport is "different to every other profession".
Russia reacts to overseas “interference” on St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 29
2:00 PM — A senior official in the Russian government has said he is "perplexed" by the US statement condemning a proposed law which could severely hinder freedom of expression for LGBT people in St Petersburg. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said the US State Department's comments were "incorrect".