14th July 2009
MEP refuses to sit next to BNP leader Nick Griffin 19
6:49 PM — On the day that BNP MEPs Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons took up their seats in the European Parliament, a Democratic Unionist MEP refused to sit next to them.
Lithuania’s parliament passes ‘Section 28-style’ law to ban homosexuality in schools 26
5:43 PM — The Lithuanian parliament today voted to pass a law that bans information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
German trans teenager to launch pop career 8
10:51 AM — A 16-year-old trans teenager who became an internet hit is launching a pop career. Kim Petras, from Germany, began taking hormones at the age of 12 and underwent gender reassignment last year.
10th July 2009
Conservatives’ grouping with homophobic Polish party ‘will give them more power’ 20
5:21 PM — The decision of the Tories to join a new "anti-federalist" political group in the European Parliament, including a homophobic party, will give them more political clout, it has been claimed.
Swedish nursing home may cater specifically for gays 2
1:54 PM — Elderly gays and lesbians in Stockholm may soon be able to live in a special gay-friendly nursing home.
9th July 2009
Mother’s letter inspires gay marriage protest outside Irish parliament 4
10:01 AM — A letter sent to the Irish justice minister by the mother of a gay son has inspired a protest today outside the Irish parliament for gay marriage.
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.