6th April 2012
Gay former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw mocks Government’s plans for marriage equality 387
10:20 AM — Mr Bradshaw made the bizarre comment at a crucial moment in the battle for marriage equality, after a petition launched by the homophobic Coalition for Marriage group which insists that the institution should remain traditional - i.e. between a man and a woman – went beyond 400,000 signatures.
4th April 2012
MEPs welcome first EU-wide gay and transgender experience survey 8
11:30 AM — Members of the European Parliament have welcomed the EU Fundamental Rights Agency's first Europe-wide survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
3rd April 2012
Civil Partnership comes into effect in Jersey 12
8:45 PM — A law allowing same-sex couples to have civil partnerships, thereby giving them legal recognition and adoption rights similar to heterosexual couples, has come into force in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands.
German football club bans fans for anti-gay sign 7
10:19 AM — A German football club has banned fans who displayed a homophobic banner from the stands during a league match.
2nd April 2012
Austria: Partnered gay man allowed to serve in a Catholic parish council 16
9:29 PM — A gay man in registered domestic partnership has been allowed by an Austrian Cardinal to serve on a local parish council, in a decision that overrules an earlier ban on doing so.
Potential new EU member states told to improve gay and trans laws 14
4:10 PM — Last week, the European Parliament adopted its annual enlargement progress reports for Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. All the resolutions recommended greater protection for gay, bi and transgender citizens in the potential new member states.
First EU-wide survey on life for gay, bi and trans citizens opens 17
1:46 PM — Gay, bi and transgender adults from around the EU and Croatia are being asked to take part in the first European LGBT survey of its kind.
31st March 2012
Equal marriage moves a step closer in Ireland 29
8:09 PM — Members of Fine Gael, a centrist party in the Republic of Ireland, have voted at the party's Árd Fheis to prioritise the consideration of equal marriages in the country at the forthcoming Constitutional Convention.
30th March 2012
Comment: Why Christian Concern should be ejected from the University of Oxford 46
10:42 AM — “It is time to stand up to a militant homosexual lobby who are unable to tolerate difference of opinion and who seek to coerce behaviour and thought.” So said Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern (and various other anti-LGBT lobbying organisations) of which an offshoot, the so-called “Wilberforce Academy”, is currently being hosted by Exeter College, Oxford as a private commercial booking.
European Parliament stands up for free movement of LGBT persons in EU 16
9:24 AM — The European Parliament unveiled yesterday their annual report on EU citizenship, which stated that same-sex couples and their families still face considerable hurdles inside the European Union.
29th March 2012
Multi-millionaire City analyst wins ‘gay divorce’ appeal but must pay vast settlement 22
5:32 PM — A millionaire City analyst has won his appeal against a West End actor in a landmark gay divorce. The couple had been together for 11 years but only survived seven months as civil partners.
St Petersburg ‘gay propaganda’ law could become nationwide Russian policy 21
4:03 PM — Earlier this month, the governor of St Petersburg signed into law a bill making it an offence to "promote" gay or transgender personal identities in the city. Now, lawmakers in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk have proposed that Russia introduces the legislation nationwide.
Welsh vicar resigns over Church’s homophobic attitudes to gay couples marrying 32
9:47 AM — A vicar in Monmouthshire, Wales, has stepped down from his position over what he says is the Church's homophobia surrounding gay couples marrying.
28th March 2012
Reggae star’s Swedish concert cancelled again over anti-gay lyrics 30
10:04 PM — Jamaican reggae star Sizzla has been prevented from appearing in Stockholm tonight, despite a go-ahead earlier in the day, in response to a widespread backlash from gay rights activists on account of the anti-gay lyrics in his music.
Man jailed for nine years after homophobic attack in Liverpool 15
4:24 PM — A chef has been jailed for nine years this week for an attack on a young man in Liverpool's gay quarter last autumn.
Irish president slams homophobia in message to youth organisation 26
2:38 PM — Irish President Michael D Higgins has addressed a youth organisation about the evils of homophobia.
Christian group pledge support for gay couples marrying 52
1:20 PM — The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) is the latest British faith-based group to come out in favour of legal recognition of gay marriage.
Maltese government set to propose civil partnerships 9
10:58 AM — The Maltese government is set to propose civil partnerships for gay couples. The country's justice minister is to pilot a cohabitation law, which will propose the regulation of same-sex relationships.
27th March 2012
Serbia: Far-right leader jailed for homophobic death-threats 10
10:25 PM — A far-right Serbian leader, whose death-threats against homosexuals led to the cancellation of gay pride march in Belgrade three years ago, has been convicted and sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Uruguayan man given landmark residence permit to live with husband in Italy 23
12:52 PM — Authorities in northern Italy on Monday issued a residence permit to a Uruguayan man whose application was initially rejected because his marriage to an Italian man - which took place in Spain - is not recognised by the country's laws.