'Equal Love' Campaign Falls at European Hurdle

The Equal Love campaign is today formally closing its 2011 application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which sought to secure full equality in UK civil marriage and civil partnership law. This follows the decision of the European Court that the application was “inadmissible” and subsequent fruitless attempts by campaigners to challenge this […]

UK to give cash and support to Russian gays

UK to give cash and support to Russian gays – New Zealand has unanimously passed a motion to support the LGBTI community in Russia and all athletes competing at the Olympic Games. Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister Maria Miller said it was important to use the opportunity of the Winter Olympic Games to underline the importance of treating people fairly.

Let’s Cheer Our Own! A World First – Two Openly Gay Men Will Lead A Country

Let’s Cheer Our Own! A World First – Two Openly Gay Men Will Lead A Country. For the first time in history, a country will have an openly gay man as both its prime minister and its vice prime minister.Xavier Bettel was sworn in yesterday as Luxembourg’s prime minister, making the former talk show host Europe’s first openly gay prime minister. (Bettel is Europe’s third openly gay head of state, Iceland has had a gay premier in the past, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, and Belgium’s current premier, Elio Di Rupo, is gay.)

Why Italian Homophobia is Leaving Millions Trapped in the Darkness

Unlike other western and European countries, Italian LGBT people can’t marry or have their partnership recognised by the state. It’s a ridiculous situation that leaves millions of people trapped in the darkness.
In recent decades the whole political class has vetoed the implementation on any kind of regulation. However the majority of the population is not against granting civil partnerships official status. It is a political problem

Magazine Confirms Italy Is Still The Basket Case of the West on LGBT Rights

The Italian weekly L’Espresso published an article on September 6th lambasting the nation for its persistent and continued homophobia. In an article entitled ‘L’Italia AntiGay’ the respected periodical describes homophobia in Italy as being “Like an epidemic from the past, with no antidote”. The article claims that there were 20,000 plus requests for help from […]

Germany Challenges Binary Gender Definition

This autumn Germany will become the first European country to offer three options on a child’s birth certificate. According to Spiegel Online International, German Birth Certificates from November 1st  will have three options: the traditional ‘male’ and ‘female’ and a ‘blank’ option. The additional choice permits children born with both male and female traits to choose […]

UK Still Best Place in Europe to Be LGBT

The ILGA European LGBT Equality map for 2013 has just been released and the UK is still the best place to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, scoring a whopping 77% on the scale in terms of human rights and equality. Taking account of equalities legislation, familial rights, hate crime legislation, legal gender recognition, freedom of […]

Got an Idea to Challenge Homophobia in Football? Get a Grant!

Today the Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign, supported by FARE, Europe’s anti-discrimination campaign for football, launched its small grants programme for 2013. The programme, which will offer ten grants of €300 is open to fans groups, grass roots Football clubs and community organisations to support them in acknowledging FvH during February 2013.   As Megan […]

Britain is the best place to be LGBT: ILGA

The new international study of LGBT rights across Europe is now available. Covering very nation state in the continent, the comprehensive report reports the similarities and differences socially and legally between them. The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) describes general changes in Europe and takes every country. Its summary makes clear that Europe is […]

Rainbow Film Seminar in Norway

LGBT History Month co-chair Tony Fenwick talked about the work of LGBT History Month and Schools OUT at the end of April in Norway, following Educate & Celebrate’s Elly Barmes’ presentation at an LGBT Rights seminar in Turkey at the end of the previous month. The seminar, held in the Norwegian coastal resort of Kristiansand, piloted the work […]