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June 16, 2014

Openly lesbian Greens MEP Ulrike Lunacek was sprayed with butyric acid at Vienna’s Rainbow Parade on Friday by an unknown assailant but she was not injured in the attack

Openly lesbian Greens MEP and co-president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights Ulrike Lunacek was attacked at Vienna’s Rainbow Parade on Friday, marring an event in which 150,000 marched for LGBTI equality.

Police are still searching for the perpetrator who threw butyric acid on Lunacek but he is described as wearing a white polo shirt and having dark hair and a solid build.

The attack damaged Lunacek’s clothes and caused €50,000 in damage to electrical equipment belonging to journalists who were interviewing her when the attack took place.

April 17, 2014

Romania priest, with a fortune of over $2 million, had help from the Orthodox Church to get the 100,000 necessary signatures needed to become a Member of European Parliament candidate

A priest is becoming a politician in order to ‘destroy’ gay culture in Europe.

Iulian Capsali, a Romanian Orthodox priest, has gathered over 120,000 signatures to be registered as an independent candidate for the European elections.

A former lawyer in the US, he wishes to become a Member of European Parliament (MEP) to represent ‘traditional family values’.

The ‘homosexual ideology’ is leading to the destruction of the family at global level, Capsali told local Romanian press.

February 4, 2014

Report adopted 'strongly condemns' homophobia and transphobia in the European Union

European Parliament has voted to ensure every country in the continent must guarantee equal rights for LGBTI people today (4 February). 

The directive, put forward by the European Commission, ‘strongly condemns’ homophobia and transphobia in the EU, and is intended to reduce discrimination in the grounds of belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Despite opposition from religious and other conservative groups, a clear majority approved the report. 394 politicians voted in favour, with 176 against.

February 2, 2013

We are die-hard romantics at GSN - what better way to express your love than a swim meet!

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day alternative to roses and chocolates, why not head to Vienna for a bit of hard core action in the pool at VIVA5.

We caught up with VIVA5 organizer Peter Novotny to preview what swimmers can look forward to at Vienna’s 2013 Valentine Swimming Meet on 15 February.

How many years has the event been held?

The first Vienna Valentine was held in 2005 and takes place only every second year. VIVA5 is the fifth edition.

June 29, 2012

Members of the European Parliament have taken part in opening the 2012 Euro Games in Hungary

Around 2,000 people from across the European Union attended the opening of the gay Euro Games in Budapest this week.

The annual tournament in the Hungarian capital will see LGBT athletes from 34 European countries take part, from 27 June to 1 July.

Support for the event has been led by Ulrike Lunacek and Kinga Goncz, both members of the LGBT intergroup, who attended the opening ceremony with other MEPs.

However, the mayor of Budapest failed to give his support to the event.

June 29, 2012

Members of the European Parliament have taken part in opening the 2012 Euro Games in Hungary

Around 2,000 people from across the European Union attended the opening of the gay Euro Games in Budapest this week.

The annual tournament in the Hungarian capital will see LGBT athletes from 34 European countries take part, from 27 June to 1 July.

Support for the event has been led by Ulrike Lunacek and Kinga Goncz, both members of the LGBT intergroup, who attended the opening ceremony with other MEPs.

However, the mayor of Budapest failed to give his support to the event.

June 13, 2012

Resolution calls for new special respresentative to focus on global LGBT rights

The EU's future human rights ambassador is being urged to do more to promote LGBT rights across the world.

The new Special Representative for Human Rights is expected to be appointed by the Foreign Affairs Council at its meeting on 25 June.

June 13, 2012

Resolution calls for new special respresentative to focus on global LGBT rights

The EU's future human rights ambassador is being urged to do more to promote LGBT rights across the world.

The new Special Representative for Human Rights is expected to be appointed by the Foreign Affairs Council at its meeting on 25 June.

June 11, 2012

European Commission publishes its first ever analysis of discrimination against transgender and intersex people

The European Commission has published its first ever report into discrimination against transgender and intersex people.

Politicians have welcomed the report which is an analysis of the current EU legal order in relation to trans and intersex people.

Michael Cashman MEP, co-president of the LGBT Intergroup, said: “It’s as thorough an analysis one could hope for and a very powerful contribution both legally and politically.

'Trans and intersex persons’ fundamental rights are the same as everyone else’s and they deserve to be free from discrimination.'

April 25, 2012

European Commission will determine if law is compatible with EU non-discrimination law 

Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights have called for an inquiry into a new Hungarian law on religion.

The new law says 'since church institutions are ideologically committed', they may determine their own conditions of employment or termination to maintain their specific identity.

Members of the Intergroup, including chairs Michael Cashman and Ulrike Lunacek, questioned the law's compatibility with the European Commission's non-discrimination standards.

April 25, 2012

European Commission will determine if law is compatible with EU non-discrimination law 

Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights have called for an inquiry into a new Hungarian law on religion.

The new law says 'since church institutions are ideologically committed', they may determine their own conditions of employment or termination to maintain their specific identity.

Members of the Intergroup, including chairs Michael Cashman and Ulrike Lunacek, questioned the law's compatibility with the European Commission's non-discrimination standards.

April 14, 2012

Hungarian government called out over 'shameful' discrimination

Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights have expressed their concern over rising homophobic sentiments in Hungary. Their statement follows reports that police have banned the 2012 Pride march in Budapest and that the Hungarian far-right political party Jobbik has submitted anti-gay laws to the country’s parliament.

April 14, 2012

Hungarian government called out over 'shameful' discrimination

Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights have expressed their concern over rising homophobic sentiments in Hungary. Their statement follows reports that police have banned the 2012 Pride march in Budapest and that the Hungarian far-right political party Jobbik has submitted anti-gay laws to the country’s parliament.

January 26, 2012

President and 184 Members of the European Parliament sign pledge to uphold gay rights

The President of the European Parliament along with dozens of MEPs joined togeter yesterday in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's rights.

To mark the mid-way point of their five-year mandate, the members of the European Parliament gathered together for a two-day event organised by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association - Europe (ILGA Europe) and the LGBT Intergroup.

January 26, 2012

UKIP has defended Godfrey Bloom MEP's 'bullying' questions to the European Commission.

A right-wing politician accused of bullying an LGBT rights group is not homophobic, says the UK Independence Party.

Godfrey Bloom MEP was slammed by fellow politicians and gay activists for asking the European Commission to justify the grants given to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe), the main European organisation working in favour of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

January 26, 2012

UKIP has defended Godfrey Bloom MEP's 'bullying' questions to the European Commission.

A right-wing politician accused of bullying an LGBT rights group is not homophobic, says the UK Independence Party.

Godfrey Bloom MEP was slammed by fellow politicians and gay activists for asking the European Commission to justify the grants given to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe), the main European organisation working in favour of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

January 25, 2012

Anger at UK Independence Party politician after 'harrassing' European gay rights group.

A right-wing politician accused of homophobia has been branded a 'bully' after challenging how a European gay rights group is funded.

Godfrey Bloom, UK Independence Party MEP, has asked the European Commission to justify the grants given to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe), the main European organisation working in favour of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

January 25, 2012

Anger at UK Independence Party politician after 'harrassing' European gay rights group.

A right-wing politician accused of homophobia has been branded a 'bully' after challenging how a European gay rights group is funded.

Godfrey Bloom, UK Independence Party MEP, has asked the European Commission to justify the grants given to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe), the main European organisation working in favour of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

December 13, 2011

AllOut.org hands in 250,000 names against new ban on public mention of gay or trans issues

A petition signed by 250,000 people all over the world urging the European Union to support the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Russia was handed in on Tuesday (13 December).

Activist group AllOut.org gave the document to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Baroness Catherine Ashton, and the presidents of the LGBT Intergroup, MEPs Ulrike Lunacek and Michael Cashman, in Strasbourg.

December 13, 2011

AllOut.org hands in 250,000 names against new ban on public mention of gay or trans issues

A petition signed by 250,000 people all over the world urging the European Union to support the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Russia was handed in on Tuesday (13 December).

Activist group AllOut.org gave the document to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Baroness Catherine Ashton, and the presidents of the LGBT Intergroup, MEPs Ulrike Lunacek and Michael Cashman, in Strasbourg.