28th October 2013
Italy: Gay medical student kills himself by jumping off a balcony 12
12:32 PM — A 21-year-old man has taken his own life in Rome with investigators saying he talked of suffering homophobia in a letter written before his death.
18th October 2013
Italy: Exhibition featuring portraits of same-sex kissing attacked with spray paint 3
3:30 PM — Attackers who damaged an artist's exhibition avoided spray painting images of same-sex kissing - only because they had been hidden from view.
10th October 2013
Pope Francis blesses gay Catholic group in written letter 85
5:57 PM — Pope Francis has reportedly blessed a group of gay Catholics in Italy.
26th September 2013
Head of Barilla pasta says ‘We won’t include gays in our ads’ 68
3:09 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla is under fire for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
24th September 2013
Video: Italian politicians stage kiss-in protest during debate over LGBT discrimination protection bill 7
6:10 PM — A political party in Italy interrupted a debate over an LGBT discrimination protection bill, to stage a kiss-in protest in solidarity with the LGBT community.
20th September 2013
Rome gay rights group: Pope Francis is ‘ahead of many politicians’ on gay issues 10
4:06 PM — Rome's Gay Center has said that the Pope is starting "a revolution" of open-mindedness towards gay issues, and that he as "ahead of many politicians" on such issues.
Vladimir Putin: ‘Europeans are dying out so why would we want gay marriage?’ 113
1:22 PM — Vladimir Putin has denied that the LGBT community faces discrimination in Russia. Speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday, Mr Putin insisted that there was "no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities" in the country.
19th September 2013
Vladimir Putin: ‘If Silvio Berlusconi were gay he would have escaped prosecution’ 34
6:14 PM — Vladimir Putin has said that the only reason former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been prosecuted in court is because he straight, and that, were he gay, he would not have faced the same.
18th September 2013
Amnesty report shows Germany, Czech Republic and Italy poor against hate crime 5
10:43 AM — Amnesty International has launched a new report in Brussels on the state of homophobia and transphobia across the European Union.
2nd September 2013
Italy: Gay rights group calls on government to break ‘silence’ over Russian anti-gay law
7:03 PM — An Italian gay rights group on Monday called on the Italian Government to break its "silence", on the issue of anti-gay laws introduced in June.
14th August 2013
Former Italian finance minister to sue Vatican official over sexuality claims 8
4:36 PM — One of Italy's former finance ministers is suing a member of the new Vatican financial reform panel and also journalists over claims about his sexuality and public standing.
11th August 2013
Italy: 14-year-old commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying 37
4:29 PM — A fourteen-year-old in Rome has taken his own life because of anti-gay bullying, and struggles with finding acceptance of his sexuality.
5th August 2013
Book features ageing Batman in relationship with Robin, and friends with Sir Elton John 2
4:34 PM — A new novel which re-imagines the story of Batman and Robin sees the hero him come out, and in a relationship with the iconic sidekick, as well as being friends with Sir Elton John.
24th July 2013
Italy: Gay activists to campaign against ‘dangerous’ anti-homophobia bill 2
3:28 PM — LGBT activists have criticised the new bill set to criminalise homophobic hate crimes in Italy, saying that it is a "dangerous compromise" that will not change homophobic attitudes in the country.
23rd July 2013
Prelate of Vatican bank reportedly ready to resign over ‘gay lobby’ scandal 25
7:17 PM — The Prelate of the Vatican bank, who is facing claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour, has offered to resign, according to an Italian news agency.
Italy: Lower House of the Italian Parliament to debate anti-homophobia bill 15
11:29 AM — The Lower House of the Italian Parliament is set to begin debating a bill that would make homophobic discrimination a criminal offence.
12th July 2013
Italy: 4 gay men injured in late night homophobic attack 6
3:13 PM — Police in Italy say four gay men were viciously attacked by a gang last weekend.
19th June 2013
Gay fashioner designer Stefano Gabbana sentenced for tax evasion 26
6:14 PM — Gay fashioner designer Stefano Gabbana has been sentenced for tax evasion along with his gay former partner.
28th May 2013
Italy: Candidate who pledged to introduce civil partnerships leads in Rome mayoral race 3
2:43 PM — A candidate in the race for the mayoral seat in the Italian city of Rome, who promised to introduce same-sex civil unions in the city, has led in the poll by a wide margin, and will now go to a run-off on 9 and 10 June.
Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions 5
11:22 AM — A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships.