21st March 2013
Sicily: Governor who said the Vatican should allow equal marriage allowed to return to church 4
2:25 AM — A Sicilian governor has made up with a priest who took offence when he said that the Catholic Church should elect a female pope and allow equal marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
20th March 2013
Pope Francis criticised for greeting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe 39
2:13 PM — Pope Francis has been criticised by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for meeting with President Robert Mugabe.
25th February 2013
Italy: British gay chat room murder suspect told victim he was an MI5 agent 2
1:52 PM — Further details have emerged regarding the arrest of a 24-year-old man in Italy, held on suspicion of murdering a retired tour guide and attempting to murder another man - both of whom he met in gay chat rooms.
23rd February 2013
Italy: British murder suspect thought to have targeted victims via gay chat rooms
9:43 PM — A man from London has been arrested in connection with the murder of a tour guide and the attempted killing of another man in Italy – with police sources indicating he met both victims through gay chat rooms.
20th February 2013
Italian centre-right party says ‘Vote with your heart, not with your ass’ 2
6:31 PM — Candidates of Italy’s centre-right party, Fratelli d’Italia, have been criticised for making a homophobic political advertisement on YouTube - which has now been removed.
5th February 2013
Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia scared to go out alone at night in Rome 6
2:19 PM — The gay governor of Italy's Puglia region, Nichi Vendola, has said that he is afraid to go out alone at night in Rome.
31st January 2013
Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia wants to marry his partner in front of his family and community 18
3:21 PM — A gay Italian Governor has said that he would like to have the "right" to get married to his partner in front of his "community and family."
26th January 2013
Italy: Catholic anti-gay blog returns after hacking downtime 12
2:15 AM — An Italian Catholic blog has been reinstated after falling to a DDoS attack. LGBT blogs cheered when Pontifex went down, but the site's webmaster has called them "wrong".
22nd January 2013
Italian teacher gives students handout that states gay people can be ‘cured’ 14
5:47 PM — A teacher in Venice attracted a media storm after a student posted a scan of his homophobic handout on Facebook.
17th January 2013
Italian PM Mario Monti opposes equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights 20
2:39 PM — Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he opposes same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay people.
11th January 2013
Italian Supreme Court in landmark gay parental ruling 13
6:35 PM — Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation ruled on Friday that there is no reason why gay people cannot have custody of children.
6th January 2013
Mario Monti: Decision on Italian marriage equality should be made by parliament 9
4:38 PM — The Italian Premier, Mario Monti, who is backed by the Vatican for his re-election bid, has said that gay rights issues, including marriage equality, should be decided by parliament, not his governement, if he is successful.
31st December 2012
Silvio Berlusconi: “I have a lot of gay friends, they’re friendly and funny” 26
3:41 PM — Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says his opponents have accused him of everything “except being gay and stealing money from Italians.”
14th December 2012
Pope uses ‘peace’ day message to attack same-sex marriage 103
6:43 PM — In a message for World Day of Peace 2013, Pope Benedict XVI has described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.
29th November 2012
Study: More than half of LGBT Italians believe ageing is harder for them than for heterosexuals 9
3:14 PM — In a survey of LGBT Italians 55% said they are concerned about their future in Italy, and 52% said that being gay and ageing is more difficult for them than it is for straight people.
22nd November 2012
Italy: 15-year-old believed to have killed himself after homophobic bullying 7
7:22 PM — A 15-year-old boy in Rome is believed to have committed suicide after suffering anti-gay bullying in Italy.
8th October 2012
Italy: Police break trans prostitution ring 10
4:21 PM — Italian police say they have broken a prostitution ring which brought transgender people from Latin America into the country.
8th August 2012
Vatican rejects Bulgarian lawyer for job over gay sex book 5
5:17 PM — A 39-year-old lawyer has seen his hopes of becoming a new aide to the Pope dashed. According to the Independent, Bulgaria’s Kiril Maritchkov was turned down from an ambassadorial position after the Vatican became aware of his literary past.
23rd July 2012
Milan: Catholic Church in polygamy warning over gay civil union register 39
4:15 PM — Following the mayor of Milan's promise of a register of gay civil unions, the Catholic Church has warned it could legitimise polygamy.
20th July 2012
Footballer Antonio Cassano fined €15,000 after hoping for ‘no gays on Italy squad’ 25
4:08 PM — Italian striker Antonio Cassano has been fined €15,000 for anti-gay comments he made in the run-up to the Euro 2012 championships.