17th February 2014
Italian transgender former MP arrested over rainbow protest in Sochi 7
11:18 AM — A transgender Italian politician and LGBT campaigner has reportedly been arrested in Sochi for demonstrating against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
3rd February 2014
Italian Prime Minister promises to raise Russia’s anti-gay laws at Olympics 6
2:22 PM — Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta says he will raise the issue of Russia’s anti-gay laws during his trip to the Winter Olympics.
16th January 2014
Italian IOC member: It’s absurd for America to include ‘4 lesbians’ in its Olympic delegation 31
1:30 PM — IOC member Mario Pescante says it's "absurd" for America to include "4 lesbians" in its Winter Olympic delegation - even though the current number is 2.
9th January 2014
Italian Deputy Prime Minister threatens to pull his party from Government if ‘gay marriage’ is introduced 19
8:00 PM — The Italian Deputy Prime Minister said on Thursday that his party would leave the government if their coalition partner introduces measures for same-sex marriage.
Italy: Police arrest suspect over death of gay rights activist 2
11:49 AM — Police in Italy have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a gay rights campaigner.
6th January 2014
Vatican denies that Pope Francis signalled support for civil partnerships in Italy 21
7:18 PM — In response to Italian headlines which interpreted recent words by the Pope as signalling a support for same-sex civil unions in the country, the Vatican has strongly denied such a meaning.
8th December 2013
Italy: Rainbow-themed Christmas lights blasted as ‘provocative and ideological’ 20
10:49 AM — Rainbow-themed Christmas lights set up in Rome to commemorate the recent suicide of a gay teenager have stirred controversy recently, after a far-right group blasted the idea as "provocative and ideological."
4th November 2013
Barilla pasta to make ‘inclusive’ ads despite chair saying he would ‘never feature an ad with a gay family’ 14
5:29 PM — Barilla, the Italian pasta company which came under fire after its chairman said he would "never feature an ad with a gay family", now plans to do just that.
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 4
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.
30th September 2013
John Paul II who described same-sex marriage as ‘evil’ to become saint in April 2014 36
12:06 PM — Pope John Paul II, who famously described gay rights advances such as same-sex marriage as a “new ideology of evil”, will be declared a saint on 27 April 2014, Pope Francis has announced.
29th September 2013
Video: Head of Barilla pasta apologises after saying he ‘would never feature an ad with a gay family’ 62
1:31 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla has issued a video apology onto Facebook after falling under controversy for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
26th September 2013
Gallery removes exhibition of gay couples kissing in churches after Vatican threatens legal action 46
5:24 PM — An art gallery in Rome has covered up an exhibition of photographs showing same-sex couples kissing in churches, following a legal threat by the Vatican.
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
Italy: Gay governor says Pope Francis’ comments on gay issues ‘give us hope’ 6
4:51 PM — The gay governor of Italy’s Puglia region, Nichi Vendola, has commented on Pope Francis's interview this week, during which he appeared to be further softening his stance on gay issues.
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.
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.
Pope Francis: The Catholic Church is ‘obsessed’ with same-sex marriage and abortion 66
5:07 PM — Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church has grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception – and that he is choosing to avoid discussing those subjects.