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.
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.
29th July 2013
Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay people? 128
12:59 PM — In a significant development Pope Francis has said that gay people should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.
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.
19th July 2013
Vatican denies Vatican bank prelate linked with ‘gay lobby’ 9
11:01 AM — Vatican officials have moved to deny reports that a cleric hand-picked by Pope Francis to reform the troubled Vatican bank is protected by a “gay lobby”.