18th October 2013
France: First same-sex couple adopts after equal marriage and adoption law passed 4
7:55 PM — The first gay couple to adopt a child in France has done so five months after a law was passed to allow equal marriage and adoption rights.
Coca Cola bosses to decide whether to speak out against Russian LGBT issues ahead of Winter Olympics 10
6:14 PM — Bosses at Coca Cola are to meet in order to decide whether to speak up about laws in Russia banning the promotion of "non traditional relationships", ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Ireland: Anglican Church accused of excluding gay members from LGBT event 16
5:35 PM — The Anglican Church of Ireland has been accused of excluding openly gay and lesbian members from an event which was planned as part of its "listening process" on same-sex relationships.
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.
France’s highest court rules mayors cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriages 10
12:15 PM — France's highest court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to hold same-sex weddings in the country.
San Francisco backs out of historic Russian commemoration event following pressure from LGBT groups 2
10:46 AM — San Francisco has cancelled plans for a ceremony recognising the Russian Navy for its assistance in fighting a huge fire in the US city in 1863, allegedly due to pressure from several gay rights activists.
17th October 2013
EC report criticises EU applicants Turkey, Kosovo and Serbia on LGBT rights 4
7:09 PM — A European Commission report detailing the nature of LGBT rights in several countries looking to join the European Union has criticised Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey.
Pussy riot joins campaign for Russian Winter Olympics boycott
5:28 PM — Pussy Riot has joined the campaign for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
16th October 2013
Ballet and Sex and the City star joins campaign against anti-gay Russian law 2
7:30 PM — Russian émigré ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov has voiced his opposition to a Russian law banning the promotion of "non-traditional relationships" to minors, saying “equal treatment of people is a basic right."
Russian flag experts rule Jewish rainbow flag does not break anti-gay law 5
6:06 PM — A Kremlin flag expert has assured a concerned resident of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast that the region’s flag does not violate the country’s gay propaganda ban.
Russia ‘regrets’ homophobic graffiti attack on Dutch diplomat’s Moscow home 8
3:01 PM — Russia's foreign ministry has expressed regret after a Dutch diplomat was beaten up in Moscow – with the attackers scrawling the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
Moscow home of Dutch diplomat attacked with homophobic graffiti 9
12:58 PM — A senior Dutch diplomat has been attacked at his home in the Russian capital by unknown assailants who scrawled the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
UK: Gay Paralympic athlete prepared to risk prison by speaking out against Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
12:00 PM — Para-equestrian rider Lee Pearson has said he will speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws during the Russian Winter Games in Sochi.
15th October 2013
Survey: Almost one in ten young gay men in Serbia are suicidal 2
5:12 PM — New research shows that 9% of young gay Serbian men are currently thinking about suicide and 4% have developed a suicide plan. These figures have been released by Jelena Srdanović Maraš, a doctor of medical psychology.
Campaigners applaud Moldova for overturning anti-gay propaganda law 4
4:58 PM — LGBT campaigners have welcomed the decision of Moldova to overturn its anti-gay propaganda law.
14th October 2013
France’s First Lady meets with LGBT campaigners in South Africa
6:46 PM — France's First Lady has met with LGBT campaigners in South Africa as part of a visit to the country.
Moldova overturns anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law with hopes of joining EU 14
3:08 PM — Moldova has overturned its ban on gay "propaganda", enacted in June, with a view to joining the EU next month.
Malta: Civil unions bill to arrive in Parliament 5
11:33 AM — A bill to introduce civil unions for gay couples in Malta will arrive in the country’s Parliament this week.
13th October 2013
Russia: Police detain gay rights activists after scuffle with fascists at Coming Out Day rally 11
12:44 AM — Police have arrested 45 people following a pro-LGBT gathering in the Russian city of St Petersburg earlier on Saturday after gay rights activists clashed with homophobic campaigners, local radio has reported.