15th November 2013
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: ‘Luxembourg’s gay prime minister and deputy PM is LGBT progress for Europe’ 6
1:30 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says the fact that Luxembourg is set to have both an openly gay prime minister and deputy PM shows “how far Europe has progressed on LGBT issues”.
Lithuania: Homophobic politician delivers trousers with anal zip to LGBT group 72
11:28 AM — A pair of sexually provocative trousers, featuring a zip directly where a male's buttocks would meet, has been delivered to an LGBT group by a Lithuanian Member of Parliament who equates homosexuality with paedophilia.
14th November 2013
Luxembourg to become first country to have gay prime minister and gay deputy PM 12
2:00 PM — Luxembourg is tipped to become the first country in the world to have both an openly gay prime minister and deputy prime minister.
Irish President meets with trans activists at official residence 8
12:39 PM — The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has met with trans campaigners in a landmark occasion.
12th November 2013
Poland: Giant rainbow set on fire by far-right thugs 16
5:02 PM — Far-right protesters have burnt a rainbow piece of artwork during an event to commemorate Poland's national independence in the capital Warsaw.
11th November 2013
Russia: Man who shot LGBT activist in face avoids prison sentence 11
5:23 PM — A man who shot an LGBT rights activist in the face with a rubber bullet gun has been spared prison after a Russian court handed him a one-year suspended sentence.
Irish equality minister: Laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are ‘discriminatory’ 2
5:00 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has said that laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are “discriminatory” and make “little sense.”
Dutch foreign minister: Russia does not prosecute against gay people – there is ‘no ground for asylum’ 15
11:59 AM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said he was "misquoted" in an earlier report claiming LGBT Russians facing discrimination may apply for asylum in his country, now saying gay people are not "prosecuted" in Russia, so there is no ground for asylum in the Netherlands.
8th November 2013
Croatia to hold a referendum aiming to rule out same-sex marriage 36
1:26 PM — Croatia, the newest country to join the EU, is set to hold a referendum on whether to allow same-sex marriages later this year.
Amnesty International: European court ruling in favour of gay asylum seekers does not go far enough 5
11:13 AM — Amnesty International says a European court ruling in favour of the right of three gay Africans to claim asylum in the EU does not go far enough.
7th November 2013
Ireland: 76% of voters support equal marriage 22
5:26 PM — The first poll since the announcement of a same-sex marriage referendum has found that an overwhelming majority of voters support the proposal.
European Court of Human Rights rules against Greece’s ban on gay civil unions 21
3:04 PM — Greece’s ban on same-sex couples from entering civil unions violates the European Convention of Human Rights, a European court has ruled.
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev denies supporting anti-gay laws ahead of London protest 24
12:35 PM — Ahead of a protest planned to take place outside his concert, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev says “It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation”.
European Court of Justice rules gay asylum seekers can seek sanctuary in EU 10
11:51 AM — The European Union’s highest court has ruled that gay people from three African countries, who feared persecution due to their sexual orientation, have grounds for asylum in the EU.
IOC President tells UN: ‘I oppose any type of boycott of the Winter Olympics’ 18
11:07 AM — The President of the International Olympic Committee has once again dismissed calls for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay laws during a United Nations debate.
6th November 2013
Irish Labour MEP calls for equal marriage referendum to be held next year rather than 2015 10
4:03 PM — Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015.
5th November 2013
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny: I will support and fight for equal marriage 11
11:31 PM — The Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has pledged that he will campaign strongly in favour of same-sex marriage in an upcoming referendum.
Russia: Norwegian journalists detained, and threatened with imprisonment for criticising Sochi Olympics 12
7:51 PM — A Norwegian news crew say they were detained, harassed and threatened with imprisonment whilst reporting on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
Dutch foreign minister offers asylum to Russians discriminated against under anti-gay law 8
4:55 PM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans, has said Russians discriminated against under a law banning gay "propaganda", may apply for asylum in his country.
London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’ 25
4:06 PM — Peter Tatchell is organising a public demonstration to be held this Thursday outside the Barbican against conductor Valery Gergiev, a friend of Vladimir Putin who supports the country’s anti-gay laws.