16th October 2013
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.
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.
New London Irish LGBT group launches at the Irish Embassy 5
12:59 PM — A social and support group for the London Irish LGBT community is being launched on 17 October at the Irish Embassy in London.
9th October 2013
Russian LGBT film festival wins appeal against fines under ‘foreign agent’ law 3
7:14 PM — The Side by Side (Bok o Bok), film festival, has won its appeal against fines under a recently introduced "foreign agent", law in Russia.
Ireland: First of its kind guide launched for LGBT graduates 1
5:59 PM — GLEN Diversity Champions, Ireland's network for LGBT inclusive employers, today launches the first LGBT graduate directory.
MEPs to debate rise of homophobia in Russia 8
4:28 PM — The European Parliament is set to debate the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia on Thursday morning.
Serbian gang kidnaps gay man in order to ‘cure’ him of sexuality at request of family 6
1:34 PM — A 22-year-old gay man says his partner was kidnapped last month in eastern Serbia in a bid to change his sexuality.
7th October 2013
Russian academic: Anti-gay laws protect children from ‘homosexualism’ 33
1:45 PM — The director of the Institute of Political Studies in Moscow has defended Russia's anti-gay laws, saying they protect children against "homosexualism".
5th October 2013
Greece: Dozens protest against Russian anti-gay law ahead of Olympic flame hand over 8
3:46 PM — A protest has taken place in central Athens ahead of the handover of the Olympic flame to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organisers.
4th October 2013
All Swedish couples banned from adopting Russian children over same-sex marriage 19
7:49 PM — Russian authorities have stopped the adoption of Russian children by all Swedish couples based on the legalisation of equal marriage in Sweden.
Poland: Group blocked by authorities for trying to pass off anti-gay protest as ‘pro-egg’ rally 9
4:53 PM — Authorities in Poland have blocked plans for an anti-gay protest after realising that an application to hold a rally promoting the benefits of eggs was submitted by a prominent nationalist group. The protest had been scheduled to to coincide with a gay pride march in the city of Wroclaw on Saturday.
3rd October 2013
Russia: Imam urges followers not to attend Elton John concert because he ‘promotes homsexuality’ 24
7:23 PM — An Imam in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, has warned followers that they should boycott an Elton John concern scheduled for December.