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.
Belgian trans man helped to die after failed gender reassignment operations 23
6:18 PM — A transgender man has been helped to die by doctors in Belgium after a series of failed gender reassignment operations.
Top EU official says Europe should stop lecturing Africa on gay rights 55
11:04 AM — The European Union's most senior official in charge of relations with Africa has said the EU should stop lecturing the continent about gay rights.
2nd October 2013
Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 87
3:54 PM — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize - despite presiding over a rolling back of LGBT and human rights in recent years.
‘Rainbow’ German Winter Olympics uniforms seen as silent protest against Russian anti-gay law 24
1:46 PM — Germany has debuted its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics uniforms, the rainbow design of which has prompted many to speculate whether they are meant as a silent protest against Russian anti-gay laws.
1st October 2013
Speaker of Russian Parliament invites MEPs to visit Moscow’s gay bars 36
2:25 PM — The Speaker of Russia’s Parliament has invited MEPs to visit Moscow’s gay bars in an attempt to show Russia accepts the LGBT community.
Irish Prime Minister backs Limerick’s Gay Games bid 16
12:41 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) has thrown his weight behind Limerick’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games.
US Olympic skier Bode Miller slams Russia’s anti-gay laws as ‘absolutely embarrassing’ 9
11:08 AM — US Olympic skier Bode Miller has slammed Russia's anti-gay laws as being "absolutely embarrassing".
30th September 2013
Survey: Average age to enter a civil partnership in Ireland is 44 5
5:23 PM — The average age of gay couples entering civil partnerships in Ireland is 44 - new data shows.
New Olympic President has heard ‘assurances of the highest Russian authorities’ on gay issues at Sochi 25
4:40 PM — The newly appointed International Olympic Committee (IOC) president spoke at the lighting of the Olympic flame ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to say he had received "assurances of the highest authorities in Russia", that the Olympic charter will be adhered to during the games.
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.
Serbia: Hundreds of LGBT activists gather to defy gay pride ban in Belgrade 4
12:35 PM — Gay rights activists in Serbia held their first Pride march in three years on Saturday, despite officials banning the ceremony over threats of violence from right-wing extremists.
28th September 2013
Serbian Government condemned by EU officials for cancelling pride march for third year running 5
2:36 PM — Officials from the European Union have criticised the Serbian Government's decision to ban a gay pride event for a third year because of threats of violence from right-wing extremists.
27th September 2013
Gay footballer Anton Hysen: I get calls from footballers who want to come out 20
7:47 PM — Gay footballer Anton Hysen says he's had a number of phone calls from anonymous footballers who want to come out.
Russian politician: ‘Stephen Fry is a bringer of evil’ and gays are not welcome in Russia 38
6:14 PM — A Russian lawmaker has branded Stephen Fry "evil", following a feud over several months stemming from the author, actor and broadcaster's vocal support for gay rights.
Amnesty: The Olympic Committee is in denial about Russia’s anti-gay laws 7
4:36 PM — Amnesty International has criticised the International Olympic Committee for expressing satisfaction that Russia’s anti-gay laws do not threaten the spirit of the Olympic Charter.
26th September 2013
Video: Evangelist says ‘indirectly assisting’ Russia with anti-gay law ‘one of my proudest moments’ 32
7:43 PM — Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively has claimed that he "indirectly" helped to "craft" Russia's anti-gay law, and said it was "one of the proudest moments" of his career.
Serbian Pride set to go ahead on Saturday despite threats of violence 5
6:12 PM — Gay rights activists in Serbia have said that they expect to hold their first Pride march in three years on Saturday, despite the threat of violence from right-wing extremists.
Moscow: Police arrest LGBT campaigners over Olympic protest 1
5:41 PM — Police in Moscow arrested several LGBT rights activists earlier this week who were protesting outside Russia’s Olympic headquarters in the capital.