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.
Selena Gomez banned from performing in Russia for open support of gay rights 10
3:07 PM — Singer Selena Gomez has reportedly been banned from performing in Russia due to her open support for gay rights.
Russian official: The EU should fix its own problems before criticising Russia over LGBT issues 9
1:51 PM — A Russian official has responded to an Amnesty International study on attacks on members of the LGBT community in EU countries, to accuse EU members of hypocrisy over its attitude towards LGBT issues in Russia.
Vladimir Putin: ‘Europeans are dying out so why would we want gay marriage?’ 114
1:22 PM — Vladimir Putin has denied that the LGBT community faces discrimination in Russia. Speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday, Mr Putin insisted that there was "no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities" in the country.
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.
Russia: LGBT teachers forced out of schools because of their sexuality 14
2:49 PM — Two LGBT teachers in Russia were forced out of the schools where they worked because of their sexuality, it has been alleged.
18th September 2013
Russian culture minister: ‘There is no proof that Tchaikovsky was gay’ 31
6:08 PM — Russia's culture minster has denied that world-renowned composer Peter Tchaikovsky was gay, saying that there is "no evidence" to suggest that he was. Though his homosexuality long being regarded as historical fact, Vladimir Medinsky has said that nothing about Tchaikovsky suggests he was anything other than a lonely old man who failed to marry.
Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won’t be competing at 2014 Winter Olympics 14
5:52 PM — Figure skater Johnny Weir won't be competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi after failing to register for the national championships
Gay man jailed for attacking husband on wedding day following row about mother-in-laws 10
3:01 PM — A 22-year-old man in the northern French city of Alencon has been jailed for attacking his new husband just hours after tying the knot.
Mayor of London: I won’t end twinning arrangement with Moscow despite anti-gay laws 18
1:33 PM — Boris Johnson believes it would be wrong to break the capital's cultural ties with Moscow because of anti-gay legislation passed by the Russian Parliament - although the senior Tory "is deeply concerned" by the situation.
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.
17th September 2013
Azerbaijan: Gay man found dead in Baku in wake of first gay pride rally 8
7:23 PM — A 53-year-old gay man has been found dead in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku, according to reports.
Azerbaijanis take to the internet to condemn gay pride ‘mini rally’ in Baku 6
6:24 PM — Azerbaijani web users have condemned a gay pride 'mini rally' staged in the capital city of Baku on 7th September
Austria: Kissing banned on board Vienna train network 29
5:59 PM — Kissing has been banned on trains in the Austrian capital Vienna alongside talking too loudly and eating smelly food.
Elton John: ‘I need to perform in Russia to help gay people’ 47
10:42 AM — Sir Elton John says he won't cancel a planned Moscow concert because he wants to support Russia's gay community.
16th September 2013
Cher: ‘I immediately said no to performing at the Winter Olympics due to Russia’s anti-gay laws’ 32
12:10 PM — Cher has refused to perform at Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to the country's anti-gay laws.
13th September 2013
Ireland: Education Minister launches new policy to combat anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in schools 11
2:33 PM — The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has launched new procedures to target anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in all Irish primary and post-primary schools.
Pelosi tells Putin: When you talk about people being created equal – don’t forget gays and lesbians 15
12:41 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has responded to Vladimir Putin's statement on all people being created equal under God by saying the Russian President needs to include gay citizens too.