24th July 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch conducts civil partnership 11
12:02 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch has officiated at a same-sex civil partnership for one of his closest friends.
Forbes magazine apologises for incorrectly stating Ireland’s president is gay 17
11:46 AM — Forbes magazine has apologised to Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins, after stating incorrectly that he’s gay.
23rd July 2013
Prelate of Vatican bank reportedly ready to resign over ‘gay lobby’ scandal 25
7:17 PM — The Prelate of the Vatican bank, who is facing claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour, has offered to resign, according to an Italian news agency.
Lithuania Supreme Court makes binding decision in favour of Baltic Pride 4
3:14 PM — Lithuania's Supreme Court has once again ruled that Baltic Pride can take place this weekend.
Italy: Lower House of the Italian Parliament to debate anti-homophobia bill 15
11:29 AM — The Lower House of the Italian Parliament is set to begin debating a bill that would make homophobic discrimination a criminal offence.
22nd July 2013
France: Gay couple who filed complaint as mayor refused to officiate wedding finally marry 4
7:26 PM — A gay couple who were forced to file an officia complaint as their town's mayor became the first in France to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding, are now married.
Russia: 4 Dutch citizens quizzed by police over ‘gay propaganda’ 10
5:31 PM — Four Dutch nationals have been questioned by police in Russia over alleged "gay propaganda" offences.
21st July 2013
Head of Russian Orthodox Church warns equal marriage is a sign of the apocalypse 83
8:00 PM — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, has condemned the advance of marriage equality in the West, calling it a symptom of the apocalypse.
19th July 2013
French Government study recommends lifting of blanket gay blood ban 8
12:10 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France should be lifted, according to a new government study.
Vatican denies Vatican bank prelate linked with ‘gay lobby’ 9
11:01 AM — Vatican officials have moved to deny reports that a cleric hand-picked by Pope Francis to reform the troubled Vatican bank is protected by a “gay lobby”.
Gay murderers marry in French prison with terrorist Carlos the Jackal as a witness 16
10:58 AM — French media are reporting that the first same-sex marriage has taken place in a prison following France introducing marriage equality.
18th July 2013
Germany: Pamphlet advises gay football players to come out ‘quietly’ 11
6:13 PM — A new leaflet due to be issued by the German Football Association (DFB) is advising gay football players to come out at the end of the season in order to avoid media and public attention.
Ireland updates travel advice for LGBT citizens travelling to Russia due to passing of anti-gay laws 20
5:52 PM — The Irish Government has updated its advice for citizens travelling to Russia following the recent passing of several homophobic laws.
Montenegro: Minister of Labour and Welfare backs country’s first ever Pride parade 2
2:46 PM — The Labour and Welfare Minister of Montenegro has said that he is willing to support the country's first ever Pride parade planned to be held for October.
Iceland: Mayor of Reykjavík wants to cut ties with Moscow over passage of anti-gay law 22
12:43 AM — The mayor of Iceland's capital city Reykjavic wants to cut cultural and political ties between Moscow and his city over the recent passage of anti-gay legislation in Russia.
16th July 2013
Germany: Berlin Mayor files legal complaint against rapper for anti-gay lyrics 19
6:24 PM — A German rapper is the subject of a legal complaint filed by Berlin's mayor, who has accused him of releasing a video containing anti-gay lyrics, and which incites violence.
Sinn Fein criticises Russian Government for passage of anti-gay laws 8
6:08 PM — A spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora from Sinn Féin has criticised the Russian Government for introducing anti-gay legislation, including a law banning homosexual "propaganda".
Irish activists welcome decision of UK House of Lords to pass equal marriage bill 25
1:40 PM — Irish campaigners say the decision of the House Lords to pass the equal marriage bill for England and Wales at third reading can hopefully bolster equality efforts in Ireland.
15th July 2013
France: Rainbow lights on Eiffel tower for Bastille Day criticised by equal marriage opponents 7
6:14 PM — Bastille Day celebrations at the weekend, which included lighting up the Eiffel Tower in rainbow colours, have come under criticism by opponents to equal marriage in France.
Russia: Five gay rights protesters detained following Red Square demonstration 6
1:15 PM — Police in Moscow detained five gay rights activists on Sunday for holding a demonstration against Russia's recently introduced anti-gay legislation.