21st June 2013
Irish Deputy Prime Minister calls for greater tolerance 5
6:45 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore says Ireland’s “economic progress has to be embedded in a free, open, progressive society.”
20th June 2013
Malta: Bill introduced to increase protections against sexual orientation discrimination 4
6:28 PM — A private member's bill has been introduced in Malta in order to amend the country's Constitution to increase protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Ireland: Lesbian couple win discrimination case against restaurant 5
4:50 PM — Two lesbian employees in Ireland have been awarded a total of 15,000 euros after suffering harassment and sexual harassment whilst working at a restaurant in Cork.
Russia: MP calls for law allowing gays to be whipped in public squares 111
3:22 PM — Russian MP Alexander Mikhailov has reportedly called for the right of marines to whip gay people in public.
19th June 2013
Russia: LGBT rights group fined 500,000 rubles under ‘foreign agent’ law 9
7:30 PM — A Russian LGBT organisation has is the second to be fined under the "foreign agent" law, in two weeks, and has had its future put at risk by the fine.
Gay fashioner designer Stefano Gabbana sentenced for tax evasion 26
6:14 PM — Gay fashioner designer Stefano Gabbana has been sentenced for tax evasion along with his gay former partner.
Maltese Prime Minister: A civil unions bill is to be introduced by the end of this year 4
3:45 PM — The Maltese Prime Minister has said that civil unions for same-sex couples will be introduced by the end of this year.
18th June 2013
Poland: Prime Minister backs down and admits opposition to civil unions is too strong 34
6:45 PM — The Prime Minister of Poland has backed down in the face of strong cross-party opposition to civil unions for gay couples, and admitted that the country will not adopt measures to allow it in the near future.
Russia: Ban on adoption by same-sex couples unanimously passed at second reading 10
3:17 PM — Russian lawmakers have voted unanimously to pass legislation banning the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, as well as single parents who live in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
US: Russian gay people urge boycott of 2014 Russian Winter Olympics 10
12:32 AM — Gay people from Russia and the former Soviet republics who are living in the US have urged a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, because of growing fears that LGBT people are not safe in Russia.
17th June 2013
European Parliament express concerns on lack of gay rights provision in trade treaty 3
7:05 PM — The European Parliament has agreed to a new multilateral treaty with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions, but with strong reservations about its lack of human rights protections in relation to sexual orientation.
Serbia: Right-wing group promises to spy on new LGBT centre 6
1:44 PM — Serbian capital Belgrade's first LGBT community centre has become the target of surveillance by nationalists, who claim they are out to protect the neighbourhood from "prostitution".
Poland’s only gay MP attacked after Equality Parade 3
12:07 PM — Poland's first gay MP has revealed that a man attacked the group he was socialising with after Warsaw's Equality parade, before turning on the MP himself.
15th June 2013
Pope Francis urges French delegates not to follow ‘fashionable’ ideas 39
8:22 PM — In a meeting with a delegation of French legislators in the Vatican City today, Pope Francis urged for religion to be considered in lawmaking. While avoiding particular mention of the country's recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, he warned against picking "fashionable" ideas over religious "spirit".
Gibraltar LGBT activist awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 3
3:36 PM — The founder of Gibraltar's Equality Rights Group (formerly Gibraltar Gay Rights) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
German Cabinet adopts bill to give gay couples equal tax benefits 17
2:30 PM — The German cabinet has adopted a bill granting same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same income tax benefit as married opposite-sex couples.
14th June 2013
Labour MEP Michael Cashman: Putin’s ‘hate speech’ has resulted in the ‘barbaric killing’ of gay Russian men 9
1:34 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men”.
13th June 2013
Anti-equal marriage activist names Tour de France as target for protest 8
1:39 PM — Opposition to France's equal marriage law have said they will use the "extraordinary international visibility" of the Tour de France to protest in an attempt to get the recently established law repealed.
Russia: LGBT activists call for jailing of ‘homosexual propaganda’ bill sponsor 4
12:42 PM — LGBT activists in Russia have started a legal complaint against the lawmakers behind the country's anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, which was approved by the Duma on Tuesday.
12th June 2013
Isle of Man Chief Minister: Discrimination case against lesbian couple makes Equality Bill ‘high priority’ 7
3:45 PM — Following the refused tenancy of a lesbian couple in May, Isle of Man Chief Minister Allan Bell weighs in on the "distressing" lack of legislation protecting the rights of same-sex couples.