30th September 2013
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.
Gallery removes exhibition of gay couples kissing in churches after Vatican threatens legal action 46
5:24 PM — An art gallery in Rome has covered up an exhibition of photographs showing same-sex couples kissing in churches, following a legal threat by the Vatican.
Head of Barilla pasta says ‘We won’t include gays in our ads’ 68
3:09 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla is under fire for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
Ian Mckellen: If we boycotted the Olympics in Russia, they wouldn’t take place anywhere 18
1:53 PM — Sir Ian McKellen says Russia's anti-gay laws are "appalling", that he would do "almost anything" to help repeal repeal them, but boycotting next year's Winter Olympics is not the answer.
25th September 2013
Gay Polish religious film to be shown in UK cinemas 8
6:02 PM — An award-winning gay film from Poland, which the director hopes will start a debate about LGBT issues in the country, gets its premier in the UK on Friday.
24th September 2013
Russian anti-gay groups call on authorities to ban Elton John concert 36
7:15 PM — Several Russian homophobic groups have called on the authorities to ban an upcoming Elton John concert, saying that allowing the pop icon to perform would make a "mockery" of the country's anti-gay laws.
Transgender bisexual lawyer announces 2018 Russian presidential run 8
6:46 PM — Bisexual and transgender lawyer Masha Bast says she intends to run for the presidency in Russia in 2018.
Video: Italian politicians stage kiss-in protest during debate over LGBT discrimination protection bill 7
6:10 PM — A political party in Italy interrupted a debate over an LGBT discrimination protection bill, to stage a kiss-in protest in solidarity with the LGBT community.
23rd September 2013
Ireland: Trans campaign group to host weekly lobby forums 3
7:45 PM — The Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) will open its doors weekly in order to discuss lobbying for gender recognition.
French basketball star apologises for anti-gay slur following European tournament match 7
5:01 PM — French professional basketball player Tony Parker has apologised after using an anti-gay slur during a press conference following a game between France and Spain.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister urged to challenge Russia on LGBT rights at Council of Europe meeting 3
4:00 PM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore has been urged by Sein Fein to raise the widespread violation of LGBT rights in Russia at this week’s meeting of the Council of Europe.