7th January 2014
Former Irish president urges Cardinal Keith O’Brien to tell life story in order to help gay people 27
12:03 PM — Ireland’s former president has strongly criticised the Catholic Church for its views on homosexuality and suggests Cardinal Keith O’Brien should share his life story in order to help gay people who have felt the need “to pretend to be heterosexual”.
6th January 2014
Vatican denies that Pope Francis signalled support for civil partnerships in Italy 21
7:18 PM — In response to Italian headlines which interpreted recent words by the Pope as signalling a support for same-sex civil unions in the country, the Vatican has strongly denied such a meaning.
Comment: The Tories should not withdraw Britain from the European Convention on Human Rights 32
7:16 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Professor Robert Wintemute warns against plans by the Conservative Party to withdraw Britain from European arrangements protecting human rights as it could have serious repressions for the LGBT community.
4th January 2014
Catholic Bishop: Maltese Catholic MPs will commit a ‘grave moral act’ by voting for civil unions 15
4:20 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has said that any Catholic MPs in the country who vote for an upcoming civil unions bill will commit a "grave moral act" by doing so.
Putin confirms that limited protest zones will be set up at Sochi 13
3:54 PM — Russian authorities have confirmed that special protest zones will be set up at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
3rd January 2014
Putin awarded Golden Enema Prize of Disgrace in St Petersburg 2
8:04 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been awarded a Golden Enema Prize of Disgrace in the second annual awards ceremony in St Petersburg.
The Times honours Vladimir Putin with International Person of the Year Award 22
7:00 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been honoured with the Times newspaper's International Person of the Year Award.
Ireland: HIV infections among gay men at record high 9
4:25 PM — The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV has reached the highest level ever recorded in Ireland, new figures show.
2nd January 2014
Germany gets its first out lesbian cabinet minister 4
4:33 PM — In low key fashion, Germany's new Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks came out this week in a newspaper interview – making her the country's first openly lesbian cabinet member.
1st January 2014
YMCA songwriter will not perform at Sochi in protest against anti-gay law 23
6:16 PM — The lead singer of the Village People has said he will not perform YMCA in protest against Russia's anti-gay law at Sochi later this year.
31st December 2013
Malta Equality Commission: It is a human right for same-sex families to be able to adopt
3:50 PM — The equality commission in Malta has condemned recent statements "against the recognition of same-sex families" and said that it is the human right of same-sex couples to be given the right to adopt.
Canadian Foreign Minister urges Russia to drop anti-gay laws and protect human rights 9
3:47 PM — Ahead of February’s Sochi Winter Olympics, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has written to his Russian counterpart to denounce Russia’s anti-gay laws.
30th December 2013
Coca-Cola deletes photos of gay rights protest against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 13
7:45 PM — After inexplicably publishing them, Coca-Cola has now removed photographs published of activists protesting against its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics sponsorship. Coca-Cola yesterday published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company’s decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. […]
Irish government minister comments on equal marriage by saying ‘we have had enough of this s**t’ 19
1:12 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny says he will be actively campaigning in favour of the referendum on equal marriage – as an unnamed minister from his party is quoted as saying "we have had enough of this s**t."
Why does the Irish version of this Coca-Cola advert omit a gay couple? 24
12:02 PM — Soft drinks giant Coca Cola has in an inexplicable move, omitted a same-sex marriage scene from an Irish version of an advert being show across Europe.
29th December 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop says Pope Francis urged him to ‘speak out’ against same-sex adoption laws 44
2:32 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop has said that Pope Francis was "shocked" by plans to introduce adoption laws for same-sex couples to the country, urging the bishop to do more to speak out against the legislation.
27th December 2013
Israel: Pro-gay civil marriage bill defeated in Knesset 9
2:50 PM — A bill aimed at blocking discrimination on religious grounds and allowing for civil marriage regardless of race, sex, citizenship, and religion, has been defeated in Israel.
24th December 2013
Polish MP expresses support for Uganda’s anti-gay law with homophobic and racist remarks 21
12:24 PM — A Polish MP has expressed his support for Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill and at the same time described the Ugandan population as “kind of wild people”.
23rd December 2013
Pussy Riot member freed from prison – slams Russian amnesty law as a ‘PR stunt’ 2
11:28 AM — A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who walked free from prison earlier today said she would rather have stayed behind bars, calling Putin's amnesty law a "PR stunt."
Gay rights activists stage campaign against ‘shocking’ Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Winter Olympics 11
10:44 AM — Gay rights activists interrupted a Coca-Cola christmas advertising campaign in London's Covent Garden on Saturday, in opposition to the company's recent sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics despite anti-gay laws.