14th May 2013
Ukraine: Parliament drops gay anti-discrimination bill as hundreds protest against it 7
3:14 PM — A bill to protect gay Ukrainian workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation has been dropped by the country's parliament, as hundreds of anti-gay protesters gathered to demonstrate against it.
France: Watchdog reports 27% spike in homophobia leading up to equal marriage debate 7
2:57 PM — A leading gay rights watchdog has reported that, in 2012 leading up to the French Parliament's approval of a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption, homophobic attacks and slurs increased by over a quarter.
Russia: Family and friends of male rape beer bottle murder victim say he wasn’t gay 23
12:47 PM — The parents of a man who was killed and raped with beer bottles in Russia say the victim was not gay.
Cyprus: Gay couple dragged from car and beaten by gang of eight 31
11:02 AM — A gay couple have been brutally attacked by a group of eight people in Cyprus.
13th May 2013
Russia: Identity of man killed and raped with beer bottles revealed 17
7:35 PM — A photograph has emerged which is believed to show the 23-year-old gay man tortured and killed in a brutal attack in Russia on Friday.
Ireland: New LGBT advice guide launched for GPs 1
6:22 PM — The Irish College of General Practitioners has launched a new LGBT guide for GPs.
Lithuanian Bishops: European convention on domestic violence will promote homosexuality and ‘transsexualism’ 15
4:20 PM — Bishops in Lithuania have urged their government not to sign a Council of Europe (COE) convention tackling domestic violence, as they claim it will lead to homosexuality and "transsexualism" being promoted in schools.
Italy: Rome mayoral candidate pledges to introduce same-sex civil unions 8
4:20 PM — A candidate to become mayor of Rome on Monday promised that he would issue same-sex civil unions in the city, if he is elected.
Georgia: Government minister arrested for secretly filming male journalists having a threesome 3
1:54 PM — Georgia's deputy interior minister Gela Khvedelidze has admitted posting a video online of three journalists engaging in a threesome.
12th May 2013
Russia: Tortured and killed gay man was ‘raped with beer bottles’ 55
1:31 PM — A gay man from the southern Russian city of Volgograd who was tortured to death in an apparent hate crime, was sexually assaulted with beer bottles, and had his skull "smashed with a stone", authorities said on Sunday.
11th May 2013
Russia: Possible homophobic killing spikes concerns of gay community 11
9:42 PM — The death of a man in a possible homophobic attack in Russia has concerned activists, who say prejudice is becoming more concentrated due to anti-gay laws.
Church of Ireland denies setting up Select Committee to ‘stall’ on gay issues 10
1:33 AM — The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, has denied that the Church of Ireland is attempting to "stall" on the issue of homosexuality on the church by setting up a Select Committee to consider it.
10th May 2013
Albania: Deputy Defence Minister accused of homophobic discrimination 3
6:00 PM — The Albanian Deputy Defence Minister Ekrem Spahia, and a Socialist Party official Artan Lame, have both come under heavy criticism for publicly using discriminatory language against the LGBT community.
Church of Ireland leader Michael Jackson, creates LGBT committee with no LGBT members 10
4:55 PM — The Church of Ireland has been criticised for excluding LGBT people from a new committee it has established to examine the issues around homosexuality and the church.
9th May 2013
France: Viral outrage caused by anti-equal marriage poster 7
5:28 PM — A poster calling for same-sex marriage opponents to rally in France caused outrage on social media sites over what many claim is a racist depiction of the Justice Minister.
8th May 2013
‘Roma Boys’ docudrama premieres in UK
2:31 PM — Today marks the UK premiere of an award-winning Czech film on the dual prejudices faced by LGBT Roma, even within their own community and families.
Finland’s Eurovision entrant wants to ‘make a statement’ about country’s lack of equal marriage 6
1:42 PM — Finland's entrant for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest has avoided rules which forbid political messages, to voice a statement against the country's lack of equal marriage legislation.
Poll: 68% approve of equal marriage in the Faroe Islands 6
12:28 AM — A survey has found that, out of the population of the Faroe Islands, more than two thirds support legalising civil marriage for gay couples.
7th May 2013
Gran Canaria gay hangout the Yumbo Centre hit by serious fire 2
10:26 AM — Fire has damaged several venues at the Yumbo Centre, home to several LGBT clubs, bars and shops in the resort of Playa del Ingles on Gran Canaria.
5th May 2013
Estonia: Anti-same-sex partnerships petition gathers 35,000 signatures 26
1:13 PM — A petition against legal recognition for same-sex cohabiting couples in Estonia has gained 35,000 signatures, surprising even its organisers.