18th October 2013
San Francisco backs out of historic Russian commemoration event following pressure from LGBT groups 2
10:46 AM — San Francisco has cancelled plans for a ceremony recognising the Russian Navy for its assistance in fighting a huge fire in the US city in 1863, allegedly due to pressure from several gay rights activists.
17th October 2013
EC report criticises EU applicants Turkey, Kosovo and Serbia on LGBT rights 4
7:09 PM — A European Commission report detailing the nature of LGBT rights in several countries looking to join the European Union has criticised Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey.
Pussy riot joins campaign for Russian Winter Olympics boycott
5:28 PM — Pussy Riot has joined the campaign for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
16th October 2013
Ballet and Sex and the City star joins campaign against anti-gay Russian law 2
7:30 PM — Russian émigré ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov has voiced his opposition to a Russian law banning the promotion of "non-traditional relationships" to minors, saying “equal treatment of people is a basic right."
Russian flag experts rule Jewish rainbow flag does not break anti-gay law 5
6:06 PM — A Kremlin flag expert has assured a concerned resident of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast that the region’s flag does not violate the country’s gay propaganda ban.
Russia ‘regrets’ homophobic graffiti attack on Dutch diplomat’s Moscow home 8
3:01 PM — Russia's foreign ministry has expressed regret after a Dutch diplomat was beaten up in Moscow – with the attackers scrawling the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
Moscow home of Dutch diplomat attacked with homophobic graffiti 9
12:58 PM — A senior Dutch diplomat has been attacked at his home in the Russian capital by unknown assailants who scrawled the letters "LGBT" on a mirror.
UK: Gay Paralympic athlete prepared to risk prison by speaking out against Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
12:00 PM — Para-equestrian rider Lee Pearson has said he will speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws during the Russian Winter Games in Sochi.
15th October 2013
Survey: Almost one in ten young gay men in Serbia are suicidal 2
5:12 PM — New research shows that 9% of young gay Serbian men are currently thinking about suicide and 4% have developed a suicide plan. These figures have been released by Jelena Srdanović Maraš, a doctor of medical psychology.
Campaigners applaud Moldova for overturning anti-gay propaganda law 4
4:58 PM — LGBT campaigners have welcomed the decision of Moldova to overturn its anti-gay propaganda law.
14th October 2013
France’s First Lady meets with LGBT campaigners in South Africa
6:46 PM — France's First Lady has met with LGBT campaigners in South Africa as part of a visit to the country.
Moldova overturns anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law with hopes of joining EU 14
3:08 PM — Moldova has overturned its ban on gay "propaganda", enacted in June, with a view to joining the EU next month.
Malta: Civil unions bill to arrive in Parliament 5
11:33 AM — A bill to introduce civil unions for gay couples in Malta will arrive in the country’s Parliament this week.
13th October 2013
Russia: Police detain gay rights activists after scuffle with fascists at Coming Out Day rally 11
12:44 AM — Police have arrested 45 people following a pro-LGBT gathering in the Russian city of St Petersburg earlier on Saturday after gay rights activists clashed with homophobic campaigners, local radio has reported.
10th October 2013
Pope Francis blesses gay Catholic group in written letter 85
5:57 PM — Pope Francis has reportedly blessed a group of gay Catholics in Italy.
New London Irish LGBT group launches at the Irish Embassy 5
12:59 PM — A social and support group for the London Irish LGBT community is being launched on 17 October at the Irish Embassy in London.
9th October 2013
Russian LGBT film festival wins appeal against fines under ‘foreign agent’ law 3
7:14 PM — The Side by Side (Bok o Bok), film festival, has won its appeal against fines under a recently introduced "foreign agent", law in Russia.
Ireland: First of its kind guide launched for LGBT graduates 1
5:59 PM — GLEN Diversity Champions, Ireland's network for LGBT inclusive employers, today launches the first LGBT graduate directory.
MEPs to debate rise of homophobia in Russia 8
4:28 PM — The European Parliament is set to debate the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia on Thursday morning.