27th July 2013
Russia tells Olympics: Athletes and spectators will be exempt from our anti-gay laws 139
2:35 PM — The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has said that it has received reassurance from the Russian government that athletes and spectators will be exempt from the country's draconian anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in the Russian city of Sochi.
Sweden: More female same-sex couples marry than male 7
12:43 AM — In Sweden, female same-sex couples are more likely to marry than male, statistics published on friday indicate.
26th July 2013
Petition calls for Manchester to cut cultural ties with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws 20
5:32 PM — A petition has been started to have Manchester City Council cut its cultural ties with Russian city St Petersburg, over recently passed anti-gay legislation in Russia.
Russia: LGBT film festival loses appeal against fines under ‘foreign agent’ laws 2
4:30 PM — A Russian LGBT film festival has lost an appeal against fines made against it under new controversial 'foreign agent' laws.
Canada: Vancouver bars join ‘dump Russia vodka’ campaign over anti-gay laws 9
2:49 PM — At least two bars in Vancouver have joined the battle against the controversial Russian anti-gay “propaganda” laws by refusing to sell Russian made vodka.
Russia: Gay teenagers tortured and made to come out on video by militant ‘anti-paedophilia’ group 123
2:18 PM — A neo-Nazi Russian group has taken to social media to publicise images and videos of gay teenagers lured in on the promise of a date, before torturing them and forcing them to come out to friends and family on video.
US: Stoli vodka ‘upset and angry’ at Russian anti-gay laws 23
12:08 PM — Stolichnaya, one of the most popular vodkas in the United States, has joined the battle against the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia with a worldwide message of support for the LGBT community.
24th July 2013
Petition calls for British boycott of Russian Winter Olympics because of anti-gay laws 13
5:06 PM — A petition has been started with a view to having the British Olympics Association boycott the Russian Winter Olympics next year, in the wake of the passage of anti-gay legislation.
Denmark: Forum established to help more LGBT people from ethnic minority groups come out 7
4:28 PM — A new national forum will be launched in Denmark, in order to help LGBT people come out to their friends and family.
Italy: Gay activists to campaign against ‘dangerous’ anti-homophobia bill 2
3:28 PM — LGBT activists have criticised the new bill set to criminalise homophobic hate crimes in Italy, saying that it is a "dangerous compromise" that will not change homophobic attitudes in the country.
Montenegro: Anti-gay demonstrators cause violence at first ever pride event, and chant ‘kill the gays’ 6
1:38 PM — Rocks and bottles were thrown by dozens of anti-gay protesters at Montenegro's first ever pride event on Wednesday.
Benedict Cumberbatch conducts civil partnership 11
12:02 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch has officiated at a same-sex civil partnership for one of his closest friends.
Forbes magazine apologises for incorrectly stating Ireland’s president is gay 17
11:46 AM — Forbes magazine has apologised to Ireland’s President, Michael D Higgins, after stating incorrectly that he’s gay.
23rd July 2013
Prelate of Vatican bank reportedly ready to resign over ‘gay lobby’ scandal 25
7:17 PM — The Prelate of the Vatican bank, who is facing claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour, has offered to resign, according to an Italian news agency.
Lithuania Supreme Court makes binding decision in favour of Baltic Pride 4
3:14 PM — Lithuania's Supreme Court has once again ruled that Baltic Pride can take place this weekend.
Italy: Lower House of the Italian Parliament to debate anti-homophobia bill 15
11:29 AM — The Lower House of the Italian Parliament is set to begin debating a bill that would make homophobic discrimination a criminal offence.
22nd July 2013
France: Gay couple who filed complaint as mayor refused to officiate wedding finally marry 4
7:26 PM — A gay couple who were forced to file an officia complaint as their town's mayor became the first in France to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding, are now married.
Russia: 4 Dutch citizens quizzed by police over ‘gay propaganda’ 10
5:31 PM — Four Dutch nationals have been questioned by police in Russia over alleged "gay propaganda" offences.
21st July 2013
Head of Russian Orthodox Church warns equal marriage is a sign of the apocalypse 83
8:00 PM — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, has condemned the advance of marriage equality in the West, calling it a symptom of the apocalypse.
19th July 2013
French Government study recommends lifting of blanket gay blood ban 8
12:10 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France should be lifted, according to a new government study.