4th October 2012
Pressure builds on Serbia over gay pride ban 9
5:50 PM — The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has urged the authorities in Serbia to reconsider a ban on this weekend’s gay pride march in Belgrade.
Labour MEP Michael Cashman to stand down in 2014 13
4:28 PM — Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has confirmed that he will quit as a member of the European Parliament at the next European Election in 2014.
3rd October 2012
Serbia bans gay pride parade, again 8
6:05 PM — The Serbian interior ministry has banned a gay pride parade from taking place in the country’s capital Belgrade for the second year running after ultra-nationalists threatened the march and the Serbian Orthodox Church condemned it.
Russian court backs St Petersburg’s anti-gay law 15
2:32 PM — Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s second largest city of St Petersburg can continue to enforce its homophobic censorship law.
2nd October 2012
Ukraine gives initial approval to anti-gay law 11
4:45 PM — Human rights campaigners have criticised Ukraine after the country’s parliament passed a draft LGBT censorship law.
1st October 2012
Equal marriage defeat for Northern Ireland 39
6:58 PM — A motion calling for same-sex couples to be given the right to marry in Northern Ireland has been defeated in the Stormont Assembly.
Russia: Pussy Riot appeal case delayed
4:13 PM — A Russian court has adjourned the appeal hearing of three activists from the LGBT-supporting punk band Pussy Riot.
Presbyterian Church: Equal marriage will ‘demolish’ society 42
2:56 PM — The Presbyterian Church has written to all Northern Ireland Assembly members stating its staunch opposition to equal marriage.
28th September 2012
Former Irish president blasts Catholic Church over anti-gay views 83
5:32 PM — The Catholic Church is becoming increasingly isolated in its attitude towards LGBT people, the former president of Ireland has warned.
26th September 2012
Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views 83
7:29 PM — Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples.
25th September 2012
Russian politician says being gay is a ‘bad habit’ that can be treated with prayer 42
4:39 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has referred to homosexuality as a “bad habit” that can be treated by fasting and prayer.
24th September 2012
Lady Gaga: The Pope is irrelevant, ‘gay marriage is going to happen’ 36
5:38 PM — Speaking out after the Pope’s attack on France’s proposals to introduce equal marriage, Lady Gaga says “gay marriage is going to happen” regardless of what the Pope says.
22nd September 2012
Pope: Same-sex marriage threatens the future of human nature and society 113
1:43 PM — Addressing bishops in France, the Pope has defended the traditional definition of marriage, saying it must be “promoted and defended” from changes such as allowing gay couples to marry.
18th September 2012
France: Catholic archbishop fails to apologise for equal marriage ‘incest’ remarks 25
3:25 PM — The Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of the Gauls, who claimed marriage rights for same-sex couples could lead to incest and polygamy, says his comments to a radio station were misinterpreted, but has stopped short of making an apology.
Gay mayor of Paris appalled at ‘ugly’ anti-gay comments of Catholic bishop 45
12:55 PM — Bertrand Delanoe, the gay Socialist mayor of Paris, has strongly criticised the Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of the Gauls for making a series of outspoken remarks about equal marriage.
15th September 2012
France: Equal marriage bill is criticised for “half-hearted equality” 25
4:44 PM — The French government released details of their proposed equal marriage bill this week, and it received criticism from both conservatives, as well as LGBT rights advocates, who said that it lacks fertility assistance, without which, it is not a fair deal.
14th September 2012
Russian PM calls for the release of Pussy Riot 13
12:38 PM — Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for three members of the LGBT-supporting feminist punk band Pussy Riot to be freed.
German gay footballers get support of Angela Merkel 34
10:25 AM — Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has become the latest high-profile figure to tell gay footballers that they should not have anything to fear in being open with their sexuality.
13th September 2012
German gay footballer refuses to come out because of safety fears 37
11:54 AM — A top German footballer says he fears attacks from fans and even by other footballers if he goes public about his sexuality.
Poland: HIV infections on the rise for gay men due to ‘risky’ sexual behavior 13
11:00 AM — A study in Poland shows there were 992 new HIV infections reported in the country last year, and that two thirds of those who tested positive for the virus were in the gay community.