26th September 2013
Moscow: Police arrest LGBT campaigners over Olympic protest 1
5:41 PM — Police in Moscow arrested several LGBT rights activists earlier this week who were protesting outside Russia’s Olympic headquarters in the capital.
Gallery removes exhibition of gay couples kissing in churches after Vatican threatens legal action 46
5:24 PM — An art gallery in Rome has covered up an exhibition of photographs showing same-sex couples kissing in churches, following a legal threat by the Vatican.
Head of Barilla pasta says ‘We won’t include gays in our ads’ 68
3:09 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla is under fire for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
Ian Mckellen: If we boycotted the Olympics in Russia, they wouldn’t take place anywhere 18
1:53 PM — Sir Ian McKellen says Russia's anti-gay laws are "appalling", that he would do "almost anything" to help repeal repeal them, but boycotting next year's Winter Olympics is not the answer.
25th September 2013
Gay Polish religious film to be shown in UK cinemas 8
6:02 PM — An award-winning gay film from Poland, which the director hopes will start a debate about LGBT issues in the country, gets its premier in the UK on Friday.
24th September 2013
Russian anti-gay groups call on authorities to ban Elton John concert 36
7:15 PM — Several Russian homophobic groups have called on the authorities to ban an upcoming Elton John concert, saying that allowing the pop icon to perform would make a "mockery" of the country's anti-gay laws.
Transgender bisexual lawyer announces 2018 Russian presidential run 8
6:46 PM — Bisexual and transgender lawyer Masha Bast says she intends to run for the presidency in Russia in 2018.
Video: Italian politicians stage kiss-in protest during debate over LGBT discrimination protection bill 7
6:10 PM — A political party in Italy interrupted a debate over an LGBT discrimination protection bill, to stage a kiss-in protest in solidarity with the LGBT community.
23rd September 2013
Ireland: Trans campaign group to host weekly lobby forums 3
7:45 PM — The Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) will open its doors weekly in order to discuss lobbying for gender recognition.
French basketball star apologises for anti-gay slur following European tournament match 7
5:01 PM — French professional basketball player Tony Parker has apologised after using an anti-gay slur during a press conference following a game between France and Spain.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister urged to challenge Russia on LGBT rights at Council of Europe meeting 3
4:00 PM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore has been urged by Sein Fein to raise the widespread violation of LGBT rights in Russia at this week’s meeting of the Council of Europe.
Shadow Foreign Secretary: ‘David Cameron needs to press Putin on gay rights as a matter of urgency’ 9
12:22 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander urges Britain to use the Council of Europe as a forum to encourage Russia to respect gay rights in the run to the 2014 Winter Olympics - and says "David Cameron needs to press President Putin on this as a matter of urgency."
21st September 2013
Political party starts petition to ban Russian politicians supporting anti-gay law from entering Canada 21
7:21 PM — The New Democratic Party (NDP) in Canada has launched a petition calling for the government to ban Russian politicians supporting anti-gay laws from entering the country.
Video: Russian viral video claims gay couples adopt children to rape them 64
5:52 PM — An anti-gay Russian video has claimed that 50 per cent of pedophiles are gay and that gay couples only adopt children because they want to rape them.
Bulgaria: Hundreds march for gay rights and against Russian anti-gay laws 3
5:43 PM — Several hundred protesters took to the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday, to rally for LGBT rights, and in protest against Russian anti-gay laws.
20th September 2013
Grindr to fight against Turkish court ban 1
6:57 PM — Popular gay dating app Grindr, which was banned by a Turkish court last week, is set to fight against the ban and get back online. The company has announced that it is working with Kaos GL, a Turkish gay-rights organisation, and campaigning group All Out to launch a petition to force the Turkish government to rescind the ban.
Italy: Gay governor says Pope Francis’ comments on gay issues ‘give us hope’ 6
4:51 PM — The gay governor of Italy’s Puglia region, Nichi Vendola, has commented on Pope Francis's interview this week, during which he appeared to be further softening his stance on gay issues.
Rome gay rights group: Pope Francis is ‘ahead of many politicians’ on gay issues 10
4:06 PM — Rome's Gay Center has said that the Pope is starting "a revolution" of open-mindedness towards gay issues, and that he as "ahead of many politicians" on such issues.
Selena Gomez banned from performing in Russia for open support of gay rights 10
3:07 PM — Singer Selena Gomez has reportedly been banned from performing in Russia due to her open support for gay rights.
Russian official: The EU should fix its own problems before criticising Russia over LGBT issues 9
1:51 PM — A Russian official has responded to an Amnesty International study on attacks on members of the LGBT community in EU countries, to accuse EU members of hypocrisy over its attitude towards LGBT issues in Russia.