4th July 2014
Italy LGBT groups celebration introduction of Facebook custom gender options
5:42 PM — A leading LGBT rights organisation in Italy has hailed the announcement that Facebook is to introduce custom gender options.
France: Government abandons teaching gender equality after boycott 7
2:24 PM — The French government has cancelled school lessons that aimed to fight gender stereotypes.
3rd July 2014
Italy: Interior Minister ‘open’ to gay civil unions, but remains against equal marriage and adoption 5
3:52 PM — In a mixed bag of comments on Thursday, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, appeared to suggest he was "open" to the idea of introducing civil partnerships, including for gay couples.
2nd July 2014
Ireland: Same-sex marriage referendum confirmed for spring 2015 33
5:42 PM — The date has been provisionally set for Ireland's long-awaited same-sex marriage referendum.
Ireland: Tributes from LGBT activists following Education Minister’s resignation 1
4:46 PM — LGBT campaigners have paid tribute to Ireland’s Education Minister, Ruairí Quinn, as he resigns from government.
First transgender beauty pageant held in Turkey 1
2:56 PM — Over 500 spectators attended Turkey's first transgender beauty pageant last week.
Demi Lovato angers Russians over on-stage Putin gay kiss 15
2:33 PM — Demi Lovato has provoked anger from Russians, after two of her male back-up dancers, one naked apart from a picture of President Putin’s face covering his genitals, shared a kiss onstage at her concert.
Conchita Wurst: It’s annoying I’m still waiting for my right to marry
12:50 PM — Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst has said that it's "annoying" that politicians insist on drawn-out discussions about same-sex marriage.
1st July 2014
Dublin Pride: ‘Recognise the freedoms we still have to secure’
4:23 PM — The executive director of Amnesty International Ireland told attendees at Dublin’s Pride parade, Saturday, that the LGBT community needs to focus on “the freedoms that we still have to secure”.
30th June 2014
Elton John to return to Russia and plans to meet up with Putin 23
4:46 PM — Sir Elton John has said he intends to travel to Russia this November to perform, and will also try to meet up with President Vladimir Putin.
Italy: Former PM Silvio Berlusconi reverses position, supports gay rights 9
1:41 PM — Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has signalled his support for the gay rights movement, reversing his previous stance.
Turkey: Thousands march in Istanbul Pride despite religious objections 15
12:14 PM — Tens of thousands of people turned out on Sunday to celebrate LGBT Pride in Istanbul, slated as the largest gay pride celebration in any majority Muslim country.
Istanbul: Study on human rights violations against LGBT Iranians discussed at Pride
12:09 PM — Iranian LGBT activists at Istanbul’s 9th annual Gay Pride celebration unveiled a study conducted on human rights violations against lesbian, gay and transgender people of Iran.
Georgia: Pro-Russian ‘fake pride’ planned in attempt to derail EU agreement 4
12:02 PM — Georgian activists accuse pro-Russian group of attempting to organize a pride parade in order to postpone trade agreement with the EU.
29th June 2014
Malta: Adoption board chief removed after expressing ‘disgust’ for gay adoptions 3
9:08 PM — The chief of Malta's adoption board has been removed from his post, after expressing "disgust" at the introduction of adoption for same-sex couples.
Ireland: Government to ban religious schools from discriminating against gay teachers 15
5:24 PM — The Irish government is seeking to close a loophole in equality law that permits religious employers to discriminate against gays.
28th June 2014
Italy: Anti-gay mob throw excrement at office of LGBT group 14
6:35 PM — An LGBT group in southern Rome was reportedly attacked by a homophobic mob on Wednesday night, with excrement hurled at the group's office.
27th June 2014
Norway’s health minister promises to improve gender recognition laws
6:10 PM — Norway’s Minister for Health, Bent Høie, has promised to improve transgender rights by pushing through laws improving the country’s outdated system of gender recognition.
Sweden: Hockey team to support LGBT community with rainbow coloured jerseys next season 3
5:26 PM — Swedish hockey team Kiruna IF announce their plan to don new rainbow jerseys in the 2014/15 season in support of the global LGBT community.
Channel Islands: Jersey Christians claim equal marriage leads to ‘instabilities and infidelities’ 26
4:21 PM — A Christian group in the Channel Island of Jersey is preparing a document warning politicians that equal marriage will lead to increased infidelity in heterosexual marriages.