28th May 2013
France: First same-sex wedding to be held in Montpellier 5
2:13 PM — A French couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier tomorrow, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic as the first same-sex ceremony in the country, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage, which was signed into law earlier this month.
Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions 5
11:22 AM — A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships.
27th May 2013
Italy: Deputy responds to letter of suicidal gay teen 17
1:07 PM — A gay teenager in Italy who wrote an impassioned letter published in a newspaper has been invited to Parliament by the President of the Chamber of Deputies.
Russia: Police release gay pride organisers held for unsanctioned Moscow rally 2
1:07 AM — Russian authorities have released gay rights activists detained on Saturday for holding an unsanctioned gay pride rally in Moscow.
France: Violent anti-equal marriage protesters clash with riot police in Paris 63
12:32 AM — At the end of a day of tense, but relatively peaceful anti-equal marriage protests, which saw tens of thousands take to the streets of Paris, riot police have clashed with hundreds of violent demonstrators.
26th May 2013
France: 200,000 expected for anti-equal marriage rally 29
1:21 PM — Hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out today in Paris to protest against the recently signed law, which allows equal marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.
25th May 2013
Russia: 30 arrests made at Moscow Pride 20
10:09 PM — 30 activists from both pro and anti-LGBT factions were arrested at Moscow Pride today, reflecting growing antipathy to perceived "homosexual propaganda" across Russia.
Ukraine: LGBT activists in Kiev hold first ever gay pride march 12
12:04 PM — Despite a ban by a local court, more than a hundred LGBT rights activists held the first peaceful gay pride demonstration in the capital of Kiev.
Moscow Pride organisers arrested outside Mayor’s office 5
11:46 AM — Gay Russian activist Nikolai Alexeyev and fellow organisers of Moscow Pride have been arrested while meeting outside of the office of the Mayor of Moscow.
24th May 2013
Lesbian drama tipped for top prize at Cannes film festival 2
3:18 PM — A film featuring the love story between two women, and which has shocked some critics because of some graphic sex scenes, is hotly tipped to receive the top prize at the Cannes film festival.
23rd May 2013
Ukraine: Gay pride rally cancelled by court for fear that it will spark violence 2
4:34 PM — A court in Ukraine has banned what had been set to be the country's first gay pride rally, for fear that it will spark violence.
22nd May 2013
Italy: LGBT-supporting priest who called for an openly gay Pope dies at 84 12
7:09 PM — Don Andrea Gallo, known as the "street priest" for his community work, and who called for an openly gay man to replace Pope Benedict XVI, has died at the age of 84.
Czech president makes U-turn and grudgingly honours gay academic with title 11
5:32 PM — Czech President Milos Zeman has now agreed to honour a gay academic with a title after facing claims he snubbed the candidate because of his sexuality.
Russia: Council of Europe demands protection for gay pride rallies 5
5:14 PM — The head of the Council of Europe has asserted that Russia must allow demonstrations by LGBT people, and that it should protect the rights of citizens wishing to hold public rallies.
France: Far-right leader pays tribute to anti-gay historian who shot himself dead over equal marriage 23
3:46 PM — Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right Front National (FN), has paid tribute to writer and historian who shot himself dead after denouncing equal marriage and immigration in a blog post.
21st May 2013
France: Far right activist commits suicide in Notre Dame following legalisation of equal marriage 94
5:40 PM — Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been evacuated, after a former far-right activist committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, after writing a blog post slamming France's recently passed equal marriage bill.
20th May 2013
Czech President Milos Zeman criticised for homophobic snub of gay academic 8
5:24 PM — The president of the Czech Republic has been criticised over claims he refused to honour an academic with a title because the man in question is also a gay rights activist.
19th May 2013
Georgia: LGBT and anti-‘gay propaganda’ activists face off in mob aftermath
10:52 AM — One day after violence at an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) rally in Georgia, supporters and opponents of LGBT rights gathered at the scene.
18th May 2013
Finland’s pro-equality ‘Marry Me’ places 24th in Eurovision final 27
11:27 PM — Finland's pro-equal marriage Eurovision entry placed 24th in tonight's final with 13 points.
Eurovision: Same-sex kisses feature in songs for Finland and host Sweden 3
10:43 PM — Tonight Finland's pro-equal marriage Eurovision entry featuring a lesbian kiss went out to an estimated audience of 100 million in the Eurovision finale, and was joined by a song by the Swedish host featuring a kiss between two "grooms".