8th February 2013
Polish trans MP Anna Grodzka loses out on deputy speaker job in parliamentary vote 9
12:11 PM — Anna Grodzka, the transgender MP who had been a contender for the position of deputy speaker, has lost out in a parliamentary vote that chose to keep the incumbent deputy speaker in the role.
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
7th February 2013
Dutch government to commission report recognising LGBT families with three or more parents 9
4:09 PM — The Justice Ministry of the Netherlands is set to commission a report on the possibility of legally recognising families with three or more parents, and has noted the protective values of such a law for LGBT families.
Russian appeals court supports decision to drop gay ‘propaganda’ case against Madonna 3
3:27 PM — Appeals court officials in Russia have upheld a previous ruling rejecting a $10.5 million lawsuit filed against Madonna for allegedly promoting LGBT rights in the country.
Sweden: Gay couple married in Sweden say their families back home are being harassed 4
1:31 PM — Two Ugandan asylum seekers were reunited in Sweden and married last month, but they say their relatives back home are being harassed over the news of their wedding.
Germany: Football Association sets up support group for gay players 1
2:37 AM — A working group has been set up by the German Football Association in order to provide support for and prepare clubs to deal with the potential for gay footballers coming out.
6th February 2013
French socialist MPs caught playing scrabble during same-sex marriage debate 7
2:36 PM — Two French socialist MPs have been caught playing scrabble on iPads during the debates last week on the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France’s National Assembly.
Russian foreign minister: UK and France’s equal marriage laws will make it harder to adopt Russian children 11
12:12 PM — The UK and France’s plans for equal marriage means that it will be harder for British and French citizens to adopt children from Russia, a Russian Government minister has warned.
5th February 2013
Sweden: Crown princess makes surprise appearance to hand out ‘Gay of the Year’ award 9
7:24 PM — In a surprise appearance, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, handed out the country's Gay of the Year award on Tuesday.
Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia scared to go out alone at night in Rome 6
2:19 PM — The gay governor of Italy's Puglia region, Nichi Vendola, has said that he is afraid to go out alone at night in Rome.
Ombudsman: Russia will not allow ‘unconstitutional’ adoption to French gay couples 1
1:38 PM — The Russian children's rights ombudsman has said that allowing French gay couples to adopt Russian orphans would be "unconstitutional".
4th February 2013
Amnesty: Russian anti-gay law will restrict the human rights of LGBT people 3
1:24 PM — Amnesty International has spoken out against the Russian draft law which outlaws the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”, saying that it restricts the human rights of LGBT people.
2nd February 2013
French General Assembly votes to make same-sex marriage legal 56
12:14 PM — The French National Assembly, the lower house of France's Parliament has voted in favour of making same-sex marriage legal. A series of further votes will follow before the law is changed.
1st February 2013
United Nations experts call on Russia to drop anti-gay bill 6
3:40 PM — A group of experts from the United Nations have urged Russia to drop its draft law forbidding "homosexual propaganda", and have said that it would undermine the human rights of LGBT people in the country.
Polish MP opposes equal marriage because ‘gays are no use whatsoever to society’ 110
1:40 PM — An Member of Parliament for the right-wing Polish opposition party has made homophobic remarks in a speech at a recent debate around the legalisation of equal marriage in the country.
31st January 2013
Update: Poland’s first trans MP officially nominated for deputy speaker job in Parliament 10
4:38 PM — Poland's first trans MP has been nominated to fill the position of deputy speaker in the country's parliament.
Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia wants to marry his partner in front of his family and community 18
3:21 PM — A gay Italian Governor has said that he would like to have the "right" to get married to his partner in front of his "community and family."
30th January 2013
European Union High Representative pushes Russia to drop anti-gay law 12
5:51 PM — The High Representative for the European Union has condemned a Russian draft law, which woud make the "promotion" of homosexuality illegal, and urged the country to "protect" the rights of gay people.
Venice breaks cultural ties with St Petersburg over anti-gay law 7
12:20 PM — The Italian city of Venice has broken its cultural partnership with Russian city, St Petersburg, over an anti-gay law which was brought in a year ago.
29th January 2013
Ireland: Gay couple kicked out of SPAR store by security guard for kissing 41
6:31 PM — A security guard in a store in Dublin allegedly called two gay customers "faggots" after they kissed.