17th May 2013
France: Final marriage equality hurdle passed as Constitutional Council approves bill 37
4:58 PM — France has overcome the final obstacle in efforts to become the 14th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss 14
4:51 PM — Turkey's official television station has been urged by human rights groups to broadcast the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, following reports that it had cancelled the broadcast due to a lesbian kiss by Finland's act on Thursday.
Foreign Office: LGBT rights is at the heart of our foreign policy 1
4:26 PM — On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, PinkNews.co.uk spoke to the Deputy Head of the British Mission in Croatia about the importance of LGBT rights in the Foreign Office's work abroad.
EU study finds one in two LGBT people face discrimination 3
3:56 PM — Today the EU Fundamental Rights Agency will publish the first-ever comparative study on the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the 27 Member States and Croatia. It finds that almost one in two (47%) LGBT people felt discriminated against or harassed in the last year.
Comment: LGBT rights in Europe: La vie en rose? 3
3:16 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for the European Parliament Giles Goodall assesses the nature of LGBT rights across Europe.
Ban Ki-Moon: LGBT equality is critical to the UN’s mission
2:00 PM — An International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia address by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, sets out LGBT rights as critical for building "a world of true freedom and equality for all".
Interview: Anna Grodzka on life as Poland’s only openly trans MP 11
12:49 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Anna Grodzka, currently the only serving openly transgender MP in Poland, and the world, talks of the struggles that the trans community face in her native country.
Video: Finland’s pro-equal marriage Eurovision entrant stages lesbian kiss and gets into final 16
2:34 AM — Following the second set of semi-finals tonight, Finland's Eurovision entrant found herself with a place in the final, following her performance of her pro-equal marriage song, which included a lesbian kiss.
16th May 2013
Ukraine: Amnesty pushes urgent introduction of anti-LGBT discrimination laws
5:56 PM — Amnesty International has published a report which urges the Ukrainian Government to introduce legislation to tackle discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, following a number of attacks.
Russia: Moscow Pride organisers file court appeal over declined application to hold events
3:24 PM — The organisers of several gay pride events in the Russian capital city Moscow, have filed a complaint with a local court, as the applications to hold the events were denied.
ILGA-Europe releases 2013 European LGBT rights map 53
11:56 AM — ILGA-Europe has unveiled its European LGBT rights map for this year.
15th May 2013
Moscow security official: Attempts to hold gay pride march will be ‘thwarted’ 4
5:09 PM — The Mayor's office in Moscow has refused an application to hold a gay pride even in the city later this month, security officials said because of a "negative attitude" to the application, and that attempts to hold an unofficial march will be "thwarted".
14th May 2013
Italy: Benefits approved for same-sex partners of MPs 6
5:54 PM — Italy's Parliament on Tuesday approved a rule which will allow gay MPs to extend their healthcare benefits to their partners.
Ukraine: Parliament drops gay anti-discrimination bill as hundreds protest against it 7
3:14 PM — A bill to protect gay Ukrainian workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation has been dropped by the country's parliament, as hundreds of anti-gay protesters gathered to demonstrate against it.
France: Watchdog reports 27% spike in homophobia leading up to equal marriage debate 7
2:57 PM — A leading gay rights watchdog has reported that, in 2012 leading up to the French Parliament's approval of a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption, homophobic attacks and slurs increased by over a quarter.
Russia: Family and friends of male rape beer bottle murder victim say he wasn’t gay 23
12:47 PM — The parents of a man who was killed and raped with beer bottles in Russia say the victim was not gay.
Cyprus: Gay couple dragged from car and beaten by gang of eight 31
11:02 AM — A gay couple have been brutally attacked by a group of eight people in Cyprus.
13th May 2013
Russia: Identity of man killed and raped with beer bottles revealed 17
7:35 PM — A photograph has emerged which is believed to show the 23-year-old gay man tortured and killed in a brutal attack in Russia on Friday.
Ireland: New LGBT advice guide launched for GPs 1
6:22 PM — The Irish College of General Practitioners has launched a new LGBT guide for GPs.
Lithuanian Bishops: European convention on domestic violence will promote homosexuality and ‘transsexualism’ 15
4:20 PM — Bishops in Lithuania have urged their government not to sign a Council of Europe (COE) convention tackling domestic violence, as they claim it will lead to homosexuality and "transsexualism" being promoted in schools.