22nd February 2013
Australia: Brother of anti-gay party leader urges Melbourne to cut ties with St Petersburg over homophobic law 2
6:28 PM — LGBT activist Carl Katter, half-brother of anti-gay politician Bob Katter, has called on Melbourne to follow Venice and Milan by cutting ties with St Petersburg over homophobic laws.
Lithuanian President: Talks about civil unions for same-sex couples are too ‘premature’ 10
6:22 PM — The Lituania President has said that she thought that discussions on civil partnerships for gay couples were "premature".
Pope’s spokesman refuses to comment on gay blackmail allegations 56
1:55 PM — The Pope's spokesman is refusing to confirm or deny claims of a network of gay prelates operating at its heart, some of whom allegedly were being blackmailed, and who also met a Rome sauna.
21st February 2013
Russian Foreign Ministry to investigate US lesbian ex-wives who hid relationship to adopt child 8
7:01 PM — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it will look into a custody case of a Russian child adopted by a US lesbian former couple who allegedly hid their marriage in order to adopt the child.
Italian newspaper claims Pope’s resignation was part finalised by concerns of a ‘gay lobby’ within the Catholic Church 37
2:21 PM — An Italian newspaper is blaming the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on a "gay lobby" within the Vatican.
20th February 2013
Italian centre-right party says ‘Vote with your heart, not with your ass’ 2
6:31 PM — Candidates of Italy’s centre-right party, Fratelli d’Italia, have been criticised for making a homophobic political advertisement on YouTube - which has now been removed.
Russian Foreign Ministry ‘seriously worried’ to learn of orphan adopted by lesbian 11
5:57 PM — Russian officials have voiced concern over a boy adopted by an American lesbian couple, saying his situation is "morally dubious".
Irish Education Minister: ‘Education plays a key role in tackling homophobia and transphobia’ 13
5:22 PM — The Irish Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn today opened a European Union conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and emphasised the importance education plays in reducing such prejudice.
19th February 2013
European Court of Human Rights rules that Austria’s adoption laws discriminated against lesbian couple 7
5:40 PM — A lesbian couple in Austria have won an ECHR case in which they claimed that adoption laws in their home country discriminated against them.
Comment: France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has become an equal marriage hero 3
4:47 PM — Writing for PinkNews, French student David Browne says France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is now synonymous with the debate on gay rights in the country.
France: Right-wing councillor accused of homophobic assault on gay rights activists 5
3:51 PM — Councillor Richard Jacob, a far-right local councillor in France has been accused of shouting homophobic abuse and physically attacking gay rights activists.
Ireland: Kerry County Council votes in favour of marriage equality 3
3:46 PM — Kerry County Council passed a motion in support of equal marriage on Monday, becoming the latest local authority in Ireland to vote in favour of marriage equality.
Germany: Gay adoption laws strengthened for civil partners 8
11:37 AM — Germany’s highest court ruled today that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt their partner’s stepchild or adopted child.
18th February 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop slams homophobic letter that denounces the idea of same-sex love 12
3:50 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop, Charles Scicluna, has stepped in to condemn a provocative letter written by zealous Catholic churchgoer Joe Zammit who claims there can only be lust and not love between gay people
Trans MP Anna Grodzka says homophobia and transphobia means people are leaving Poland 10
12:48 PM — Polish Trans MP Anna Grodzka says homophobia and transphobia in Poland explains why many LGBT people end up leaving the country.
Turkey: Children fostered by European gay couples will be retrieved 35
12:04 PM — The Turkish Human Rights Commission has said that Turkish children fostered by gay European couples should be returned to their families or given to Turkish couples instead.
17th February 2013
France: Subway shop limits Valentine’s Day offer to straight couples only 39
7:52 PM — The owner of a Subway franchise in the French city of Angers has received heavy criticism for refusing to offer a Valentine's Day special offer to gay couples.
15th February 2013
Belarus: Scare tactics and raids used on gay clubs after LGBT group’s registration rejected 4
11:07 AM — After an unsuccessful attempt to legally register an LGBT rights group, activists in Belarus say they are experiencing raids on gay clubs and other scare tactics.
Ireland: Kerry County Council to vote on equal marriage 3
2:04 AM — County Kerry councillors are to be asked to back a motion supporting equal marriage, at its next meeting.
13th February 2013
Ukraine promises to ban anti-gay discrimination 6
9:42 PM — The Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, has promised that the country will soon ban all anti-gay discrimination in an interview with a Polish newspaper.