11th June 2013
Russia: Duma approves bill to criminalise insulting religious beliefs, following Pussy Riot protest 10
5:42 PM — In the wake of a scandal caused last year by a protest by punk band Pussy Riot against Russian President Vladimir Putin, held in a Moscow cathedral, a law has been passed by the State Duma to criminalise insulting people's religious feelings.
Russian State Duma gives final approval to law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ 41
3:57 PM — Lawmakers in the Russian State Duma have given final approval to a bill to ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and the media.
Russia: Protesters detained as lawmakers look set to pass law banning ‘gay propaganda’ 2
2:24 PM — The State Duma in Russia looks set to give final approval to a law which would ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and includes harsh punishments including jail time and fines.
Pope Francis: There is a ‘gay lobby’ at the heart of the Vatican ‘it exists’ 51
2:07 PM — Pope Francis has admitted to the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Curia, according to AFP.
10th June 2013
France: Man faces preliminary manslaughter charge over death of Clement Meric 14
10:57 PM — A man is facing preliminary charges of manslaughter over the death of anti-fascist protester Clement Meric last week.
Russia: LGBT film festival fined under ‘foreign agent’ laws 7
10:16 PM — A Russian LGBT film festival has been targeted under "foreign agent" laws, and fined a substantial amount for allegedly failing to declare foreign funding, which organisers deny having received.
Russia: State Duma could ban foreign same-sex adoption ‘as early as next week’ 5
7:08 PM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, "as early as next week."
Ireland: Record levels of new HIV cases for gay and bisexual men 4
12:55 PM — Figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men last year in Ireland – the highest diagnosis rate recorded to date.
9th June 2013
French Open targeted by anti equal marriage protest 21
10:25 PM — A male protester attempted to disrupt the final of the French Open tennis competition in Paris this afternoon in opposition to the country's recently passed equal marriage law.
8th June 2013
France: Five held over death of Clement Meric 15
3:25 PM — Five suspects are being held in connection with the death of a teenage left-wing protester and gay rights activist in Paris.
7th June 2013
Russia: Elton John’s outfits dubbed ‘homosexual propaganda’ by Communist group 30
10:29 PM — Sir Elton John is due to perform in Russia in July, and in what could be a similar turn of events which saw Madonna being sued for "homosexual propaganda", it has been suggested that the famed entertainer's outfits constitute just that.
France’s first married gay couple honeymoon at Tel Aviv Pride 2
4:19 PM — The first gay couple to marry in France have taken to Tel Aviv for their honeymoon, following their wedding ceremony last week which attracted international media attention.
6th June 2013
France: President Hollande condemns fatal attack on teenage gay rights activist 26
9:11 PM — President Francois Hollande has condemned the fatal attack on a French teenage gay rights activist "in the strongest terms".
Angela Merkel told to equalise tax benefits for gay couples by Constitutional Court 21
1:50 PM — Germany’s highest court says gay couples are entitled to the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals in a ruling which threatens to deepen rifts within Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
France: Gay rights campaigner, 18, left brain dead after far-right attack 67
12:41 PM — An 18-year-old gay rights campaigner has been left brain dead after an attack by far-right skinheads in Paris.
5th June 2013
Russia: Parliament could move to ban foreign same-sex adoption in a month 3
1:56 AM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, by early July.
4th June 2013
Vladimir Putin says he will sign gay adoption ban but claims ‘there is no discrimination’ in Russia 25
6:23 PM — President Vladimir Putin says he will back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denies it amounts to homophobic discrimination.
Faeces and threats sent to French mayor who officiated first same-sex wedding 11
3:02 PM — The mayor of the French city Montpellier, who officiated the first same-sex wedding in the country last week, has received threats in the post, including a package of faeces.
3rd June 2013
Russia: Second man in a month killed for being gay was stabbed to death and had body burned 5
7:36 PM — A man was stabbed and trampled to death by three men last week, after they discovered he was gay, Russia's Investigative Committee has revealed.
31st May 2013
Russian Children’s Commissioner calls for moratorium on French adoptions 2
1:05 PM — The Russian Children's Rights Commissioner has said it is only "logical" to halt adoptions of Russian children by French couples due to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France.