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.
Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system 7
6:05 PM — A gay Ugandan couple were separated in 2008 when one was forced to flee to Sweden. They were reunited by chance and married under Swedish law, but are in danger once more after one had their asylum claim denied.
France: Parliamentary debate over equal marriage begins 7
5:40 PM — Following months of debate and controversy over the issue of equal marriage, proposals to allow it went before the French parliament today.
Finland media boss fined for discriminating against lesbian newspaper editor 3
2:46 PM — The chief executive of one of Finland’s largest media companies has been fined for discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation.
28th January 2013
Irish equality minister supports equal marriage, and calls for reform of gay parenting law 5
3:36 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has voiced his support for equal marriage for gay couples, and said there is a need to reform and "bring clarity" to issues surrounding gay parenting.
Poll: 75% of Irish people support equal marriage 18
3:13 PM — Support for equal marriage has risen substantially in Ireland, and now three quarters of the population would vote yes in a referendum to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, a new poll suggests.
France: Cartoon characters share gay kisses at equal marriage rally 5
1:26 PM — Famous cartoon characters were paired up in same-sex couples in a display as part of a rally for equal marriage in France.
27th January 2013
France: A quarter of a million rally for same-sex marriage in Paris and Lyon 39
7:13 PM — As many as a quarter of a million people have gathered in the French cities of Paris and Lyon to support plans to introduce same-sex marriage equality.
26th January 2013
Italy: Catholic anti-gay blog returns after hacking downtime 12
2:15 AM — An Italian Catholic blog has been reinstated after falling to a DDoS attack. LGBT blogs cheered when Pontifex went down, but the site's webmaster has called them "wrong".
25th January 2013
Russian national anti-gay law passes first reading 25
4:25 PM — On Friday, the Russian State Duma adopted the first reading of a homophobic censorship bill which would impose federal sanctions for the promotion of "gay propaganda".
Polish Parliament rejects three bills to extend rights to gay couples 27
2:17 PM — Three draft laws which would have recognised unmarried couples, including same-sex ones, and offered legal rights to inheritance, medical information and alimony, have been voted against in the Polish Sejm today.
France: Court rules that Twitter must hand over details of homophobic and anti-semitic users 6
2:15 PM — Twitter has been ordered by a French court to hand over details of users who posted anti-semitic tweets, in what could be a significant move against homophobia, racism and anti-semitism in the country.
Russian anti-gay bill goes to vote as activists clash and international groups protest 2
12:22 PM — An anti-"homosexual propaganda" bill is going to an initial vote today in the State Duma. Protesters outside the building clashed with Orthodox Church members, leading to arrests.
24th January 2013
Russia: Kaliningrad region approves anti-gay bill 9
6:47 PM — A bill forbidding "homosexual propaganda" has passed in the Kaliningrad outpost of Russia, similar to those passed in other areas of the country, which proposals suggested should be made national laws.
Russian Military searches for ‘penis face’ tattoos on soliders’ genitals and buttocks to indicate they’re gay 24
6:15 PM — Russian military officers have been told they should check the genitals of new recruits for tattoos that could indicate they are gay.
Turkey: Bishop’s killer claims he was subject to gay advances and receives reduced sentence 19
5:34 PM — A man who killed a Catholic priest received a reduced sentence, after telling the court in his defence, that the priest requested to have a gay affair with him.