19th October 2012
France delays equal marriage debate 13
6:54 PM — French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has reportedly confirmed that the country's draft equal marriage bill will now be introduced at the later date of 7 November 2012.
18th October 2012
Far-right Greek MP filmed shouting homophobic abuse over ‘gay’ play 30
9:42 PM — An extremist Greek MP, who last week was captured shouting homophobic and racist insults at a theatre director in a YouTube video, has spoken of his pride at his violent behaviour.
UK: Equal marriage film director turns his attention to same-sex parenting 11
11:20 AM — Film director Mike Buonaiuto, whose equal marriage film Homecoming became a huge online success, has now turned his attention to the issue of same-sex parenting.
17th October 2012
Madonna ordered to appear in Russian court for breaking anti-gay law 43
9:18 PM — Madonna has been sent a summons to appear in a Russian court for breaking St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, during her concert in the city, earlier this summer.
Dublin gets ready for Europe’s largest LGBT conference 3
7:06 PM — The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) is staging its 16th annual conference in the Irish city of Dublin from 18 – 21 October.
16th October 2012
Greek state television accused of censoring Downton gay kiss 67
9:11 PM — Greek state television has come under fire for editing out a gay kiss on the premiere of the British period drama Downton Abbey.
12th October 2012
Moscow: 4 people injured in attack on gay club 12
12:42 PM — A gay rights activist says several people have been injured by masked men who stormed into a Moscow gay club.
10th October 2012
France sets date to say ‘oui’ for equal marriage 26
9:25 PM — France has named October 31 as the date when a draft law authorising equal marriage will be approved by government ministers.
Russia: Pussy Riot band member released from jail 4
7:33 PM — One member of the Russian LGBT-supporting punk band Pussy Riot has been freed from jail – although the other two women remain behind bars.
Lady Gaga donates peace award to the Elton John AIDS Foundation 4
6:26 PM — Lady Gaga has handed the cash she received as part of the LennonOno Grant for Peace award to Sir Elton John's AIDS foundation.
9th October 2012
Former Irish president announces support for equal marriage 15
4:19 PM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese says she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.
8th October 2012
Italy: Police break trans prostitution ring 10
4:21 PM — Italian police say they have broken a prostitution ring which brought transgender people from Latin America into the country.
7th October 2012
France: More officials speak out against equal marriage 7
10:46 PM — The prospect of new legislation allowing gay people in France to marry and adopt has been met with opposition from religious groups as well as several mayors who have spoken out in opposition to the idea.
6th October 2012
UN human rights office puts pressure on Ukraine regarding LGBT censorship law 4
1:05 AM — The human rights office of the United Nations has urged Ukraine to rethink a draft LGBT censorship law which was announced earlier this week.
4th October 2012
Paris: District mayor suggests equal marriage could lead to ‘incest’ 28
7:07 PM — A district mayor in Paris is under fire after announcing that he will refuse to conduct same-sex marriages after he said they could open the door to the approval of polygamous or incestuous unions.
Pressure builds on Serbia over gay pride ban 9
5:50 PM — The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has urged the authorities in Serbia to reconsider a ban on this weekend’s gay pride march in Belgrade.
Labour MEP Michael Cashman to stand down in 2014 13
4:28 PM — Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has confirmed that he will quit as a member of the European Parliament at the next European Election in 2014.
3rd October 2012
Serbia bans gay pride parade, again 8
6:05 PM — The Serbian interior ministry has banned a gay pride parade from taking place in the country’s capital Belgrade for the second year running after ultra-nationalists threatened the march and the Serbian Orthodox Church condemned it.
Russian court backs St Petersburg’s anti-gay law 15
2:32 PM — Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s second largest city of St Petersburg can continue to enforce its homophobic censorship law.
2nd October 2012
Ukraine gives initial approval to anti-gay law 11
4:45 PM — Human rights campaigners have criticised Ukraine after the country’s parliament passed a draft LGBT censorship law.