29th January 2013
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.
23rd January 2013
Tory MP calls for Equality Act changes to prevent repeat of Facebook anti-equal marriage dismissal 19
11:37 AM — Conservative MP Edward Leigh wants to amend the Equality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of a person's definition of marriage, citing the case of a manager fired for saying he was against equal marriage on Facebook.
22nd January 2013
Italian teacher gives students handout that states gay people can be ‘cured’ 14
5:47 PM — A teacher in Venice attracted a media storm after a student posted a scan of his homophobic handout on Facebook.
France: Karl Lagerfeld supports equal marriage with lesbian brides at couture show 1
1:25 PM — Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has used his lastest fashion show to support equal marriage amidst divides across France on the issue.
Russia: Initial hearing of anti-gay bill postponed a second time 3
11:53 AM — A proposed homophobic censorship bill in Russia that was due to enter its initial hearing has been postponed for a second time.
21st January 2013
Russia plans to outlaw ‘homosexual propaganda’ nationwide 18
4:30 PM — A Russian bill that could impose a heavy fine for anyone deemed to publicly promote homosexuality is being moved to a first vote.
Travel: A what’s on 2013 guide to Benidorm 8
10:25 AM — What better way to escape the cold British winter than a trip to the Spanish sunny gay haven of Benidorm.