6th February 2014
More than 200 leading authors condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws as a ‘chokehold’ on freedom of speech 4
12:10 PM — More than 200 of the world’s leading authors have signed an open letter to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws as a "chokehold" on free speech.
Russia: Prosecutors investigating children’s library book about cultural diversity for gay ‘propaganda’ 2
11:00 AM — Prosecutors in Russia are investigating whether a children's library book about tolerance cultural diversity contains alleged gay "propaganda," it has been reported.
Ban Ki-moon to Olympic Committee: ‘We must all raise our voices’ over anti-gay attacks in Russia 10
10:27 AM — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has addressed the International Olympic Committee just one day before the start of the Winter Games in Sochi, saying "we must all raise our voices" over anti-gay attacks.
Russian deputy Prime Minister: Gay athletes should ‘leave the kids alone’ 40
10:03 AM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has confirmed Vladimir Putin's warning to gay athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics, asking them to "leave the kids alone."
5th February 2014
Piers Morgan under fire for transphobia after repeatedly referring to trans woman as a ‘former man’ 36
5:19 PM — Journalist and trans rights campaigner Janet Mock has accused CNN presenter Piers Morgan of attempting to "sensationalise" her life after featuring her as a chat show guest, where she was repeatedly referred to as a "former man."
NBA star John Amaechi: Sochi athletes should break their ‘silence’ and condemn anti-gay laws in Russia 6
4:16 PM — Retired basketball star John Amaechi has condemned those who do not speak up about anti-gay laws in Russia, saying that "silence in the face of attendance in Sochi is complicity."
UN children’s rights panel calls for annulment of harmfully ‘vague’ anti-gay laws in Russia 4
2:59 PM — A United Nations panel on children's rights has called for the annulment of laws banning gay "propaganda" in Russia, saying they encourage both violence and discrimination.
US Olympic figure skater condemns anti-gay law, but praises ‘rainbow colourful’ venue of Sochi Games 3
2:18 PM — US Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner has praised the "colourful venue" of the Sochi Winter Games, suggesting that it reminds her of the rainbow-coloured pride flag.
US: AT&T speaks out as the first Olympic sponsor to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
1:41 PM — US Olympic Committee sponsor AT&T has spoken out to condemn Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympic Games.
Nigeria: Catholic bishops congratulate President for criminalising same-sex marriage 12
12:47 PM — Nigerian Catholics have described a law banning same-sex marriage as "a right step in the right direction for the protection of the dignity of the human person".
‘This country is rampant with homophobia’, this Irish politician deserves a standing ovation 32
11:36 AM — Independent Senator David Norris has delivered a blistering polemic against "rampant homophobia" to the Irish senate this week.
London gay community in shock over sudden death of Mayor of Lambeth 8
10:42 AM — The London gay community is in shock following the announcement that Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett died suddenly from a suspected heart attack on Tuesday morning, aged 43.
‘Mayor’ of Sochi Olympic village: It ‘doesn’t make sense’ to campaign Winter Games over anti-gay laws 12
10:11 AM — Russian former Olympic speed skating champion Svetlana Zhurova has called for the Sochi Winter Games to be about athletics rather than protests, as she thinks campaigning the country's anti-gay laws holds no interest for spectators at the event.
4th February 2014
UKIP ‘gay marriage caused storms’ councillor expelled from party 15
1:33 PM — David Silvester, a UKIP councillor who blamed recent floods on equal marriage, has been expelled from the party.
Live Blog: Scottish Parliament’s Stage 3 Debate on equal marriage 16
12:45 PM — Coverage of this afternoon's Stage 3 Debate of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill in the Scottish Parliament
‘Protest beer’ mocking anti-gay legislation in Russia sent to President Vladimir Putin 4
12:39 PM — A new "protest beer" said to mock Russia's notorious anti-gay laws has been sent directly to President Vladimir Putin.
Lesbian human rights activist Amy Lamé standing for selection as Labour party candidate
11:27 AM — Lesbian human rights activist, writer, and broadcaster Amy Lamé has announced she will be standing for selection as the Labour Party candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood.
Olympic President says IOC cannot act as ‘world government’ to resolve anti-gay laws in Russia 20
10:55 AM — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said he welcomes discussions about the issue of Russia's anti-gay legislation in the lead up to the Sochi Games, but the IOC cannot act as a "world government" to "impose measures on a sovereign state."
Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff says her parents are ‘so worried’ about Sochi Games 5
10:20 AM — In the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics this week, lesbian Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has spoken up about how "worried" her parents are for her safety due to anti-gay laws in the host country.
3rd February 2014
IOC president announces UN Secretary General will deliver keynote speech on Russian anti-gay laws 8
5:17 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia’s human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has announced that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will deliver a keynote speech addressing the issue of anti-gay laws before the Winter Games begin.