21st February 2014
Russia: Social network page accused of breaking anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws acquitted of charges
11:01 AM — A woman accused of breaking Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" laws for setting up a pro-LGBT support page has now been acquitted of charges.
18th February 2014
Belgium: Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo branded as ‘shameless’ after changing his shirt on a hot day 46
12:32 PM — Elio Di Rupo, Belgium's openly gay Prime Minister, has been branded as "shameless" after he was filmed changing his shirt on a behind-the-scenes television programme.
Ecuador: Trans woman files lawsuit against government for refusing to acknowledge her gender identity
12:02 PM — Diane Rodriguez, the first transgender woman in Ecuador to legally change her name, is currently suing the Ecuadorian government for refusing to fully acknowledge her gender identity on legal documents.
Malawi: Muslim association calls for gay people to be condemned to death 31
11:23 AM — As debates in Malawi about whether to decriminalise same-sex sexual activity continue, the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) is calling for gay people to be condemned to death, saying "even animals like goats don't do this."
Olympic Committee defends arrest of Italian transgender former MP over rainbow demonstration at Sochi 12
10:42 AM — The International Olympic Committee has defended the arrest of a transgender Italian former MP who was recently seen demonstrating at the Sochi arena against Russia's anti-gay laws.
16th February 2014
Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff targeted with onslaught of anti-gay hate tweets 8
2:24 PM — Lesbian Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has revealed she has been the target of an onslaught of vicious anti-gay hate tweets, including messages saying she should "break a leg and get locked in the slammer."
US Report: LGBT people die 12 years earlier in anti-gay areas 4
1:51 PM — According to a new report from Columbia University, LGBT people living in anti-gay parts of the US die on average 12 years earlier than those who live in more accepting areas.
Yoweri Museveni defends anti-gay bill with scientific report describing homosexuality as ‘abnormal’ 23
1:27 PM — The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has defended his decision to sign into law a bill which toughens punishments for gay people in the country, quoting a "scientific" study which calls homosexuality an "abnormal behaviour."
Billie Jean King to attend Winter Olympic closing ceremony 1
12:57 PM — Retired Tennis champion Billie Jean King is now set to attend the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics as part of the US delegation following the death of her mother.
12th February 2014
Australia: ‘AIDs scare’ prompts staff to evacuate over 100 passengers from train 8
12:44 PM — A train in Australia was evacuated recently after an intoxicated passenger who was bleeding from the leg claimed he had AIDs.
US: Father of footballer Michael Sam says he ‘couldn’t eat’ after his son came out 20
11:34 AM — The father of NFL hopeful Michael Sam has expressed displeasure about his son's coming out, saying "I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment."
Russian embassy says anti-gay attacks are no more severe than the UK’s ‘abuse’ of ginger people 68
11:01 AM — Russian diplomats have condemned a recent Channel 4 documentary about anti-gay attacks in the country, saying a similar film could have been made out of the UK's "abuse" towards ginger people.
9th February 2014
Canada: Toronto mayor calls to remove rainbow flag protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws from city hall
4:27 PM — The mayor of Toronto has called for a rainbow flag protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws to be removed from city hall, saying it should be replaced with a Canadian flag instead.
Clare Balding: My decision to attend the Sochi Winter Games is putting ‘visibility before avoidance’
3:41 PM — Sports broadcaster Clare Balding has defended her decision to attend the Sochi Winter Games on Twitter, saying it would have been “easier to avoid going, but the easy option isn’t always the right one.”
UK: Gay rights activists campaign Sochi Olympic sponsor McDonald’s in Sunderland
3:36 PM — Gay rights activists in Sunderland have campaigned outside a McDonald’s restaurant, urging the Sochi Olympic sponsors to speak out over Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
Lesbian Sochi athlete says fuss over anti-gay laws Russia is ‘blown up bigger than it is’ 1
2:28 PM — Lesbian Austrian ski jumper and gay rights advocate Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says that the fuss over anti-gay laws in Russia is being blown out of proportion, despite reports of over 60 arrests and beatings against demonstrators since the games began.
Tom Daley ‘to boycott’ Moscow diving competition over anti-gay laws in Russia 1
1:58 PM — The British Olympic diving star Tom Daley is reportedly planning "to boycott" a diving competition in Moscow later this year over anti-gay laws in Russia.
Leaked report: UK Home Office ‘interrogates’ LGBT asylum seekers with degrading questions 1
1:23 PM — The UK Home Office is facing heavy criticism after a leaked report has revealed that LGBT asylum seekers are facing abusive, degrading "interrogations" about their sex lives.
International Olympic Committee defends arrests and beatings of Russian gay activists
12:40 PM — The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police arrested at least 61 demonstrators on the opening day of the Sochi Winter Games, despite reports of apparent beatings and threats of sexual violence.
7th February 2014
Putin: Sochi is ‘not the place’ to debate Russian anti-gay laws 10
5:29 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Sochi Winter Olympics are "not the place" to debate the country's treatment of gay rights.