16th February 2014
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.
Bulgaria: Nationalist party introduces new draft bill to ban gay pride events 2
4:35 PM — A right wing nationalist party in Bulgaria has introduced a new draft bill to ban gay pride marches, it has emerged.
The Guardian joins Google and Channel 4 with rainbow rebranding to support Sochi Olympics
3:29 PM — Marking the beginning of the Sochi Winter Games amid controversy around Russian anti-gay laws, The Guardian newspaper showed its solidarity today with a rainbow pride-themed rebranding:
Australia: One in ten LGBT young people forced to change schools over anti-gay bullying
3:02 PM — In Australia, a new report has shown that bullying targeted at LGBT young people is so severe that nearly one in ten say they were forced to change schools.
Southwark council flies a rainbow flag marking LGBT history month 3
1:40 PM — UPDATE 14:30: It has emerged that Southwark council are in fact flying the rainbow pride flag to mark LGBT history month, which nevertheless coincides with the start of the Sochi Winter Games amid anti-gay controversy in Russia.
The 25 most shocking anti-gay stories from Russia so far 8
1:16 PM — With the Sochi Winter Olympics now underway, the situation of anti-gay violence and gay "propaganda" laws in Russia has once more drawn widespread public attention in the media. However, these attacks and others like them have had a longstanding history.
Cyprus: First ever gay pride celebration to take place this year
1:01 PM — Cyprus is set to hold its first ever gay pride event this year, celebrating an imminent repeal of a ban against homosexuality in the northern part of the country.
US: Death threats made against 5-year-old actress over gay couple in Disney show 9
12:24 PM — Police are investigating death threats made against 5-year-old actress Mia Talerico thought to be connected to her appearance on the Disney sitcom 'Good Luck Charlie' which recently debuted the channel's first ever lesbian couple.