5th February 2014
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.
Russian human rights organisation: Anti-gay laws designed to ‘protect children’ are harming children 8
4:22 PM — A human rights group in Russia has released a report stating that anti-gay laws designed to "protect children" are in fact harming children.
Russia: Three men sentenced for stabbing and setting alight man they believed was gay 10
2:31 PM — Three men in Russia have been sentenced for the brutal murder of a man they stabbed and set on fire because they suspected he was gay.
Russian gay expat: No gay people in Sochi? ‘I laugh because I’ve been to Sochi’ 2
1:59 PM — A gay Russian expat who sought asylum in the US has spoken out against the Sochi mayor who claimed there are no gay people in his city, saying "I laughed out loud, because I've been to Sochi."
This drag queen’s brilliant response to homophobia will move you to tears 90
12:52 PM — Ireland's "most fabulous" drag queen Panti Bliss has issued a remarkable speech about homophobia in the Irish national theater, the Abbey.
Russia: Middle school girl accused of spreading ‘gay propaganda’ placed under supervision 14
12:07 PM — A middle school girl in the Bryansk region of Russia has become the first ever minor to be accused of breaking the country's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" law.
Video: Coca-cola features ‘first gay family’ in a Super Bowl advertisement 18
11:32 AM — On Sunday, soft drinks giant Coca-Cola became the first ever Super Bowl-sponsored company to include a gay couple as part of its advertising campaign in the US sporting event.
France: Tens of thousands protest in Paris and Lyon against ‘family phobic’ equal marriage 14
10:52 AM — Tens of thousands of protesters were reported to have marched in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against the French government’s legalisation of same-sex marriage.
MSP John Mason accused of attempting to derail equal marriage bill with last-minute amendments 6
9:56 AM — In the week of the final vote for Scotland's equal marriage bill, gay rights campaigners have accused SNP MSP John Mason of attempting to wreck the bill by tabling a series of last-minute amendments.
2nd February 2014
South Africa: New gay rights party to stand for elections 3
1:31 PM — A new gay rights political party is to stand in this year's South African elections against the discrimination and persecution of gay and lesbian people in the country.