19th August 2013
United Nations human rights office urges Russia and Moldova to repeal anti-gay laws 10
7:14 PM — The human rights office of the United Nations has spoken out to condemn Russia's law, passed in June, which bans homosexual "propaganda", and has urged for Russia, as well as Moldova, to repeal such laws, and for other countries to scrap the potential adoption of identical legislation.
Russian female athletes who kissed after winning gold deny it was in protest against anti-gay laws 10
6:43 PM — Two Russian athletes who kissed on the podium after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, have strongly denied claims that they did it as a protest against anti-gay laws passed in the country in June.
US: Christian group says leave to allow gay soldiers to marry discriminates against straight people 21
6:19 PM — A US Christian conservative group has voiced disapproval at the recently announced plans by the Pentagon to allow military service members in same-sex relationships leave to travel in states where equal marriage is legal, claiming that it is discriminatory towards straight people.
Rupert Everett ‘absolutely’ agrees with Stephen Fry over Sochi Winter Olympics boycott 11
5:16 PM — Actor Rupert Evertt has voiced his agreement with an open letter sent to Prime Minister David Cameron by actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry urging a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Wife of Christine Quinn says NYC mayoral hopeful has received threats for being gay 1
4:46 PM — The wife of New York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn has said that the candidate has received threats because she is openly gay.
Russia: Finnish minister waves rainbow flag at Moscow athletics, despite anti-gay laws 21
3:17 PM — The Finnish minister for culture and sports attended the World Athletic Championships in Moscow last week, and on Saturday, despite harsh anti-gay laws, flew a rainbow flag at the event.
Russian attackers upload video of violent attack on trans woman by five men 65
12:56 PM — A video has been posted by anti-LGBT activists in Russia of five men brutally beating a trans woman in broad daylight, in a public park.
Mexico: Politician rejects equal marriage as ‘gay people don’t look each other in the eye during sex’ 66
12:34 PM — A Mexican congresswoman has come under heavy criticism for saying that gay people should not be allowed to marry because they do not face each other during sex
18th August 2013
David Cameron, Stephen Fry and Evgeny Lebedev attend private drinks days after Sochi concerns raised 19
10:29 AM — British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Stephen Fry and businessman Evgeny Lebedev for private drinks in an East-End restaurant on Monday evening, just days after an exchange between Mr Cameron and Mr Fry over the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Outcry over free schools’ Section 28-style ban on ‘promoting homosexuality’ reveals more with policy 32
12:54 AM — Following reports that free schools have introduced Section 28-style language into their sex education policies, there has been an outcry from LGBT rights groups who have said the policies are of "major concern", and other schools with similar policies have been revealed.
US: Hawaii Congressional Delegates: Gay couples ‘should not have to wait’ for equal marriage 1
12:00 AM — Hawaii's congressional delegation has issued statements urging the immediate introduction of legislation to allow legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
17th August 2013
Swedish athlete in Moscow warned over rainbow nails changes them to red ‘for love’ 11
11:39 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has changed them to red to represent "love", after being told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
US athlete: Russian anti-gay law has sparked the ‘defining civil rights movement of our time’ 11
11:25 PM — A US track and field athlete has spoken out against Russian anti-gay laws, saying they have started the "defining civil rights movement of our time".
16th August 2013
US: Lesbian teenager accused of continuing to have contact with underage girlfriend 22
7:41 PM — Florida teenager Kaitlyn Hunt, who was accused lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years of age, for having a relationship with a 14-year-old, has now been accused of continuing contact with the girl.
Marriott International announces official sponsorship for 2014 Gay Games 5
7:22 PM — Worldwide hotel chain Marriott International is to sponsor the 2014 Gay Games, in Ohio, despite being owned by a Mormon family, and the religion considering homosexuality a sin.
Australian progressive church uses signs to say: ‘Some people are gay, get over it, love God’ 14
6:47 PM — A progressive Anglican church in Australia has been using its signs to preach tolerance towards gay and lesbian people.
Dubai: Gym removes ad which suggests women being overweight turns straight men gay 6
6:16 PM — A fitness centre in Dubai has removed an online advert which attracted criticism for apparently suggesting that if women are overweight, they risk turning straight men gay.
Prominent trans campaigners condemn use of #fuckcispeople in Twitter argument 103
2:43 PM — Several prominent trans campaigners have condemned the recent use of a hashtag on Twitter attacking non-trans people.
Coca-cola and McDonald’s agree that Winter Olympics should not be relocated from Russia 57
1:32 PM — As the international outcry increases around the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in the wake of the passage of anti-gay laws back in June, big sponsors of the International Olympic Committee have maintained the line that they do not condone discrimination, but that they will not seek the relocation of the event.
tATu star Lena Katina: ‘Russian anti-gay law is weird because many in the government are gay’ 14
1:10 PM — Ten years on from a massive hit single which brought global fame, one half of Russian pop duo tATu has said that it is "weird", that her country's government has introduced anti-gay laws, because "a lot of people from the government with the big positions are gay".