16th August 2013
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".
15th August 2013
US: Discrimination lawsuit filed against Oregon bakery which refused cake for same-sex wedding 13
7:09 PM — Another in a string of bakeries to refuse to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is being sued for doing so on religious grounds.
US: New Jersey judge pushed to allow equal marriage in DOMA test case 1
6:10 PM — A New Jersey court case will today begin to hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means in that state.
New York police hunt for anti-gay gang who beat up gay couple for holding hands 5
5:33 PM — New York City police are looking for six suspects involved in a homophobic attack in Chelsea on Tuesday night.
US court: Lawsuit accusing anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively of human rights violation must go ahead 33
4:38 PM — A judge denied the request of a US evangelist preacher accused of human rights violations for his support of the Ugandan 'Kill the Gays' bill, to have the case against him dismissed.
US: Miss Universe Host says he will boycott pageant in Russia over anti-gay laws 4
2:23 PM — Television personality and former Miss Universe host Andy Cohen has said that he will boycott the pageant this year, which is due to take place in Moscow, in protest against Russia's anti-gay laws.
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship paints nails in rainbow colours against anti-gay law 19
1:49 PM — A Swedish athlete at the World Athletics Championships currently taking place in Moscow, has made a stand against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June, by painting her nails in rainbow colours.
WWE wrestler comes out as gay: ‘Does it change what you think of me?’ 29
1:01 PM — A World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstars wrestler has come out as gay, and asked his interviewer: "Does it matter?"
14th August 2013
LGBT rights coalition announces same-sex hand-holding initiative for Sochi Winter Olympics 7
7:39 PM — Pride House, an international coalition of LGBT sport and human rights groups has begun an initiative calling on everybody present at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, to show their commitment to inclusive sport by people of the same sex holding hands.
Puerto Rico: Legislators to consider law allowing same-sex couples to adopt 2
7:15 PM — Faced with strong religious opposition, Puerto Rico is to consider proposed laws which would allow gay couples to adopt, and which would establish a public school curriculum examining gender issues, including sexual discrimination.
Russia: Gay journalist who was sacked the day he came out live on air: ‘I wanted the Kremlin to see’ 19
6:22 PM — A gay Russian television presenter has said he was sacked the same evening as he came out live on air.
Gay figure skater Johnny Weir says he is ‘not afraid of being arrested’ under Russian anti-gay law 19
6:07 PM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is not scared to get arrested in Russia for being gay, following the passage of several anti-gay laws in June.
Gay US military personnel to be granted leave to marry in states where equal marriage is legal 1
5:38 PM — The Pentagon has announced that same-sex couples in the US military will be able to get up to ten days leave in order to marry in a state where equal marriage is legal.
US radio host: LGBT rights initiatives lead to the ‘oppression’ of people of faith, and parents 47
5:14 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey has claimed that an initiative by the United Nations to raise awareness of LGBT issues such as discrimination, and to promote respect, actually "oppresses" parents.
Actors Mathew Horne, Hayley Atwell and cast use curtain call as protest against Russian anti-gay laws 7
3:21 PM — Actors Hayley Atwell and Mathew Horne, and the cast of London stage show The Pride, have used their curtain call as a protest against Russian anti-gay laws introduced in June.
Russia: US track and field star dedicates Moscow silver medal to gay and lesbian friends 21
3:11 PM — A US athlete has become the first to speak out in favour of lesbian and gay people whilst competing on Russian soil, using his victory speech after winning silver, in protest against anti-gay laws passed in June.
Russia: Gay rights activist who staged one-man protest may be charged as extremist 37
2:14 PM — A gay rights activist who staged a one-man protest against Russian anti-gay laws earlier this month, may be charged with extremist activity, a government official said on Wednesday.
Ireland: Protest planned for Dublin Russian Embassy against anti-gay laws 1
1:21 PM — A protest is to take place on Friday at the Russian Embassy in Dublin against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June.
13th August 2013
Russian TV host who denied homophobia says gays ‘deliberately provoke situations to become victims’ 64
7:45 PM — A Russian state-funded TV host who this week denied being a homophobe after saying gay people's hearts are not suitable for organ donation, has again spoken on the issue of LGBT people in Russia to say that gay people "deliberately call, provoke situations, so that they become victims".