13th August 2013
London: King’s Head Theatre commissions protest piece against Russian anti-gay laws 2
2:11 PM — A rapid response theatre piece has been commissioned by the King's Head Theatre in London, in response to the international outcry surrounding recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia.
Stephen Fry compares Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre to Mussolini in Sochi argument 45
1:44 PM — The argument over the issue of recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia, and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has escalated, with Stephen Fry criticising the Daily Mail for what he called a "hate-piece", and comparing the paper's Editor Paul Dacre to Mussolini.
Australia: Treasurer says Kevin Rudd’s commitment to equal marriage may offer political advantage 2
12:17 AM — The ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, has predicted that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's commitment to introduce same-sex marriage could bring with it a political advantage in several seats in next month's election.
12th August 2013
US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’ 2
11:49 PM — The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which "risks causing serious and limitless harm", a filing by lawers for the state Health Department said on Monday.
French Sports Minister expresses ‘worry’ over Russian anti-gay law 8
11:32 PM — The French Sports Minister has said to her Russian counterpart she is "worried" by recently introduced anti-gay laws in the country.
Apple iTunes store warns developers not to use word ‘bisexual’ in app descriptions 15
11:14 PM — The Apple iTunes store has been criticised by a lesbian app developer, as she says when changing the description of an educational LGBT app, she was warned not to use the word "bisexual", as the app may be banned.
Russian TV host denies homophobia after saying the hearts of gay men should not be used for organ donation 20
6:22 PM — A Russian TV host has denied homophobia, since he came under heavy criticism after footage emerged during which he said that gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are “unfit for extending anyone’s life”.
Olympics Committee member: ‘Russia must respect the Olympic Charter, or we will say goodbye to them’ 22
5:21 PM — During an interview with a senior member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) from last week, the question of whether to relocate the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics because of recently introduced anti-gay laws, was raised for the first time.
US: ‘Ex-gay’ gospel singer withdraws from performance at Martin Luther King memorial 7
4:55 PM — At the request of Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray, an "ex-gay" gospel singer withdrew from his performance at a Martin Luther King memorial at the weekend.
Russia confirms that anti-gay laws will be enforced during Sochi Winter Olympics 17
4:34 PM — The Interior Ministry in Russia has confirmed that recently introduced anti-gay legislation will remain in force during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Video: Russian State-run TV host says ‘Gays’ hearts should be burned rather than used for organ donation’ 28
4:12 PM — Footage has emerged of a Russian State-run television host who is seen saying that gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are "unfit for extending anyone's life".
US radio host: Nondiscrimination laws actually discriminate and ‘create a climate of suspicion, spite and revenge’ 19
3:24 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey has spoken out on the issue of anti-discrimination laws, to say that they actually make discrimination worse, and that they "create a climate of suspicion, spite and revenge".
Sweden: Pedestrian crossing outside Russian embassy painted in rainbow colours 12
2:56 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm was late last week painted to rainbow colours, in what is being hailed as a protest against recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia.
11th August 2013
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledges to introduce equal marriage if reelected 10
4:42 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd has promised to allow a full conscience vote on equal marriage, should be be re-elected in next month's election.
Italy: 14-year-old commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying 37
4:29 PM — A fourteen-year-old in Rome has taken his own life because of anti-gay bullying, and struggles with finding acceptance of his sexuality.
US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down
4:15 PM — A New Jersey court case will this week 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 for that states.
10th August 2013
Photos: More than a thousand Londoners straight and gay protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws 17
3:00 PM — A protest against the treatment of LGBT people in Russia is currently underway in London near the official residence of the Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street. More than one thousand people have attended what is believed to be the largest gay rights protest in recent years.
9th August 2013
US radio host: ‘Russia’s new laws are not homophobic, but homorealistic’ 38
11:32 PM — US christian radio host Bryan Fischer has weighed in on the international outcry surrounding recently passed Russian anti-gay laws, to say that Russia is simply "homorealistic", not homophobic.
US: NBC reassures gay and lesbian employees of safety during Winter Olympics 13
11:20 PM — US television network NBC has attempted to reassure its gay and lesbian employees who may work during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, that they will be kept safe despite the passage of anti-gay laws.
Brazil: Court orders army to recognise same-sex civil union 1
6:10 PM — For the first time in Brazil, a court has ordered the Brazillian Army to reconise a same-sex civil union.