26th January 2014
Martina Navratilova: Anti-gay laws make it ‘impossible’ to separate sport from politics at Sochi Games 8
1:16 PM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova has warned that anti-gays laws in Russia will make it "impossible" to separate sport from politics at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
25th January 2014
Football fans on gay semi-pro player coming out: ‘If you live in the real world, it’s not an issue’ 10
8:17 AM — Fans of Gainsborough Trinity, the team of a recently out semi-professional footballer, have offered a supportive response to his announcement that he is gay.
24th January 2014
McDonald’s #CheersToSochi Twitter hashtag hijacked by LGBT activists 5
6:41 PM — McDonald's has faced a backlash from LGBT rights advocates as it launched the hashtag #CheersToSochi on Twitter, in promotion of the Winter Olympics.
22nd January 2014
Comment: ‘The Sochi games will go down in history as the anti-gay Olympics’ 11
5:59 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes on the Sochi Winter Olympics due to start in February, and says they will be remembered for anti-gay legislation introduced in Russia last year.
Russia: Despite anti-gay law, twin toilets unveiled at Sochi Olympics venue 18
12:54 PM — A photograph taken of a twin men's toilet at a Sochi Winter Olympics venue in Russia has caused a storm of controversy on Twitter.
18th January 2014
Russia: Gay protester detained for unfurling rainbow flag during Olympic torch relay 28
6:49 PM — A Russian gay protester was detained today for revealing a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay.
17th January 2014
Comment: What would happen if a gay premiership star came out and continued playing football? 5
7:16 PM — Following the recent decision of retired player Thomas Hitzlsperger to come out as gay, Stonewall FC footballer and employment lawyer Jamie Feldman looks at the potential ramifications of a current gay premiership star coming out and staying in the game.
15th January 2014
US State Department issues travel warning about Russian anti-gay law ahead of Sochi 11
4:42 PM — The US State Department has issued a travel warning for those travelling to Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympics, noting the country's anti-gay law.
UK: Cabinet Equalites Minister Maria Miller will attend Russia’s Winter Olympics 11
3:46 PM — Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, will attend next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, the government has confirmed.
Star Trek actor Chris Pine calls Russian anti-gay law ‘clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense’ 4
2:47 PM — Hollywood star Chris Pine has said that the US should have done more to challenge Russia on its anti-gay laws in the lead up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia accuses EU of promoting ‘the aggressive propaganda of homosexual love’ 28
12:40 PM — A diplomatic attack against "gay propaganda", has been launched by Russia, which has accused the EU of promoting an "alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life."
UK: Footballer accused of making anti-gay gesture has trial delayed due to appendix op
10:58 AM — A footballer accused of making a homophobic gesture to Brighton fans during a Championship match has been postponed because he has had his appendix removed.
14th January 2014
Semi-professional UK footballer Liam Davis comes out as gay 36
8:12 PM — Following in the lead of former Premier League footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger last week, semi-professional player Liam Davis has also announced that he is gay.
York City Football Club dedicates match to battle against homophobia 4
3:17 PM — York City FC is to become the first football club to dedicate a match to an anti-homophobia campaign.
13th January 2014
Tom Daley inspires Brazilian diver to come out as gay 14
1:51 PM — Inspired by Tom Daley’s recent decision to talk about his same-sex relationship, a gay championship diver in Brazil has come out in a newspaper interview.
Foreign Secretary: ‘Watch this space’ the UK may have openly gay stars in its Sochi delegation 9
12:01 PM — In a TV interview William Hague says Britain will continue urging Russia to protect LGBT rights and has suggested that openly gay sports stars could be included in the UK’s Olympic delegation.
12th January 2014
Gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup blasts Olympics hosts for refusing to ‘embody diversity’ 2
11:41 AM — New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup has said he is "disappointed" he will not be able to represent himself as a gay man at the Sochi Winter Olympics if he manages to qualify by February, calling out anti-gay laws in Russia for continuing a legacy of historic discrimination.
11th January 2014
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler: Being gay in football isn’t a problem now 31
4:28 PM — Former star Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler who has in the past been accused of homophobic taunting, has said he thinks it "wouldn't be a problem" for a footballer to be openly gay now.
10th January 2014
Footballer Robbie Rogers: I was left ‘scarred’ by homophobic language at school 3
4:43 PM — US footballer Robbie Rogers says he was left “scarred” hearing homophobic language at school, meaning he felt unable to be open about his sexuality until last year.
Professional Footballers’ Association predicts more gay players will be inspired to come out 4
11:56 AM — The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) predicts other gay footballers will come out following Thomas Hitzlsperger’s announcement this week.