22nd August 2013
Russia defends anti-gay law in open letter to International Olympic Committee 5
3:16 PM — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received a letter from the Russian Government defending an anti-gay law introduced in the country in June, saying it will remain in place during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, but also saying gay people will not be discriminated against at the games.
21st August 2013
International Olympic Committee urged to select Madrid for 2020 games due to LGBT inclusivity 17
6:09 PM — Amid a storm of controversy surrounding the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will soon choose the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and is being urged to use LGBT inclusivity as a key deciding factor.
Norway: Rainbow crossing pops up outside Russian embassy in Oslo 9
1:17 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Oslo has been coloured in with rainbow colours, the latest in a string of installations to protest Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June.
Footballer suffers anti-gay backlash over male kiss photo 13
12:51 PM — A footballer photographed kissing another man is suffering a homophobic backlash from supporters and rival fans.
20th August 2013
New book on the life of gay footballer Justin Fashanu to be released in the UK 4
7:09 PM — A British journalist and writer based in Canada has written a book about the life of the late gay footballer Justin Fashanu.
Russian athletes ‘insulted’ by the idea that same-sex kiss was meant in protest against anti-gay laws 32
1:11 PM — Two female Russian athletes have expanded on their assertion that a kiss between the pair after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, was not meant as a protest against anti-gay laws in the country, and that they are "insulted" by the suggestion.
19th August 2013
Swedish ice hockey star notes positive reaction to his criticism of anti-gay laws in Russia 3
7:42 PM — Swedish ice hockey star Victor Hedman, has noted the "positive" response he received after speaking out against Russia's anti-gay law, which was passed in June, and which bans the "promotion" of homosexuality.
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.
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.
Manchester: Football fans gather for anti-homophobia conference 2
12:13 PM — An international conference on homophobia in football has taken place in Manchester.
18th August 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Uproar over anti-propaganda law is an ‘invented problem’ 52
3:06 PM — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has claimed that international concern over his country's discriminatory laws, and subsequent calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia, is a media-"invented problem".
IOC President: We will ensure there is no anti-LGBT discrimination during the Games 27
12:46 PM — International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has said he is committed to ensuring the Sochi Winter Olympics are accessible to all, despite discriminatory laws enacted in host country Russia.
Russian athletes kiss in protest against anti-LGBT law 38
11:05 AM — Two female members of the Russian team at the World Athletics Championships have used their gold medal win as a platform for protesting their country's anti-gay legislation, sharing a kiss on the podium.
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.
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".
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship advised to change her rainbow painted nails 35
4:36 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has been told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
16th August 2013
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.
Comment: Boycotting the Winter Olympics risks allowing critics to say there’s a ‘homosexual agenda’ 85
4:41 PM — PinkNews reader Aaron Ruddock, who was a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics, fears boycotting the 2014 Sochi Winter Games would play into the hands of homophobes who argue their is a "homosexual agenda".
MPs encourage athletes and fans to wave pride flags at Sochi Olympics 19
3:09 PM — Two prominent gay MPs have urged athletes and fans to wave gay pride flags at the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.