1st August 2013
Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister slams ‘hateful’ Russian anti-gay law 30
8:46 PM — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has spoken out to condemn recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia as "hateful".
Petition started to urge Team GB to wear rainbow colours at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 8
4:00 PM — A petition has been started to urge Team GB to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics so as not to put athletes at a disadvantage, but calls for them to wear rainbow colours in solidarity with the Russian LGBT community.
31st July 2013
LGBT sports and human rights coalition rules out Winter Olympics boycott in favour of visibility option 21
11:44 PM — An international coalition of sport and human rights organisations have rejected calls for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in favour of long-term change and visibility action.
Liverpool FC bans staff from using anti-gay slurs 1
5:30 PM — Liverpool Football Club has issued a new set of rules to its workers banning the use of "unacceptable" words and phrases such as "faggot", "fairy", and "that's gay".
30th July 2013
Russian politician vows police will arrest all pro-gay protesters including Olympic athletes and spectators 45
12:21 PM — A Russian legislator who co-sponsored the controversial anti-gay law recently introduced, has said the government cannot suspend the law for the 2014 Winter Olympics, as has been suggested this week.
Anti-discrimination group chairman: I resigned from the FA because I was frustrated about how abuse was dealt with
11:34 AM — The chairman of the FA's anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has launched a new campaign to tackle homophobia and other discrimination, and urged clubs to do more to support players who report abuse.
29th July 2013
Canada: Vancouver Mayor attacks Russia over anti-gay laws ahead of Winter Olympics 10
11:41 PM — The mayor of Vancouver has spoken out to heavily criticise the recent introduction of Russian anti-gay laws ahead of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi in 2014.
NBC Sports will address Russian anti-gay law at Winter Olympics if it poses a problem 8
4:39 PM — The Chairman of NBC Sports Group Mark Lazarus, has announced that the US television network would acknowledge Russia's anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, if they were to pose an issue.
App launched for football fans and players to report homophobic abuse 2
2:41 PM — An organisation established by the Football Association to eradicate abuse in football including homophobia, will launch a new mobile app which will allow players and fans to report racist or homophobic abuse.
28th July 2013
High-profile Dutch footballers announce appearance at Amsterdam pride 2
9:15 PM — Former Dutch national team, and Ipswich Town footballer Martjin Reuser has said he will be among other high-profile Dutch footballers to join in the parade at Amsterdam Pride next weekend.
27th July 2013
Russia tells Olympics: Athletes and spectators will be exempt from our anti-gay laws 139
2:35 PM — The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has said that it has received reassurance from the Russian government that athletes and spectators will be exempt from the country's draconian anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in the Russian city of Sochi.
26th July 2013
Scottish football fan given 12-month match ban after making homophobic rant to police 8
12:43 PM — A Celtic football fan who made a homophobic rant at police officers has been banned from attending football matches for a year.
25th July 2013
Comment: When it comes to LGBT equality the next big battle is sport 25
2:46 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says he is "bitterly ashamed" in the way that LGBT people are not treated as mainstream in the area of sport.
24th July 2013
Petition calls for British boycott of Russian Winter Olympics because of anti-gay laws 13
5:06 PM — A petition has been started with a view to having the British Olympics Association boycott the Russian Winter Olympics next year, in the wake of the passage of anti-gay legislation.
22nd July 2013
Olympic committee calls for acceptance of all athletes at Winter Olympics despite Russian anti-gay laws 42
10:10 PM — Responding to human rights groups, the International Olympic Committee has released a statement calling for the acceptance of all athletes in the wake of Russia's recently passed anti-gay legislation.
Lib Dem MP responds to criticism over anti-homophobia campaign: ‘Most people are sick of homophobia’ 24
8:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Leech, the supporter of a campaign to eradicate homophobia in football, has responded to a letter from a disgruntled constituent who accused him of trying to "brainwash children".
18th July 2013
Germany: Pamphlet advises gay football players to come out ‘quietly’ 11
6:13 PM — A new leaflet due to be issued by the German Football Association (DFB) is advising gay football players to come out at the end of the season in order to avoid media and public attention.
Nick Clegg tells PinkNews: Russia needs to ‘move with the times’ when it comes to LGBT rights 18
3:41 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has urged Russia to protect the rights of LGBT citizens following concerns about gay athletes attending the 2014 Winter Olympics.
15th July 2013
Nick Clegg: London winning the Gay Games could change the perception of LGBT people in sport 13
2:08 PM — Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says London hosting the Gay Games in 2018 will make a huge difference to the perception of LGBT people and sport.
Robbie Rogers: Most football fans are not homophobic 7
11:31 AM — Openly gay professional US football player Robbie Rogers has spoken in an interview to say that he thinks that most UK football fans are not homophobic.