13th August 2013
NFL player speaks out to say ‘now is the window’ for gay players to come out 1
6:49 PM — An NFL player has spoken out in an interview to say that despite being a Christian, he supports gay athletes who want to come out, and that they should "do what you want to do".
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.
Russian World Cup chief defends country’s anti-gay laws 46
12:43 PM — Russia's World Cup chief Alexey Sorokin has defended the country's homophobic censorship law.
Olympic Committee member calls for Russia’s anti-gay laws to be respected 67
10:32 AM — Lamine Diack, the President of the International Association of Athletes and member of the International Olympic Committee has said that he thinks there is "no problem whatsoever" with Russia's anti-gay laws.
12th August 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
LGBT sport groups urge IOC to make sure Winter Olympics are safe for gay athletes 6
5:39 PM — Several LGBT sport and human rights organisations have called on the International Olympic Committee to make sure the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia is safe for LGBT athletes to attend.
Nick Clegg: ‘It is worrying and depressing that Russia is taking steps backwards for LGBT rights’ 11
5:18 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has reiterated his stance opposing recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia, and saying it is "worrying and depressing", that LGBT rights in Russia are receding.
British Olympic Association: Boycotting Russian Winter Olympics would ‘penalise athletes’ 30
3:48 PM — The British Olympic Association says the proposed boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi would serve only to "penalise athletes."
Olympics still waiting on a ‘translation issue’ before it can take a stand on Russian anti-gay laws 10
3:17 PM — Following calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games over controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has affirmed that "sport is a human right", but it is unable to take measures until a "translation issue" has been resolved in the Russian laws.
Protest against Russian anti-gay laws to take place in London on Saturday 7
2:17 PM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Saturday, against the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia, which has led to an international outcry.
8th August 2013
Russian Sports Minister tells world to ‘calm down’ about state sanctioned repression of gay people 51
10:54 PM — The Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has told the world to "calm down" over Russia's recently passed laws that ban the bans the "promotion of non-traditional relationships".
Petition calls for 2014 Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver 13
2:12 PM — A petition which has gathered almost 80,000 signatures, calls for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver, following the passage of anti-gay laws in Russia.
Tory MP Mike Freer: Putin must be told to scrap anti-gay laws or risk losing Winter Olympics 10
1:19 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has told PinkNews that he would like the International Olympic Committee to consider moving the 2014 Winter Olympics from Russia.
7th August 2013
Ex-Chelsea footballer: ‘Homosexuality is a disease that should not be promoted’ 75
3:15 PM — Former Chelsea player Mateja Kežman has criticised Dutch football manager Louis van Gaal for taking part in last weekend's Amsterdam Pride.
International Association of Athletics Federations calls on Russia to review anti-gay laws 10
12:10 PM — The IAAF has called on Russia to reconsider its homophobic censorship laws but stresses the upcoming athletics championships in Moscow should not be overshadowed by politics.
Gay US figure skater: I am a ‘hardcore Russophile’ — don’t boycott the Olympics 91
11:30 AM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is a "hardcore Russophile" and that boycotting the Winter Olympics over Russian anti-gay laws is "silly".