16th January 2014
Italian IOC member: It’s absurd for America to include ‘4 lesbians’ in its Olympic delegation 31
1:30 PM — IOC member Mario Pescante says it's "absurd" for America to include "4 lesbians" in its Winter Olympic delegation - even though the current number is 2.
Putin: Russia will not allow for discrimination at the Winter Olympics 24
12:18 PM — President Vladimir Putin has once again moved to dismiss concerns over Russia’s anti-gay laws by saying that no athlete would face discrimination at next month's Winter Olympics.
15th January 2014
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague: I am disappointed and concerned by Nigeria’s new anti-gay laws 17
4:55 PM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan for approving a draconian anti-gay law.
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.
EU foreign policy chief: Nigeria’s anti-gay law breaks the country’s own constitution 4
1:12 PM — The EU's foreign policy chief says Nigeria's anti-gay law breaks "fundamental human rights".
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."
14th January 2014
UN human rights chief condemns Nigeria’s ‘draconian’ anti-gay law 8
7:20 PM — The United Nations human rights chief has given her reaction to Nigeria's anti-gay law by describing it as unprecedented for its multiple violations of basic freedoms.
Watch: Vice documentary about homophobia in Russia 5
2:35 PM — The plight of LGBT Russians, who lives have been made far more difficult and dangerous due to the country’s anti-gay legislation, is the subject of a new film by Vice.
UK Government: Nigeria’s anti-gay law infringes upon fundamental human rights 6
1:27 PM — The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has criticised Nigeria for banning same-sex marriages and for further criminalising homosexuality.
US Secretary of State blasts Nigeria’s ‘dangerous’ anti-gay law 2
11:41 AM — US Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned Nigeria for banning same-sex marriages and for further criminalising homosexuality.
27 Nobel laureates join Ian McKellen to protest over Russia’s anti-gay laws 3
10:56 AM — British actor Sir Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have demanded that Russia's President Vladimir Putin repeals the country's homophobic legislation.
13th January 2014
Welsh First Minister: I was told speaking out against Uganda’s anti-gay laws could make things worse 28
5:53 PM — The First Minister of Wales has defended his visit to Uganda, despite the country’s recent decision to pass anti-gay legislation.
Cameroon: Gay man who was jailed for sending affectionate text message dies at 34 15
12:18 PM — A gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man, saying "I'm very much in love with you," has died.
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
Over 100 demonstrators gather in London against Indian gay sex ban 5
12:27 PM — Over 100 demonstrators gathered outside London's High Commission of India on Sunday to campaign against the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
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.
10th January 2014
Orthodox Church of Russia: Homosexuality must be banned and excluded from society 51
12:37 PM — Russia's powerful Orthodox Church has proposed a referendum on banning homosexuality.
9th January 2014
Video: Letter urging Ugandan president to veto anti-gay law handed into London commission 4
2:30 PM — Wednesday’s protest outside Uganda’s High Commission in central London against the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill was filmed by freelance journalist James Wright.