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.
Video: TV and Broadway stars in Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law spoof
6:00 PM — Some of the biggest TV and Broadway stars have starred in a spoof video to protest Russian propaganda laws.
Russia accuses EU of ‘not respecting’ Olympics and of ‘aggressively promoting’ homosexuality 20
5:10 PM — A Russian offical has accused the European Union of trying to impose an "alien view" of homosexuality on other countries.
23rd January 2014
Eastenders actress slams Nigeria’s anti-gay law as ‘absurd’ 2
7:00 PM — Actress Luisa Bradshaw-White has criticised Nigeria and other African countries for pushing ahead with anti-gay legislation.
Russian Prime Minister: Not a single gay person in Russia has complained about the propaganda law 32
5:55 PM — Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed criticism of the country’s anti-gay laws, claiming not a single gay person has complained.
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.
Elton John offers to introduce Putin to gay Russians ‘who need to be heard’ 8
5:28 PM — Sir Elton John has offered to take President Vladimir Putin to see members of Russia's gay community.
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.
UK man held in Uganda for breaking anti-gay laws to be deported 5
12:49 PM — A British man charged in Uganda after images of him having sex with a man were published in a newspaper is to be deported back to Britain within hours.
21st January 2014
Brass band could poke fun at Putin by playing gay anthem Y.M.C.A at Winter Olympics 8
6:15 PM — A Dutch brass band has said they may play 'YMCA' at the Winter Olympics over Russia's anti-gay laws.
Famous Kenyan author comes out as gay in birthday article 10
11:56 AM — A prominent author in Kenya has come out as gay, in a country where homosexuality remains illegal.
Human Rights Watch: Violent homophobia on the rise in Russia 28
11:12 AM — A new report by Human Rights Watch shows homophobic violence is on the rise in Russia.
20th January 2014
Malawi: Men jailed for breaking anti-gay laws begin appeal at high court 2
4:32 PM — Three men sentenced under tough anti-gay laws in Malawi have begun their appeal to the country's high court.
19th January 2014
UKIP chair accused of bigotry after saying Glasgow Council is for ‘gays, Catholics, communists’ 18
1:20 PM — Arthur Misty Thackeray, the acting chair of UKIP in Scotland, has come under fire recently after it emerged he had published a series of anti-gay and Islamophobic posts on Facebook, including comments that the Glasgow City Council stood for "gays, Catholics, communists."
Russia: Putin denies homophobia in anti-gay laws – ‘I myself know some people who are gay’ 22
12:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has once more denied gay people are unwelcome at the Sochi Winter Olympics over anti-gay laws in the country, saying he is not prejudiced as he is on "friendly terms" with several people who are gay.
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: We should honour the life of Vlad Tornovoi by standing up for gay rights in Russia 8
4:02 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Tom Hayes says last year's homophobic murder of Vlad Tornovoi should galvanise Britain into raising Russia's appalling LGBT rights violations at next month's Winter Olympics.
Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’ 61
3:14 PM — President Vladimir Putin says gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone.
Gay Ugandans cautiously welcome President Museveni’s decision to veto anti-gay law 2
11:04 AM — Campaigners have welcomed the decision of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
16th January 2014
Nigeria: Muslim man receives 20 lashes by Sharia court for breaking anti-gay laws 14
3:43 PM — A Nigerian man has received 20 lashes after an Islamic court convicted him of breaking laws against homosexuality.