24th December 2013
Richard Dawkins: The decision to pardon Alan Turing will send a signal to the world 14
3:18 PM — Professor Richard Dawkins has welcomed the posthumous royal pardon granted to gay scientist Alan Turing and says it will “send a signal to the world which needs to be sent”.
Comment: Alan Turing’s pardon is absolutely correct. The reason for it isn’t 14
2:31 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chris Ward welcomes the decision to pardon Alan Turing, but says the state still has not formally acknowledged that it was wrong to have people for their sexuality in the first place.
Richard Branson: I urge companies to boycott Uganda because of its anti-gay laws 16
1:16 PM — Sir Richard Branson is calling for a corporate boycott of Uganda, following the Ugandan Parliament’s decision to pass the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Polish MP expresses support for Uganda’s anti-gay law with homophobic and racist remarks 21
12:24 PM — A Polish MP has expressed his support for Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill and at the same time described the Ugandan population as “kind of wild people”.
23rd December 2013
Gay British man facing porn charges in Uganda fears for safety over anti-gay law 2
12:13 PM — A gay retired British banker charged with possessing a video depicting a sexual act fears the passing of Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Bill could lead create greater danger for him.
Pussy Riot member freed from prison – slams Russian amnesty law as a ‘PR stunt’ 2
11:28 AM — A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who walked free from prison earlier today said she would rather have stayed behind bars, calling Putin's amnesty law a "PR stunt."
Gay rights activists stage campaign against ‘shocking’ Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Winter Olympics 11
10:44 AM — Gay rights activists interrupted a Coca-Cola christmas advertising campaign in London's Covent Garden on Saturday, in opposition to the company's recent sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics despite anti-gay laws.
UK Prime Minister will not attend Sochi Winter Olympics 13
10:28 AM — David Cameron will not attend February's Winter Olympics, Downing Street has said whilst insisting the move is not a boycott over Russia’s stance on LGBT rights.
20th December 2013
UK Government: Uganda’s anti-gay law will damage the country’s international reputation 19
6:27 PM — The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has condemned the Ugandan Parliament for passing its Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Kaleidoscope Trust: Uganda’s passing of anti-gay law represents a terrible fortnight for LGBT rights 10
3:15 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust says today’s news out of Uganda represents a “terrible fortnight in the struggle for LGBT rights.”
Tennis legend Billie Jean King to gay Russians: ‘You are not alone’ 3
2:16 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King, two days after being selected as part of the US delegation to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics, has spoken out in support of gay people in Russia.
Peter Tatchell: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill breaks country’s own Constitution 11
1:53 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the decision of Uganda’s Parliament to pass the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill violates constitutional law.
Activists urge Ugandan President not to sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law 8
1:01 PM — Campaigners are calling on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, following today’s vote by the Uganda Parliament.
Ugandan Parliament passes bill that could mean gays face life in prison 22
11:30 AM — Uganda's Parliament has passed the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
19th December 2013
Olympic figure skater in US Sochi delegation comes out as gay 12
7:53 PM — An Olympic medal winning figure skater who was two days ago announced as part of the US delegation going to the Sochi Winter Olympics, has come out as gay.
Russia: Pro-Putin conductor denies further allegations that he supports anti-gay law 6
6:20 PM — A famed Russian conductor has again defended himself against criticism for not speaking out against legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors.
18th December 2013
UK Equalities Minister due to attend Sochi Winter Olympics 4
7:22 PM — PinkNews has learnt Equalities Minister Helen Grant is highly likely to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi and that there is a strong possibility her boss, Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller, may also attend.
Obama won’t attend Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi but will send gay inclusive delegation 14
10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama has named two gay sports stars as part of America's delegation to the Winter Olympics in Russia - but in a significant move has confirmed that he will not be attending the event himself.
17th December 2013
US TV host Jay Leno compares Sochi Olympics to Nazi Germany 31
8:29 PM — US television host Jay Leno has made a stark comparison between the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Nazi Germany.
Former Europe minister: David Cameron should not travel to Sochi because of Putin’s ‘gay-bashing’ policies 10
2:08 PM — The former Labour minister Denis MacShane has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to personally boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in protest at President Vladimir Putin’s “rank homophobia”.