16th December 2013
France: President Francois Hollande to snub Russian Winter Olympics 8
11:43 AM — French President Francois Hollande has become the most high profile leader to snub the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
15th December 2013
Canada: Gay author reimbursed after cancelling trip to Russia 13
12:10 PM — A gay author in Montreal has been fully reimbursed after cancelling a trip to Russia he had booked before the country introduced its notorious anti-gay "propaganda" laws earlier this year.
India: Home Affairs Minister says ‘not now’ on ordinance against gay sex ban 6
10:52 AM — India’s Home Affairs Minister recently said that although his government opposes the Supreme Court’s recently reinstated gay sex ban, it will not act “now” towards nullifying the legislation.
14th December 2013
Human rights group urges Obama to include LGBT people in US Sochi delegation 2
2:31 PM — A human rights group has written to US President Barack Obama to urge him to include LGBT people in the delegation sent to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
13th December 2013
Russian dolls of Elton John, Graham Norton, and Tom Daley auctioned for LGBT charity 7
8:00 PM — Russian dolls of five British celebrities are being auctioned off in order to raise money for the Russian LGBT community.
12th December 2013
UN: Indian Supreme Court decision to ban homosexuality breaks international law 5
3:11 PM — The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has expressed her dismay at the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to recriminalise same-sex sexual activity.
Putin: Anti-gay laws protect against the ‘destruction of traditional values’ 36
12:33 PM — President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s anti-gay laws by saying they protect against the “destruction of traditional values”.
India’s Law Minister slams Supreme Court’s decision to bring back ‘archaic’ anti-gay law 17
11:48 AM — In an encouraging sign, India's Law Minister Kapil Sibal says the country's government is considering decriminalising same-sex sexual activity, a day after the country's top court upheld a law which criminalised gay sex.
11th December 2013
Martina Navratilova: The Olympic Committee is ‘putting their head in the sand’ on LGBT rights 10
9:21 PM — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has slammed the International Olympic Committee for "putting their head in the sand" over LGBT rights.
UK Government: India’s Supreme Court ruling against gay sex is a ‘matter for India’ 40
8:37 PM — The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a short response to the decision of India’s highest court to criminalise gay sex.
Elton John: I fear that Russian law blocks access to HIV information and pushes people away from Russia 7
4:48 PM — Elton John reflects on his recent trip to Russia where he performed two concerts, and met with grantees of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, saying that people in Russia had found it harder to get information about HIV since new Russian legislation, and reiterating why he thinks it is important for celebrities not to boycott the country.
10th December 2013
International Olympic Committee president confirms there will be protest zones set up at Sochi 13
9:30 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia's human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach sought to diffuse the situation with an announcement on Tuesday.
EU Commissioner: ‘Russia’s anti-gay laws means I will certainly not go to the Winter Olympics’ 8
5:35 PM — Europe's Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights has announced that she will not be attending the 2014 Winter Olympics as she opposes Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
UK Government warns Ian McKellen against travelling to Russia due to anti-gay laws 18
11:10 AM — The Foreign Office has advised Sir Ian McKellen "not to go to Russia" because of the country's homophobic laws, according to the gay actor.
9th December 2013
Russian asylum seeker to be deported despite plea to stay in UK over anti-gay law 10
6:16 PM — A Russian woman has been detained and is due to be sent back to her home country, despite pleading that her life is in danger there.
Germany’s President snubs Sochi Winter Olympics 12
5:21 PM — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Russia next year.
Putin’s new TV network boss believes gays should be banned from donating sperm and organs 17
1:21 PM — A TV presenter who said gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are “unfit for extending anyone’s life”, will now run Vladimir Putin’s new TV network.
7th December 2013
Video: Elton John speaks out for LGBT rights at Moscow concert 14
2:53 PM — Elton John took to the stage in Moscow last night, spoke of his support for LGBT rights, and dedicated the evening to murdered gay Russian Vladislav Tornovoi.
5th December 2013
Elton John to address Russian anti-gay laws in Moscow concert Friday 12
8:20 PM — Sir Elton John is to perform a concert in Moscow on Friday, at which he has vowed to raise the issue of Russia's anti-gay law.
Cameroon LGBT activist granted asylum in US after receiving death threats for taking part in film
12:06 PM — A Cameroonian LGBT activist has been reunited with her family in San Francisco after receiving death threats for appearing in a Human Rights Watch documentary.