31st December 2013
Canadian Foreign Minister urges Russia to drop anti-gay laws and protect human rights 9
3:47 PM — Ahead of February’s Sochi Winter Olympics, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has written to his Russian counterpart to denounce Russia’s anti-gay laws.
30th December 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust: 2013 has been a ‘terrible year for LGBT rights’
5:07 PM — 2013 has been overshadowed by serious challenges to the rights of LGBT people, according to the Kaleidoscope Trust's annual review.
Ugandan central London High Commission to face protest over anti-gay law 3
2:28 PM — A protest is due to take place on 8 January outside the Ugandan High Commission in London's Trafalgar Square, over the Ugandan Parliament's decision to pass its Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
29th December 2013
Coca-Cola publishes photos of gay rights activists against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 30
1:35 PM — Coca-Cola has published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company's decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
27th December 2013
Poem on Alan Turing: I Beg Your Pardon? 10
4:35 PM — Writer Dean Atta expresses his thoughts on the recent pardon given to Alan Turing in a poem.
Peter Tatchell urges Prime Minister to launch new probe into Alan Turing’s death and to extend pardon 18
12:47 PM — Peter Tatchell has written to David Cameron calling for a new inquiry into the death of Alan Turing, the human rights campaigner also believes the recent royal pardon granted to Turing should be extended to all men convicted under the same gross indecency law.
Gay Ugandans urge President Museveni not to sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law 5
10:36 AM — Campaigners are reiterating calls on Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, following cautious comments by the Ugandan leader.
26th December 2013
Ugandan president Museveni says he will send anti-gay bill back to court if it is ‘not right’ 14
12:32 PM — Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has announced he will not pass the anti-homosexuality bill before carefully scrutinising it.
Feature: The most important international stories of 2013 3
10:40 AM — Having brought you the most important UK and US stories of 2013, it is only natural to follow with the most important international stories of the year too.
25th December 2013
India: ‘Gay sex ban will harm fights against AIDS’ say activists
12:49 PM — Gay rights activists and health workers in India have warned that the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this month criminalising gay sex will undo the recent progress made towards fighting AIDS in the country.
24th December 2013
Lib Dem MP John Leech: ‘Alan Turing’s contribution to Manchester was enormous’ 4
6:23 PM — Manchester Withington MP John Leech says he’s delighted that Alan Turing has received a royal pardon and has thanked all of those who helped in the campaign.
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.