12th September 2013
Simon Callow questions calls for Russian Olympic boycott 34
1:07 PM — Actor and director Simon Callow has questioned calls for a boycott of the Russian Winter Olympics Games in Sochi next year, claiming: “boycotts are rarely effective, talking is.”
Lady Gaga: ‘I’ve taken a few dips in the lady pond – lesbians are way more daring than straight men’ 24
11:28 AM — Bisexual pop singer Lady Gaga has opened up about her past romantic experiences with girls, saying she is attracted to lesbians because "they are way more daring than straight guys."
Turkey: Court bans access to gay dating app Grindr as a ‘protection measure’ 13
10:45 AM — A Criminal Court in Turkey has issued a countrywide "protection measure" which blocks access to the popular gay dating app Grindr.
Obama was ‘energised and inspired’ by Russian gay activists at G20 meet in St Petersburg 5
10:09 AM — As President Obama met with nine LGBT activists during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit earlier this month, he was so "energised intellectually and inspired" by their talks, the meeting lasted twice as long as expected.
11th September 2013
Comment: Is the Western coverage of Russian LGBT issues missing the positive angle? 37
7:28 PM — Paul Canning writes on the LGBT situation in Russia, questioning Western coverage of issues in the country such as a new anti-gay law.
Amnesty urges Zambia to drop charges against two men accused of having sex ‘against the order nature’ 7
5:02 PM — The human rights organisation Amnesty International has urged Zambia to drop charges against a gay couple "charged with the offence of sodomy or having sex against the order of nature" and release them from prison unconditionally.
Rugby star Stuart Reardon: Anti-gay laws in Russia ‘disgusting’ but I don’t support a boycott of Sochi 53
3:49 PM — Professional rugby league player and model Stuart Reardon has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia, but says that he does not support a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, because he thinks athletes should not be punished.
Russian deputy who wrote anti-gay bill: Gays are like thieves and shouldn’t be allowed to have children 24
3:02 PM — The Russian lawmaker who recently introduced new anti-gay legislation to deprive couples in a "non-traditional" relationship of parental rights, has spoken out during an interview to say gay people should not be allowed to raise children.
Russia: 51% of population would not ‘under any circumstances’ want a gay neighbour or work colleague 20
2:49 PM — According to a new opinion survey researching national identity in Russia, just over half the Russian population would not "under any circumstances" want to see a gay person as a neighbour or as a work colleague.
Lithuania: Parliament to consider five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills 48
11:56 AM — Five separate anti-gay and anti-trans bills are set to be considered in the Lithuanian parliament later this year, including a ban on gender reassignment, a ban on same-sex adoption, regulations of public events, and a legalisation of anti-gay hate speech.
Gay figure skater fears he could be ‘beat up on streets’ in Russia – but still opposes Olympics boycott 47
10:43 AM — Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir has appeared on television wearing Russian military uniform to say he is still against "any kind" of boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, despite fears "I could be beat up on the streets and no one would protect me."
10th September 2013
Russian gay rights activist vows to out gay lawmakers who vote for anti-gay legislation 18
5:11 PM — A Russian gay rights activist and journalist has said she will publicly out any closeted gay lawmakers who vote for a proposed bill to remove the parenting rights of LGBT people.
Photos: Kiss-in rallies across the globe to protest Russian anti-gay law 4
1:11 PM — Over the weekend, kiss-in protests took place around the globe in dozens of cities to rally against a Russian anti-gay law introduced in June.
9th September 2013
FIFA to urge Qatar to relax anti-gay legislation ahead of 2022 World Cup 26
6:19 PM — The international football governing body FIFA's taskforce is to put pressure on Qatar to relax its anti-gay legislation ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
Lib Dem President tables motion drawing attention to ‘deplorable’ LGBT treatment in Russia 16
12:47 PM — Liberal Democrat party president, MP Tim Farron, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) which asks that the House of Commons take note of the situation LGBT people face in Russia, following the passage of anti-gay laws.
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller: ‘I tried to kill myself at 15 because I was gay’ 7
12:16 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller, who came out as gay in a letter sent to the St Petersburg International Film Festival last month, has revealed that he attempted suicide at 15 by swallowing a "bottle of pills" because he was gay.
Russia: Sochi organisers persuade Olympics Committee to help ‘stop this campaign’ over anti-gay laws 42
10:41 AM — The head of the Sochi Olympics has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to "stop this campaign and this speculation" over Russia's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
8th September 2013
Russia: Lesbian activist pleads mass asylum over anti-gay laws — ‘get us the hell out of here’ 54
1:38 PM — A lesbian journalist and activist living in Russia has said that anti-gay violence and legislation has gotten so bad for the country, their only hope now is to get as many LGBT citizens to asylum as possible.
7th September 2013
Gay activists say Obama ‘sent a signal’ to LGBT Russians by meeting them at G20 in St Petersburg 14
7:31 PM — As President Obama met with LGBT activists as his last official engagement during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit, the activists noted the significance of the fact that he met with them.
Senegal: Justice Minister rules out legalising homosexuality despite previous gay rights support 3
6:59 PM — Senegal's justice minister Sidiki Kaba has ruled out legalising homosexuality in the country despite previously being a gay rights supporter and activist.