6th September 2013
Amnesty International: Ukraine’s attempt to ignore anti-gay discrimination is ‘unacceptable’ 12
4:40 PM — The Human Rights organisation Amnesty International has said that Ukraine's recent bid to release itself from EU obligations to legislate against homophobia is an "outrageous" attempt to deny equal rights in the country.
Malta: Law restricting IVF to opposite-sex couples slammed as ‘unashamedly homophobic’ 4
4:00 PM — Gay rights activists in Malta have criticised a new IVF law as "unashamedly homophobic" because it denies access to medical services to all but opposite-sex couples.
US: San Antonio passes anti-discrimination law for gay and transgender citizens 3
1:53 PM — Leaders in San Antonio, Texas approved a law yesterday providing nondiscrimination protections against gay and transgender residents.
David Cameron ‘raised concerns about gay rights’ at G20 meeting with Vladimir Putin 15
9:59 AM — In his meeting with Vladimir Putin at G20 last night, Prime Minister David Cameron reveals he has "raised concerns" with the Russian President about the country's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
5th September 2013
Gay rights activists hold individual protests in St Petersburg to gain attention of G20 leaders 4
7:16 PM — Around a dozen human rights activists have conducted individual protests against Russian anti-gay laws in St Petersburg, on the same day the G20 government leaders arrived in the city.
Irish Foreign Minister: We ‘strongly disagree’ with Russian anti-gay laws and will stand against them 3
4:28 PM — Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore has responded to calls from a number of gay activist groups over the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia, saying the government "strongly disagrees" with the legislation and is exploring actions to take against it.
Oman: News editor who published sympathetic article about gay life to face public prosecution 8
3:57 PM — Oman's ministry of information has referred the editor of a local newspaper to public prosecution for questioning over a sympathetic article he published last week on the story of a young gay man in the country.
US: Bakery owners who refused same-sex wedding cake say ‘militant’ gay ‘mafia’ forced them to close 39
11:55 AM — The owners of Sweet Cakes, an Oregon Bakery which recently closed its doors after refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, have accused gay activists of using "militant, mafia-style tactics" to force their business to shut down.
Olympic Committee President: We are powerless to Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 24
11:11 AM — International Olympics Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge said there is little he can do to influence Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
4th September 2013
Amnesty International: G20 leaders must reject Russia’s anti-gay laws 2
5:01 PM — Amnesty International is urging leaders meeting at the St Petersburg G20 summit on Thursday to condemn Russia’s notorious anti-gay "propaganda" law and do all in their power to persuade authorities to scrap it.
Two Derby County football fans punished with three year ban for homophobic chanting 6
4:23 PM — Two Derby County football fans have been banned from attending matches for three years, as well as fined, after they admitted shouting homophobic chants at Brighton supporters during an away game last month.
Video: Dan Savage launches his ‘Not All Like That’ project for Christians who support gay rights 20
3:46 PM — In a video posted online, gay activist and founder of the ‘It Gets Better Project’ Dan Savage has launched his new 'Not All Like That' (NALT) campaign for Christians who support LGBT civil rights.
Denmark: Petition with over 50,000 signatures delivered to Russian embassy against anti-gay law 3
3:16 PM — Today Amnesty International and To Russia with Love Denmark held a meeting with the Russian Embassy in Denmark and delivered more than 50,000 Danish signatures in protest against the new homophobic law in Russia.
US: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively continues to praise Vladimir Putin as an ‘unlikely hero’ 11
2:59 PM — In a follow up to his letter warning Vladimir Putin that anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia may not be enough, anti-gay activist Scott Lively has released a bizarre tirade on his blog praising Putin as an "unlikely hero" and invoking "the battle we waged together against Nazism".
US: Ex-gay therapy newsletter claims it can end homophobic bullying by ‘curing’ gay people 22
2:23 PM — An ex-gay clinic in the US has released a newsletter declaring "the end of homosexuality," in which parents can help prevent homophobic bullying by participating in its "revolution".
William Hague: ‘Britain must stick to its values and not retreat on issues like gay rights in Russia’ 15
12:59 PM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia to say that Britain's foreign policy must have "a conscience", and that it is in the nature of Britain to "stand up for human rights overseas."
Russia: Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseyev seeks urgent meeting with Vladimir Putin 4
12:25 PM — Gay rights activist and Russian pride organiser Nikolai Alekseyev has officially requested a meeting with Vladimir Putin after the President claimed he was willing to speak with members of the LGBT community in a recent interview.
Vladimir Putin: Tchaikovsky was gay, and Russians still love him 29
10:27 AM — Vladimir Putin, who in June signed a law banning 'gay propaganda' in Russia, has sought to reassure concerns about athletes who display rainbow flags during the 2014 Winter Olympics, urging that there is no discrimination against gay people in his country.
3rd September 2013
Photos: Thousands protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws at London’s Whitehall 4
7:00 PM — A protest against the treatment of LGBT people in Russia is currently underway in London near the official residence of the Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street. Here are a selection of the latest photographs.
Comment: With all eyes on anti-gay Russia, there are three countries with a shocking need for coverage 24
6:44 PM — Paul Canning looks critically at media coverage of the LGBT situation in Russia, highlighting other areas around the globe where hate crimes and violence have also soared, yet where media coverage is still minimal.