16th September 2013
Cher: ‘I immediately said no to performing at the Winter Olympics due to Russia’s anti-gay laws’ 32
12:10 PM — Cher has refused to perform at Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to the country's anti-gay laws.
15th September 2013
Russia: Viral video allegedly shows gay student beaten, stripped, and raped with bottle at gunpoint 38
12:46 PM — A series of short clips currently circulating on the social media service WhatsApp reportedly show a student in Russia being forced to admit he is gay at gunpoint, then being stripped, beaten, and raped with a bottle by a gang of anti-gay "vigilantes."
Russia: ‘Olympic Truce’ altered after pressure from United Nations to include gay equality 26
12:19 PM — Russia has altered its version of the "Olympic Truce" to a more inclusive statement after UN members criticised the original draft for leaving out gay people, although it still fails to mention sexual orientation specifically.
13th September 2013
Shropshire Star mocks PinkNews founder’s parents who campaigned in Russia against anti-gay laws 39
5:18 PM — A local Shropshire paper has taken a side swipe at the parents of Benjamin Cohen, PinkNews founder, who recently staged an impromptu gay rights protest in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the birthplace of the country’s recently passed anti-gay laws.
Pelosi tells Putin: When you talk about people being created equal – don’t forget gays and lesbians 15
12:41 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has responded to Vladimir Putin's statement on all people being created equal under God by saying the Russian President needs to include gay citizens too.
Russia: Top lawyer comes out as bisexual and transgender against anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 19
12:38 PM — A top lawyer in Russia has come out as both bisexual and transgender against the country's notorious anti-gay law banning "homosexual propaganda," declaring "it is a fascist law" that targets children and creates marginalised social groups.
Video: Anti-gay preacher arrested in Basildon after ‘homophobic remarks’ 23
12:05 PM — A christian preacher was arrested by police in Basildon town centre on suspicion of making homophobic remarks while giving a sermon.
Russia: Film about gay love approved by culture ministry and awarded two prizes despite anti-gay laws 9
11:03 AM — Russian film critics have commended the bravery of a film about two men falling in love for standing against anti-gay "propaganda" laws, after it was both approved release by the country's culture ministry and awarded two prizes at separate film festivals.
12th September 2013
Rupert Everett: Russian anti-gay laws have forced gay community ‘into a life of petty criminality’ 10
3:24 PM — British actor Rupert Everett, who last month said he agreed to a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, has spoken out about his time spent living in Russia, saying that anti-gay laws have turned the gay community into "gypsies, tramps and thieves."
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."