30th September 2013
New Olympic President has heard ‘assurances of the highest Russian authorities’ on gay issues at Sochi 25
4:40 PM — The newly appointed International Olympic Committee (IOC) president spoke at the lighting of the Olympic flame ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to say he had received "assurances of the highest authorities in Russia", that the Olympic charter will be adhered to during the games.
Olympic flame lit ahead of Sochi Winter Games amid repeated calls for tolerance 8
11:40 AM — The Olympic flame has been lit in Greece, and the International Olympic Committee's new president gave repeated reassurances, ahead of February's Sochi Winter Olympics which have been surrounded by controversy over Russian anti-gay laws.
29th September 2013
Actress Tilda Swinton donates over £1000 to funeral for prominent Russian gay rights activist 11
1:06 PM — British actress Tilda Swinton has donated over £1000 to the funeral of Russian gay rights activist Alexey Davydov, who died last week aged 36.
Serbia: Hundreds of LGBT activists gather to defy gay pride ban in Belgrade 4
12:35 PM — Gay rights activists in Serbia held their first Pride march in three years on Saturday, despite officials banning the ceremony over threats of violence from right-wing extremists.
27th September 2013
Russian politician: ‘Stephen Fry is a bringer of evil’ and gays are not welcome in Russia 38
6:14 PM — A Russian lawmaker has branded Stephen Fry "evil", following a feud over several months stemming from the author, actor and broadcaster's vocal support for gay rights.
Amnesty: The Olympic Committee is in denial about Russia’s anti-gay laws 7
4:36 PM — Amnesty International has criticised the International Olympic Committee for expressing satisfaction that Russia’s anti-gay laws do not threaten the spirit of the Olympic Charter.
26th September 2013
Video: Evangelist says ‘indirectly assisting’ Russia with anti-gay law ‘one of my proudest moments’ 32
7:43 PM — Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively has claimed that he "indirectly" helped to "craft" Russia's anti-gay law, and said it was "one of the proudest moments" of his career.
Moscow: Police arrest LGBT campaigners over Olympic protest 1
5:41 PM — Police in Moscow arrested several LGBT rights activists earlier this week who were protesting outside Russia’s Olympic headquarters in the capital.
Ian Mckellen: If we boycotted the Olympics in Russia, they wouldn’t take place anywhere 18
1:53 PM — Sir Ian McKellen says Russia's anti-gay laws are "appalling", that he would do "almost anything" to help repeal repeal them, but boycotting next year's Winter Olympics is not the answer.
IOC: Russia’s anti-gay laws do not affect Olympic Charter 14
12:47 PM — The IOC has declared the "magnificent" Olympic venues in Sochi ready for the 2014 Winter Games, adding they are satisfied Russia's anti-gay laws do not threaten the Olympic Charter.
24th September 2013
Russian anti-gay groups call on authorities to ban Elton John concert 36
7:15 PM — Several Russian homophobic groups have called on the authorities to ban an upcoming Elton John concert, saying that allowing the pop icon to perform would make a "mockery" of the country's anti-gay laws.
Transgender bisexual lawyer announces 2018 Russian presidential run 8
6:46 PM — Bisexual and transgender lawyer Masha Bast says she intends to run for the presidency in Russia in 2018.
New York: Protest against Russian anti-gay laws disrupts opening night of Tchaikovsky opera 1
5:01 PM — A protest against Russia's anti-gay laws disrupted the Metropolitan Opera's opening night gala for Tachaikovsky's Eugene Onegin last night. While a demonstration occurred outside, four protesters were asked to leave the venue after shouting anti-Russian statements as the lights dimmed before the performance.
Cameroon: Ambassador to the UN denies gay rights activist was murdered because of his sexuality 4
2:54 PM — The Cameroonian ambassador to the UN has denied claims that prominent gay rights and HIV campaigner Eric Ohena Lembembe was murdered because of his sexuality and activism.
23rd September 2013
Cameroon rejects UN Human Rights Council’s gay rights recommendations 6
6:39 PM — Cameroon has rejected the United Nations Human Rights Council's recommendation that it decriminalise homosexuality.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister urged to challenge Russia on LGBT rights at Council of Europe meeting 3
4:00 PM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore has been urged by Sein Fein to raise the widespread violation of LGBT rights in Russia at this week’s meeting of the Council of Europe.
Former Commonwealth Head of Human Rights condemns Sri Lanka over gay harassment 7
1:53 PM — The former head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth, Dr Purna Sen, has condemned the Sri Lankan Government over the harassment of activists campaigning for LGBT rights.
Shadow Foreign Secretary: ‘David Cameron needs to press Putin on gay rights as a matter of urgency’ 9
12:22 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander urges Britain to use the Council of Europe as a forum to encourage Russia to respect gay rights in the run to the 2014 Winter Olympics - and says "David Cameron needs to press President Putin on this as a matter of urgency."
22nd September 2013
Cher: My trans son gave me a ‘deeper understanding of gender and sexual politics’ 3
11:24 AM — US singer Cher, who recently refused to perform at Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to the country’s anti-gay laws, has revealed that it was her trans son who gave her a "deeper" and more "visceral" understanding of gender and sexual politics.
21st September 2013
Political party starts petition to ban Russian politicians supporting anti-gay law from entering Canada 21
7:21 PM — The New Democratic Party (NDP) in Canada has launched a petition calling for the government to ban Russian politicians supporting anti-gay laws from entering the country.