31st October 2013
Ghana Education Ministry vows to punish acts of ‘lesbianism’ in schools 10
3:48 PM — Ghana’s Education Ministry has reportedly vowed to punish severely any student caught engaging in “homosexual or lesbianism activities.”
30th October 2013
Stephen Fry shows solidarity with British gay man facing possible jail in Uganda 5
7:11 PM — Stephen Fry has expressed his dismay and anger over the plight of a British gay man living in Uganda who could be jailed after his sexuality was made public by a Ugandan newspaper.
Botswana Government accused of detaining gay citizens 6
4:22 PM — An HIV support group in Botswana has accused the country’s government of trying to detain gay citizens or deport them if they are foreigners.
Trial of gay rights activist resumes in Zambia
11:40 AM — The trial of a prominent gay rights activist in Zambia has resumed after a delay of several months.
29th October 2013
Gay British man living in Uganda faces jail after being outed in newspaper 10
3:52 PM — A gay retired British banker living in Uganda could face seven years' imprisonment after his sexuality was made public by a Ugandan newspaper that unearthed a pornographic video from his laptop.
Russia: Group plans to hold gay-inclusive ‘open games’ just after Sochi Winter Olympics 5
2:03 PM — A group in Russia has announced plans to hold a "gay games" in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.
28th October 2013
Putin: Olympic athletes will feel ‘comfortable regardless of sexual orientation’ 19
3:34 PM — President Vladimir Putin has once again moved to dismiss concerns about LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in light of Russia’s anti-gay laws.
26th October 2013
Gay former figure skater Johnny Weir on Russia’s anti-gay laws: ‘You have to respect the culture’ 48
12:35 PM — Former figure skater Johnny Weir will be heading to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi as a sports commentator after he failed to register for the national championships, but said he will not be campaigning Russia's anti-gay laws in any way as "you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting."
23rd October 2013
US: Conservative activists say anti-gay violence in Russia is the fault of victims’ ‘public kissing’ 32
2:01 PM — Two US conservatives have defended bouts of anti-gay violence in Russia by claiming that they are "the natural way people react to homosexuality."
Comment: UCL compromises on LGBT rights when the price is right 9
1:40 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, former UCL student James Hallwood expresses anger at the decision of UCL to open a campus in Qatar, a state notorious for its draconian anti-gay laws.
20th October 2013
Russian MP withdraws bill to deprive gay and lesbian couples of parenting rights 17
10:54 AM — The Russian lawmaker who last month introduced new anti-gay legislation to strip gay couples of parental rights has now withdrawn the bill from the Russian Duma, saying he plans to resubmit a revised version at a later date.
18th October 2013
Coca Cola bosses to decide whether to speak out against Russian LGBT issues ahead of Winter Olympics 10
6:14 PM — Bosses at Coca Cola are to meet in order to decide whether to speak up about laws in Russia banning the promotion of "non traditional relationships", ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
San Francisco backs out of historic Russian commemoration event following pressure from LGBT groups 2
10:46 AM — San Francisco has cancelled plans for a ceremony recognising the Russian Navy for its assistance in fighting a huge fire in the US city in 1863, allegedly due to pressure from several gay rights activists.
17th October 2013
Pussy riot joins campaign for Russian Winter Olympics boycott
5:28 PM — Pussy Riot has joined the campaign for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
16th October 2013
Ballet and Sex and the City star joins campaign against anti-gay Russian law 2
7:30 PM — Russian émigré ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov has voiced his opposition to a Russian law banning the promotion of "non-traditional relationships" to minors, saying “equal treatment of people is a basic right."
Russian flag experts rule Jewish rainbow flag does not break anti-gay law 5
6:06 PM — A Kremlin flag expert has assured a concerned resident of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast that the region’s flag does not violate the country’s gay propaganda ban.
Uganda’s ethics minister threatens to ban charities for supporting gay rights 17
4:05 PM — Ugandan State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo has revealed he wants to shut down all non-governmental organisations who support LGBT rights, saying that “they want this country to be in tatters”.
UK: Gay Paralympic athlete prepared to risk prison by speaking out against Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
12:00 PM — Para-equestrian rider Lee Pearson has said he will speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws during the Russian Winter Games in Sochi.
15th October 2013
Gay US swimmer writes open letter to ‘proud, buff’ and ‘downright hot’ Vladimir Putin 14
6:49 PM — An openly gay US swimmer has written an appeal for the world to not vilify Russia before the Sochi Winter Olympics and to Russian President Vladimir Putin to "lay off the literal bully pulpit" and "treat everyone with grace, compassion, and respect."
Campaigners applaud Moldova for overturning anti-gay propaganda law 4
4:58 PM — LGBT campaigners have welcomed the decision of Moldova to overturn its anti-gay propaganda law.