26th August 2013
Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy 30
1:42 PM — Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
24th August 2013
Russia: Putin critic vows to allow gay pride rallies in Moscow if elected as Mayor 13
8:30 PM — One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics has said gay pride marches would be permitted in Moscow, if he is elected as the city's next Mayor.
23rd August 2013
Russia: Vladimir Putin signs decree banning protests for duration of Sochi games 38
5:00 PM — A decree banning demonstrations and rallies has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will take place over the duration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Video: Ten thousand march in Copenhagen against anti-gay laws in Russia 16
1:08 PM — Five times the number of participants than were expected took to the streets of Copenhagen earlier this week to protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and anti-gay laws passed in Russia.
22nd August 2013
Belgian fashion designer launches pro-gay boxer shorts to humiliate Putin 22
6:54 PM — Belgian designer Kristof Buntinx has launched a new range of boxer shorts featuring Russian symbols that will be marketed at gay men.
Olympic Committee President: We are content with reassurances from Russia over anti-gay legislation 13
6:16 PM — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released a statement saying it is content with the reassurances given by Russia over an anti-gay law signed in June for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
US journalist says Russian state TV told pre-arranged taxi to dump him on a highway 11
1:05 PM — A US reporter who appeared on Russian state-funded television yesterday, refused to talk about Bradley Manning, and instead using his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country before being cut off, has now accused the network of telling a Swedish taxi driver to drop him off on a highway.
21st August 2013
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller comes out as gay and declines Russian film premiere 37
11:23 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in a letter sent to the St Petersburg International Film Festival.
Video: Reporter cut off on Russian state TV: ‘Gay people will not be silent in the face of repression’ 26
7:05 PM — A US reporter invited onto Russian state-funded TV to talk about Bradley Manning who used his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country was cut off by the host, but not before saying "we're not going to be silent of horrific repression".
Award-winning German playwright rejects invitation to Moscow over anti-gay laws 14
4:04 PM — A German playwright has joined in an international boycott of Russia because of its anti-gay laws, after he refused to visit the country for a performance of his play.
Norway: Rainbow crossing pops up outside Russian embassy in Oslo 9
1:17 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Oslo has been coloured in with rainbow colours, the latest in a string of installations to protest Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June.
Alice Arnold: ‘Britain’s homophobia needs to be tackled before Russia’s’ 47
12:03 PM — Former BBC Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says “Britain's homophobia needs to be tackled before we turn to Russia's.”
20th August 2013
Sweden: Olympic Committee bans political protests against anti-gay legislation at Sochi Olympics 25
2:27 PM — The head of Sweden's Olympic Committee, Stefan Lindeberg has ruled that political protests against Russia's anti-gay legislation will not be tolerated at the Sochi Olympics next year.
London to stage September protest against homophobia in Russia 6
2:09 PM — Another demonstration against Russia’s anti-gay laws is due to take place in central London next month two days before the G20 summit opens in the Russian city of St Petersburg.
Russian athletes ‘insulted’ by the idea that same-sex kiss was meant in protest against anti-gay laws 32
1:11 PM — Two female Russian athletes have expanded on their assertion that a kiss between the pair after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, was not meant as a protest against anti-gay laws in the country, and that they are "insulted" by the suggestion.
Comment: Why is there so much LGBT focus on Russia? 20
12:40 PM — Journalist Patrick Cash writes about international condemnation of Russia's anti-gay laws and says western outrage is wrapped up in wider geopolitics.
The 42 Commonwealth Nations where being gay can land you in prison 15
11:35 AM — The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, the international body that was created out of what was formerly the British Empire. The Commonwealth states that its core values are "democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity for all." However, freedom, peace and the opportunity for all are clearly denied to LGBT people in 41 of the 54 countries that are member states.
19th August 2013
Swedish ice hockey star notes positive reaction to his criticism of anti-gay laws in Russia 3
7:42 PM — Swedish ice hockey star Victor Hedman, has noted the "positive" response he received after speaking out against Russia's anti-gay law, which was passed in June, and which bans the "promotion" of homosexuality.