21st August 2013
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.
United Nations human rights office urges Russia and Moldova to repeal anti-gay laws 10
7:14 PM — The human rights office of the United Nations has spoken out to condemn Russia's law, passed in June, which bans homosexual "propaganda", and has urged for Russia, as well as Moldova, to repeal such laws, and for other countries to scrap the potential adoption of identical legislation.
Russian female athletes who kissed after winning gold deny it was in protest against anti-gay laws 10
6:43 PM — Two Russian athletes who kissed on the podium after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, have strongly denied claims that they did it as a protest against anti-gay laws passed in the country in June.
Rupert Everett ‘absolutely’ agrees with Stephen Fry over Sochi Winter Olympics boycott 11
5:16 PM — Actor Rupert Evertt has voiced his agreement with an open letter sent to Prime Minister David Cameron by actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry urging a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia: Finnish minister waves rainbow flag at Moscow athletics, despite anti-gay laws 21
3:17 PM — The Finnish minister for culture and sports attended the World Athletic Championships in Moscow last week, and on Saturday, despite harsh anti-gay laws, flew a rainbow flag at the event.
LobbyForRussia.org launched to help LGBT people in Russia 11
12:41 PM — A new campaign site has been launched to allow individuals to lobby their MPs to demand action from the UK Government on the atrocities in Russia.
18th August 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Uproar over anti-propaganda law is an ‘invented problem’ 52
3:06 PM — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has claimed that international concern over his country's discriminatory laws, and subsequent calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia, is a media-"invented problem".
IOC President: We will ensure there is no anti-LGBT discrimination during the Games 27
12:46 PM — International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has said he is committed to ensuring the Sochi Winter Olympics are accessible to all, despite discriminatory laws enacted in host country Russia.
Russian athletes kiss in protest against anti-LGBT law 38
11:05 AM — Two female members of the Russian team at the World Athletics Championships have used their gold medal win as a platform for protesting their country's anti-gay legislation, sharing a kiss on the podium.
David Cameron, Stephen Fry and Evgeny Lebedev attend private drinks days after Sochi concerns raised 19
10:29 AM — British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Stephen Fry and businessman Evgeny Lebedev for private drinks in an East-End restaurant on Monday evening, just days after an exchange between Mr Cameron and Mr Fry over the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
17th August 2013
Swedish athlete in Moscow warned over rainbow nails changes them to red ‘for love’ 11
11:39 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has changed them to red to represent "love", after being told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
US athlete: Russian anti-gay law has sparked the ‘defining civil rights movement of our time’ 11
11:25 PM — A US track and field athlete has spoken out against Russian anti-gay laws, saying they have started the "defining civil rights movement of our time".