9th August 2013
Olympics still waiting on a ‘translation issue’ before it can take a stand on Russian anti-gay laws 10
3:17 PM — Following calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games over controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has affirmed that "sport is a human right", but it is unable to take measures until a "translation issue" has been resolved in the Russian laws.
George Takei backs petition to move Russia Olympics to Canada over ‘horrific’ anti-gay laws 10
2:10 PM — Star Trek actor and gay rights activist George Takei has backed a petition to move the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Russia to the 2010 host city Vancouver because of "horrific" anti-gay legislation.
Armenia: Authorities withdraw proposal to ban discussion of gay and lesbian relationships 4
12:42 PM — Armenian police proposed a ban on the discussion of gay and lesbian relationships last week, but just days after its submission, officials in the country have said they are withdrawing the bill due to "shortcomings".
US: Californian doctor diagnoses gay patient with ‘chronic homosexual disease’ 47
12:10 PM — A doctor in California has diagnosed a gay man with chronic "homosexual behaviour" after a routine medical examination, which she later defended was still medically classified as a "disease".
Philippines: Lawmaker seeks to ban same-sex adultery but says he is not anti-gay 5
11:13 AM — A Philippines House of Representatives member has filed a bill that would criminalise married people who cheat on their partners with a person of the same-sex, but said he not anti-gay and just wanted to see everyone treated equally.
8th August 2013
Video: Friends of murdered Matthew Shepard launch campaign to screen 15th anniversary documentary 5
4:14 PM — A US filmmaker has turned to Kickstarter to fund her feature film "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine," a documentary to commemorate the passing of the young man Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998.
Armenia: Police seek to ban discussion of gay and lesbian relationships 9
1:55 PM — Armenia has become the latest former Soviet state to seek to ban discussion of "non traditional sexual relationships".
Scotland: Petition calls for Glasgow to cut cultural ties with Russian twin city over anti-gay laws 3
12:58 PM — A petition has been started to have Glasgow City Council break cultural ties with its Russian twin city Rostov on Don, over recently passed anti-gay legislation in Russia.
Russian Foreign Ministry: Anti-gay laws do not violate any ‘international obligations’ 24
12:11 PM — A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official has defended the recent controversial passing of anti-gay laws in Russia, saying they do not breach any "international obligations", and that any claims they violate human rights are "groundless".
The 20 most shocking anti-gay news stories from Russia so far 36
11:18 AM — In recent weeks, the situation of anti-gay violence and ‘gay propaganda’ laws in russia has drawn widespread public attention in the media. However these attacks and others like them have had a longstanding history.
6th August 2013
Russia: Orthodox priest who supported pro-gay punk band Pussy Riot found stabbed to death 15
4:01 PM — A Russian orthodox priest who spoke out in support of jailed punk band Pussy Riot has been killed.
Russia: Socialite called for questioning in case surrounding insults to anti-gay lawmakers 8
12:49 AM — A Russian socialite-turned-political activist said on Monday that she had been called in by investigators in the case of online insults to lawmakers legislating against gay people.
5th August 2013
Fox News contributor links homosexuality with child rape and murder 43
3:28 PM — A US radio host and Fox news contributor has linked the love of couples in same-sex marriages to the actions of Ohio kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro who was last year sentenced to over a thousand years in prison.
2nd August 2013
Tel Aviv: Gay orthodox Jewish man is one of Israel’s few religious drag queens 4
2:46 PM — An Orthodox Jewish man reveals how he has come to accept himself as a gay person living in Israel, starting living life closeted in his early adulthood married to a woman, to becoming one of the few religious drag queens working in Tel Aviv's downtown circuit.
1st August 2013
US: Anti-equal marriage group protests Minnesota same-sex marriages with new ‘Marriage Majority’ campaign 14
4:51 PM — Despite celebrations today following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US state of Minnesota, an anti-equal marriage campaign group has decided to launch a new protest to elect a "pro-marriage majority" to the state House in 2014.
Germany: Drag queen campaigner sews mouth shut over Russian anti-gay laws 9
3:28 PM — An online video has made the rounds recently, depicting a German drag queen sewing up her mouth in protest of the controversial anti-gay laws and violence in Russia.
Philippines: Archbishop agrees with Pope Francis about judging others, but says that gay people must ‘behave’ 37
2:20 PM — Archbishop-emeritus Oscar Cruz has said he agrees with Pope Francis that gay people should not be judged, but also urged they should avoid actions that would make them "laughing stocks".
Enders Game film director: Orson Scott Card’s opposition to equal marriage are ‘very sad’ and ‘at odds with his art’ 16
1:55 PM — The director of the upcoming Enders Game film has again weighed in on controversy surrounding the release of the film because of anti-gay comments by the book's author Orson Scott Card, to say that it is "very sad" that he holds those views.
France: Sperm donor granted visiting rights to the child of a same-sex couple 16
1:22 PM — A judge in France has granted visiting rights to the biological father of a lesbian couple's child, despite claims that they did not expect him to seek any rights as an acting sperm donor.
Russian sports minister: Gay athletes ‘must respect Russian law’ 25
12:02 PM — A Russian sports minister has said that gay athletes are welcome to participate in Russia's 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but must also obey the controversial law banning "gay propaganda".