7th February 2014
Azerbaijan: Suicide of leading gay rights activist sparks first ‘LGBT news conference’ 2
11:17 AM — The suicide of a gay rights activist in Azerbaijan last month has prompted the city of Baku's first ever LGBT news conference, in which activists established plans to drive for fresh legislation to protect sexual minorities, as well as "Day of Pride" to mark the late campaigner's passing.
23rd January 2014
Leading LGBT activist hangs himself with rainbow flag: ‘I can’t live in this world any more’ 24
6:28 PM — A leading LGBT rights activist has committed suicide in Azerbaijan, after leaving a note which said he was not able to go on living in "this country and this world".
17th September 2013
Azerbaijan: Gay man found dead in Baku in wake of first gay pride rally 8
7:23 PM — A 53-year-old gay man has been found dead in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku, according to reports.
Azerbaijanis take to the internet to condemn gay pride ‘mini rally’ in Baku 6
6:24 PM — Azerbaijani web users have condemned a gay pride 'mini rally' staged in the capital city of Baku on 7th September
13th September 2013
Azerbaijan: First ever gay pride ‘mini rally’ held in country capital with no arrests or harassment 4
11:35 AM — In what is believed to be the first ever pride celebration in Azerbaijan, a group of gay marchers recently paraded a "mini rally" through the capital city Baku, with no arrests, reports of harassment, or violence at the demonstration.
24th April 2013
Interview: Scott Mills on love, marriage equality and Eurovision 2013 2
4:51 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews’ Laurence Watts, BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills talks about finding love, his future career plans and presenting this year’s Eurovision on BBC Three.
1st June 2012
Azerbaijan and Iran locked in a spat over rumours of a gay parade 16
3:21 PM — Azerbaijan has accused Iran of lying over claims the Azeri government was forced to cancel a gay parade during the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend.
27th May 2012
Feature: The truth about gay life in Azerbaijan outside of the Eurovision Song Contest 21
12:18 AM — As Baku celebrates the end of the Eurovision Song Contest, which saw Sweden's Loreen win with her song Euphoria, we examine the realities of life of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are forced to lead in oppressive Azerbaijan.
25th May 2012
Peter Tatchell urges Eurovision singers to fight for free speech in Azerbaijan 4
2:03 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has urged Eurovision contestants and organisers to stand up against President Aliyev and his dictatorial regime in Azerbaijan, which many see as being incompatible with the competition’s inclusive values.
21st May 2012
Azerbaijan accuses Iran of slander over Eurovision gay pride rumours 22
5:43 PM — Azerbaijan has accused neighbouring country Iran of slander after claims that Baku would host a gay pride march to coincide with this week’s Eurovision song contest.
17th May 2012
Popular Eurovision website hacked in response to ‘parade of homosexuals’ 34
1:12 PM — A group is reportedly targeting websites related to the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan in protest at a 'parade of homosexuals' it believes will take place.
16th May 2011
Concerns over Eurovision 2012 host Azerbaijan’s gay rights record 84
3:43 PM — After winning Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest, Azerbaijan has won the right to host next year's competition. However, broadcasters, fans and human rights groups are concerned that the country's record on gay rights makes it deeply unsuitable to hold the contest.