23rd September 2013
Shadow Foreign Secretary: ‘David Cameron needs to press Putin on gay rights as a matter of urgency’ 9
12:22 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander urges Britain to use the Council of Europe as a forum to encourage Russia to respect gay rights in the run to the 2014 Winter Olympics - and says "David Cameron needs to press President Putin on this as a matter of urgency."
22nd September 2013
Cher: My trans son gave me a ‘deeper understanding of gender and sexual politics’ 3
11:24 AM — US singer Cher, who recently refused to perform at Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to the country’s anti-gay laws, has revealed that it was her trans son who gave her a "deeper" and more "visceral" understanding of gender and sexual politics.
21st September 2013
Political party starts petition to ban Russian politicians supporting anti-gay law from entering Canada 21
7:21 PM — The New Democratic Party (NDP) in Canada has launched a petition calling for the government to ban Russian politicians supporting anti-gay laws from entering the country.
Bulgaria: Hundreds march for gay rights and against Russian anti-gay laws 3
5:43 PM — Several hundred protesters took to the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday, to rally for LGBT rights, and in protest against Russian anti-gay laws.
20th September 2013
Selena Gomez banned from performing in Russia for open support of gay rights 10
3:07 PM — Singer Selena Gomez has reportedly been banned from performing in Russia due to her open support for gay rights.
Russian official: The EU should fix its own problems before criticising Russia over LGBT issues 9
1:51 PM — A Russian official has responded to an Amnesty International study on attacks on members of the LGBT community in EU countries, to accuse EU members of hypocrisy over its attitude towards LGBT issues in Russia.
18th September 2013
Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won’t be competing at 2014 Winter Olympics 14
5:52 PM — Figure skater Johnny Weir won't be competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi after failing to register for the national championships
Mayor of London: I won’t end twinning arrangement with Moscow despite anti-gay laws 18
1:33 PM — Boris Johnson believes it would be wrong to break the capital's cultural ties with Moscow because of anti-gay legislation passed by the Russian Parliament - although the senior Tory "is deeply concerned" by the situation.
17th September 2013
Elton John: ‘I need to perform in Russia to help gay people’ 47
10:42 AM — Sir Elton John says he won't cancel a planned Moscow concert because he wants to support Russia's gay community.
15th September 2013
Russia: Viral video allegedly shows gay student beaten, stripped, and raped with bottle at gunpoint 38
12:46 PM — A series of short clips currently circulating on the social media service WhatsApp reportedly show a student in Russia being forced to admit he is gay at gunpoint, then being stripped, beaten, and raped with a bottle by a gang of anti-gay "vigilantes."
Russia: ‘Olympic Truce’ altered after pressure from United Nations to include gay equality 26
12:19 PM — Russia has altered its version of the "Olympic Truce" to a more inclusive statement after UN members criticised the original draft for leaving out gay people, although it still fails to mention sexual orientation specifically.
13th September 2013
Shropshire Star mocks PinkNews founder’s parents who campaigned in Russia against anti-gay laws 39
5:18 PM — A local Shropshire paper has taken a side swipe at the parents of Benjamin Cohen, PinkNews founder, who recently staged an impromptu gay rights protest in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the birthplace of the country’s recently passed anti-gay laws.
Pelosi tells Putin: When you talk about people being created equal – don’t forget gays and lesbians 15
12:41 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has responded to Vladimir Putin's statement on all people being created equal under God by saying the Russian President needs to include gay citizens too.
Russia: Top lawyer comes out as bisexual and transgender against anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 19
12:38 PM — A top lawyer in Russia has come out as both bisexual and transgender against the country's notorious anti-gay law banning "homosexual propaganda," declaring "it is a fascist law" that targets children and creates marginalised social groups.
Russia: Film about gay love approved by culture ministry and awarded two prizes despite anti-gay laws 9
11:03 AM — Russian film critics have commended the bravery of a film about two men falling in love for standing against anti-gay "propaganda" laws, after it was both approved release by the country's culture ministry and awarded two prizes at separate film festivals.
12th September 2013
Rupert Everett: Russian anti-gay laws have forced gay community ‘into a life of petty criminality’ 10
3:24 PM — British actor Rupert Everett, who last month said he agreed to a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, has spoken out about his time spent living in Russia, saying that anti-gay laws have turned the gay community into "gypsies, tramps and thieves."
Simon Callow questions calls for Russian Olympic boycott 34
1:07 PM — Actor and director Simon Callow has questioned calls for a boycott of the Russian Winter Olympics Games in Sochi next year, claiming: “boycotts are rarely effective, talking is.”
Lady Gaga: ‘I’ve taken a few dips in the lady pond – lesbians are way more daring than straight men’ 24
11:28 AM — Bisexual pop singer Lady Gaga has opened up about her past romantic experiences with girls, saying she is attracted to lesbians because "they are way more daring than straight guys."
Obama was ‘energised and inspired’ by Russian gay activists at G20 meet in St Petersburg 5
10:09 AM — As President Obama met with nine LGBT activists during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit earlier this month, he was so "energised intellectually and inspired" by their talks, the meeting lasted twice as long as expected.
11th September 2013
Comment: Is the Western coverage of Russian LGBT issues missing the positive angle? 37
7:28 PM — Paul Canning writes on the LGBT situation in Russia, questioning Western coverage of issues in the country such as a new anti-gay law.