5th February 2014
Billie Jean King to miss Winter Olympic opening ceremony
6:59 PM — Retired Tennis champion Billie Jean King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill.
NBA star John Amaechi: Sochi athletes should break their ‘silence’ and condemn anti-gay laws in Russia 6
4:16 PM — Retired basketball star John Amaechi has condemned those who do not speak up about anti-gay laws in Russia, saying that "silence in the face of attendance in Sochi is complicity."
UN children’s rights panel calls for annulment of harmfully ‘vague’ anti-gay laws in Russia 4
2:59 PM — A United Nations panel on children's rights has called for the annulment of laws banning gay "propaganda" in Russia, saying they encourage both violence and discrimination.
Russia: Gay Norwegian minister will take husband to Sochi Games 4
2:28 PM — A gay Norwegian minister has confirmed that he and his husband will be attending on behalf of Norway at the Sochi Paralympic Games.
US Olympic figure skater condemns anti-gay law, but praises ‘rainbow colourful’ venue of Sochi Games 3
2:18 PM — US Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner has praised the "colourful venue" of the Sochi Winter Games, suggesting that it reminds her of the rainbow-coloured pride flag.
US: AT&T speaks out as the first Olympic sponsor to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
1:41 PM — US Olympic Committee sponsor AT&T has spoken out to condemn Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympic Games.
Shadow Foreign Minister: The UK Government must challenge Russia on LGBT rights at the Winter Olympics 4
12:50 PM — Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalites, Maria Miller, has to raise the issue of LGBT rights when she travels to Sochi for the Winter Games.
‘Mayor’ of Sochi Olympic village: It ‘doesn’t make sense’ to campaign Winter Games over anti-gay laws 12
10:11 AM — Russian former Olympic speed skating champion Svetlana Zhurova has called for the Sochi Winter Games to be about athletics rather than protests, as she thinks campaigning the country's anti-gay laws holds no interest for spectators at the event.
4th February 2014
‘Protest beer’ mocking anti-gay legislation in Russia sent to President Vladimir Putin 4
12:39 PM — A new "protest beer" said to mock Russia's notorious anti-gay laws has been sent directly to President Vladimir Putin.
Downing Street protest to be staged on Wednesday over Russia’s anti-gay laws
11:06 AM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Wednesday against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Olympic President says IOC cannot act as ‘world government’ to resolve anti-gay laws in Russia 20
10:55 AM — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said he welcomes discussions about the issue of Russia's anti-gay legislation in the lead up to the Sochi Games, but the IOC cannot act as a "world government" to "impose measures on a sovereign state."
Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff says her parents are ‘so worried’ about Sochi Games 5
10:20 AM — In the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics this week, lesbian Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has spoken up about how "worried" her parents are for her safety due to anti-gay laws in the host country.
3rd February 2014
Russia: Gay dating app blocked, users threatened with arrest 24
6:21 PM — A Russian gay dating app has been blocked, with users threatened with arrest and imprisonment under the anti-gay propaganda law.
IOC president announces UN Secretary General will deliver keynote speech on Russian anti-gay laws 8
5:17 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia’s human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has announced that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will deliver a keynote speech addressing the issue of anti-gay laws before the Winter Games begin.
Russian human rights organisation: Anti-gay laws designed to ‘protect children’ are harming children 8
4:22 PM — A human rights group in Russia has released a report stating that anti-gay laws designed to "protect children" are in fact harming children.
Russia: Three men sentenced for stabbing and setting alight man they believed was gay 10
2:31 PM — Three men in Russia have been sentenced for the brutal murder of a man they stabbed and set on fire because they suspected he was gay.
Russian gay expat: No gay people in Sochi? ‘I laugh because I’ve been to Sochi’ 2
1:59 PM — A gay Russian expat who sought asylum in the US has spoken out against the Sochi mayor who claimed there are no gay people in his city, saying "I laughed out loud, because I've been to Sochi."
Russia: Middle school girl accused of spreading ‘gay propaganda’ placed under supervision 14
12:07 PM — A middle school girl in the Bryansk region of Russia has become the first ever minor to be accused of breaking the country's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" law.
Video: Coca-cola features ‘first gay family’ in a Super Bowl advertisement 18
11:32 AM — On Sunday, soft drinks giant Coca-Cola became the first ever Super Bowl-sponsored company to include a gay couple as part of its advertising campaign in the US sporting event.
2nd February 2014
New Channel 4 documentary to show methods of anti-gay gang violence in Russia 35
1:04 PM — In a forthcoming Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, "shocking" footage of the methods used by anti-gay groups in Russia will be broadcast as part of the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics.