6th February 2014
More than 200 leading authors condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws as a ‘chokehold’ on freedom of speech 4
12:10 PM — More than 200 of the world’s leading authors have signed an open letter to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws as a "chokehold" on free speech.
Russia: Prosecutors investigating children’s library book about cultural diversity for gay ‘propaganda’ 2
11:00 AM — Prosecutors in Russia are investigating whether a children's library book about tolerance cultural diversity contains alleged gay "propaganda," it has been reported.
Ban Ki-moon to Olympic Committee: ‘We must all raise our voices’ over anti-gay attacks in Russia 10
10:27 AM — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has addressed the International Olympic Committee just one day before the start of the Winter Games in Sochi, saying "we must all raise our voices" over anti-gay attacks.
Russian deputy Prime Minister: Gay athletes should ‘leave the kids alone’ 40
10:03 AM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has confirmed Vladimir Putin's warning to gay athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics, asking them to "leave the kids alone."
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.