14th November 2013
Swaziland confirms young black student suffered anti-gay and racist ‘trauma’ by Russian gang 8
5:22 PM — A young male student has returned to Swaziland having been allegedly tortured in a homophobic and racist fashion by a neo-Nazi Russian gang.
Video: Russian officials spy on LGBT activist meeting to portray Western ‘homosexualist infiltration’ 9
5:08 PM — Russian officials bugged a private strategy meeting of LGBT activists recently, and used the recording as part of a public television exposé on the “threat to Russia” posed by the “homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.”
11th November 2013
Russia: Man who shot LGBT activist in face avoids prison sentence 11
5:23 PM — A man who shot an LGBT rights activist in the face with a rubber bullet gun has been spared prison after a Russian court handed him a one-year suspended sentence.
Lady Gaga: ‘I never said I was a gay icon’ 6
2:05 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga has insisted she is not a "gay icon" despite being an advocate and supporter of LGBT equality, instead calling herself a "gay supporter."
Russia: Activist campaigning against ‘police state’ arrested after stapling testicles to cobblestone 21
1:26 PM — A man in Moscow was arrested and hospitalised recently after he stripped naked and stapled his testicles to a cobblestone pavement, in protest of what he called Russia's recent descent into a "police state" which follows the passage of anti-gay laws.
Dutch foreign minister: Russia does not prosecute against gay people – there is ‘no ground for asylum’ 15
11:59 AM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said he was "misquoted" in an earlier report claiming LGBT Russians facing discrimination may apply for asylum in his country, now saying gay people are not "prosecuted" in Russia, so there is no ground for asylum in the Netherlands.
8th November 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas says ‘nothing should hold back’ gay athletes wanting to compete in Sochi 2014 7
5:07 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has said that "nothing should hold back" gay athletes who want to compete in the Sochi 2014 winter olympics, despite laws in Russia prohibiting the promotion of gay "propaganda."
Host of Moscow Miss Universe slams Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 10
11:59 AM — An openly gay US television host due to present the Miss Universe contest in Moscow has recently condemned Russia's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" legislation, calling it a "dark time" for the country.
7th November 2013
United Nations calls for international truce during Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics 10
2:19 PM — The General Assembly of the United Nations has called for an international truce during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev denies supporting anti-gay laws ahead of London protest 24
12:35 PM — Ahead of a protest planned to take place outside his concert, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev says “It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation”.
IOC President tells UN: ‘I oppose any type of boycott of the Winter Olympics’ 18
11:07 AM — The President of the International Olympic Committee has once again dismissed calls for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay laws during a United Nations debate.
6th November 2013
Russia: Neo-nazi gang subject student to homophobic and racist torture 27
5:11 PM — A video showing a South African boy in Russia reportedly being tortured in a homophobic and racist fashion by an alleged neo-Nazi gang has been published online.
Russia: Arkhangelsk is the first region to repeal local anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 13
1:38 PM — The north Russian region Arkhangelsk has become the first to repeal its local ban on "homosexual propaganda" to minors following two years of enforcement.
Russia: Lawmaker who compared being gay to having sex with a dog ‘welcomes all’ to Moscow 2016 Dog Show 7
12:34 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has said all people are "welcome" to the annual World Dog Show regardless of their sexual orientation, which is set to be held in Moscow in 2016.
5th November 2013
Russia: Norwegian journalists detained, and threatened with imprisonment for criticising Sochi Olympics 12
7:51 PM — A Norwegian news crew say they were detained, harassed and threatened with imprisonment whilst reporting on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
Dutch foreign minister offers asylum to Russians discriminated against under anti-gay law 8
4:55 PM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans, has said Russians discriminated against under a law banning gay "propaganda", may apply for asylum in his country.
London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’ 25
4:06 PM — Peter Tatchell is organising a public demonstration to be held this Thursday outside the Barbican against conductor Valery Gergiev, a friend of Vladimir Putin who supports the country’s anti-gay laws.
All Out releases pro-LGBT Russian Winter Olympics video 5
1:16 PM — A new video is seeking to raise awareness of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws by asking what would happen if a gay athlete wins gold at next year’s Winter Olympics.
Amnesty condemns anti-gay attack on Russian HIV group, leaving man blinded in eye 11
12:24 PM — Amnesty says those responsible for a homophobic attack on a St Petersburg HIV support group - which resulted in a man being shot in the eye - must be brought to justice.
4th November 2013
Russia: Man shot in eye during attack on LGBT activists in St Petersburg 24
11:52 AM — Several LGBT rights activists have been attacked in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, with one man reportedly shot in the eye.