14th November 2013
Russia: Newspaper accused of ‘gay propaganda’ for reporting of gay teacher’s sacking 14
2:13 PM — Russia's state media regulator has accused a newspaper of breaking the country's gay "propaganda" law because it published an article about a teacher who was fired for being gay.
24th September 2013
New York: Protest against Russian anti-gay laws disrupts opening night of Tchaikovsky opera 1
5:01 PM — A protest against Russia's anti-gay laws disrupted the Metropolitan Opera's opening night gala for Tachaikovsky's Eugene Onegin last night. While a demonstration occurred outside, four protesters were asked to leave the venue after shouting anti-Russian statements as the lights dimmed before the performance.
6th September 2013
President Obama set to meet Russian gay rights activist today 1
12:28 PM — US President Barack Obama is today set to meet Russian LGBT activist while attending the G20 summit that is currently taking place in Russia.
5th September 2013
Russian pole vault champion to keep Olympic youth ambassador role despite homophobic comments 19
7:20 PM — Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is to keep her role as Olympic youth ambassador despite homophobic comments she made last month while competing at the World Athletics Championship.
Russian lawmaker introduces bill to deprive gay and lesbian people of parenting rights 22
12:39 PM — A Russian lawmaker has submitted to the Russian Duma a piece of legislation which seeks to have the parental rights of gay people removed.
22nd August 2013
Olympic Committee President: We are content with reassurances from Russia over anti-gay legislation 13
6:16 PM — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released a statement saying it is content with the reassurances given by Russia over an anti-gay law signed in June for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
8th August 2013
Russian Foreign Ministry: Anti-gay laws do not violate any ‘international obligations’ 24
12:11 PM — A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official has defended the recent controversial passing of anti-gay laws in Russia, saying they do not breach any "international obligations", and that any claims they violate human rights are "groundless".
The 20 most shocking anti-gay news stories from Russia so far 36
11:18 AM — In recent weeks, the situation of anti-gay violence and ‘gay propaganda’ laws in russia has drawn widespread public attention in the media. However these attacks and others like them have had a longstanding history.
25th July 2013
Russia: Author publishes gay themed children’s book in spite of anti-gay laws 7
5:09 PM — An author in Russia has published a children's book that prominently features a gay character and his struggle to find acceptance in the country.
22nd July 2013
Russia: 4 Dutch citizens quizzed by police over ‘gay propaganda’ 10
5:31 PM — Four Dutch nationals have been questioned by police in Russia over alleged "gay propaganda" offences.
1st March 2013
Moldova: Second largest city overturns local ban on ‘gay propaganda’ 2
1:14 PM — A court in the second largest city in Moldova has struck down a local ban on what authorities had referred to as "homosexual propaganda".
30th January 2013
European Union High Representative pushes Russia to drop anti-gay law 12
5:51 PM — The High Representative for the European Union has condemned a Russian draft law, which woud make the "promotion" of homosexuality illegal, and urged the country to "protect" the rights of gay people.
7th December 2012
Russian Prime Minister says there is no reason to “regulate” homosexuality 13
3:39 PM — The Russian Prime Minister has said that he doesn't see any reason why homosexuality should be banned legally in the country, and that it is not an big issue for many Russians.
6th October 2012
UN human rights office puts pressure on Ukraine regarding LGBT censorship law 4
1:05 AM — The human rights office of the United Nations has urged Ukraine to rethink a draft LGBT censorship law which was announced earlier this week.
6th July 2012
Ukraine: Parliament reported to have cancelled vote on anti-gay law 22
5:36 PM — The Ukrainian parliament has cancelled a scheduled vote on legislation that would ban any Ukrainian citizen from speaking out favourably about gays or lesbians, the petition website AllOUt.org said today.
14th June 2012
Russian state radio interview with ‘gay cure’ therapist breached UK standards 16
12:52 PM — Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has ruled that an interview with Christian therapist Lesley Pilkington on Russian state radio in which the presenter referred to homosexuality as a 'disorder' to be 'cured' and decried 'aggressive homosexual propaganda' breached the Broadcasting Code when it aired in the UK.
29th May 2012
Ukraine: President petitioned on draft anti-gay law 29
2:21 PM — 43,000 people have so far signed a petition to the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, over a draft amendment to the country's morality laws.
4th May 2012
Nikolai Alekseev first to be convicted of ‘gay propaganda’ in St Petersburg 27
9:58 AM — Gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev has become the first man to be convicted under St Petersburg's recent 'gay propaganda' laws.
24th April 2012
Straight Russian man cleared of ‘gay propaganda’ charge in St Petersburg 5
10:47 AM — A judge in St Petersburg has cleared the first man to be charged under the newly-created offence of promoting homosexuality around minors but convicted him of disobeying police orders.
19th April 2012
Poll: 94 percent of Russians have never seen ‘gay propaganda’, 86 percent support ban 24
4:28 PM — While only six percent of Russians say they have seen 'gay propaganda', 86 percent support a ban, the state-owned media agency RIA Novosti reports.