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".
1st August 2013
Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister slams ‘hateful’ Russian anti-gay law 30
8:46 PM — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has spoken out to condemn recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia as "hateful".
Russian sports minister: Gay athletes ‘must respect Russian law’ 25
12:02 PM — A Russian sports minister has said that gay athletes are welcome to participate in Russia's 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but must also obey the controversial law banning "gay propaganda".
29th June 2013
Russia: Dozens arrested under ‘gay propaganda’ law for attempting to hold gay pride rally 30
5:47 PM — Dozens of gay rights demonstrators have been arrested in the Russian city of St Petersburg, after attempting to hold a gay pride rally.
27th June 2013
Russia: Federation Council passes anti-gay propaganda and adoption bills 3
1:20 PM — The upper house of the Russian Parliament voted yesterday to approve both a bill banning adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples and the anti-"propaganda" bill banning the promotion of non-traditional relationships.
26th June 2013
Vladimir Putin says anti-gay Russian laws are about ‘protecting children’ 30
2:04 PM — Vladimir Putin has once again denied claims that gay citizens are being persecuted in Russia following the passing of laws against ‘Homosexual propaganda’.
23rd June 2013
Bulgaria: Homophobia blights planned date of Sofia Pride, now postponed 18
1:18 PM — The sixth LGBT Pride march due to take place in Bulgaria's capital yesterday was cancelled as anti-corruption protests swept the city.
13th June 2013
Russia: LGBT activists call for jailing of ‘homosexual propaganda’ bill sponsor 4
12:42 PM — LGBT activists in Russia have started a legal complaint against the lawmakers behind the country's anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, which was approved by the Duma on Tuesday.
12th June 2013
Human rights groups condemn passage of Russian anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 12
1:39 PM — Human rights groups have heavily condemned the passage of a law yesterday through the Russian State Duma, which would ban "homosexual propaganda" across the country, as "outrageous and incredibly dangerous".
11th June 2013
Russian State Duma gives final approval to law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ 41
3:57 PM — Lawmakers in the Russian State Duma have given final approval to a bill to ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and the media.
Russia: Protesters detained as lawmakers look set to pass law banning ‘gay propaganda’ 2
2:24 PM — The State Duma in Russia looks set to give final approval to a law which would ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and includes harsh punishments including jail time and fines.
7th June 2013
Russia: Elton John’s outfits dubbed ‘homosexual propaganda’ by Communist group 30
10:29 PM — Sir Elton John is due to perform in Russia in July, and in what could be a similar turn of events which saw Madonna being sued for "homosexual propaganda", it has been suggested that the famed entertainer's outfits constitute just that.
25th May 2013
Russia: 30 arrests made at Moscow Pride 20
10:09 PM — 30 activists from both pro and anti-LGBT factions were arrested at Moscow Pride today, reflecting growing antipathy to perceived "homosexual propaganda" across Russia.
16th May 2013
Ukraine: Amnesty pushes urgent introduction of anti-LGBT discrimination laws
5:56 PM — Amnesty International has published a report which urges the Ukrainian Government to introduce legislation to tackle discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, following a number of attacks.
13th May 2013
Russia: Activists claim St Petersburg officials have sanctioned IDAHO rally 2
3:01 PM — LGBT activists in Russia have announced that St Petersburg will take part in the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), despite a law banning "homosexual propaganda" in the city.
11th May 2013
Russia: Possible homophobic killing spikes concerns of gay community 11
9:42 PM — The death of a man in a possible homophobic attack in Russia has concerned activists, who say prejudice is becoming more concentrated due to anti-gay laws.
14th March 2013
Russian lawmaker tells Stephen Fry: ‘Gay teens pretend to be bullied’ 23
2:20 PM — As part of a documentary on gay rights around the globe, Stephen Fry has made a trip to Russia, where he interviewed LGBT people and the author of the notorious anti-gay propaganda bill currently being considered.
4th March 2013
Russia’s only lesbian glossy magazine goes on sale – but homophobes call it ‘filth’ 8
6:56 PM — A magazine for lesbians has gone on sale in Russia, providing the only publication of its kind to the LGBT community there.
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".
26th February 2013
Russian Foreign Minister: ‘Homosexual propaganda’ bill will protect the majority of Russians from pro-gay views 27
7:01 PM — The Russian Foreign Minister has defended an anti-gay law which he says will protect the majority of Russians against "discrimination" from LGBT people promoting their values.