21st January 2015
Robbie Rogers: It is ‘insane’ to allow Russia and Qatar to host World Cups 7
9:09 AM — Out gay footballer Robbie Rogers has spoken out about upcoming World Cups in Qatar and Russia, saying it is "insane" that they are being held there, given their poor records on LGBT rights.
18th November 2014
Qatar to host 2019 World Athletics Championships despite anti-gay laws 10
3:00 PM — Qatar has been awarded the 2019 World Athletics Championships despite controversies around its anti-gay laws and human rights abuses linked to the 2022 World Cup.
14th November 2014
Qatar: We will find ‘creative’ solutions to gays at the World Cup 14
12:09 PM — The Qatari sports minister has claimed that his country will find "creative" solutions to gay people attending the world cup despite its ban on homosexuality.
13th November 2014
Anti-gay Qatar cleared by FIFA to host 2022 World Cup 9
12:25 PM — Qatar – a country notorious for its anti-gay laws – has been cleared to host the 2022 World Cup by football’s governing body.
31st October 2014
Russia 2018 World Cup logo announced despite calls for boycott over anti-gay law 11
6:16 PM — Despite calls for the competition to be removed from Russia due to the country's anti-gay laws, the 2018 FIFA World Cup logo has been announced.
22nd September 2014
Qatar may lose 2022 World Cup over temperature concerns 6
4:48 PM — Following multiple campaigns to have the 2022 World Cup removed from Qatar due to the country's anti-gay laws, the competition may not take place there, over temperature concerns.
14th February 2014
England football captain: I won’t go to the Qatar World Cup, where gays are not accepted 10
7:20 PM — While the world watches Sochi for the Winter Olympics, the head of the England football team quietly said they would not attend Qatar where gay people are not welcome.
23rd October 2013
Comment: UCL compromises on LGBT rights when the price is right 9
1:40 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, former UCL student James Hallwood expresses anger at the decision of UCL to open a campus in Qatar, a state notorious for its draconian anti-gay laws.
14th October 2013
Kuwaiti MPs: Amnesty International must stop aligning itself with ‘deviant gays’ instead of really oppressed people 38
7:20 PM — MPs in Kuwait have spoken out against Amnesty International for criticising proposed medical tests to detect and ban gay and trans people from entering Kuwait, and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
12th October 2013
Amnesty slams Gulf countries’ proposed ‘medical tests’ to ‘detect’ and ban gay and trans people 9
2:55 PM — Amnesty International has heavily criticised the Gulf Cooperation Council for proposals for "medical tests" to attempt to block gay and trans people from entering, and working, in its member countries.
8th October 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘FIFA has no option but to cancel Qatar World Cup’ over tests to ‘detect’ gays 12
4:01 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on FIFA to cancel the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as it was revealed that Gulf Cooperative Countries introduced new rules to "detect" and ban gay people from entering the country.
7th October 2013
Doctors will use clinical screening to ‘detect’ gays and ‘bar’ them from entering Kuwait 66
3:20 PM — Doctors in Kuwait may subject men entering the county to screening tests in order to "detect", and ban gay people from entering the country.
9th September 2013
FIFA to urge Qatar to relax anti-gay legislation ahead of 2022 World Cup 26
6:19 PM — The international football governing body FIFA's taskforce is to put pressure on Qatar to relax its anti-gay legislation ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
2nd June 2013
FIFA President: Criminalising homosexuality is a ‘moral’ issue 42
5:53 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has sparked anger by dismissing a question on the logistics of Qatar, a country in which homosexuality is illegal, hosting the World Cup.
4th February 2013
England cricketer Steven Davies: Gay football fans should not fear travelling to the next World Cups in Russia & Qatar 17
2:09 PM — England and Surrey cricketer Steven Davies does not believe gay football fans should fear travelling to Russia or Qatar for the next two World Cups – even though the countries are known for gay hatred.
6th December 2010
Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10
5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.
3rd December 2010
Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24
2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.
4th January 2010
US HIV travel ban lifted today 19
11:28 AM — The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US officially ends today. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV but was lifted by President Barack Obama in November.