29th February 2012
Protesters urge St Petersburg not to enact anti-gay law 1
4:38 PM — The British Foreign Office is among a number of bodies and groups of protesters around the world urging St Petersburg not to enact the anti-gay law its legislature passed today.
St Petersburg passes ‘gay propaganda’ law 8
10:51 AM — St Petersburg has joined three other Russian cities in passing a law banning the promotion of gay and trans identities among minors.
28th February 2012
Embassy protests today ahead of final St Petersburg ‘gay propaganda’ vote 3
4:09 PM — Protests are being held at Russian embassies around the world ahead of a final vote tomorrow by St Petersburg's legislature on its 'gay propaganda' ban.
23rd February 2012
Video: Ex-Chelsea coach Mourinho under fire for gay slur 21
11:02 AM — Football coach José Mourinho has prompted outrage after being filmed using a Spanish gay slur ahead of a game at a Russian stadium.
17th February 2012
St Petersburg lawmaker dismisses ‘fake’ mothers’ plea over anti-gay law 51
12:51 PM — A letter sent by the mothers of gay children to St Petersburg lawmakers asking them to reconsider their 'gay propaganda' law has been dismissed as a fake by a senior official who reportedly said "no one cares about offending the gay community".
16th February 2012
European Parliament denounces Russian ‘gay propaganda’ laws 23
11:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the upcoming presidential election in Russia today clearly denouncing the regional laws which ban 'gay propaganda' around minors.
8th February 2012
St Petersburg anti-gay law passes second reading 17
3:28 PM — A third reading would mean St Petersburg would join other Russian regions including Ryazan and Arkhangelsk in forbidding the promotion of homosexuality in public.
30th January 2012
Gay Aeroflot steward ‘forced to marry woman’ 12
5:05 PM — A gay air steward for the Russian carrier Aeroflot was forced to marry a woman in order to keep his job, campaigners say.
24th January 2012
Russia: Gay pride suspicion stops nationalist jog 10
11:45 AM — Police in the Kaliningrad outpost of Russia have reportedly stopped a group of right-wing joggers after being wrongly tipped that they were staging an illegal gay pride parade.
30th May 2011
Increasing number of countries becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, survey shows 69
10:43 AM — Results of a new cross-national study have shown that a vast majority of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years - though the trend is markedly slower in Russia and other former Communist countries.
28th May 2011
Updated: Dan Choi and other gay rights activists arrested during Moscow Pride violence 198
2:33 PM — Moscow police have arrested and detained a number of prominent gay rights activists including the openly gay US solider Dan Choi as homophobic violence broke out during the banned Moscow Pride march near to the Kremlin.
27th May 2011
Moscow Pride marchers fear neo-Nazi attacks 36
4:45 PM — Marchers in tomorrow's Moscow Pride fear they may be targeted by neo-Nazi thugs. The march was banned by city authorities on the grounds of potential public disorder but a small group of gay rights activists say they will take to the streets anyway.
Moscow police will break up banned gay Pride march 107
1:29 PM — Moscow's police force says it will break up an unauthorised gay Pride march to be held tomorrow. Gay rights campaigners were denied permission to hold the event for the sixth year running but said they would hold it anyway.
25th May 2011
Moscow Pride to go ahead despite ban 102
1:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners say they will hold Moscow Pride regardless of a ban. Activists applied to hold the event in Bolotnaya Ploshchad city park on Saturday but Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s administration turned down the request, citing a risk of public disorder.
27th April 2011
Moscow gay pride parade now uncertain 1
2:30 PM — Moscow have said they are ‘studying’ the proposal for the city’s first gay pride parade, after it was previously thought to be going ahead. Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s top gay rights activist, said yesterday that the city council had given the go-ahead to the proposed march on 28 May, a claim dismissed by Moscow’s central district head, […]
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.
25th November 2010
Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3
3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.
21st October 2010
European Human Rights Court rules against Russia over Moscow Gay Pride ban 5
11:00 AM — Gay rights activists in Russia are celebrating after the European Court of Human Rights today upheld three complaints over Moscow's ban on gay Pride marches.
8th October 2010
Russian court rules LGBT Pride parade ban ‘illegal’ 5
1:28 PM — A Russian Judge at the Court of St Petersburg ruled on Wednesday that the ban on the city's Pride march back in June was illegal.