30th October 2013
IOC chief refused to meet Russian LGBT activists in Sochi 4
4:51 PM — Russian gay activists claim the president of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with them while visiting the 2014 Winter Games city of Sochi.
2nd October 2013
Interview: London Assembly Labour member Tom Copley on Boris, Tories and better sex ed 2
5:01 PM — Tom Copley became the youngest person ever to join the London Assembly when he was elected as a Labour member in 2012. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, the City Hall Labour housing spokesperson talks the Tories, Russia, holding Boris to account, and the need for better sex and relationship education in schools.
16th September 2013
Cher: ‘I immediately said no to performing at the Winter Olympics due to Russia’s anti-gay laws’ 32
12:10 PM — Cher has refused to perform at Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to the country's anti-gay laws.
12th September 2013
Simon Callow questions calls for Russian Olympic boycott 34
1:07 PM — Actor and director Simon Callow has questioned calls for a boycott of the Russian Winter Olympics Games in Sochi next year, claiming: “boycotts are rarely effective, talking is.”
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.
3rd September 2013
Canadian speed skater attacks Russia’s anti-gay law and admits she’s ‘proud to be gay’ 6
1:02 PM — Canadian Olympic hopeful, Anastasia Bucsis has admitted that she is proud to be gay and has spoken out against Russia's gay propaganda law
28th August 2013
Hockey player: The world has to respect Russia’s anti-gay law during the Sochi Games 19
1:39 PM — Professional Russian ice hockey player, Ilya Kovalchuk has defended Russia's gay "propaganda" law which was passed in June. He called on fellow athletes to respect the law in the run up to Sochi Olympics next year.
16th August 2013
Coca-cola and McDonald’s agree that Winter Olympics should not be relocated from Russia 57
1:32 PM — As the international outcry increases around the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in the wake of the passage of anti-gay laws back in June, big sponsors of the International Olympic Committee have maintained the line that they do not condone discrimination, but that they will not seek the relocation of the event.
BBC stars: Russian pole vaulter ‘not in touch with the rest of the world’ over anti-gay comments 9
12:49 PM — Last night, BBC sports commentators strongly criticised Russian pole vault champion, Yelena Isinbayeva over anti-gay comments she made after Emma Green Tregaro painted her nails in a show solidarity for Russia's gay community.
15th August 2013
Danish Government warns Russia over anti-gay law. 48
10:22 AM — The Government of Denmark has issued a warning to Russia over the recently passed gay propaganda law in the run up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
14th August 2013
Gay footballer Robbie Rogers urges athletes not to boycott Sochi Winter Olympics 21
6:32 PM — Gay US footballer Robbie Rogers has called on athletes not to boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
13th August 2013
Canada: Social conservatives attack government over pro-gay stance on Russia 40
1:50 PM — Social conservatives have launched an attack on Stephen Harper's Conservative Government after Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird strongly condemned the treatment of gay people in Russia.
12th August 2013
German Foreign Minister: Treatment of gay people in Russia unacceptable 13
4:26 PM — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has criticised Russia's treatment of gay people, branding it unacceptable.
9th August 2013
Olympics still waiting on a ‘translation issue’ before it can take a stand on Russian anti-gay laws 10
3:17 PM — Following calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games over controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has affirmed that "sport is a human right", but it is unable to take measures until a "translation issue" has been resolved in the Russian laws.
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".
3rd August 2013
Olympic Gold medalist Matthew Mitcham: Russia’s treatment of gay people is horrific 39
7:16 PM — Australian Olympic Gold medalist, Matthew Mitcham, who is openly gay, says new Russia's anti-gay law that could see athletes jailed if they take part in any gay rights related activities, is "horrific".
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".
22nd July 2013
Olympic committee calls for acceptance of all athletes at Winter Olympics despite Russian anti-gay laws 42
10:10 PM — Responding to human rights groups, the International Olympic Committee has released a statement calling for the acceptance of all athletes in the wake of Russia's recently passed anti-gay legislation.