9th February 2014
International Olympic Committee defends arrests and beatings of Russian gay activists
12:40 PM — The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police arrested at least 61 demonstrators on the opening day of the Sochi Winter Games, despite reports of apparent beatings and threats of sexual violence.
8th February 2014
Vladimir Putin fails to open his ring at Sochi Olympics opening
3:41 PM — Oh the irony
7th February 2014
Putin: Sochi is ‘not the place’ to debate Russian anti-gay laws 10
5:29 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Sochi Winter Olympics are "not the place" to debate the country's treatment of gay rights.
Comment: Sochi shows the fight for LGBT equality continues for all of us 2
4:14 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Will Harris says it’s wrong for commentators to assume the battle for equality has been won with equal marriage.
Russia: Gay Dutch snowboarder is first to protest at Olympics 3
3:34 PM — A Dutch snowboarder is the first athlete to protest against Russia's anti-gay laws, at an Olympic event in Sochi yesterday.
The Guardian joins Google and Channel 4 with rainbow rebranding to support Sochi Olympics
3:29 PM — Marking the beginning of the Sochi Winter Games amid controversy around Russian anti-gay laws, The Guardian newspaper showed its solidarity today with a rainbow pride-themed rebranding:
Nick Clegg: Lib Dem ministers aren’t going to Sochi because of ‘appalling’ anti-gay laws 4
3:15 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says Liberal Democrat ministers will shun the Winter Olympics in Sochi due to Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
Russian LGBT activists arrested ahead of Winter Olympics opening ceremony 3
2:16 PM — Four LGBT rights activists in the Russian city of St Petersburg have been arrested.
Southwark council flies a rainbow flag marking LGBT history month 3
1:40 PM — UPDATE 14:30: It has emerged that Southwark council are in fact flying the rainbow pride flag to mark LGBT history month, which nevertheless coincides with the start of the Sochi Winter Games amid anti-gay controversy in Russia.
The 25 most shocking anti-gay stories from Russia so far 8
1:16 PM — Anti-gay violence and gay "propaganda" laws in Russia have drawn widespread public attention in the media recently. However, these attacks and others like them have had a longstanding history.
US: Gay men’s retail store features gay Jewish Holocaust mannequin to campaign Russia’s anti-gay laws 1
10:32 AM — A gay men's retail store in West Hollywood, Los Angeles has stirred controversy recently, after featuring a window display mannequin dressed up in the clothes of a gay, Jewish Holocaust victim.
6th February 2014
Sports Minister rejects Labour criticism of ‘embarrassing’ Olympic delegation 6
6:01 PM — Sports Minister Helen Grant tells PinkNews.co.uk that including gay celebrities in Britain's Olympic delegation to Sochi is a matter for the British Olympic Association.
Madonna: World should stand up against Putin’s ‘blatant intolerance of gay rights’ 25
4:52 PM — Madonna has blasted Vladimir Putin's "blatant intolerance of gay rights", and revealed she got got death threats for performing in Russia.
Russia: Punishment halted against middle school girl accused of spreading gay ‘propaganda’ 9
4:37 PM — Russian authorities have halted punishing a middle school girl accused of spreading gay "propaganda" among classmates, reportedly due to negative publicity.
Channel 4’s ‘rainbow branded’ message to Olympic athletes is something you don’t want to miss 18
3:31 PM — With the Sochi Olympic Games on the horizon and tensions high over Russian anti-gay laws, it seems Channel 4 has the right idea when it comes to supporting gay athletes at the eleventh hour.
Labour MP Chris Bryant: I’m embarrassed the UK is not including gay people in its Olympic delegation 8
2:01 PM — Chris Bryant has condemned the government for failing to include any LGBT people in the Olympic delegation, and jokes President Putin should “stop wandering around” with his shirt off as he risks arrest.
Once you see Canada’s response to Russian anti-gay laws you’ll never look at luging the same way again 16
12:56 PM — Just one day away from the Sochi Winter Games, the world is in furore over Russian laws prohibiting gay "propaganda," but this Canadian institute reminds us how there is always an exception to any rule.
Paul O’Grady slams Russia’s ‘Nazi-style’ anti-gay laws outside Downing Street 11
12:46 PM — Paul O'Grady has spoken out against Russia's "fascist" anti-gay laws, and condemned the Olympic sponsors for not doing enough on the issue.
More than 200 leading authors condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws as a ‘chokehold’ on freedom of speech 4
12:10 PM — More than 200 of the world’s leading authors have signed an open letter to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws as a "chokehold" on free speech.
Russia: Prosecutors investigating children’s library book about cultural diversity for gay ‘propaganda’ 2
11:00 AM — Prosecutors in Russia are investigating whether a children's library book about tolerance cultural diversity contains alleged gay "propaganda," it has been reported.