25th September 2014
International Olympic Committee adds anti-discrimination clause to host city contract 10
10:08 AM — Following an international controversy surrounding the Sochi Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added an anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract.
21st September 2014
t.A.T.u’s management ‘saddened’ by reaction to singer’s homophobic rant 10
1:00 PM — The management of Russian band t.A.T.u have said they are "saddened" by the reaction to a homophobic rant from former singer Julia Volkova.
19th September 2014
Russia: t.A.T.u singer contradicts former bandmate, says everyone should be free to love 3
3:54 PM — Former t.A.T.u singer Lena Katina has reaffirmed her support for gay rights, after her ex-bandmate said she "wouldn't accept" a gay son.
14th September 2014
Sophie Ellis-Bextor: I won’t boycott Russia over anti-gay laws, I have lots of gay fans there 8
2:46 PM — Sophie Ellis-Bextor has said she won't stop performing in Russia over its anti-gay laws - because she doesn't want to abandon her gay fans there.
29th August 2014
Canadian Olympic luger aims to tackle homophobia through pride 1
12:41 PM — A Canadian out Olympic luger who came out earlier this year has said he wants to tackle homophobia in sport through participating in conversations throughout pride.
29th July 2014
Russia to revive Soviet Eurovision alternative to protest gay ‘madness’ of Conchita win 43
11:42 AM — Russia is set to revive a Soviet version of Eurovision, following the fact that bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, won the competition this year.
28th July 2014
Russia: Pride rally held in St Petersburg Sunday without violence 3
12:20 PM — Russian news sources report that a peaceful Gay pride parade took place in St Petersburg on Sunday, despite organisers being told to hold the event on a landfill site.
7th July 2014
Documentary about gay athletes secretly filmed at Sochi Olympics 8
5:25 PM — A documentary about the lives of gay athletes was secretly filmed at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, it has been revealed.
30th June 2014
Elton John to return to Russia and plans to meet up with Putin 23
4:46 PM — Sir Elton John has said he intends to travel to Russia this November to perform, and will also try to meet up with President Vladimir Putin.
25th June 2014
Putin: It is a fictional idea that Russia is anti-gay – we don’t execute gays 14
4:39 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has addressed international controversy surrounding his country's recently introduced anti-gay law, to say that because the country does not execute gay people, it is "fictional" that gay people are oppressed.
Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary Committee passes bill to ban LGBT ‘propaganda’ 1
3:51 PM — The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan's Human Rights Committee has approved a bill banning LGBT "propaganda", and a full parliamentary vote may take place this week.
18th June 2014
UK: Lotus F1 Team fired PR head over Russia gay kiss tweet
2:38 PM — Lotus F1 Team allegedly fired its PR manager, after he tweeted a picture of two men kissing on the company's Twitter feed to protest the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
30th May 2014
Kyrgyzstan urged by human rights groups to scrap anti-gay bills 2
12:05 PM — The parliament in Kyrgyzstan is being urged to reject legislation which would ban "foreign agents" and "homosexual propaganda".
Lord Browne: New Russian law is about ‘political posturing, not disgust for gay people’ 9
11:43 AM — Former BP boss Lord Browne, who recently suggested the oil giant could send gay staff to countries like Russia, has now said he doesn't think Vladimir Putin is anti-gay, but just a "pragmatist".
29th May 2014
Canadian teenage Olympic luger comes out as gay 18
2:50 PM — On his 18th birthday, Canadian Olympian John Fennell has publicly come out as gay.
26th May 2014
Lord Browne: BP should send gay employees to Russia to push for change 3
6:35 PM — The former CEO of British Petroleum, Lord Browne, has said the company could send gay employees into countries like Russia which have anti-gay laws.
23rd May 2014
Russia: Prosecutors to investigate series of children’s books after ‘gay propaganda’ complaint 5
3:16 PM — Prosecutors in Russia are to investigate a series of children's books after complaints that they "threaten the cultural values" of the country through acceptance of gay relationships.
9th May 2014
Russian authorities approve IDAHOT event for activist – despite anti-gay laws
6:59 PM — An annual event aimed at tackling homophobic attitudes has been approved despite the introduction of Russia's anti-gay laws last summer
1st May 2014
Scottish Govt denounces Russian homophobia after Alex Salmond praises Putin 12
7:11 PM — Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has been criticised for making favourable comments towards Vladimir Putin.
29th April 2014
LGBT people in Crimea and Ukraine fear persecution under Russian anti-gay law
7:44 PM — Concerns have been raised for the safety of LGBT people in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia amid a crisis in the area.