4th February 2014
Downing Street protest to be staged on Wednesday over Russia’s anti-gay laws
11:06 AM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Wednesday against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Olympic President says IOC cannot act as ‘world government’ to resolve anti-gay laws in Russia 20
10:55 AM — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said he welcomes discussions about the issue of Russia's anti-gay legislation in the lead up to the Sochi Games, but the IOC cannot act as a "world government" to "impose measures on a sovereign state."
Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff says her parents are ‘so worried’ about Sochi Games 5
10:20 AM — In the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics this week, lesbian Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has spoken up about how "worried" her parents are for her safety due to anti-gay laws in the host country.
3rd February 2014
Russia: Gay dating app blocked, users threatened with arrest 24
6:21 PM — A Russian gay dating app has been blocked, with users threatened with arrest and imprisonment under the anti-gay propaganda law.
IOC president announces UN Secretary General will deliver keynote speech on Russian anti-gay laws 8
5:17 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia’s human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has announced that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will deliver a keynote speech addressing the issue of anti-gay laws before the Winter Games begin.
Russian human rights organisation: Anti-gay laws designed to ‘protect children’ are harming children 8
4:22 PM — A human rights group in Russia has released a report stating that anti-gay laws designed to "protect children" are in fact harming children.
Russia: Three men sentenced for stabbing and setting alight man they believed was gay 10
2:31 PM — Three men in Russia have been sentenced for the brutal murder of a man they stabbed and set on fire because they suspected he was gay.
Italian Prime Minister promises to raise Russia’s anti-gay laws at Olympics 6
2:22 PM — Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta says he will raise the issue of Russia’s anti-gay laws during his trip to the Winter Olympics.
Russian gay expat: No gay people in Sochi? ‘I laugh because I’ve been to Sochi’ 2
1:59 PM — A gay Russian expat who sought asylum in the US has spoken out against the Sochi mayor who claimed there are no gay people in his city, saying "I laughed out loud, because I've been to Sochi."
Russia: Middle school girl accused of spreading ‘gay propaganda’ placed under supervision 14
12:07 PM — A middle school girl in the Bryansk region of Russia has become the first ever minor to be accused of breaking the country's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" law.
Video: Coca-cola features ‘first gay family’ in a Super Bowl advertisement 18
11:32 AM — On Sunday, soft drinks giant Coca-Cola became the first ever Super Bowl-sponsored company to include a gay couple as part of its advertising campaign in the US sporting event.
2nd February 2014
New Channel 4 documentary to show methods of anti-gay gang violence in Russia 35
1:04 PM — In a forthcoming Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, "shocking" footage of the methods used by anti-gay groups in Russia will be broadcast as part of the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics.
31st January 2014
Australian Olympics boss: ‘Athletes should keep protests off the podium in Russia’ 31
7:12 PM — The head of the Australian Olympic committee has told the country's athletes to keep protests 'off the podium' at the Winter Olympics in Russia next week.
30th January 2014
Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle: ‘We can’t ignore homophobic Russian laws at Sochi’ 2
12:45 PM — The Shadow leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle has spoken out about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics and has asked for the Government to outline what will be done to express those views.
29th January 2014
Amnesty stages ballet protest outside Russian embassy over anti-gay laws 1
7:19 PM — Amnesty International has staged a protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws by getting ballet dancers to perform outside the Russian embassy in London.
Princess Anne to attend Winter Olympics, but David Cameron is too busy 4
6:32 PM — Downing Street says David Cameron turned down Vladimir Putin’s invitation to attend the Winter Olympics, but not because of Russia’s stance on gay rights.
28th January 2014
Broadcaster Alice Arnold: It would be ‘bizarre’ to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics 23
4:44 PM — Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says it would be “bizarre” to boycott the Winter Olympics over Russia’s position on gay rights.
Former UKIP donor takes out newspaper ad to say: You cannot be ‘homophobic’ 43
3:22 PM — A former donor to UKIP has inexplicably responded to a Times columnist's article condemning a Russian anti-gay law, by taking out an advert in the Telegraph and claiming that homophobia does not exist.
Ellie Goulding ‘won’t play in Russia’ over gay propaganda law 6
3:05 PM — Ellie Goulding has said she won't perform in Russia any time soon, due to the country's poor gay rights record and homophobic legislation.
Coca Cola pulls plug on ad campaign that banned the word ‘gay’ 3
1:55 PM — Coca-Cola has pulled the plug on a 'virtual coke' website after a row erupted over the site filtering the word "gay".