17th February 2014
Former rugby player: Gays have ‘very little’ interest in sport, just like I’m not interested in ballet 23
5:12 PM — A former international Irish rugby player has caused controversy by claiming that gay people have "very little" interest in sport.
15th February 2014
Photos: Soggy Valentines Day ‘Homophobes United’ protest outside the Russian Embassy in London 10
2:38 PM — Despite the near constant rain, dozens of LGBT rights supporters descended on the Russian Embassy in London yesterday for a 'Homophobes United' Valentines Day protest against the country's gay rights record.
10th February 2014
Did Putin know he ‘cuddled’ an openly bisexual Dutch gold medal-winning speed skater? 4
1:01 PM — An openly bisexual Dutch speed skater who won gold at Sochi at the weekend has said she "got a cuddle" from Russian President Vladimir Putin after her win.
9th February 2014
Canada: Toronto mayor calls to remove rainbow flag protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws from city hall
4:27 PM — The mayor of Toronto has called for a rainbow flag protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws to be removed from city hall, saying it should be replaced with a Canadian flag instead.
Clare Balding: My decision to attend the Sochi Winter Games is putting ‘visibility before avoidance’
3:41 PM — Sports broadcaster Clare Balding has defended her decision to attend the Sochi Winter Games on Twitter, saying it would have been “easier to avoid going, but the easy option isn’t always the right one.”
UK: Gay rights activists campaign Sochi Olympic sponsor McDonald’s in Sunderland
3:36 PM — Gay rights activists in Sunderland have campaigned outside a McDonald’s restaurant, urging the Sochi Olympic sponsors to speak out over Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
7th February 2014
Google rebrands to highlight homophobia in Russia on eve of Sochi Olympics 18
12:26 AM — Google has rebranded itself ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, held in the Russian city of Sochi.
5th February 2014
Watch a politician cut up his Visa card in protest at Russian Sochi Olympics sponsorship 13
11:38 PM — Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman stunned the European Parliament today by publicly cutting up his Visa card in protest at the company's sponsorship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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
UK government channeling support to Russian LGBT activists to fight oppression 12
10:38 PM — The UK is sending a message to Russia that "very clearly that as a country we believe in freedom of speech and we believe in the importance of universal human rights."
21st January 2014
Brass band could poke fun at Putin by playing gay anthem Y.M.C.A at Winter Olympics 8
6:15 PM — A Dutch brass band has said they may play 'YMCA' at the Winter Olympics over Russia's anti-gay laws.
15th January 2014
US State Department issues travel warning about Russian anti-gay law ahead of Sochi 11
4:42 PM — The US State Department has issued a travel warning for those travelling to Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympics, noting the country's anti-gay law.
9th January 2014
Billie Jean King warns athletes against taking part in LGBT protests at Sochi Games 14
5:46 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King says she now believes that athletes should think twice about protesting for LGBT rights at next month's Sochi Winter Olympics.
4th January 2014
Putin confirms that limited protest zones will be set up at Sochi 13
3:54 PM — Russian authorities have confirmed that special protest zones will be set up at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
3rd January 2014
The Times honours Vladimir Putin with International Person of the Year Award 22
7:00 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been honoured with the Times newspaper's International Person of the Year Award.
1st January 2014
YMCA songwriter will not perform at Sochi in protest against anti-gay law 23
6:16 PM — The lead singer of the Village People has said he will not perform YMCA in protest against Russia's anti-gay law at Sochi later this year.
30th December 2013
Coca-Cola deletes photos of gay rights protest against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 13
7:45 PM — After inexplicably publishing them, Coca-Cola has now removed photographs published of activists protesting against its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics sponsorship. Coca-Cola yesterday published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company’s decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. […]
Why does the Irish version of this Coca-Cola advert omit a gay couple? 24
12:02 PM — Soft drinks giant Coca Cola has in an inexplicable move, omitted a same-sex marriage scene from an Irish version of an advert being show across Europe.
23rd December 2013
Gay rights activists stage campaign against ‘shocking’ Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Winter Olympics 11
10:44 AM — Gay rights activists interrupted a Coca-Cola christmas advertising campaign in London's Covent Garden on Saturday, in opposition to the company's recent sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics despite anti-gay laws.
20th December 2013
Tennis legend Billie Jean King to gay Russians: ‘You are not alone’ 3
2:16 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King, two days after being selected as part of the US delegation to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics, has spoken out in support of gay people in Russia.