15th October 2013
Gay US swimmer writes open letter to ‘proud, buff’ and ‘downright hot’ Vladimir Putin 14
6:49 PM — An openly gay US swimmer has written an appeal for the world to not vilify Russia before the Sochi Winter Olympics and to Russian President Vladimir Putin to "lay off the literal bully pulpit" and "treat everyone with grace, compassion, and respect."
14th October 2013
NOW: Part one of Stephen Fry documentary about homophobia airs tonight, BBC Two, 9pm 3
6:49 PM — The first instalment of a two-part documentary about homophobia around the globe, featuring Stephen Fry, will air tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.
Moldova overturns anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law with hopes of joining EU 14
3:08 PM — Moldova has overturned its ban on gay "propaganda", enacted in June, with a view to joining the EU next month.
13th October 2013
Russia: Police detain gay rights activists after scuffle with fascists at Coming Out Day rally 11
12:44 AM — Police have arrested 45 people following a pro-LGBT gathering in the Russian city of St Petersburg earlier on Saturday after gay rights activists clashed with homophobic campaigners, local radio has reported.
8th October 2013
Editor of Shropshire Star attacks PinkNews and says ‘Some people aren’t gay. Get over that’ 35
2:43 PM — The editor of a Shropshire newspaper has responded to criticism for his paper's column which mocked the parents of PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen for staging an impromptu pro-gay protest in Russia.
6th October 2013
Russia: Moscow Times features pro-gay Swedish fashion advertisement 6
1:50 PM — A Swedish fashion company has defied anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia by managing to feature a pro-gay advertisement in Moscow Times.
5th October 2013
Greece: Dozens protest against Russian anti-gay law ahead of Olympic flame hand over 8
3:46 PM — A protest has taken place in central Athens ahead of the handover of the Olympic flame to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organisers.
4th October 2013
All Swedish couples banned from adopting Russian children over same-sex marriage 19
7:49 PM — Russian authorities have stopped the adoption of Russian children by all Swedish couples based on the legalisation of equal marriage in Sweden.
3rd October 2013
Russia: Imam urges followers not to attend Elton John concert because he ‘promotes homsexuality’ 24
7:23 PM — An Imam in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, has warned followers that they should boycott an Elton John concern scheduled for December.
What’s in the Russian President’s mind? Video shows the gay adventures of Vladimir Putin 3
3:10 PM — A new viral video features a satirical cartoon depiction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which shows the inner workings of the notorious Russian leader's mind.
2nd October 2013
Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 87
3:54 PM — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize - despite presiding over a rolling back of LGBT and human rights in recent years.
‘Rainbow’ German Winter Olympics uniforms seen as silent protest against Russian anti-gay law 24
1:46 PM — Germany has debuted its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics uniforms, the rainbow design of which has prompted many to speculate whether they are meant as a silent protest against Russian anti-gay laws.
1st October 2013
Rod Liddle: If Stephen Fry thinks Russia is bad for gay people, try the World Cup in Qatar 21
3:56 PM — Controversial journalist and columnist Rod Liddle says Qatar’s treatment of gay people is a reason why the 2022 World Cup should not be held in the country.
Speaker of Russian Parliament invites MEPs to visit Moscow’s gay bars 36
2:25 PM — The Speaker of Russia’s Parliament has invited MEPs to visit Moscow’s gay bars in an attempt to show Russia accepts the LGBT community.
US Olympic skier Bode Miller slams Russia’s anti-gay laws as ‘absolutely embarrassing’ 9
11:08 AM — US Olympic skier Bode Miller has slammed Russia's anti-gay laws as being "absolutely embarrassing".
30th September 2013
New Olympic President has heard ‘assurances of the highest Russian authorities’ on gay issues at Sochi 25
4:40 PM — The newly appointed International Olympic Committee (IOC) president spoke at the lighting of the Olympic flame ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, to say he had received "assurances of the highest authorities in Russia", that the Olympic charter will be adhered to during the games.
Olympic flame lit ahead of Sochi Winter Games amid repeated calls for tolerance 8
11:40 AM — The Olympic flame has been lit in Greece, and the International Olympic Committee's new president gave repeated reassurances, ahead of February's Sochi Winter Olympics which have been surrounded by controversy over Russian anti-gay laws.
29th September 2013
Actress Tilda Swinton donates over £1000 to funeral for prominent Russian gay rights activist 11
1:06 PM — British actress Tilda Swinton has donated over £1000 to the funeral of Russian gay rights activist Alexey Davydov, who died last week aged 36.
27th September 2013
Russian politician: ‘Stephen Fry is a bringer of evil’ and gays are not welcome in Russia 38
6:14 PM — A Russian lawmaker has branded Stephen Fry "evil", following a feud over several months stemming from the author, actor and broadcaster's vocal support for gay rights.
Amnesty: The Olympic Committee is in denial about Russia’s anti-gay laws 7
4:36 PM — Amnesty International has criticised the International Olympic Committee for expressing satisfaction that Russia’s anti-gay laws do not threaten the spirit of the Olympic Charter.