16th August 2013
Coca-cola and McDonald’s agree that Winter Olympics should not be relocated from Russia 57
1:32 PM — As the international outcry increases around the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in the wake of the passage of anti-gay laws back in June, big sponsors of the International Olympic Committee have maintained the line that they do not condone discrimination, but that they will not seek the relocation of the event.
tATu star Lena Katina: ‘Russian anti-gay law is weird because many in the government are gay’ 14
1:10 PM — Ten years on from a massive hit single which brought global fame, one half of Russian pop duo tATu has said that it is "weird", that her country's government has introduced anti-gay laws, because "a lot of people from the government with the big positions are gay".
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva: My anti-gay comments have been ‘misunderstood’ 73
11:27 AM — Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she may have been "misunderstood" when she made comments in defence of her country's anti-gay laws.
British heptathlete Louise Hazel tells anti-gay Russian pole vaulter: ‘There’s no place for homophobia in sport’ 13
11:27 AM — British heptathlete Louise Hazel has criticised Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva after she spoke out in support of Russia's anti-gay laws.
15th August 2013
Northern Ireland: LGBT rights campaigners protest Russian anti-gay law 2
3:48 PM — LGBT rights campaigners staged a rally last night in front of Belfast City Hall to voice their opposition to controversial anti-gay legislation and the persecution of LGBT people in Russia.
Former NBA player John Amaechi: ‘The Winter Olympics shouldn’t even be in Russia’ 21
2:28 PM — Retired basketball star John Amaechi has told Gaydio the 2014 Winter Olympics “shouldn't even be in Russia” – but that a boycott of the Games isn’t practical as it would hurt the athletes.
US: Miss Universe Host says he will boycott pageant in Russia over anti-gay laws 4
2:23 PM — Television personality and former Miss Universe host Andy Cohen has said that he will boycott the pageant this year, which is due to take place in Moscow, in protest against Russia's anti-gay laws.
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship paints nails in rainbow colours against anti-gay law 19
1:49 PM — A Swedish athlete at the World Athletics Championships currently taking place in Moscow, has made a stand against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June, by painting her nails in rainbow colours.
Moscow court upholds ban on equal marriage 5
1:06 PM — A court in Moscow has upheld a ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple were refused a marriage application in St.Petersburg.
14th August 2013
LGBT rights coalition announces same-sex hand-holding initiative for Sochi Winter Olympics 7
7:39 PM — Pride House, an international coalition of LGBT sport and human rights groups has begun an initiative calling on everybody present at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, to show their commitment to inclusive sport by people of the same sex holding hands.
Gay footballer Robbie Rogers urges athletes not to boycott Sochi Winter Olympics 21
6:32 PM — Gay US footballer Robbie Rogers has called on athletes not to boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Russia: Gay journalist who was sacked the day he came out live on air: ‘I wanted the Kremlin to see’ 19
6:22 PM — A gay Russian television presenter has said he was sacked the same evening as he came out live on air.
Gay figure skater Johnny Weir says he is ‘not afraid of being arrested’ under Russian anti-gay law 19
6:07 PM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is not scared to get arrested in Russia for being gay, following the passage of several anti-gay laws in June.
Actors Mathew Horne, Hayley Atwell and cast use curtain call as protest against Russian anti-gay laws 7
3:21 PM — Actors Hayley Atwell and Mathew Horne, and the cast of London stage show The Pride, have used their curtain call as a protest against Russian anti-gay laws introduced in June.
Russia: US track and field star dedicates Moscow silver medal to gay and lesbian friends 21
3:11 PM — A US athlete has become the first to speak out in favour of lesbian and gay people whilst competing on Russian soil, using his victory speech after winning silver, in protest against anti-gay laws passed in June.
Russia: Gay rights activist who staged one-man protest may be charged as extremist 37
2:14 PM — A gay rights activist who staged a one-man protest against Russian anti-gay laws earlier this month, may be charged with extremist activity, a government official said on Wednesday.
Ireland: Protest planned for Dublin Russian Embassy against anti-gay laws 1
1:21 PM — A protest is to take place on Friday at the Russian Embassy in Dublin against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June.
13th August 2013
Russian TV host who denied homophobia says gays ‘deliberately provoke situations to become victims’ 64
7:45 PM — A Russian state-funded TV host who this week denied being a homophobe after saying gay people's hearts are not suitable for organ donation, has again spoken on the issue of LGBT people in Russia to say that gay people "deliberately call, provoke situations, so that they become victims".
Comment: Will Sochi haunt the Olympic movement? 17
7:09 PM — Former Spanish Junior Swimming Champion Emmanuelle Schick fears the lessons of the 1933 Berlin Olympics have not been learnt when it comes to the IOC's handling of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Green MP Caroline Lucas: I am disappointed David Cameron has not taken a stronger stand against Russia’s anti-gay laws 13
2:16 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has written to Foreign Office Minister David Lidington expressing her “deep concerns” at Russia’s anti-gay legislation and says Britain should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics - unless its moved from Russia.