19th August 2013
Swedish ice hockey star notes positive reaction to his criticism of anti-gay laws in Russia 3
7:42 PM — Swedish ice hockey star Victor Hedman, has noted the "positive" response he received after speaking out against Russia's anti-gay law, which was passed in June, and which bans the "promotion" of homosexuality.
United Nations human rights office urges Russia and Moldova to repeal anti-gay laws 10
7:14 PM — The human rights office of the United Nations has spoken out to condemn Russia's law, passed in June, which bans homosexual "propaganda", and has urged for Russia, as well as Moldova, to repeal such laws, and for other countries to scrap the potential adoption of identical legislation.
Russian female athletes who kissed after winning gold deny it was in protest against anti-gay laws 10
6:43 PM — Two Russian athletes who kissed on the podium after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, have strongly denied claims that they did it as a protest against anti-gay laws passed in the country in June.
Rupert Everett ‘absolutely’ agrees with Stephen Fry over Sochi Winter Olympics boycott 11
5:16 PM — Actor Rupert Evertt has voiced his agreement with an open letter sent to Prime Minister David Cameron by actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry urging a boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia: Finnish minister waves rainbow flag at Moscow athletics, despite anti-gay laws 21
3:17 PM — The Finnish minister for culture and sports attended the World Athletic Championships in Moscow last week, and on Saturday, despite harsh anti-gay laws, flew a rainbow flag at the event.
LobbyForRussia.org launched to help LGBT people in Russia 11
12:41 PM — A new campaign site has been launched to allow individuals to lobby their MPs to demand action from the UK Government on the atrocities in Russia.
18th August 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Uproar over anti-propaganda law is an ‘invented problem’ 52
3:06 PM — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has claimed that international concern over his country's discriminatory laws, and subsequent calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia, is a media-"invented problem".
IOC President: We will ensure there is no anti-LGBT discrimination during the Games 27
12:46 PM — International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has said he is committed to ensuring the Sochi Winter Olympics are accessible to all, despite discriminatory laws enacted in host country Russia.
Russian athletes kiss in protest against anti-LGBT law 38
11:05 AM — Two female members of the Russian team at the World Athletics Championships have used their gold medal win as a platform for protesting their country's anti-gay legislation, sharing a kiss on the podium.
David Cameron, Stephen Fry and Evgeny Lebedev attend private drinks days after Sochi concerns raised 19
10:29 AM — British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Stephen Fry and businessman Evgeny Lebedev for private drinks in an East-End restaurant on Monday evening, just days after an exchange between Mr Cameron and Mr Fry over the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
17th August 2013
Swedish athlete in Moscow warned over rainbow nails changes them to red ‘for love’ 11
11:39 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has changed them to red to represent "love", after being told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
US athlete: Russian anti-gay law has sparked the ‘defining civil rights movement of our time’ 11
11:25 PM — A US track and field athlete has spoken out against Russian anti-gay laws, saying they have started the "defining civil rights movement of our time".
16th August 2013
Comment: Boycotting the Winter Olympics risks allowing critics to say there’s a ‘homosexual agenda’ 85
4:41 PM — PinkNews reader Aaron Ruddock, who was a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics, fears boycotting the 2014 Sochi Winter Games would play into the hands of homophobes who argue their is a "homosexual agenda".
MPs encourage athletes and fans to wave pride flags at Sochi Olympics 19
3:09 PM — Two prominent gay MPs have urged athletes and fans to wave gay pride flags at the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.
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.