7th December 2012
Russian Prime Minister says there is no reason to “regulate” homosexuality 13
3:39 PM — The Russian Prime Minister has said that he doesn't see any reason why homosexuality should be banned legally in the country, and that it is not an big issue for many Russians.
29th November 2012
Venice looks to suspend partnership with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws 9
1:29 PM — The Venice Municipal Council is currently considering ending a partnership with the Russian city of St Petersburg over the latter’s recently adopted anti-gay laws.
22nd November 2012
Madonna acquitted of breaking Russian anti-gay law 12
5:08 PM — Charges that Madonna broke a homophobic censorship ban in the Russian city of St Petersburg have been dropped – at the same time lawmakers in Moscow have vetoed a proposed anti-gay bill.
25th October 2012
Lady Gaga to face anti-gay Russian legal backlash 10
9:26 PM — The media circus of LGBT-supporting stars facing the legal wrath of anti-gay opponents in the Russia’s St Petersburg shows no sign of dying down, with predictions that Lady Gaga will be next.
Liverpool: LGBT arts festival gets underway 2
5:08 PM — Homotopia is now underway in Liverpool and this year's festival has a special focus on the LGBT citizens of Uganda.
17th October 2012
Madonna ordered to appear in Russian court for breaking anti-gay law 43
9:18 PM — Madonna has been sent a summons to appear in a Russian court for breaking St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, during her concert in the city, earlier this summer.
3rd October 2012
Russian court backs St Petersburg’s anti-gay law 15
2:32 PM — Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s second largest city of St Petersburg can continue to enforce its homophobic censorship law.
2nd October 2012
Ukraine gives initial approval to anti-gay law 11
4:45 PM — Human rights campaigners have criticised Ukraine after the country’s parliament passed a draft LGBT censorship law.
25th September 2012
Russian politician says being gay is a ‘bad habit’ that can be treated with prayer 42
4:39 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has referred to homosexuality as a “bad habit” that can be treated by fasting and prayer.
25th August 2012
In Photos: Manchester Pride 2012 112
5:24 PM — Manchester saw tens of thousands of people take to the streets to take part in the city's LGBT pride parade, part of a long weekend of celebrations in the Northern city.
24th August 2012
Manchester Pride to send message of solidarity to St Petersburg 13
11:14 AM — The thousands who attend Manchester Pride this weekend are being urged to use the event to send a message of solidarity to LGBT people in St Petersburg.
17th August 2012
Russian anti-gay group sues Madonna for $10m for ‘causing moral suffering’ 85
10:39 PM — A group of homophobic Russian activists have sued Madonna for $10 million after they claimed she insulted their feelings when she spoke out in favour of gay equality during last week's concert in St Petersburg.
Appeal against century-long ban on gay pride in Moscow is refused 29
11:54 AM — Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow Gay Pride, has had his appeal against the century-long ban on the parade rejected by Moscow City Court.
11th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna accused of breaking anti-gay law and branded a whore 39
5:22 PM — As expected, this week’s gig by the queen of pop in Russia’s second largest city has not passed off without controversy.
8th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna responds to hate with pink wristbands 2
10:44 PM — The pop icon’s official Facebook page talks of the fashion accessories forming “part" of her upcoming show in the Russian city.
14th July 2012
Russian gay rights campaigners appeal to European court over Pride bans 10
11:56 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after being banned from holding Pride marches in St Petersburg.
7th July 2012
Russia: Eight gay rights campaigners arrested in St Petersburg 10
10:41 PM — Eight gay rights activists were arrested today in St Petersburg, Russia, for handing out "homosexual propaganda". The campaigners were attempting to hold gay Pride rallies. Three were arrested in a park, while five more were arrested later at the Smolny complex.
1st June 2012
St Petersburg judge ‘rules LGBT event bans were unlawful’ 10
4:18 PM — A judge in St Petersburg has ruled that bans on gay events put in place by officials under city's 'gay propaganda' legislation were unlawful, it has been reported.
4th May 2012
Nikolai Alekseev first to be convicted of ‘gay propaganda’ in St Petersburg 27
9:58 AM — Gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev has become the first man to be convicted under St Petersburg's recent 'gay propaganda' laws.
1st May 2012
Russia: Police arrest gay rights activists in St Petersburg 35
8:53 PM — Russian police force have arrested seventeen gay rights activists during a May Day rally in St Petersburg, which recently passed a law that banned what it called 'homosexual propaganda.'