30th January 2013
Venice breaks cultural ties with St Petersburg over anti-gay law 7
12:20 PM — The Italian city of Venice has broken its cultural partnership with Russian city, St Petersburg, over an anti-gay law which was brought in a year ago.
25th January 2013
Russian national anti-gay law passes first reading 25
4:25 PM — On Friday, the Russian State Duma adopted the first reading of a homophobic censorship bill which would impose federal sanctions for the promotion of "gay propaganda".
21st January 2013
Russia plans to outlaw ‘homosexual propaganda’ nationwide 18
4:30 PM — A Russian bill that could impose a heavy fine for anyone deemed to publicly promote homosexuality is being moved to a first vote.
17th December 2012
Russian football fan club: Please, no gay or black players in our team 20
12:35 PM — A group representing the supporters of a Russian football team say they don’t want gay or black players in their team – but deny it’s got anything to do with bigotry.
12th December 2012
Lady Gaga defies anti-gay Russian law and speaks up for LGBT rights 5
2:00 PM — A political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking legal action against American pop star Lady Gaga for promoting LGBT rights to minors during a concert.
8th December 2012
Lady Gaga thanks Russian Prime Minister for his softer stance on gay people 19
12:26 PM — The singer Lady Gaga has posted two messages of support for the anti-homophobia comments made by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
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.