30th September 2013
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.
26th September 2013
Video: Evangelist says ‘indirectly assisting’ Russia with anti-gay law ‘one of my proudest moments’ 32
7:43 PM — Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively has claimed that he "indirectly" helped to "craft" Russia's anti-gay law, and said it was "one of the proudest moments" of his career.
23rd September 2013
Irish Deputy Prime Minister urged to challenge Russia on LGBT rights at Council of Europe meeting 3
4:00 PM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore has been urged by Sein Fein to raise the widespread violation of LGBT rights in Russia at this week’s meeting of the Council of Europe.
Shadow Foreign Secretary: ‘David Cameron needs to press Putin on gay rights as a matter of urgency’ 9
12:22 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander urges Britain to use the Council of Europe as a forum to encourage Russia to respect gay rights in the run to the 2014 Winter Olympics - and says "David Cameron needs to press President Putin on this as a matter of urgency."
22nd September 2013
Cher: My trans son gave me a ‘deeper understanding of gender and sexual politics’ 3
11:24 AM — US singer Cher, who recently refused to perform at Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to the country’s anti-gay laws, has revealed that it was her trans son who gave her a "deeper" and more "visceral" understanding of gender and sexual politics.
21st September 2013
Political party starts petition to ban Russian politicians supporting anti-gay law from entering Canada 21
7:21 PM — The New Democratic Party (NDP) in Canada has launched a petition calling for the government to ban Russian politicians supporting anti-gay laws from entering the country.
Bulgaria: Hundreds march for gay rights and against Russian anti-gay laws 3
5:43 PM — Several hundred protesters took to the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria, on Saturday, to rally for LGBT rights, and in protest against Russian anti-gay laws.
20th September 2013
Stephen Fry: Twitter allows me to avoid ‘loathsome bottom-feeder’ journalists 2
6:22 PM — Gay actor, author and comedian, Stephen Fry has described a journalist who questioned whether he wrote his own tweets as a “loathsome bottom-feeder”.
Selena Gomez banned from performing in Russia for open support of gay rights 10
3:07 PM — Singer Selena Gomez has reportedly been banned from performing in Russia due to her open support for gay rights.
Russian official: The EU should fix its own problems before criticising Russia over LGBT issues 9
1:51 PM — A Russian official has responded to an Amnesty International study on attacks on members of the LGBT community in EU countries, to accuse EU members of hypocrisy over its attitude towards LGBT issues in Russia.
18th September 2013
Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won’t be competing at 2014 Winter Olympics 14
5:52 PM — Figure skater Johnny Weir won't be competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi after failing to register for the national championships
Mayor of London: I won’t end twinning arrangement with Moscow despite anti-gay laws 18
1:33 PM — Boris Johnson believes it would be wrong to break the capital's cultural ties with Moscow because of anti-gay legislation passed by the Russian Parliament - although the senior Tory "is deeply concerned" by the situation.
17th September 2013
Elton John: ‘I need to perform in Russia to help gay people’ 47
10:42 AM — Sir Elton John says he won't cancel a planned Moscow concert because he wants to support Russia's gay community.
15th September 2013
Russia: Viral video allegedly shows gay student beaten, stripped, and raped with bottle at gunpoint 38
12:46 PM — A series of short clips currently circulating on the social media service WhatsApp reportedly show a student in Russia being forced to admit he is gay at gunpoint, then being stripped, beaten, and raped with a bottle by a gang of anti-gay "vigilantes."
Russia: ‘Olympic Truce’ altered after pressure from United Nations to include gay equality 26
12:19 PM — Russia has altered its version of the "Olympic Truce" to a more inclusive statement after UN members criticised the original draft for leaving out gay people, although it still fails to mention sexual orientation specifically.
13th September 2013
Shropshire Star mocks PinkNews founder’s parents who campaigned in Russia against anti-gay laws 39
5:18 PM — A local Shropshire paper has taken a side swipe at the parents of Benjamin Cohen, PinkNews founder, who recently staged an impromptu gay rights protest in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the birthplace of the country’s recently passed anti-gay laws.
Pelosi tells Putin: When you talk about people being created equal – don’t forget gays and lesbians 15
12:41 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has responded to Vladimir Putin's statement on all people being created equal under God by saying the Russian President needs to include gay citizens too.
Russia: Top lawyer comes out as bisexual and transgender against anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 19
12:38 PM — A top lawyer in Russia has come out as both bisexual and transgender against the country's notorious anti-gay law banning "homosexual propaganda," declaring "it is a fascist law" that targets children and creates marginalised social groups.