28th January 2014
Broadcaster Alice Arnold: It would be ‘bizarre’ to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics 23
4:44 PM — Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says it would be “bizarre” to boycott the Winter Olympics over Russia’s position on gay rights.
Former UKIP donor takes out newspaper ad to say: You cannot be ‘homophobic’ 43
3:22 PM — A former donor to UKIP has inexplicably responded to a Times columnist's article condemning a Russian anti-gay law, by taking out an advert in the Telegraph and claiming that homophobia does not exist.
Coca Cola pulls plug on ad campaign that banned the word ‘gay’ 3
1:55 PM — Coca-Cola has pulled the plug on a 'virtual coke' website after a row erupted over the site filtering the word "gay".
27th January 2014
Gay Russian artist makes statement against anti-gay discrimination with ‘black woman’ chair parody 21
7:49 PM — A gay Russian artist has responded to a controversy involving a magazine editor who was pictured sitting on a "black woman" chair, with a parody which he says is meant as a demonstration against discrimination.
Mayor of Sochi: ‘There are no gays in my town’ 34
4:12 PM — The mayor of Sochi says there are no gay people in his city which is preparing to host the Winter Olympics next month.
Elton John: Anti-gay law is ‘damaging and divisive’ to gay Russians and HIV campaigns 3
12:32 PM — Reflecting on time spent in Russia since the passage of a law which bans the promotion of "non-traditional relationships", Elton John has written on the "deeply dangerous and divisive" nature of the law.
26th January 2014
Russian MPs submit proposal to exclude the term ‘non-traditional relationships’ from propaganda law 17
1:52 PM — Russian MPs from several political parties have jointly submitted a proposal to amend the country's notorious anti-gay propaganda law by throwing out the term "non-traditional relationships."
Martina Navratilova: Anti-gay laws make it ‘impossible’ to separate sport from politics at Sochi Games 8
1:16 PM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova has warned that anti-gays laws in Russia will make it "impossible" to separate sport from politics at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Coca-Cola bans the word ‘gay’ in new ad campaign – ‘Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that’ 49
12:46 PM — Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has launched a new media marketing campaign which bans users from printing the word "gay" on the side of a can of Coke.
24th January 2014
McDonald’s #CheersToSochi Twitter hashtag hijacked by LGBT activists 5
6:41 PM — McDonald's has faced a backlash from LGBT rights advocates as it launched the hashtag #CheersToSochi on Twitter, in promotion of the Winter Olympics.
Video: TV and Broadway stars in Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law spoof
6:00 PM — Some of the biggest TV and Broadway stars have starred in a spoof video to protest Russian propaganda laws.
Russia accuses EU of ‘not respecting’ Olympics and of ‘aggressively promoting’ homosexuality 20
5:10 PM — A Russian offical has accused the European Union of trying to impose an "alien view" of homosexuality on other countries.
23rd January 2014
Russian Prime Minister: Not a single gay person in Russia has complained about the propaganda law 32
5:55 PM — Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed criticism of the country’s anti-gay laws, claiming not a single gay person has complained.
22nd January 2014
Comment: ‘The Sochi games will go down in history as the anti-gay Olympics’ 11
5:59 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes on the Sochi Winter Olympics due to start in February, and says they will be remembered for anti-gay legislation introduced in Russia last year.
Elton John offers to introduce Putin to gay Russians ‘who need to be heard’ 8
5:28 PM — Sir Elton John has offered to take President Vladimir Putin to see members of Russia's gay community.
Russia: Despite anti-gay law, twin toilets unveiled at Sochi Olympics venue 18
12:54 PM — A photograph taken of a twin men's toilet at a Sochi Winter Olympics venue in Russia has caused a storm of controversy on Twitter.
21st January 2014
Brass band could poke fun at Putin by playing gay anthem Y.M.C.A at Winter Olympics 8
6:15 PM — A Dutch brass band has said they may play 'YMCA' at the Winter Olympics over Russia's anti-gay laws.
Human Rights Watch: Violent homophobia on the rise in Russia 28
11:12 AM — A new report by Human Rights Watch shows homophobic violence is on the rise in Russia.
19th January 2014
Russia: Putin denies homophobia in anti-gay laws – ‘I myself know some people who are gay’ 22
12:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has once more denied gay people are unwelcome at the Sochi Winter Olympics over anti-gay laws in the country, saying he is not prejudiced as he is on "friendly terms" with several people who are gay.
18th January 2014
Russia: Gay protester detained for unfurling rainbow flag during Olympic torch relay 28
6:49 PM — A Russian gay protester was detained today for revealing a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay.