9th September 2013
Russia: Sochi organisers persuade Olympics Committee to help ‘stop this campaign’ over anti-gay laws 42
10:41 AM — The head of the Sochi Olympics has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to "stop this campaign and this speculation" over Russia's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
8th September 2013
Russia: Lesbian activist pleads mass asylum over anti-gay laws — ‘get us the hell out of here’ 54
1:38 PM — A lesbian journalist and activist living in Russia has said that anti-gay violence and legislation has gotten so bad for the country, their only hope now is to get as many LGBT citizens to asylum as possible.
7th September 2013
Gay activists say Obama ‘sent a signal’ to LGBT Russians by meeting them at G20 in St Petersburg 14
7:31 PM — As President Obama met with LGBT activists as his last official engagement during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit, the activists noted the significance of the fact that he met with them.
6th September 2013
Video: St Petersburg protester punched in the face while police look on 18
6:09 PM — A video has surfaced online which appears to show one of the individual protesters from St Petrsburg yesterday, being violently hit in the face with a foam pie, while police officers take no action.
Amnesty International: Ukraine’s attempt to ignore anti-gay discrimination is ‘unacceptable’ 12
4:40 PM — The Human Rights organisation Amnesty International has said that Ukraine's recent bid to release itself from EU obligations to legislate against homophobia is an "outrageous" attempt to deny equal rights in the country.
David Cameron ‘raised concerns about gay rights’ at G20 meeting with Vladimir Putin 15
9:59 AM — In his meeting with Vladimir Putin at G20 last night, Prime Minister David Cameron reveals he has "raised concerns" with the Russian President about the country's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
5th September 2013
Russian pole vault champion to keep Olympic youth ambassador role despite homophobic comments 19
7:20 PM — Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is to keep her role as Olympic youth ambassador despite homophobic comments she made last month while competing at the World Athletics Championship.
Gay rights activists hold individual protests in St Petersburg to gain attention of G20 leaders 4
7:16 PM — Around a dozen human rights activists have conducted individual protests against Russian anti-gay laws in St Petersburg, on the same day the G20 government leaders arrived in the city.
Irish Foreign Minister: We ‘strongly disagree’ with Russian anti-gay laws and will stand against them 3
4:28 PM — Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore has responded to calls from a number of gay activist groups over the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia, saying the government "strongly disagrees" with the legislation and is exploring actions to take against it.
Where do each of the G20 countries stand on LGBT rights? 36
3:23 PM — Today 20 of the world's leading economies meet to discuss issues of global importance, the G20 summit is to take place in Russia which has found itself at the centre of an international storm of controversy over its law which bans the promotion of "non traditional" relationships.
Russian lawmaker introduces bill to deprive gay and lesbian people of parenting rights 22
12:39 PM — A Russian lawmaker has submitted to the Russian Duma a piece of legislation which seeks to have the parental rights of gay people removed.
Olympic Committee President: We are powerless to Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 24
11:11 AM — International Olympics Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge said there is little he can do to influence Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
4th September 2013
Amnesty International: G20 leaders must reject Russia’s anti-gay laws 2
5:01 PM — Amnesty International is urging leaders meeting at the St Petersburg G20 summit on Thursday to condemn Russia’s notorious anti-gay "propaganda" law and do all in their power to persuade authorities to scrap it.
Denmark: Petition with over 50,000 signatures delivered to Russian embassy against anti-gay law 3
3:16 PM — Today Amnesty International and To Russia with Love Denmark held a meeting with the Russian Embassy in Denmark and delivered more than 50,000 Danish signatures in protest against the new homophobic law in Russia.
US: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively continues to praise Vladimir Putin as an ‘unlikely hero’ 11
2:59 PM — In a follow up to his letter warning Vladimir Putin that anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia may not be enough, anti-gay activist Scott Lively has released a bizarre tirade on his blog praising Putin as an "unlikely hero" and invoking "the battle we waged together against Nazism".
William Hague: ‘Britain must stick to its values and not retreat on issues like gay rights in Russia’ 15
12:59 PM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia to say that Britain's foreign policy must have "a conscience", and that it is in the nature of Britain to "stand up for human rights overseas."
Russia: Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseyev seeks urgent meeting with Vladimir Putin 4
12:25 PM — Gay rights activist and Russian pride organiser Nikolai Alekseyev has officially requested a meeting with Vladimir Putin after the President claimed he was willing to speak with members of the LGBT community in a recent interview.
Vladimir Putin: Tchaikovsky was gay, and Russians still love him 29
10:27 AM — Vladimir Putin, who in June signed a law banning 'gay propaganda' in Russia, has sought to reassure concerns about athletes who display rainbow flags during the 2014 Winter Olympics, urging that there is no discrimination against gay people in his country.
3rd September 2013
Photos: Thousands protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws at London’s Whitehall 4
7:00 PM — A protest against the treatment of LGBT people in Russia is currently underway in London near the official residence of the Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street. Here are a selection of the latest photographs.
Comment: With all eyes on anti-gay Russia, there are three countries with a shocking need for coverage 24
6:44 PM — Paul Canning looks critically at media coverage of the LGBT situation in Russia, highlighting other areas around the globe where hate crimes and violence have also soared, yet where media coverage is still minimal.