15th January 2014
US State Department issues travel warning about Russian anti-gay law ahead of Sochi 11
4:42 PM — The US State Department has issued a travel warning for those travelling to Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympics, noting the country's anti-gay law.
UK: Cabinet Equalites Minister Maria Miller will attend Russia’s Winter Olympics 11
3:46 PM — Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, will attend next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, the government has confirmed.
Star Trek actor Chris Pine calls Russian anti-gay law ‘clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense’ 4
2:47 PM — Hollywood star Chris Pine has said that the US should have done more to challenge Russia on its anti-gay laws in the lead up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russia accuses EU of promoting ‘the aggressive propaganda of homosexual love’ 28
12:40 PM — A diplomatic attack against "gay propaganda", has been launched by Russia, which has accused the EU of promoting an "alien view of homosexuality and same-sex marriages as a norm of life."
14th January 2014
Watch: Vice documentary about homophobia in Russia 5
2:35 PM — The plight of LGBT Russians, who lives have been made far more difficult and dangerous due to the country’s anti-gay legislation, is the subject of a new film by Vice.
27 Nobel laureates join Ian McKellen to protest over Russia’s anti-gay laws 3
10:56 AM — British actor Sir Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have demanded that Russia's President Vladimir Putin repeals the country's homophobic legislation.
13th January 2014
Foreign Secretary: ‘Watch this space’ the UK may have openly gay stars in its Sochi delegation 9
12:01 PM — In a TV interview William Hague says Britain will continue urging Russia to protect LGBT rights and has suggested that openly gay sports stars could be included in the UK’s Olympic delegation.
12th January 2014
Gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup blasts Olympics hosts for refusing to ‘embody diversity’ 2
11:41 AM — New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup has said he is "disappointed" he will not be able to represent himself as a gay man at the Sochi Winter Olympics if he manages to qualify by February, calling out anti-gay laws in Russia for continuing a legacy of historic discrimination.
10th January 2014
Orthodox Church of Russia: Homosexuality must be banned and excluded from society 51
12:37 PM — Russia's powerful Orthodox Church has proposed a referendum on banning homosexuality.
9th January 2014
Billie Jean King warns athletes against taking part in LGBT protests at Sochi Games 14
5:46 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King says she now believes that athletes should think twice about protesting for LGBT rights at next month's Sochi Winter Olympics.
8th January 2014
Russian actor who called for gays to be put in ovens urges Putin to ban homosexuality 39
11:32 AM — A Russian sitcom actor, who had previously proposed burning all gay people alive in an oven, has written an open letter to President Vladimir Putin, urging him to restore a Soviet-era law banning homosexuality.
4th January 2014
Putin confirms that limited protest zones will be set up at Sochi 13
3:54 PM — Russian authorities have confirmed that special protest zones will be set up at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
31st December 2013
Canadian Foreign Minister urges Russia to drop anti-gay laws and protect human rights 9
3:47 PM — Ahead of February’s Sochi Winter Olympics, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has written to his Russian counterpart to denounce Russia’s anti-gay laws.
30th December 2013
Coca-Cola deletes photos of gay rights protest against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 13
7:45 PM — After inexplicably publishing them, Coca-Cola has now removed photographs published of activists protesting against its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics sponsorship. Coca-Cola yesterday published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company’s decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. […]
29th December 2013
Coca-Cola publishes photos of gay rights activists against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 30
1:35 PM — Coca-Cola has published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company's decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
26th December 2013
Feature: The most important international stories of 2013 3
10:40 AM — Having brought you the most important UK and US stories of 2013, it is only natural to follow with the most important international stories of the year too.
23rd December 2013
Pussy Riot member freed from prison – slams Russian amnesty law as a ‘PR stunt’ 2
11:28 AM — A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who walked free from prison earlier today said she would rather have stayed behind bars, calling Putin's amnesty law a "PR stunt."
Gay rights activists stage campaign against ‘shocking’ Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Winter Olympics 11
10:44 AM — Gay rights activists interrupted a Coca-Cola christmas advertising campaign in London's Covent Garden on Saturday, in opposition to the company's recent sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics despite anti-gay laws.
UK Prime Minister will not attend Sochi Winter Olympics 13
10:28 AM — David Cameron will not attend February's Winter Olympics, Downing Street has said whilst insisting the move is not a boycott over Russia’s stance on LGBT rights.
20th December 2013
Tennis legend Billie Jean King to gay Russians: ‘You are not alone’ 3
2:16 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King, two days after being selected as part of the US delegation to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics, has spoken out in support of gay people in Russia.