11th February 2014
Blondie icon Debbie Harry snubs offer to play at Sochi because of anti-gay laws 5
1:42 PM — Pop legend Debbie Harry says her band could never play at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia’s anti-gay laws
Lord Coe: Boycotting Sochi would only make it harder to achieve social change 16
11:50 AM — Lord Coe says he’s against Olympic boycotts because they hurt the athletes and make it harder for campaigners to achieve their aims.
10th February 2014
The 10 best pro-gay Russia Olympic parodies so far 4
5:46 PM — As the Olympic games get underway in Russia, the internet has lined up to mock, laugh at and gently poke Vladimir Putin's regime. We take a look at the ten of the best pro-gay parodies so far.
Spiked Editor Brendan O’Neill is against ‘gayness, the gay lifestyle and queer imperialism’ 56
4:43 PM — The editor of Spiked, who unsuccessfully urged Parliament to stop equal marriage, says “the gay issue” has become “central to the ramping up of the culture wars”.
Did Putin know he ‘cuddled’ an openly bisexual Dutch gold medal-winning speed skater? 4
1:01 PM — An openly bisexual Dutch speed skater who won gold at Sochi at the weekend has said she "got a cuddle" from Russian President Vladimir Putin after her win.
Team GB Boss: We won’t stop athletes from protesting in Sochi
10:34 AM — The boss of the Team GB Winter Olympic squad has said he will not stand in the way of athletes who want to protest.
9th February 2014
Clare Balding: My decision to attend the Sochi Winter Games is putting ‘visibility before avoidance’
3:41 PM — Sports broadcaster Clare Balding has defended her decision to attend the Sochi Winter Games on Twitter, saying it would have been “easier to avoid going, but the easy option isn’t always the right one.”
UK: Gay rights activists campaign Sochi Olympic sponsor McDonald’s in Sunderland
3:36 PM — Gay rights activists in Sunderland have campaigned outside a McDonald’s restaurant, urging the Sochi Olympic sponsors to speak out over Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
Lesbian Sochi athlete says fuss over anti-gay laws Russia is ‘blown up bigger than it is’ 1
2:28 PM — Lesbian Austrian ski jumper and gay rights advocate Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says that the fuss over anti-gay laws in Russia is being blown out of proportion, despite reports of over 60 arrests and beatings against demonstrators since the games began.
Tom Daley ‘to boycott’ Moscow diving competition over anti-gay laws in Russia 1
1:58 PM — The British Olympic diving star Tom Daley is reportedly planning "to boycott" a diving competition in Moscow later this year over anti-gay laws in Russia.
International Olympic Committee defends arrests and beatings of Russian gay activists
12:40 PM — The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police arrested at least 61 demonstrators on the opening day of the Sochi Winter Games, despite reports of apparent beatings and threats of sexual violence.
7th February 2014
Putin: Sochi is ‘not the place’ to debate Russian anti-gay laws 10
5:29 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Sochi Winter Olympics are "not the place" to debate the country's treatment of gay rights.
Comment: Sochi shows the fight for LGBT equality continues for all of us 2
4:14 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Will Harris says it’s wrong for commentators to assume the battle for equality has been won with equal marriage.
Russia: Gay Dutch snowboarder is first to protest at Olympics 3
3:34 PM — A Dutch snowboarder is the first athlete to protest against Russia's anti-gay laws, at an Olympic event in Sochi yesterday.
The Guardian joins Google and Channel 4 with rainbow rebranding to support Sochi Olympics
3:29 PM — Marking the beginning of the Sochi Winter Games amid controversy around Russian anti-gay laws, The Guardian newspaper showed its solidarity today with a rainbow pride-themed rebranding:
Nick Clegg: Lib Dem ministers aren’t going to Sochi because of ‘appalling’ anti-gay laws 4
3:15 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says Liberal Democrat ministers will shun the Winter Olympics in Sochi due to Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
Russian LGBT activists arrested ahead of Winter Olympics opening ceremony 3
2:16 PM — Four LGBT rights activists in the Russian city of St Petersburg have been arrested.
Southwark council flies a rainbow flag marking LGBT history month 3
1:40 PM — UPDATE 14:30: It has emerged that Southwark council are in fact flying the rainbow pride flag to mark LGBT history month, which nevertheless coincides with the start of the Sochi Winter Games amid anti-gay controversy in Russia.
The 25 most shocking anti-gay stories from Russia so far 8
1:16 PM — Anti-gay violence and gay "propaganda" laws in Russia have drawn widespread public attention in the media recently. However, these attacks and others like them have had a longstanding history.
Sochi Winter Olympics gets underway today 2
10:51 AM — With unprecedented scrutiny over Russia's anti-gay laws, the Winter Olympics in Sochi begins today.