7th February 2014
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.
Cyprus: First ever gay pride celebration to take place this year
1:01 PM — Cyprus is set to hold its first ever gay pride event this year, celebrating an imminent repeal of a ban against homosexuality in the northern part of the country.
Azerbaijan: Suicide of leading gay rights activist sparks first ‘LGBT news conference’ 2
11:17 AM — The suicide of a gay rights activist in Azerbaijan last month has prompted the city of Baku's first ever LGBT news conference, in which activists established plans to drive for fresh legislation to protect sexual minorities, as well as "Day of Pride" to mark the late campaigner's passing.
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.
Google rebrands to highlight homophobia in Russia on eve of Sochi Olympics 18
12:26 AM — Google has rebranded itself ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, held in the Russian city of Sochi.
6th February 2014
Madonna: World should stand up against Putin’s ‘blatant intolerance of gay rights’ 25
4:52 PM — Madonna has blasted Vladimir Putin's "blatant intolerance of gay rights", and revealed she got got death threats for performing in Russia.
Irish Senator warns against ‘dangerous, vicious elements’ within the gay community 47
3:45 PM — Senator Jim Walsh has warned against what he describes as “dangerous, vicious elements within the gay ideological movement” in Ireland.
Labour MP Chris Bryant: I’m embarrassed the UK is not including gay people in its Olympic delegation 8
2:01 PM — Chris Bryant has condemned the government for failing to include any LGBT people in the Olympic delegation, and jokes President Putin should “stop wandering around” with his shirt off as he risks arrest.
Paul O’Grady slams Russia’s ‘Nazi-style’ anti-gay laws outside Downing Street 11
12:46 PM — Paul O'Grady has spoken out against Russia's "fascist" anti-gay laws, and condemned the Olympic sponsors for not doing enough on the issue.
5th February 2014
Watch a politician cut up his Visa card in protest at Russian Sochi Olympics sponsorship 13
11:38 PM — Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman stunned the European Parliament today by publicly cutting up his Visa card in protest at the company's sponsorship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Ireland: RTE boss defends €85k payout to Catholic anti-gay marriage group over ‘homophobe’ row 30
5:34 PM — RTE has blamed Ireland's defamation laws over the decision to pay a €85,000 libel settlement to journalists and a right-wing Catholic think-tank, following the comments of a drag artist on one of its shows.
Russia: ‘Lesbian’ duo t.A.T.u tipped for Olympics opening ceremony 2
4:04 PM — The Russian pop duo t.A.T.u have been tipped to perform at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.
Russia: Gay Norwegian minister will take husband to Sochi Games 4
2:28 PM — A gay Norwegian minister has confirmed that he and his husband will be attending on behalf of Norway at the Sochi Paralympic Games.
Channel 4′s Hunted – the Russian gangs who hunt gays for sport 43
1:19 PM — A few days before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the safety of the Russian gay community is worse than ever. Channel 4's harrowing new documentary, Hunted, follows the Russian gangs that hunt gay men for sport.
Shadow Foreign Minister: The UK Government must challenge Russia on LGBT rights at the Winter Olympics 4
12:50 PM — Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalites, Maria Miller, has to raise the issue of LGBT rights when she travels to Sochi for the Winter Games.
4th February 2014
Graham Norton: ‘Unbelievable’ that anti-gay marriage group were paid damages for being called ‘homophobes’ 11
6:19 PM — Graham Norton has criticised Irish broadcaster RTÉ for paying €85,000 in damages to an anti-gay marriage group, after a drag artist labelled them "homophobes".
Lib Dem MEP blasts Tories and UKIP for not backing LGBT roadmap 3
4:19 PM — Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has criticised Tory and UKIP MEPs for abstaining over European proposals to tackle LGBT discrimination.
French President condemned for shelving lesbian IVF rights 3
3:24 PM — Francois Hollande has been accused of caving in to homophobes after shelving legislation that would have legalised medically assisted procreation for lesbian couples.
Downing Street protest to be staged on Wednesday over Russia’s anti-gay laws
11:06 AM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Wednesday against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
3rd February 2014
Russia: Gay dating app blocked, users threatened with arrest 24
6:21 PM — A Russian gay dating app has been blocked, with users threatened with arrest and imprisonment under the anti-gay propaganda law.