16th December 2013
France: President Francois Hollande to snub Russian Winter Olympics 8
11:43 AM — French President Francois Hollande has become the most high profile leader to snub the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
Maltese trans woman honoured for government challenge on marriage law 1
10:33 AM — A transgender woman in Malta whose challenge against the government led to changes in national marriage law, will be honoured as part of the country's Republic Day.
14th December 2013
Human rights group urges Obama to include LGBT people in US Sochi delegation 2
2:31 PM — A human rights group has written to US President Barack Obama to urge him to include LGBT people in the delegation sent to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
13th December 2013
Russian dolls of Elton John, Graham Norton, and Tom Daley auctioned for LGBT charity 7
8:00 PM — Russian dolls of five British celebrities are being auctioned off in order to raise money for the Russian LGBT community.
Russian actor says gay people should be burned alive as ‘a danger’ to his children 72
2:19 PM — A Russian sitcom actor has caused controversy by telling fans this week that he thinks gay people are "a living danger" to his children, and that he would burn all gay people alive.
12th December 2013
Malta PM: I will not budge on my support for civil unions for gay couples 2
7:32 PM — The Prime Minister of Malta has sent a strong message in support of the country's upcoming civil partnership legislation by saying "I will not budge on the matter."
Putin: Anti-gay laws protect against the ‘destruction of traditional values’ 36
12:33 PM — President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s anti-gay laws by saying they protect against the “destruction of traditional values”.
German celebrities lock lips in GQ shoot to tackle homophobia 16
12:06 PM — Celebrities in Germany have made a simple stand against homophobia by kissing members of the same sex in a photoshoot for GQ.
11th December 2013
Martina Navratilova: The Olympic Committee is ‘putting their head in the sand’ on LGBT rights 10
9:21 PM — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has slammed the International Olympic Committee for "putting their head in the sand" over LGBT rights.
European Parliament finalises seven year fund for LGBT projects and organisations
7:38 PM — The European Parliament today renewed a seven year financial programme to fund projects and organisations working for the human rights of LGBT people.
Church of Norway urged to produce liturgy for same-sex marriages
5:43 PM — The Norwegian Association of Clergy has asked the Church of Norway to create a separate marriage service tailored for the LGBT community.
Elton John: I fear that Russian law blocks access to HIV information and pushes people away from Russia 7
4:48 PM — Elton John reflects on his recent trip to Russia where he performed two concerts, and met with grantees of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, saying that people in Russia had found it harder to get information about HIV since new Russian legislation, and reiterating why he thinks it is important for celebrities not to boycott the country.
Ireland: Justice Minister announces order to recognise foreign same-sex marriages 13
4:11 PM — The Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter, has made an order recognising gay and lesbian couples who married abroad in places where equal marriage became legal in 2013.
10th December 2013
International Olympic Committee president confirms there will be protest zones set up at Sochi 13
9:30 PM — In the face of heavy criticism of Russia's human rights history, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach sought to diffuse the situation with an announcement on Tuesday.
EU Commissioner: ‘Russia’s anti-gay laws means I will certainly not go to the Winter Olympics’ 8
5:35 PM — Europe's Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights has announced that she will not be attending the 2014 Winter Olympics as she opposes Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
UK Government warns Ian McKellen against travelling to Russia due to anti-gay laws 18
11:10 AM — The Foreign Office has advised Sir Ian McKellen "not to go to Russia" because of the country's homophobic laws, according to the gay actor.
9th December 2013
Russian asylum seeker to be deported despite plea to stay in UK over anti-gay law 10
6:16 PM — A Russian woman has been detained and is due to be sent back to her home country, despite pleading that her life is in danger there.
Germany’s President snubs Sochi Winter Olympics 12
5:21 PM — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Russia next year.
Putin’s new TV network boss believes gays should be banned from donating sperm and organs 17
1:21 PM — A TV presenter who said gay people should not be allowed to donate sperm or blood, and that their hearts should not even be used, as they are “unfit for extending anyone’s life”, will now run Vladimir Putin’s new TV network.
8th December 2013
Italy: Rainbow-themed Christmas lights blasted as ‘provocative and ideological’ 20
10:49 AM — Rainbow-themed Christmas lights set up in Rome to commemorate the recent suicide of a gay teenager have stirred controversy recently, after a far-right group blasted the idea as "provocative and ideological."