16th January 2014
Italian IOC member: It’s absurd for America to include ‘4 lesbians’ in its Olympic delegation 31
1:30 PM — IOC member Mario Pescante says it's "absurd" for America to include "4 lesbians" in its Winter Olympic delegation - even though the current number is 2.
Putin: Russia will not allow for discrimination at the Winter Olympics 24
12:18 PM — President Vladimir Putin has once again moved to dismiss concerns over Russia’s anti-gay laws by saying that no athlete would face discrimination at next month's Winter Olympics.
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.
EU foreign policy chief: Nigeria’s anti-gay law breaks the country’s own constitution 4
1:12 PM — The EU's foreign policy chief says Nigeria's anti-gay law breaks "fundamental human rights".
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
Figures show 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year 4
5:16 PM — About 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year after equal marriage was legalised in May, the national statistics agency has said.
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.
10th January 2014
Vatican internet users illegally download ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Lesbian Hair Salon’ 16
8:18 PM — Users of the internet inside the Vatican have used illegal torrent sites to download illegal films, music, and porn titles with funny names, a site focussing on file sharing has reported.
Brokeback Mountain opera to open in Madrid 3
5:01 PM — An opera version of love story Brokeback Mountain is to open in Madrid later in January.
Tel Aviv: Memorial for gay victims of the Holocaust unveiled 16
3:21 PM — A memorial honouring gay victims of the Holocaust has been unveiled in Tel Aviv.
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
Italian Deputy Prime Minister threatens to pull his party from Government if ‘gay marriage’ is introduced 19
8:00 PM — The Italian Deputy Prime Minister said on Thursday that his party would leave the government if their coalition partner introduces measures for same-sex marriage.
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.
Italy: Police arrest suspect over death of gay rights activist 2
11:49 AM — Police in Italy have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a gay rights campaigner.
8th January 2014
Minister for Sport: Great that Thomas Hitzlsperger is out but homophobia causes too many to hide 6
4:47 PM — Minister for Sport and Equalities Helen Grant has praised former West Ham and German international Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
Football stars Joey Barton and Gary Lineker praise Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 5
1:39 PM — Figures in the world of football are praising former West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger, over his decision to announce that he is gay.