1st August 2013
Russia: Lawmaker accuses Madonna and Lady Gaga of breaking visa conditions and says Russian performances were illegal 9
4:46 PM — A Russian lawmaker has taken aim at Madonna and Lady Gaga, claiming that they violated their visa conditions when they performed shows in Russia, and that collecting money from their shows was therefore illegal.
Brian Paddick: I promise to be non-conformist in the House of Lords 12
4:40 PM — Gay former London mayoral candidate and retired police officer Brian Paddick says he will continue to exercise independent judgement as a Lib Dem peer.
Petition started to urge Team GB to wear rainbow colours at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics 8
4:00 PM — A petition has been started to urge Team GB to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics so as not to put athletes at a disadvantage, but calls for them to wear rainbow colours in solidarity with the Russian LGBT community.
Sweden: Topless activists storm Russian Embassy in protest at Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
3:47 PM — Two topless activists climbed over a fence into the Russian Embassy in Stockholm on Thursday to protest against the country’s homophobic censorship laws.
Germany: Drag queen campaigner sews mouth shut over Russian anti-gay laws 9
3:28 PM — An online video has made the rounds recently, depicting a German drag queen sewing up her mouth in protest of the controversial anti-gay laws and violence in Russia.
France: Sperm donor granted visiting rights to the child of a same-sex couple 16
1:22 PM — A judge in France has granted visiting rights to the biological father of a lesbian couple's child, despite claims that they did not expect him to seek any rights as an acting sperm donor.
Russian sports minister: Gay athletes ‘must respect Russian law’ 25
12:02 PM — A Russian sports minister has said that gay athletes are welcome to participate in Russia's 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but must also obey the controversial law banning "gay propaganda".
31st July 2013
New York: Gay bar takes part in anti-homophobia protest outside Russian consulate by pouring vodka down drain 27
7:03 PM — Vodka has been seen being poured down the drain outside the Russia's consulate in New York as another gay bar boycotts Russia’s national drink in protest at the country’s homophobic stance.
Topless French anti-gay marriage activists stage another homoerotic protest against equal marriage 57
5:38 PM — A group of French topless anti-gay marriage activists has struck again with another display of homoerotic protests against the country's equal marriage law.
Russian LGBT Network: ‘Don’t boycott 2014 Winter Olympics — boycott homophobia!’ 26
12:38 PM — An organisation representing LGBT people in Russia has announced it's opposed to a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
30th July 2013
Government petition urging UK to boycott 2014 Winter Olympics due to Russian homophobia passes 8,000 10
4:42 PM — A petition calling on the UK Government to support a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics because of Russia’s increasingly homophobic stance has attracted more than 8,000 signatures.
Russian police in Sochi beat and rape man with a crowbar over Winter Olympic housing job pay dispute 24
3:41 PM — Police in the Russian city of Sochi, which is due in 2014 to host the Winter Olympics, allegedly beat and raped a construction worker over a pay dispute amounting to around £400.
Russian politician vows police will arrest all pro-gay protesters including Olympic athletes and spectators 45
12:21 PM — A Russian legislator who co-sponsored the controversial anti-gay law recently introduced, has said the government cannot suspend the law for the 2014 Winter Olympics, as has been suggested this week.
Croatia: Mayor of Zagreb agrees to host and sponsor annual LGBT conference 1
12:02 PM — Following a meeting held on monday with Croatian LGBT groups, the Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandic has said the city would host and sponsor an annual LGBT conference.
29th July 2013
Canada: Vancouver Mayor attacks Russia over anti-gay laws ahead of Winter Olympics 10
11:41 PM — The mayor of Vancouver has spoken out to heavily criticise the recent introduction of Russian anti-gay laws ahead of the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi in 2014.
NBC Sports will address Russian anti-gay law at Winter Olympics if it poses a problem 8
4:39 PM — The Chairman of NBC Sports Group Mark Lazarus, has announced that the US television network would acknowledge Russia's anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, if they were to pose an issue.
Russia: Deputies seek defamation charges against gay rights activist 11
1:09 PM — Two deputies in the Russian State Duma have requested that prosecutors file criminal charges of defamation against a gay rights activist, because they say he insulted public officials on Twitter.
Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay people? 128
12:59 PM — In a significant development Pope Francis has said that gay people should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.
27th July 2013
28 arrested after protesters throw eggs at Baltic Pride 15
4:25 PM — A group of protesters defied the large police presence at today's Pride march in the Lithuanian capital, throwing eggs at participants and attempting to storm a stage.
Russia tells Olympics: Athletes and spectators will be exempt from our anti-gay laws 139
2:35 PM — The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has said that it has received reassurance from the Russian government that athletes and spectators will be exempt from the country's draconian anti-gay laws during the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in the Russian city of Sochi.