22nd January 2014
Irish Government: Gay couples to get parental rights ‘regardless of equal marriage referendum’ 3
1:35 PM — Irish equality minister Alan Shatter says he plans to bring in laws to establish equal parenthood rights for gay couples, regardless of the outcome of an upcoming referendum on equal marriage.
Russia: Despite anti-gay law, twin toilets unveiled at Sochi Olympics venue 18
12:54 PM — A photograph taken of a twin men's toilet at a Sochi Winter Olympics venue in Russia has caused a storm of controversy on Twitter.
21st January 2014
Dutch television show to feature first ever same-sex marriage and the Backstreet Boys 28
6:28 PM — A Dutch TV show will on Friday feature its first ever same-sex marriage.
Brass band could poke fun at Putin by playing gay anthem Y.M.C.A at Winter Olympics 8
6:15 PM — A Dutch brass band has said they may play 'YMCA' at the Winter Olympics over Russia's anti-gay laws.
Human Rights Watch: Violent homophobia on the rise in Russia 28
11:12 AM — A new report by Human Rights Watch shows homophobic violence is on the rise in Russia.
Hugh Laurie considers Russian vodka boycott over ‘slab-faced goon’ Putin 9
10:43 AM — Actor Hugh Laurie is considering boycotting Russian vodka over President Vladimir Putin's recent anti-gay comments.
20th January 2014
Former Swiss Guard commander: ‘I know that a gay lobby exists within the Vatican’ 11
6:10 PM — One of the Swiss Guard's former commandants has confirmed "from personal experience" that a "gay lobby" exists within the Vatican.
Neuroscientist Dick Swaab says smoking during pregnancy and stress can make children gay 30
5:23 PM — A neuroscientist has said that pregnant women who smoke increase the chances of affecting their child's sexuality and intelligence.
Newly appointed Spanish cardinal: Homosexuality is a ‘deficiency’ that can be cured 37
3:53 PM — A new Spanish cardinal appointed by Pope Francis has begun his tenure by describing homosexuality as a deficiency and suggesting the need for gay people to undergo corrective treatment.
17th January 2014
Comment: We should honour the life of Vlad Tornovoi by standing up for gay rights in Russia 8
4:02 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Tom Hayes says last year's homophobic murder of Vlad Tornovoi should galvanise Britain into raising Russia's appalling LGBT rights violations at next month's Winter Olympics.
Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’ 61
3:14 PM — President Vladimir Putin says gay people have nothing to fear in Russia as long as they leave children alone.
German former foreign minister tells Angela Merkel to ‘decide’ on equal marriage 10
12:35 PM — Germany's former foreign minister says Chancellor Angela Merkel should stop sitting on fence when it comes to equal marriage.
16th January 2014
European Parliament overwhelmingly adopts reports condemning LGBT situation in Serbia and Kosovo 2
2:09 PM — The European Parliament today overwhelmingly adopted two progress reports which condemned the treatment of LGBT people in Serbia and Kosovo and recommended the two countries improve the situation.
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."