15th August 2013
Danish Government warns Russia over anti-gay law. 48
10:22 AM — The Government of Denmark has issued a warning to Russia over the recently passed gay propaganda law in the run up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
14th August 2013
Russia: Gay journalist who was sacked the day he came out live on air: ‘I wanted the Kremlin to see’ 19
6:22 PM — A gay Russian television presenter has said he was sacked the same evening as he came out live on air.
Gay figure skater Johnny Weir says he is ‘not afraid of being arrested’ under Russian anti-gay law 19
6:07 PM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is not scared to get arrested in Russia for being gay, following the passage of several anti-gay laws in June.
Former Italian finance minister to sue Vatican official over sexuality claims 8
4:36 PM — One of Italy's former finance ministers is suing a member of the new Vatican financial reform panel and also journalists over claims about his sexuality and public standing.
Actors Mathew Horne, Hayley Atwell and cast use curtain call as protest against Russian anti-gay laws 7
3:21 PM — Actors Hayley Atwell and Mathew Horne, and the cast of London stage show The Pride, have used their curtain call as a protest against Russian anti-gay laws introduced in June.
Russia: US track and field star dedicates Moscow silver medal to gay and lesbian friends 21
3:11 PM — A US athlete has become the first to speak out in favour of lesbian and gay people whilst competing on Russian soil, using his victory speech after winning silver, in protest against anti-gay laws passed in June.
Russia: Gay rights activist who staged one-man protest may be charged as extremist 37
2:14 PM — A gay rights activist who staged a one-man protest against Russian anti-gay laws earlier this month, may be charged with extremist activity, a government official said on Wednesday.
Ireland: Protest planned for Dublin Russian Embassy against anti-gay laws 1
1:21 PM — A protest is to take place on Friday at the Russian Embassy in Dublin against anti-gay laws introduced in Russia in June.
13th August 2013
Russian TV host who denied homophobia says gays ‘deliberately provoke situations to become victims’ 64
7:45 PM — A Russian state-funded TV host who this week denied being a homophobe after saying gay people's hearts are not suitable for organ donation, has again spoken on the issue of LGBT people in Russia to say that gay people "deliberately call, provoke situations, so that they become victims".
Comment: Will Sochi haunt the Olympic movement? 17
7:09 PM — Former Spanish Junior Swimming Champion Emmanuelle Schick fears the lessons of the 1933 Berlin Olympics have not been learnt when it comes to the IOC's handling of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
FIFA asks Russia for ‘clarification and more details’ of anti-gay law ahead of 2018 World Cup 9
7:09 PM — The international football governing body FIFA has called on Russia to give "clarification and more details" about anti-gay laws introduced in June ahead of the 2018 World Cup due to take place in the country.
MSP Bill Kidd: Glasgow may have to end twinned status with Russian city unless homophobia is challenged 9
5:45 PM — MSP Bill Kidd says Glasgow City Council should be prepared to break cultural ties with its Russian twin city, Rostov on Don, because of homophobia sanctioned by Russia’s government.
Green MP Caroline Lucas: I am disappointed David Cameron has not taken a stronger stand against Russia’s anti-gay laws 13
2:16 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has written to Foreign Office Minister David Lidington expressing her “deep concerns” at Russia’s anti-gay legislation and says Britain should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics - unless its moved from Russia.
Stephen Fry compares Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre to Mussolini in Sochi argument 45
1:44 PM — The argument over the issue of recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia, and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has escalated, with Stephen Fry criticising the Daily Mail for what he called a "hate-piece", and comparing the paper's Editor Paul Dacre to Mussolini.
Ireland: Dublin prepares for LGBT Noise’s 5th Annual March for Marriage 22
12:48 PM — The fifth Irish March for Marriage is due to take place in Dublin city centre on this coming Sunday afternoon. Last year saw thousands gather for what was described as a lively and colourful demonstration calling for the Irish Republic to introduce marriage equality.
12th August 2013
Russian Interior Ministry confirms that gay rights activists will face arrest during Winter Olympic games 35
11:39 PM — The Russian Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the police, has confirmed that those who break Russia's ban on the promotion of gay lifestyles to minors will face arrest at the Sochi Winter Olympics Games next year.
French Sports Minister expresses ‘worry’ over Russian anti-gay law 8
11:32 PM — The French Sports Minister has said to her Russian counterpart she is "worried" by recently introduced anti-gay laws in the country.
Russian TV host denies homophobia after saying the hearts of gay men should not be used for organ donation 20
6:22 PM — A Russian TV host has denied homophobia, since he came under heavy criticism after footage emerged during which he said that 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”.
Olympics Committee member: ‘Russia must respect the Olympic Charter, or we will say goodbye to them’ 22
5:21 PM — During an interview with a senior member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) from last week, the question of whether to relocate the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics because of recently introduced anti-gay laws, was raised for the first time.
Russia confirms that anti-gay laws will be enforced during Sochi Winter Olympics 17
4:34 PM — The Interior Ministry in Russia has confirmed that recently introduced anti-gay legislation will remain in force during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.