12th August 2013
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.
German Foreign Minister: Treatment of gay people in Russia unacceptable 13
4:26 PM — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has criticised Russia's treatment of gay people, branding it unacceptable.
Video: Russian State-run TV host says ‘Gays’ hearts should be burned rather than used for organ donation’ 28
4:12 PM — Footage has emerged of a Russian State-run television host who is seen saying 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".
Sweden: Pedestrian crossing outside Russian embassy painted in rainbow colours 12
2:56 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm was late last week painted to rainbow colours, in what is being hailed as a protest against recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia.
Analysis: Why life is getting harder for LGBT Russians 6
2:22 PM — At the weekend's central London demonstration against Russia's anti-gay laws, PinkNews.co.uk spoke to PhD student Anna Grigoryeva on what life is like for her LGBT friends in Moscow.
Exclusive: Brian Paddick: ‘Putin can ignore us unless we do things that hurt the Russian economy’ 15
1:24 PM — Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk, Brian Paddick suggests hurting Russia’s economy is the only way of taking effective action against the country’s homophobic censorship laws..
Kaleidoscope Trust: Hate attacks have increased in Russia since the passing of anti-gay laws 16
11:42 AM — The Kaleidoscope Trust says there’s been an increase in violence against LGBT people in Russia following the passing of anti-gay legislation.
11th August 2013
Russian politician brands Stephen Fry as ‘sick’ and compares being gay to having sex with a dog 75
11:43 PM — One of the key architects of Russia's anti-gay laws has branded the actor, writer and campaigner Stephen Fry as "sick" and compared being gay to bestuality in an interview with the BBC.
Italy: 14-year-old commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying 37
4:29 PM — A fourteen-year-old in Rome has taken his own life because of anti-gay bullying, and struggles with finding acceptance of his sexuality.
10th August 2013
Stephen Fry tells PinkNews: ‘The way to stop a tyrant like Putin is to inconvenience him’ 55
10:23 PM — In a PinkNews exclusive interview, Stephen Fry says greater pressure needs to be placed on Russia regarding its position on LGBT rights and he's urging people to “mock” President Putin.
Stephen Fry: Olympic Athletes should perform a gesture to oppose Putin treating gays as sub-humans 56
4:22 PM — Speaking at the Whitehall protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws, Stephen Fry said that athletes taking part in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 should perform a simple gesture to show their solidarity with the LGBT community.
Photos: More than a thousand Londoners straight and gay protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws 17
3:00 PM — A protest against the treatment of LGBT people in Russia is currently underway in London near the official residence of the Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street. More than one thousand people have attended what is believed to be the largest gay rights protest in recent years.
Russia: Ex-deputy PM questioned over lawmaker’s ‘gay and oral phobias’ 6
11:32 AM — A former deputy prime minister of Russia, now a popular political blogger, reported on Facebook yesterday that he had been grilled by authorities about the "gay and oral phobias" of one of the lawmakers behind Russia's anti-LGBT propaganda law.
David Cameron tells Stephen Fry: I share your deep concern about the abuse of gay people in Russia 77
9:11 AM — The Prime Minister David Cameron has told the writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry that he shares his "deep concern about the abuse of gay people in Russia." Mr Cameron added that this abuse can be challenged by attending, not boycotting the Winter Olympics.
9th August 2013
US radio host: ‘Russia’s new laws are not homophobic, but homorealistic’ 38
11:32 PM — US christian radio host Bryan Fischer has weighed in on the international outcry surrounding recently passed Russian anti-gay laws, to say that Russia is simply "homorealistic", not homophobic.
US: NBC reassures gay and lesbian employees of safety during Winter Olympics 13
11:20 PM — US television network NBC has attempted to reassure its gay and lesbian employees who may work during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, that they will be kept safe despite the passage of anti-gay laws.
Obama: ‘If Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, it’ll probably make their team weaker’ 24
8:38 PM — US President Barack Obama has continued his criticism of Russia's anti-gay laws by arguing that a completely straight sports team is weaker than an inclusive team. He rejected calls for the United States to boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
LGBT sport groups urge IOC to make sure Winter Olympics are safe for gay athletes 6
5:39 PM — Several LGBT sport and human rights organisations have called on the International Olympic Committee to make sure the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia is safe for LGBT athletes to attend.