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.
Sweden: More female same-sex couples marry than male 7
12:43 AM — In Sweden, female same-sex couples are more likely to marry than male, statistics published on friday indicate.
26th July 2013
Petition calls for Manchester to cut cultural ties with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws 20
5:32 PM — A petition has been started to have Manchester City Council cut its cultural ties with Russian city St Petersburg, over recently passed anti-gay legislation in Russia.
Russia: LGBT film festival loses appeal against fines under ‘foreign agent’ laws 2
4:30 PM — A Russian LGBT film festival has lost an appeal against fines made against it under new controversial 'foreign agent' laws.
Canada: Vancouver bars join ‘dump Russia vodka’ campaign over anti-gay laws 9
2:49 PM — At least two bars in Vancouver have joined the battle against the controversial Russian anti-gay “propaganda” laws by refusing to sell Russian made vodka.
Russia: Gay teenagers tortured and made to come out on video by militant ‘anti-paedophilia’ group 123
2:18 PM — A neo-Nazi Russian group has taken to social media to publicise images and videos of gay teenagers lured in on the promise of a date, before torturing them and forcing them to come out to friends and family on video.
US: Stoli vodka ‘upset and angry’ at Russian anti-gay laws 23
12:08 PM — Stolichnaya, one of the most popular vodkas in the United States, has joined the battle against the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia with a worldwide message of support for the LGBT community.
24th July 2013
Petition calls for British boycott of Russian Winter Olympics because of anti-gay laws 13
5:06 PM — A petition has been started with a view to having the British Olympics Association boycott the Russian Winter Olympics next year, in the wake of the passage of anti-gay legislation.
Denmark: Forum established to help more LGBT people from ethnic minority groups come out 7
4:28 PM — A new national forum will be launched in Denmark, in order to help LGBT people come out to their friends and family.
Italy: Gay activists to campaign against ‘dangerous’ anti-homophobia bill 2
3:28 PM — LGBT activists have criticised the new bill set to criminalise homophobic hate crimes in Italy, saying that it is a "dangerous compromise" that will not change homophobic attitudes in the country.
Montenegro: Anti-gay demonstrators cause violence at first ever pride event, and chant ‘kill the gays’ 6
1:38 PM — Rocks and bottles were thrown by dozens of anti-gay protesters at Montenegro's first ever pride event on Wednesday.