6th September 2013
Amnesty International: Ukraine’s attempt to ignore anti-gay discrimination is ‘unacceptable’ 12
4:40 PM — The Human Rights organisation Amnesty International has said that Ukraine's recent bid to release itself from EU obligations to legislate against homophobia is an "outrageous" attempt to deny equal rights in the country.
Malta: Law restricting IVF to opposite-sex couples slammed as ‘unashamedly homophobic’ 4
4:00 PM — Gay rights activists in Malta have criticised a new IVF law as "unashamedly homophobic" because it denies access to medical services to all but opposite-sex couples.
France: Official investigation launched into ‘#gaysmustdie’ tweets 2
12:54 PM — Prosecutors in France have launched an official investigation into a flurry of homophobic tweets sent using the hashtags #gaysmustdie, and #letsburngays.
Vatican denies widespread reports that Pope called gay student to say being gay ‘doesn’t matter’ 15
12:37 PM — The Vatican has moved quickly to "absolutely deny", widespread reports that Pope Francis personally phoned a gay student in Toulouse to say it "doesn't matter", whether he is gay or not.
5th September 2013
Gay rights activists hold individual protests in St Petersburg to gain attention of G20 leaders 4
7:16 PM — Around a dozen human rights activists have conducted individual protests against Russian anti-gay laws in St Petersburg, on the same day the G20 government leaders arrived in the city.
Irish Foreign Minister: We ‘strongly disagree’ with Russian anti-gay laws and will stand against them 3
4:28 PM — Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore has responded to calls from a number of gay activist groups over the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia, saying the government "strongly disagrees" with the legislation and is exploring actions to take against it.
Where do each of the G20 countries stand on LGBT rights? 36
3:23 PM — Today 20 of the world's leading economies meet to discuss issues of global importance, the G20 summit is to take place in Russia which has found itself at the centre of an international storm of controversy over its law which bans the promotion of "non traditional" relationships.
Russian lawmaker introduces bill to deprive gay and lesbian people of parenting rights 22
12:39 PM — A Russian lawmaker has submitted to the Russian Duma a piece of legislation which seeks to have the parental rights of gay people removed.
4th September 2013
Denmark: Petition with over 50,000 signatures delivered to Russian embassy against anti-gay law 3
3:16 PM — Today Amnesty International and To Russia with Love Denmark held a meeting with the Russian Embassy in Denmark and delivered more than 50,000 Danish signatures in protest against the new homophobic law in Russia.
William Hague: ‘Britain must stick to its values and not retreat on issues like gay rights in Russia’ 15
12:59 PM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken out against anti-gay laws in Russia to say that Britain's foreign policy must have "a conscience", and that it is in the nature of Britain to "stand up for human rights overseas."
Vladimir Putin: Tchaikovsky was gay, and Russians still love him 29
10:27 AM — Vladimir Putin, who in June signed a law banning 'gay propaganda' in Russia, has sought to reassure concerns about athletes who display rainbow flags during the 2014 Winter Olympics, urging that there is no discrimination against gay people in his country.
3rd September 2013
Photos: Thousands protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws at London’s Whitehall 4
7:00 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. Here are a selection of the latest photographs.
Comment: With all eyes on anti-gay Russia, there are three countries with a shocking need for coverage 24
6:44 PM — Paul Canning looks critically at media coverage of the LGBT situation in Russia, highlighting other areas around the globe where hate crimes and violence have also soared, yet where media coverage is still minimal.
Spain: Doctor to be sued after telling patient she could ‘cure’ his homosexuality 9
3:59 PM — A doctor in Spain is to be sued after telling a young gay man she could "cure" his homosexuality, and that he was "too masculine" to get it into his head that he was gay.
France: Actor Alain Delon says men are meant to ‘woo women’ not ‘pick up guys’ 42
1:51 PM — French actor Alain Delon, who was once described as France's answer to James Dean, has said that being gay is against nature, and that men are here to "love a woman" and not to "flirt with or get picked up by guys."
Foreign Office confirms David Cameron will raise Russian anti-gay laws with Putin at G20 10
1:33 PM — Prime Minster David Cameron is to raise concerns over Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June, when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this week's G20 meeting in St Petersburg.
Ireland: Gay activists urge leaders to take clear measures against Russian anti-gay laws
1:12 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has urged leaders in Ireland to take a clear stance on their intended actions against Russia's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
My parents who believe that being gay is OK went to Russia and this is what they did 23
12:42 PM — The parents of PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen have performed an impromptu gay rights protest in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the birthplace of the country's recently passed anti-gay laws. Here he explains what they did.
2nd September 2013
Obama to meet gay Russian activists while in St Petersburg for G20 14
10:28 PM — President Barack Obama is reportedly to meet LGBT activists in the Russian city of St Petersburg during his trip to the city as part of a G20 Heads of Government meeting.
Italy: Gay rights group calls on government to break ‘silence’ over Russian anti-gay law
7:03 PM — An Italian gay rights group on Monday called on the Italian Government to break its "silence", on the issue of anti-gay laws introduced in June.