29th August 2013
Russian artist who painted Putin in women’s underwear flees to France for political asylum 18
5:35 PM — The artist behind a painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing women's clothes which was seized by police earlier this week, has fled Russia seeking political asylum.
27th August 2013
Police seize painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin wearing women’s underwear 50
7:22 PM — Police in the Russian city of St Petersburg have seized a number of pieces of art, including a satirical portrait of President Vladimir Putin wearing women's underwear for violating undetermined laws.
Home of Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseyev raided by police 17
4:21 PM — Police in Moscow have reportedly searched the home of the Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseyev.
26th August 2013
IOC Vice President: There will be no discrimination at the Sochi Winter Olympics 34
7:03 PM — A Vice President of the IOC says he’s confident the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators will be protected at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ireland: Non-sexually active gay man told he cannot donate blood 13
6:04 PM — A young gay man in Ireland claims he has been discriminated against from giving blood, despite never being sexually active.
Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy 30
1:42 PM — Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.
25th August 2013
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.
24th August 2013
Russia: Putin critic vows to allow gay pride rallies in Moscow if elected as Mayor 13
8:30 PM — One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics has said gay pride marches would be permitted in Moscow, if he is elected as the city's next Mayor.
23rd August 2013
Russia: Vladimir Putin signs decree banning protests for duration of Sochi games 38
5:00 PM — A decree banning demonstrations and rallies has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will take place over the duration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Video: Ten thousand march in Copenhagen against anti-gay laws in Russia 16
1:08 PM — Five times the number of participants than were expected took to the streets of Copenhagen earlier this week to protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and anti-gay laws passed in Russia.
22nd August 2013
Belgian fashion designer launches pro-gay boxer shorts to humiliate Putin 22
6:54 PM — Belgian designer Kristof Buntinx has launched a new range of boxer shorts featuring Russian symbols that will be marketed at gay men.
US journalist says Russian state TV told pre-arranged taxi to dump him on a highway 11
1:05 PM — A US reporter who appeared on Russian state-funded television yesterday, refused to talk about Bradley Manning, and instead using his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country before being cut off, has now accused the network of telling a Swedish taxi driver to drop him off on a highway.
21st August 2013
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller comes out as gay and declines Russian film premiere 37
11:23 PM — British-born American actor Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in a letter sent to the St Petersburg International Film Festival.
Video: Reporter cut off on Russian state TV: ‘Gay people will not be silent in the face of repression’ 26
7:05 PM — A US reporter invited onto Russian state-funded TV to talk about Bradley Manning who used his time to speak out against the repression of LGBT people in the country was cut off by the host, but not before saying "we're not going to be silent of horrific repression".
Award-winning German playwright rejects invitation to Moscow over anti-gay laws 14
4:04 PM — A German playwright has joined in an international boycott of Russia because of its anti-gay laws, after he refused to visit the country for a performance of his play.
Norway: Rainbow crossing pops up outside Russian embassy in Oslo 9
1:17 PM — A pedestrian crossing outside the Russian embassy in Oslo has been coloured in with rainbow colours, the latest in a string of installations to protest Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June.
Alice Arnold: ‘Britain’s homophobia needs to be tackled before Russia’s’ 47
12:03 PM — Former BBC Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says “Britain's homophobia needs to be tackled before we turn to Russia's.”
20th August 2013
US: Amusement park cancels wedding contest after protest as it excluded gay couples 3
7:09 PM — A US amusement park has cancelled a wedding contest following a protest by a gay couple who complained as it excluded same-sex couples.
Sweden: Olympic Committee bans political protests against anti-gay legislation at Sochi Olympics 25
2:27 PM — The head of Sweden's Olympic Committee, Stefan Lindeberg has ruled that political protests against Russia's anti-gay legislation will not be tolerated at the Sochi Olympics next year.
London to stage September protest against homophobia in Russia 6
2:09 PM — Another demonstration against Russia’s anti-gay laws is due to take place in central London next month two days before the G20 summit opens in the Russian city of St Petersburg.