5th February 2014
Ireland: RTE boss defends €85k payout to Catholic anti-gay marriage group over ‘homophobe’ row 30
5:34 PM — RTE has blamed Ireland's defamation laws over the decision to pay a €85,000 libel settlement to journalists and a right-wing Catholic think-tank, following the comments of a drag artist on one of its shows.
Russia: ‘Lesbian’ duo t.A.T.u tipped for Olympics opening ceremony 2
4:04 PM — The Russian pop duo t.A.T.u have been tipped to perform at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.
Russia: Gay Norwegian minister will take husband to Sochi Games 4
2:28 PM — A gay Norwegian minister has confirmed that he and his husband will be attending on behalf of Norway at the Sochi Paralympic Games.
Channel 4′s Hunted – the Russian gangs who hunt gays for sport 43
1:19 PM — A few days before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the safety of the Russian gay community is worse than ever. Channel 4's harrowing new documentary, Hunted, follows the Russian gangs that hunt gay men for sport.
Shadow Foreign Minister: The UK Government must challenge Russia on LGBT rights at the Winter Olympics 4
12:50 PM — Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalites, Maria Miller, has to raise the issue of LGBT rights when she travels to Sochi for the Winter Games.
4th February 2014
Graham Norton: ‘Unbelievable’ that anti-gay marriage group were paid damages for being called ‘homophobes’ 11
6:19 PM — Graham Norton has criticised Irish broadcaster RTÉ for paying €85,000 in damages to an anti-gay marriage group, after a drag artist labelled them "homophobes".
Lib Dem MEP blasts Tories and UKIP for not backing LGBT roadmap 3
4:19 PM — Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has criticised Tory and UKIP MEPs for abstaining over European proposals to tackle LGBT discrimination.
French President condemned for shelving lesbian IVF rights 3
3:24 PM — Francois Hollande has been accused of caving in to homophobes after shelving legislation that would have legalised medically assisted procreation for lesbian couples.
Downing Street protest to be staged on Wednesday over Russia’s anti-gay laws
11:06 AM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Wednesday against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
3rd February 2014
Russia: Gay dating app blocked, users threatened with arrest 24
6:21 PM — A Russian gay dating app has been blocked, with users threatened with arrest and imprisonment under the anti-gay propaganda law.
Italian Prime Minister promises to raise Russia’s anti-gay laws at Olympics 6
2:22 PM — Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta says he will raise the issue of Russia’s anti-gay laws during his trip to the Winter Olympics.
Ireland: Anti-gay marriage group win damages after drag queen calls them homophobes 68
1:34 PM — Ireland's state broadcaster RTÉ has been forced to pay out €85,000 (£70,000) in damages to journalists and members of the Iona Institute, after they were labelled 'homophobes' on a chat show.
This drag queen’s brilliant response to homophobia will move you to tears 90
12:52 PM — Ireland's "most fabulous" drag queen Panti Bliss has issued a remarkable speech about homophobia in the Irish national theater, the Abbey.
France: Tens of thousands protest in Paris and Lyon against ‘family phobic’ equal marriage 14
10:52 AM — Tens of thousands of protesters were reported to have marched in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against the French government’s legalisation of same-sex marriage.
2nd February 2014
Bosnia: Three injured after hooded men attack Sarajevo queer film screening 7
12:18 PM — Three people were injured at a Sarajevo queer film screening on Saturday, after several "hooligans" stormed the cinema wearing hoods and balaclavas.
31st January 2014
Australian Olympics boss: ‘Athletes should keep protests off the podium in Russia’ 31
7:12 PM — The head of the Australian Olympic committee has told the country's athletes to keep protests 'off the podium' at the Winter Olympics in Russia next week.
Russia: Woman charged under anti-gay law over social network page 3
7:08 PM — A woman has been charged under Russia's anti-gay laws for setting up a pro-LGBT group on social networking site Vkontakte.
30th January 2014
Russia: Newspaper editor fined under anti-gay law for printing ‘being gay is normal’ 16
7:41 PM — A Russian newspaper editor has been fined 50,000 roubles (£860) under the 'gay propaganda' law for printing that "being gay is normal".
Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle: ‘We can’t ignore homophobic Russian laws at Sochi’ 2
12:45 PM — The Shadow leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle has spoken out about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics and has asked for the Government to outline what will be done to express those views.
29th January 2014
UK government channeling support to Russian LGBT activists to fight oppression 12
10:38 PM — The UK is sending a message to Russia that "very clearly that as a country we believe in freedom of speech and we believe in the importance of universal human rights."