30th January 2013
Venice breaks cultural ties with St Petersburg over anti-gay law 7
12:20 PM — The Italian city of Venice has broken its cultural partnership with Russian city, St Petersburg, over an anti-gay law which was brought in a year ago.
25th January 2013
Russian national anti-gay law passes first reading 25
4:25 PM — On Friday, the Russian State Duma adopted the first reading of a homophobic censorship bill which would impose federal sanctions for the promotion of "gay propaganda".
Russian anti-gay bill goes to vote as activists clash and international groups protest 2
12:22 PM — An anti-"homosexual propaganda" bill is going to an initial vote today in the State Duma. Protesters outside the building clashed with Orthodox Church members, leading to arrests.
24th January 2013
Russia: Kaliningrad region approves anti-gay bill 9
6:47 PM — A bill forbidding "homosexual propaganda" has passed in the Kaliningrad outpost of Russia, similar to those passed in other areas of the country, which proposals suggested should be made national laws.
Russian Military searches for ‘penis face’ tattoos on soliders’ genitals and buttocks to indicate they’re gay 24
6:15 PM — Russian military officers have been told they should check the genitals of new recruits for tattoos that could indicate they are gay.
22nd January 2013
Russia: Initial hearing of anti-gay bill postponed a second time 3
11:53 AM — A proposed homophobic censorship bill in Russia that was due to enter its initial hearing has been postponed for a second time.
21st January 2013
Russia plans to outlaw ‘homosexual propaganda’ nationwide 18
4:30 PM — A Russian bill that could impose a heavy fine for anyone deemed to publicly promote homosexuality is being moved to a first vote.
20th January 2013
Angry crowd of fascists attack gay activists in Russian city of Voronezh 53
5:49 PM — Homophobic Russians have attacked gay activists in the city of Voronezh, the attacks have taken place following a protest against homophobic legislation in place in parts of the country and being considered in others.
19th December 2012
Moscow: Gay rights campaigners attacked outside Russian Parliament 1
2:56 PM — Gay rights campaigners have been attacked outside the Russian Parliament as lawmakers debate passing a federal homophobic law.
18th December 2012
Russian football club declines “stupid” fan club request to avoid gay or black players 7
1:12 PM — The director of sports at a Russian football club has declined the request of its largest fan club to discriminate against gay and black players.
17th December 2012
Russian football fan club: Please, no gay or black players in our team 20
12:35 PM — A group representing the supporters of a Russian football team say they don’t want gay or black players in their team – but deny it’s got anything to do with bigotry.
13th December 2012
European Parliament puts pressure on Russia and Ukraine to drop anti-gay laws 2
2:05 PM — The European Parliament today adopted two resolutions calling on Russia and Ukraine to abandon their LGBT censorship plans.
12th December 2012
Lady Gaga defies anti-gay Russian law and speaks up for LGBT rights 5
2:00 PM — A political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking legal action against American pop star Lady Gaga for promoting LGBT rights to minors during a concert.
8th December 2012
Lady Gaga thanks Russian Prime Minister for his softer stance on gay people 19
12:26 PM — The singer Lady Gaga has posted two messages of support for the anti-homophobia comments made by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
7th December 2012
Russian Prime Minister says there is no reason to “regulate” homosexuality 13
3:39 PM — The Russian Prime Minister has said that he doesn't see any reason why homosexuality should be banned legally in the country, and that it is not an big issue for many Russians.
29th November 2012
Venice looks to suspend partnership with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws 9
1:29 PM — The Venice Municipal Council is currently considering ending a partnership with the Russian city of St Petersburg over the latter’s recently adopted anti-gay laws.
23rd November 2012
Chris Bryant accuses Russian officials of ‘smears’ and of circulating underwear photo 62
5:13 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has claimed he is the victim of a homophobic smear campaign by the Russian Embassy in London after a website published an old image of him wearing just his underwear.
22nd November 2012
Madonna acquitted of breaking Russian anti-gay law 12
5:08 PM — Charges that Madonna broke a homophobic censorship ban in the Russian city of St Petersburg have been dropped – at the same time lawmakers in Moscow have vetoed a proposed anti-gay bill.
25th October 2012
Lady Gaga to face anti-gay Russian legal backlash 10
9:26 PM — The media circus of LGBT-supporting stars facing the legal wrath of anti-gay opponents in the Russia’s St Petersburg shows no sign of dying down, with predictions that Lady Gaga will be next.
17th October 2012
Madonna ordered to appear in Russian court for breaking anti-gay law 43
9:18 PM — Madonna has been sent a summons to appear in a Russian court for breaking St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, during her concert in the city, earlier this summer.