21st February 2014
UK survey: Majority of social media mentions about Olympic Sponsors criticise Russian anti-gay laws
12:09 PM — According to a recent social media review, a vast majority of UK talk about Olympic Sponsors Coca-Cola, Visa, and McDonald's has focused exclusively on their failure to address anti-gay laws in Russia.
Russia: Social network page accused of breaking anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws acquitted of charges
11:01 AM — A woman accused of breaking Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" laws for setting up a pro-LGBT support page has now been acquitted of charges.
18th February 2014
Olympic Committee defends arrest of Italian transgender former MP over rainbow demonstration at Sochi 12
10:42 AM — The International Olympic Committee has defended the arrest of a transgender Italian former MP who was recently seen demonstrating at the Sochi arena against Russia's anti-gay laws.
16th February 2014
Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff targeted with onslaught of anti-gay hate tweets 8
2:24 PM — Lesbian Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has revealed she has been the target of an onslaught of vicious anti-gay hate tweets, including messages saying she should "break a leg and get locked in the slammer."
Yoweri Museveni defends anti-gay bill with scientific report describing homosexuality as ‘abnormal’ 23
1:27 PM — The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has defended his decision to sign into law a bill which toughens punishments for gay people in the country, quoting a "scientific" study which calls homosexuality an "abnormal behaviour."
Billie Jean King to attend Winter Olympic closing ceremony 1
12:57 PM — Retired Tennis champion Billie Jean King is now set to attend the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics as part of the US delegation following the death of her mother.
14th February 2014
Russia blocked an Olympian’s website for ‘gay propaganda’ after seeing this picture 21
12:46 PM — Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps' website has been blocked in Russia, after he posted a picture of his bobsled team in their pants.
13th February 2014
Video: Jimmy Kimmel hits back at Olympic lugers who complained about ‘gay’ ad 5
5:41 PM — Jimmy Kimmel has struck back at Olympic lugers who complained about an advert that said their sport was 'a little bit gay'.
12th February 2014
Russian embassy says anti-gay attacks are no more severe than the UK’s ‘abuse’ of ginger people 68
11:01 AM — Russian diplomats have condemned a recent Channel 4 documentary about anti-gay attacks in the country, saying a similar film could have been made out of the UK's "abuse" towards ginger people.
11th February 2014
US: Olympian attacks Canadian ‘gay luge’ advert 22
6:34 PM — US Olympic luger Christian Niccum has attacked a Canadian ad which mocks his sport for being 'a little bit gay'.
Russia: Pussy Riot members ‘could run for parliament’ 2
6:33 PM — Two Pussy Riot members have said they might run for parliament.
Eight US states still have ‘gay propaganda’ laws in schools 7
2:59 PM — Eight US states still have laws that prohibit the promotion of homosexuality in schools.
10th February 2014
The 10 best pro-gay Russia Olympic parodies so far 4
5:46 PM — As the Olympic games get underway in Russia, the internet has lined up to mock, laugh at and gently poke Vladimir Putin's regime. We take a look at the ten of the best pro-gay parodies so far.
Team GB Boss: We won’t stop athletes from protesting in Sochi
10:34 AM — The boss of the Team GB Winter Olympic squad has said he will not stand in the way of athletes who want to protest.
9th February 2014
Lesbian Sochi athlete says fuss over anti-gay laws Russia is ‘blown up bigger than it is’ 1
2:28 PM — Lesbian Austrian ski jumper and gay rights advocate Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says that the fuss over anti-gay laws in Russia is being blown out of proportion, despite reports of over 60 arrests and beatings against demonstrators since the games began.
Tom Daley ‘to boycott’ Moscow diving competition over anti-gay laws in Russia 1
1:58 PM — The British Olympic diving star Tom Daley is reportedly planning "to boycott" a diving competition in Moscow later this year over anti-gay laws in Russia.
International Olympic Committee defends arrests and beatings of Russian gay activists
12:40 PM — The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police arrested at least 61 demonstrators on the opening day of the Sochi Winter Games, despite reports of apparent beatings and threats of sexual violence.
7th February 2014
Russian Olympic team walk out to ‘faux-lesbian’ pop duo t.A.T.u at opening ceremony 1
7:35 PM — The Russian Olympic team walked out to the music of 'lesbian' pop duo t.A.T.u. at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
Russia: Gay Dutch snowboarder is first to protest at Olympics 3
3:34 PM — A Dutch snowboarder is the first athlete to protest against Russia's anti-gay laws, at an Olympic event in Sochi yesterday.
The Guardian joins Google and Channel 4 with rainbow rebranding to support Sochi Olympics
3:29 PM — Marking the beginning of the Sochi Winter Games amid controversy around Russian anti-gay laws, The Guardian newspaper showed its solidarity today with a rainbow pride-themed rebranding: