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:
The 25 most shocking anti-gay stories from Russia so far 8
1:16 PM — Anti-gay violence and gay "propaganda" laws in Russia have drawn widespread public attention in the media recently. However, these attacks and others like them have had a longstanding history.
US: Gay men’s retail store features gay Jewish Holocaust mannequin to campaign Russia’s anti-gay laws 1
10:32 AM — A gay men's retail store in West Hollywood, Los Angeles has stirred controversy recently, after featuring a window display mannequin dressed up in the clothes of a gay, Jewish Holocaust victim.
6th February 2014
Madonna: World should stand up against Putin’s ‘blatant intolerance of gay rights’ 25
4:52 PM — Madonna has blasted Vladimir Putin's "blatant intolerance of gay rights", and revealed she got got death threats for performing in Russia.
Russia: Punishment halted against middle school girl accused of spreading gay ‘propaganda’ 9
4:37 PM — Russian authorities have halted punishing a middle school girl accused of spreading gay "propaganda" among classmates, reportedly due to negative publicity.
Channel 4′s ‘rainbow branded’ message to Olympic athletes is something you don’t want to miss 18
3:31 PM — With the Sochi Olympic Games on the horizon and tensions high over Russian anti-gay laws, it seems Channel 4 has the right idea when it comes to supporting gay athletes at the eleventh hour.
Labour MP Chris Bryant: I’m embarrassed the UK is not including gay people in its Olympic delegation 8
2:01 PM — Chris Bryant has condemned the government for failing to include any LGBT people in the Olympic delegation, and jokes President Putin should “stop wandering around” with his shirt off as he risks arrest.
Once you see Canada’s response to Russian anti-gay laws you’ll never look at luging the same way again 16
12:56 PM — Just one day away from the Sochi Winter Games, the world is in furore over Russian laws prohibiting gay "propaganda," but this Canadian institute reminds us how there is always an exception to any rule.
Paul O’Grady slams Russia’s ‘Nazi-style’ anti-gay laws outside Downing Street 11
12:46 PM — Paul O'Grady has spoken out against Russia's "fascist" anti-gay laws, and condemned the Olympic sponsors for not doing enough on the issue.
More than 200 leading authors condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws as a ‘chokehold’ on freedom of speech 4
12:10 PM — More than 200 of the world’s leading authors have signed an open letter to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws as a "chokehold" on free speech.
Russia: Prosecutors investigating children’s library book about cultural diversity for gay ‘propaganda’ 2
11:00 AM — Prosecutors in Russia are investigating whether a children's library book about tolerance cultural diversity contains alleged gay "propaganda," it has been reported.
Ban Ki-moon to Olympic Committee: ‘We must all raise our voices’ over anti-gay attacks in Russia 10
10:27 AM — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has addressed the International Olympic Committee just one day before the start of the Winter Games in Sochi, saying "we must all raise our voices" over anti-gay attacks.
Russian deputy Prime Minister: Gay athletes should ‘leave the kids alone’ 40
10:03 AM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has confirmed Vladimir Putin's warning to gay athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics, asking them to "leave the kids alone."
5th February 2014
Watch a politician cut up his Visa card in protest at Russian Sochi Olympics sponsorship 13
11:38 PM — Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman stunned the European Parliament today by publicly cutting up his Visa card in protest at the company's sponsorship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
NBA star John Amaechi: Sochi athletes should break their ‘silence’ and condemn anti-gay laws in Russia 6
4:16 PM — Retired basketball star John Amaechi has condemned those who do not speak up about anti-gay laws in Russia, saying that "silence in the face of attendance in Sochi is complicity."