6th February 2014
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."
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.
UN children’s rights panel calls for annulment of harmfully ‘vague’ anti-gay laws in Russia 4
2:59 PM — A United Nations panel on children's rights has called for the annulment of laws banning gay "propaganda" in Russia, saying they encourage both violence and discrimination.
US Olympic figure skater condemns anti-gay law, but praises ‘rainbow colourful’ venue of Sochi Games 3
2:18 PM — US Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner has praised the "colourful venue" of the Sochi Winter Games, suggesting that it reminds her of the rainbow-coloured pride flag.
US: AT&T speaks out as the first Olympic sponsor to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
1:41 PM — US Olympic Committee sponsor AT&T has spoken out to condemn Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympic 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.
‘Mayor’ of Sochi Olympic village: It ‘doesn’t make sense’ to campaign Winter Games over anti-gay laws 12
10:11 AM — Russian former Olympic speed skating champion Svetlana Zhurova has called for the Sochi Winter Games to be about athletics rather than protests, as she thinks campaigning the country's anti-gay laws holds no interest for spectators at the event.
4th February 2014
‘Protest beer’ mocking anti-gay legislation in Russia sent to President Vladimir Putin 4
12:39 PM — A new "protest beer" said to mock Russia's notorious anti-gay laws has been sent directly to President Vladimir Putin.
Olympic President says IOC cannot act as ‘world government’ to resolve anti-gay laws in Russia 20
10:55 AM — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said he welcomes discussions about the issue of Russia's anti-gay legislation in the lead up to the Sochi Games, but the IOC cannot act as a "world government" to "impose measures on a sovereign state."
Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff says her parents are ‘so worried’ about Sochi Games 5
10:20 AM — In the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics this week, lesbian Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has spoken up about how "worried" her parents are for her safety due to anti-gay laws in the host country.
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.