14th November 2013
Video: Russian officials spy on LGBT activist meeting to portray Western ‘homosexualist infiltration’ 9
5:08 PM — Russian officials bugged a private strategy meeting of LGBT activists recently, and used the recording as part of a public television exposé on the “threat to Russia” posed by the “homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.”
Russia: Newspaper accused of ‘gay propaganda’ for reporting of gay teacher’s sacking 14
2:13 PM — Russia's state media regulator has accused a newspaper of breaking the country's gay "propaganda" law because it published an article about a teacher who was fired for being gay.
11th November 2013
Russia: Activist campaigning against ‘police state’ arrested after stapling testicles to cobblestone 21
1:26 PM — A man in Moscow was arrested and hospitalised recently after he stripped naked and stapled his testicles to a cobblestone pavement, in protest of what he called Russia's recent descent into a "police state" which follows the passage of anti-gay laws.
Dutch foreign minister: Russia does not prosecute against gay people – there is ‘no ground for asylum’ 15
11:59 AM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said he was "misquoted" in an earlier report claiming LGBT Russians facing discrimination may apply for asylum in his country, now saying gay people are not "prosecuted" in Russia, so there is no ground for asylum in the Netherlands.
8th November 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas says ‘nothing should hold back’ gay athletes wanting to compete in Sochi 2014 7
5:07 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas has said that "nothing should hold back" gay athletes who want to compete in the Sochi 2014 winter olympics, despite laws in Russia prohibiting the promotion of gay "propaganda."
Host of Moscow Miss Universe slams Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 10
11:59 AM — An openly gay US television host due to present the Miss Universe contest in Moscow has recently condemned Russia's notorious anti-gay "propaganda" legislation, calling it a "dark time" for the country.
6th November 2013
Russia: Arkhangelsk is the first region to repeal local anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 13
1:38 PM — The north Russian region Arkhangelsk has become the first to repeal its local ban on "homosexual propaganda" to minors following two years of enforcement.
Russia: Lawmaker who compared being gay to having sex with a dog ‘welcomes all’ to Moscow 2016 Dog Show 7
12:34 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has said all people are "welcome" to the annual World Dog Show regardless of their sexual orientation, which is set to be held in Moscow in 2016.
26th October 2013
Gay former figure skater Johnny Weir on Russia’s anti-gay laws: ‘You have to respect the culture’ 48
12:35 PM — Former figure skater Johnny Weir will be heading to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi as a sports commentator after he failed to register for the national championships, but said he will not be campaigning Russia's anti-gay laws in any way as "you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting."
23rd October 2013
US: Conservative activists say anti-gay violence in Russia is the fault of victims’ ‘public kissing’ 32
2:01 PM — Two US conservatives have defended bouts of anti-gay violence in Russia by claiming that they are "the natural way people react to homosexuality."
20th October 2013
Russian MP withdraws bill to deprive gay and lesbian couples of parenting rights 17
10:54 AM — The Russian lawmaker who last month introduced new anti-gay legislation to strip gay couples of parental rights has now withdrawn the bill from the Russian Duma, saying he plans to resubmit a revised version at a later date.
6th October 2013
Russia: Moscow Times features pro-gay Swedish fashion advertisement 6
1:50 PM — A Swedish fashion company has defied anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia by managing to feature a pro-gay advertisement in Moscow Times.
29th September 2013
Actress Tilda Swinton donates over £1000 to funeral for prominent Russian gay rights activist 11
1:06 PM — British actress Tilda Swinton has donated over £1000 to the funeral of Russian gay rights activist Alexey Davydov, who died last week aged 36.
15th September 2013
Russia: Viral video allegedly shows gay student beaten, stripped, and raped with bottle at gunpoint 38
12:46 PM — A series of short clips currently circulating on the social media service WhatsApp reportedly show a student in Russia being forced to admit he is gay at gunpoint, then being stripped, beaten, and raped with a bottle by a gang of anti-gay "vigilantes."
Russia: ‘Olympic Truce’ altered after pressure from United Nations to include gay equality 26
12:19 PM — Russia has altered its version of the "Olympic Truce" to a more inclusive statement after UN members criticised the original draft for leaving out gay people, although it still fails to mention sexual orientation specifically.
13th September 2013
Shropshire Star mocks PinkNews founder’s parents who campaigned in Russia against anti-gay laws 39
5:18 PM — A local Shropshire paper has taken a side swipe at the parents of Benjamin Cohen, PinkNews founder, who recently staged an impromptu gay rights protest in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the birthplace of the country’s recently passed anti-gay laws.
Russia: Top lawyer comes out as bisexual and transgender against anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 19
12:38 PM — A top lawyer in Russia has come out as both bisexual and transgender against the country's notorious anti-gay law banning "homosexual propaganda," declaring "it is a fascist law" that targets children and creates marginalised social groups.
Russia: Film about gay love approved by culture ministry and awarded two prizes despite anti-gay laws 9
11:03 AM — Russian film critics have commended the bravery of a film about two men falling in love for standing against anti-gay "propaganda" laws, after it was both approved release by the country's culture ministry and awarded two prizes at separate film festivals.
12th September 2013
Rupert Everett: Russian anti-gay laws have forced gay community ‘into a life of petty criminality’ 10
3:24 PM — British actor Rupert Everett, who last month said he agreed to a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, has spoken out about his time spent living in Russia, saying that anti-gay laws have turned the gay community into "gypsies, tramps and thieves."
Obama was ‘energised and inspired’ by Russian gay activists at G20 meet in St Petersburg 5
10:09 AM — As President Obama met with nine LGBT activists during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit earlier this month, he was so "energised intellectually and inspired" by their talks, the meeting lasted twice as long as expected.