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The Russian lawmaker who last month introduced new anti-gay legislation to strip gay couples of parental rights has now withdrawn the bill from the Russian Duma, saying he plans to resubmit a revised version at a later date.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.
11th September 2013
Russia: 51% of population would not ‘under any circumstances’ want a gay neighbour or work colleague 20
2:49 PM — According to a new opinion survey researching national identity in Russia, just over half the Russian population would not "under any circumstances" want to see a gay person as a neighbour or as a work colleague.
Gay figure skater fears he could be ‘beat up on streets’ in Russia – but still opposes Olympics boycott 47
10:43 AM — Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir has appeared on television wearing Russian military uniform to say he is still against "any kind" of boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, despite fears "I could be beat up on the streets and no one would protect me."
9th September 2013
Russia: Sochi organisers persuade Olympics Committee to help ‘stop this campaign’ over anti-gay laws 42
10:41 AM — The head of the Sochi Olympics has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to "stop this campaign and this speculation" over Russia's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws.
8th September 2013
Russia: Lesbian activist pleads mass asylum over anti-gay laws — ‘get us the hell out of here’ 54
1:38 PM — A lesbian journalist and activist living in Russia has said that anti-gay violence and legislation has gotten so bad for the country, their only hope now is to get as many LGBT citizens to asylum as possible.
6th September 2013
President Obama set to meet Russian gay rights activist today 1
12:28 PM — US President Barack Obama is today set to meet Russian LGBT activist while attending the G20 summit that is currently taking place in Russia.
David Cameron ‘raised concerns about gay rights’ at G20 meeting with Vladimir Putin 15
9:59 AM — In his meeting with Vladimir Putin at G20 last night, Prime Minister David Cameron reveals he has "raised concerns" with the Russian President about the country's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
5th September 2013
Russian pole vault champion to keep Olympic youth ambassador role despite homophobic comments 19
7:20 PM — Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is to keep her role as Olympic youth ambassador despite homophobic comments she made last month while competing at the World Athletics Championship.
Where do each of the G20 countries stand on LGBT rights? 36
3:23 PM — Today 20 of the world's leading economies meet to discuss issues of global importance, the G20 summit is to take place in Russia which has found itself at the centre of an international storm of controversy over its law which bans the promotion of "non traditional" relationships.
Olympic Committee President: We are powerless to Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws 24
11:11 AM — International Olympics Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge said there is little he can do to influence Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
4th September 2013
Amnesty International: G20 leaders must reject Russia’s anti-gay laws 2
5:01 PM — Amnesty International is urging leaders meeting at the St Petersburg G20 summit on Thursday to condemn Russia’s notorious anti-gay "propaganda" law and do all in their power to persuade authorities to scrap it.