12th September 2013
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.
US: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively continues to praise Vladimir Putin as an ‘unlikely hero’ 11
2:59 PM — In a follow up to his letter warning Vladimir Putin that anti-gay "propaganda" laws in Russia may not be enough, anti-gay activist Scott Lively has released a bizarre tirade on his blog praising Putin as an "unlikely hero" and invoking "the battle we waged together against Nazism".
Russia: Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseyev seeks urgent meeting with Vladimir Putin 4
12:25 PM — Gay rights activist and Russian pride organiser Nikolai Alekseyev has officially requested a meeting with Vladimir Putin after the President claimed he was willing to speak with members of the LGBT community in a recent interview.
Vladimir Putin: Tchaikovsky was gay, and Russians still love him 29
10:27 AM — Vladimir Putin, who in June signed a law banning 'gay propaganda' in Russia, has sought to reassure concerns about athletes who display rainbow flags during the 2014 Winter Olympics, urging that there is no discrimination against gay people in his country.
3rd September 2013
Foreign Office confirms David Cameron will raise Russian anti-gay laws with Putin at G20 10
1:33 PM — Prime Minster David Cameron is to raise concerns over Russia's anti-gay laws introduced in June, when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this week's G20 meeting in St Petersburg.
Canadian speed skater attacks Russia’s anti-gay law and admits she’s ‘proud to be gay’ 6
1:02 PM — Canadian Olympic hopeful, Anastasia Bucsis has admitted that she is proud to be gay and has spoken out against Russia's gay propaganda law
2nd September 2013
US: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively warns Vladimir Putin Russian ‘gay propaganda’ laws are not enough 30
4:48 PM — Scott Lively, an anti-gay activist who previously supported the Ugandan 'kill the gays' bill, wrote an open latter to President Vladimir Putin this month telling him more can be done with Russia's notorious anti-gay laws.
Russia: First person to be convicted under anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law arrested by his own parents 51
1:42 PM — 24-year-old Dmitry Isakov may become the first gay rights activist to be convicted under Russia's controversial "gay propanda" laws, after he was attacked and arrested by his own parents at a solo campaign in July.
Russian LGBT Network: Anti-gay laws have increased homophobic violence in Russia 7
12:57 PM — Activists in Russia say the controversial anti-gay "propaganda" laws passed in June have led to an increase in homophobic violence, with those responsible for the attacks no longer fearing legal reprisals.
28th August 2013
Hockey player: The world has to respect Russia’s anti-gay law during the Sochi Games 19
1:39 PM — Professional Russian ice hockey player, Ilya Kovalchuk has defended Russia's gay "propaganda" law which was passed in June. He called on fellow athletes to respect the law in the run up to Sochi Olympics next year.