22nd August 2013
Russia defends anti-gay law in open letter to International Olympic Committee 5
3:16 PM — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received a letter from the Russian Government defending an anti-gay law introduced in the country in June, saying it will remain in place during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, but also saying gay people will not be discriminated against at the games.
20th August 2013
Sweden: Olympic Committee bans political protests against anti-gay legislation at Sochi Olympics 25
2:27 PM — The head of Sweden's Olympic Committee, Stefan Lindeberg has ruled that political protests against Russia's anti-gay legislation will not be tolerated at the Sochi Olympics next year.
17th August 2013
Swedish athlete at Moscow Athletics Championship advised to change her rainbow painted nails 35
4:36 PM — The Swedish high jumper who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow to campaign against anti-gay laws in Russia has been told she could be in violation of the code of conduct at the world championships.
US: Gay porn studio to donate 100% of profits to gay Russian refugees 20
2:14 PM — A new porn studio has been launched with the aim to support the LGBT community in Russia by donating all profits made from its sales to gay Russian refugees.
16th August 2013
MPs encourage athletes and fans to wave pride flags at Sochi Olympics 19
3:09 PM — Two prominent gay MPs have urged athletes and fans to wave gay pride flags at the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.
BBC stars: Russian pole vaulter ‘not in touch with the rest of the world’ over anti-gay comments 9
12:49 PM — Last night, BBC sports commentators strongly criticised Russian pole vault champion, Yelena Isinbayeva over anti-gay comments she made after Emma Green Tregaro painted her nails in a show solidarity for Russia's gay community.
15th August 2013
Moscow court upholds ban on equal marriage 5
1:06 PM — A court in Moscow has upheld a ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple were refused a marriage application in St.Petersburg.
Danish Government warns Russia over anti-gay law. 48
10:22 AM — The Government of Denmark has issued a warning to Russia over the recently passed gay propaganda law in the run up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
14th August 2013
Gay footballer Robbie Rogers urges athletes not to boycott Sochi Winter Olympics 21
6:32 PM — Gay US footballer Robbie Rogers has called on athletes not to boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
13th August 2013
Pat Buchanan: ‘Putin is trying to re-establish Russia’s moral compass’ 34
5:46 PM — US conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has jumped to President Vladimir Putin's defence over the passage of Russia's anti-gay legislation.
Canada: Social conservatives attack government over pro-gay stance on Russia 40
1:50 PM — Social conservatives have launched an attack on Stephen Harper's Conservative Government after Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird strongly condemned the treatment of gay people in Russia.
Russian World Cup chief defends country’s anti-gay laws 46
12:43 PM — Russia's World Cup chief Alexey Sorokin has defended the country's homophobic censorship law.
Olympic Committee member calls for Russia’s anti-gay laws to be respected 67
10:32 AM — Lamine Diack, the President of the International Association of Athletes and member of the International Olympic Committee has said that he thinks there is "no problem whatsoever" with Russia's anti-gay laws.
12th August 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘I want to know what David Cameron is going to do to challenge homophobia in Russia’ 26
5:58 PM — Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk at Saturday's Whitehall demonstration against Russia's anti-gay laws Peter Tatchell condemned the lack of action that has been taken against Russia from both Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
German Foreign Minister: Treatment of gay people in Russia unacceptable 13
4:26 PM — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has criticised Russia's treatment of gay people, branding it unacceptable.
9th August 2013
Gay couple stage a kiss in front of ‘Moscow’ — a hamlet in Scotland 2
4:17 PM — A gay couple has staged a kiss outside "Moscow", a small hamlet in Scotland, to campaign against the controversial anti-gay laws in Russia.
Olympics still waiting on a ‘translation issue’ before it can take a stand on Russian anti-gay laws 10
3:17 PM — Following calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games over controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has affirmed that "sport is a human right", but it is unable to take measures until a "translation issue" has been resolved in the Russian laws.
George Takei backs petition to move Russia Olympics to Canada over ‘horrific’ anti-gay laws 10
2:10 PM — Star Trek actor and gay rights activist George Takei has backed a petition to move the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Russia to the 2010 host city Vancouver because of "horrific" anti-gay legislation.
8th August 2013
Scotland: Petition calls for Glasgow to cut cultural ties with Russian twin city over anti-gay laws 3
12:58 PM — A petition has been started to have Glasgow City Council break cultural ties with its Russian twin city Rostov on Don, over recently passed anti-gay legislation in Russia.
7th August 2013
Gay US figure skater: I am a ‘hardcore Russophile’ — don’t boycott the Olympics 91
11:30 AM — A gay professional figure skater from the US has said he is a "hardcore Russophile" and that boycotting the Winter Olympics over Russian anti-gay laws is "silly".