13th May 2010
Gay marriage a ‘dangerous threat’, Pope warns 56
6:30 PM — Pope Benedict has called gay marriage and abortion "dangerous threats to the common good" during a visit to Portugal. The pontiff is on a four-day visit to the country and gave a Mass today to 500,000 people at Fatima, which is considered the Portuguese Lourdes.
Lesbian teenagers attend prom in rainbow bus 10
5:56 PM — Two lesbian friends at a school in Milton Keynes will arrive at their prom in proud style tonight in a rainbow bus. Amy Stimpson and her friend Topaz Sattaur were inspired by the story of US student Constance McMillen, who challenged her school's gay prom ban.
Theresa May defends equalities role 17
4:54 PM — New home secretary and equality minister Theresa May has said it is right for her to take responsibility for equality despite her poor voting record. She said tackling homophobic bullying would be a priority.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert appointed policing minister 20
4:27 PM — Nick Herbert was appointed policing minister today after missing out on a place in the coalition cabinet. Mr Herbert was shadow environment secretary previously, and before that was shadow minister for police reform.
Labour MP accused of shouting ‘homophobic abuse’ at footballer 64
12:04 PM — Labour MP Stephen Pound has been accused of shouting anti-gay abuse at a football match. Mr Pound, 61, was who re-elected last week for Ealing North, was watching Arsenal play against Fulham while in an executive box at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
Video: Laura Bush reveals she supports gay marriage and abortion rights 15
11:48 AM — Laura Bush, the wife of former US president George Bush, has announced she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.
Man jailed for 99 years for murder of Puerto Rican gay student 4
10:58 AM — A Puerto Rican man has been jailed for 99 years after pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of a gay student. Juan Martinez Matos, 26, admitted killing 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November.
12th May 2010
Peer who said schools ‘promote homosexuality’ becomes first female Muslim cabinet member 41
7:13 PM — Sayeeda Warsi has been announced as the Conservative Party's chairman, becoming part of the cabinet. She is the first Muslim woman to hold such a powerful position.
Glee creator calls for boycott of ‘bigoted’ magazine column 6
7:01 PM — The creator of gay-friendly comedy Glee has urged a boycott of Newsweek magazine over a "bigoted" column. Ryan Murphy said that an article questioning whether gay actors could play straight characters was "needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted".
Trans woman launches legal challenge after being denied breast surgery 6
2:25 PM — A trans woman has launched a legal challenge after her primary care trust decided she could not have breast implants funded by the NHS.
11th May 2010
Talks between Labour and Lib Dems ‘have failed’ 15
5:36 PM — Sources say that coalition talks between Labour and the Liberal Democrats have failed. The two parties began formal talks yesterday after Gordon Brown announced he would stand down as party leader by autumn.
US military student may have to pay back $80,000 scholarship money for coming out 7
4:31 PM — A student given $80,000 worth of military scholarship money may have to pay it all back because she came out as a lesbian.
Gay Tory candidate’s posters hit by homophobic slurs 9
3:16 PM — Conservative Party candidate Nick King had some of his election posters defaced with homophobic slurs. Mr King, standing for Mid Dorset and North Poole, lost by only a few hundred votes to Liberal Democrat incumbent Annette Brooke.
7th May 2010
Controversial Tory MPs Chris Grayling and Julian Lewis keep seats 13
10:07 AM — Two of the Conservative MPs who provoked controversy with their views on gay rights have kept their seats. Chris Grayling and Julian Lewis were returned to Westminster, while the Scottish candidate who said gays were "not normal" came third in his constituency.
Caroline Lucas makes history as first Green MP 19
9:24 AM — Caroline Lucas made history last night by becoming the Green Party's first MP. The party has consistently been ranked the best for gay equality issues by PinkNews.co.uk readers.
Top gay Labour MPs hold onto their seats with reduced majorities 5
8:51 AM — The most high-profile out gay Labour MPs held onto their seats last night but most suffered a reduction in their majorities. Ben Bradshaw, for Exeter, won with 38.2 per cent, with Tory candidate Hannah Foster behind on 33 per cent. He suffered a reduced majority.
Philippa Stroud fails to win parliamentary seat 49
7:26 AM — Philippa Stroud, the Conservative candidate who allegedly tried to "cure" gay people of demons, failed last night to win a seat. Mrs Stroud was standing in Sutton and Cheam, a seat the Tories hoped to win.
21st April 2010
David Cameron to dispatch top gay Tory Nick Herbert to challenge homophobic Polish allies 35
11:59 PM — David Cameron has tonight attempted to further diffuse the row over gay rights within the Conservative Party by sending shadow environment secretary, Nick Herbert, the most senior gay Conservative, to Poland to confront the homophobia displayed by the party's Polish allies.
13th April 2010
Section 28 supporter faces jail over child abuse images 18
5:40 PM — A Scottish school board chief who campaigned for Section 28 to stay in place may face jail after he was found to be in possession of abusive images of children.
10th April 2010
Comment: Is it time to give David Cameron a second chance? 63
3:44 PM — David Cameron writing for PinkNews.co.uk today has gone some way to restore the damage done to his party's perception among the gay community within recent months.