17th May 2010
David Miliband officially launches Labour leadership bid 4
4:19 PM — Former foreign secretary David Miliband officially launched his bid to lead the Labour party today. He announced his intention to run for the leadership last Wednesday with a press conference but formally launched it in his South Shields constituency today.
Austrian straight couple fighting for civil union 5
3:33 PM — A straight couple in Austria who reject traditional marriage are fighting to be allowed to have a civil union. Helga Ratzenboeck and Martin Seydl believe the law should be blind to gender and sexual orientation.
Gay couple to sue over being barred from bed and breakfast 27
2:05 PM — The gay couple who were barred from a Christian-run bed and breakfast in March have decided to sue the owners. Michael Black, 62, and John Morgan, 56, will take legal action against Susanne and Mike Wilkinson, owners of the Swiss B&B in Berkshire.
US lesbian bishop Mary Glasspool is ordained 9
11:14 AM — The second out gay bishop in the US has been ordained. Mary Glasspool, 56, was ordained as assistant Los Angeles bishop at a ceremony in California on Saturday.
Theresa May releases message for International Day Against Homophobia 50
10:33 AM — Home secretary and equalities minister Theresa May has released a message in support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Mrs May, who was appointed to the roles last week in the coalition government, has faced some criticism of her voting record on gay issues.
16th May 2010
Philippa Stroud appointed special advisor at Department for Work and Pensions 34
12:49 PM — Philippa Stroud, the former Conservative Parliamentary candidate who allegedly tried to "cure" gay people of demonic possession has been appointed as a special advisor to work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
15th May 2010
Video: Ed Miliband announces that he’ll fight brother David Miliband for Labour leadership 13
12:42 PM — The former energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband has confirmed in a speech this morning that he is to challenge his brother, former foreign secretary David Miliband for the leadership of the Labour Party.
43,000 people call for David Cameron to sack Theresa May over poor gay voting record 51
1:41 AM — More than 43,000 people have joined a Facebook group that calls on the prime minister David Cameron to relieve Theresa May of her job as equality minister. Mrs May, who is also home secretary, has consistently voted against LGBT rights.
Ed Miliband to fight his brother David for the Labour leadership 8
12:16 AM — Ed Miliband, brother of former foreign secretary David is to enter the race to be the next leader of the Labour party later today according to reports. David Miliband has already declared that he will stand to be Labour leader, meaning the two brothers will go head to head to lead Britain's main opposition party.
14th May 2010
Chris Grayling demoted to junior pensions role 11
4:47 PM — Chris Grayling, the former shadow home secretary, has been demoted to junior pensions minister. He was expected to be pushed down the party ranks after making a number of gaffes in the last year, including saying that B&B owners should have the right to bar gay couples.
Police drop charge against ‘homophobic’ street preacher 14
4:32 PM — A street preacher arrested for describing homosexuality as a sin has had the charge against him dropped. Dale McAlpine, 42, of Yeowartville, Workington, was charged last month with a public order offence after he told a passerby that homosexuality was a "sin".
New equality minister Lynne Featherstone says government not diverse enough 19
4:12 PM — Newly-appointed junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone has criticised the coalition government for not having enough women. She said she was "very disappointed" at the lack of female representation.
Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone appointed junior equality minister 8
1:59 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has been appointed a junior minister with responsibility for equality. She will be working under equality minister Theresa May, having been the Liberal Democrats' spokeswoman for equality since 2007.
Campaigners’ anger at Pope’s latest ‘homophobic’ comments 64
12:12 PM — Gay equality campaigners have condemned Pope Benedict's latest attack on same-sex marriage. The Pope made the comments yesterday while visiting Fatima, Portugal's most holy site.
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan appointed international development minister 12
11:08 AM — Out gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has been appointed international development minister in David Cameron's new coalition government.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ‘outed by softball photo’ 7
10:35 AM — An American newspaper has been accused of outing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by publishing a photograph of her playing softball as a student.
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.
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.
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.