13th May 2010
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.
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.
Comment: David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s shotgun civil partnership is best option for the gay community 82
12:12 AM — In many ways, you should be ecstatic, by no small measure the majority of the LGBT community according to PinkNews.co.uk polls voted for the Liberal Democrats, very few voted Conservative. The electoral system, with its inherent unfairness for a party with widespread but not concentrated support like the Lib Dems was always going to end up with the Liberal Democrats in bed with either Labour or the Conservatives in a hung parliament.
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.
David Miliband declares intention to run for Labour leadership 14
5:25 PM — David Miliband has announced his intention to run for the leadership of the Labour Party. Mr Miliband, 44, is supported by the Blairite faction of the party and Alan Johnson offered him his support earlier after saying he would not be standing for the role.
Cameron begins to form new cabinet 6
4:16 PM — New prime minister David Cameron began forming his cabinet today after entering Downing Street. As yet, the cabinet contains only one woman and no out gay ministers. Posts still to be filled include culture secretary, Welsh secretary and transport secretary.
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.
Analysis: How pro-gay is the new home secretary and minister for equality Theresa May? 87
12:16 PM — Theresa May has been appointed home secretary and minister for equality, replacing Chris Grayling who was dubbed 'homophobic' by gay rights groups after suggesting that bed and breakfast owners should be able to ban gay couples. But analysis by PinkNews.co.uk reveals that Mrs May's has voted consistently against gay and transgendered rights.
Cameron dumps Chris Grayling in favour of Theresa May as home secretary and equalities minister 21
11:51 AM — Theresa May has been appointed home secretary and minister for equality. Chris Grayling was expected to get the job but he was dumped by David Cameron after a string of gaffes including suggesting that Christian bed and breakfast owners should have the right to ban gay couples.
11th May 2010
David Cameron becomes prime minister but can he appeal to gay community? 108
8:38 PM — David Cameron was appointed prime minister by the queen this evening, five days after last week's general election. PinkNews.co.uk has been told he will make a new appeal to the gay community once in office with a source indicating that the coalition with the more gay friendly Liberal Democrats will help.
Video: Gordon Brown resigns as prime minister 24
7:44 PM — Gordon Brown announced this evening he was resigning as prime minister with immediate effect. He addressed the media outside Downing Street at 7.20pm with wife Sarah by his side.
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.
Maryland voters support gay marriage 1
4:02 PM — Voters in the US state of Maryland now narrowly support allowing gay couples to marry, a survey suggests. The Washington Post poll of 1,030 adults, taken last week, found that 46 per cent support allowing same-sex marriage, compared to 44 per cent against and ten per cent who said they had no opinion.
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.
Labour ‘to start talks’ with ‘homophobic’ DUP 14
1:48 PM — The Labour Party will reportedly begin talks with the Democratic Unionist Party on a possible coalition. Conservative blogger Iain Dale wrote this morning that he understood the two parties would hold talks and accused the DUP of having homophobic members.
Man on trial for murder of trans woman Andrea Waddell
12:01 PM — The man accused of killing trans sex worker Andrea Waddell strangled her and set her body alight, a court heard yesterday. Satellite installer Neil MacMillan, 41, of Bennett Road, Brighton, denies the 29-year-old's murder.
Worcester man jailed for blackmailing gay victims 5
10:48 AM — A man who threatened to expose his victims' homosexuality if they did not give him money has been jailed for four and a half years.
10th May 2010
Gordon Brown to resign as Labour leader 28
5:20 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown said today he would resign as Labour leader, although he remains as prime minister. He said he was calling for his party to hold a leadership election which he would play no part in.