4th September 2010
Ed Miliband tops PinkNews.co.uk poll of LGBT Labour members while Diane Abbott tops Labour voters poll 19
9:44 PM — Ed Miliband is to secure backing of gay Labour party members while Diane Abbott scores well with gay Labour voters An exclusive poll for PinkNews.co.uk, Europe's largest LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) news publisher has revealed that Ed Miliband looks set to win the support of LGBT members of the Labour Party.
18th July 2010
Conservatives filmed racy advert featuring naked gay couple coming out as Tories 24
2:56 PM — The Sunday Times has disclosed that the Conservative Party filmed pre-election cinema advertisements that portrayed a gay couple, in a shower "coming out" as Conservative among racy series with references to pornography and teenage pregnancy but were never shown. The newspaper claims that the advertisements cost £100,000 to make, while others say they cost between £300,000 and £500,000.
20th May 2010
Coalition deal promises action on homophobic bullying, gay asylum seekers and LGBT rights abroad 42
11:20 AM — The coalition deal between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats promises action on a number of gay rights issues brought up during the election campaign.
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.
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.
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.
13th May 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.