22nd April 2010
Leaders’ Debate draws out criticism for Pope on homosexuality 28
10:27 PM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron told the audience at the Sky News Leaders' Debate that he doesn't agree with Pope Benedict XVI's stance on homosexuality, condoms and stem cell research. The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg indicated he agreed with Mr Cameron.
Catholic bishops urge followers not to vote for gay-friendly candidates 40
12:18 PM — Catholic bishops in Scotland are urging followers not to vote for candidates who support gay equality, abortion rights and assisted suicide.
David Cameron urged to sack shadow minister who said gay age of consent has HIV risk 79
10:34 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron has been urged to sack a shadow minister who disagreed with the age of consent for gay men because it poses an "HIV risk".
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.
Gay Labour manifesto promises Europe-wide recognition of civil partnerships 32
5:23 PM — The Labour Party's international LGBT manifesto will be launched in Soho tonight by foreign secretary David Miliband. The launch, which follows the launch of the party's domestic LGBT manifesto last week, will see Mr Miliband handing out Labour leaflets in London's gay heart before launching the document in a gay bar.
Tory candidate defends views on gay age of consent 121
3:59 PM — A Conservative Party candidate in Hampshire has defended his views against equalising the gay age of consent, saying he feels there is an increased risk of HIV infection.
20th April 2010
BNP candidate was convicted for carrying ‘weapon’ at gay Pride march 12
12:04 PM — A BNP candidate for Leicestershire is a former National Front member who was once convicted for carrying an offensive weapon at a gay rights parade.
16th April 2010
Analysis: Who’s courting the trans vote? 66
4:52 PM — While politicians have been hastily courting the gay vote at this election, they overlook the trans community at their peril. Jane Fae asked Labour, the Conservative Party and the Lib Dems for their views on trans issues.
Harriet Harman: ‘It’s not a question of matching Tories for gay vote’ 41
12:12 PM — Equality minister Harriet Harman appeared unsure of one of her party's commitments to gay rights last night. Canvassing for the gay vote in Soho with Labour candidate Chris Bryant, Ms Harman was asked by PinkNews.co.uk whether she would match Tory leader David Cameron's promise to strike out historic gay sex convictions.
Harman calls for sacking of Chris Grayling as she launches gay manifesto 85
11:10 AM — The Labour party's affiliated gay group launched its manifesto in Soho last night. The launch came after deputy party leader Harriet Harman and gay Labour candidate Chris Bryant canvassed for votes in the popular gay village.
15th April 2010
Green Party makes 14 gay-friendly election promises 40
3:15 PM — The Green Party unveiled its general election manifesto today, which promises no fewer than 14 measures for gay and transgender equality. At present, the party does not have any MPs.
Gay Tory Alan Duncan’s election posters vandalised 33
10:46 AM — Gay Tory Alan Duncan has been targeted by vandals who scrawled homophobic abuse across his election posters. Mr Duncan, who is standing again for election in Rutland, said the abuse was "abysmal behaviour".
14th April 2010
Video: Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling says B&Bs shouldn’t ban gay couples and he supports gay adoption 59
10:59 PM — Two weeks ago the Observer published a secret recording of Conservative shadow home secretary Chris Grayling where he appeared to support bed and breakfast owners turning away gay couples. Now Mr Grayling has said he does not support bans and that he now supports gay adoption.
Video: David Miliband welcomes former Tories who have quit party over gay rights 44
4:49 PM — At a Labour party event today, Foreign Secretary David Miliband was joined by two former Conservative party activists who quit the party over its treatment of gay rights and the apparent support by Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling for bed and breakfast owners to ban gay couples. David Miliband said: "The Tory head and the Tory heart are at odds. The head tells them that the world has changed, that they have been rejected at three elections because they were seen as the nasty party. The heart tells them something different."
Updated:Lib Dems introduce LGBT manifesto but it doesn’t include pledge of full gay marriage rights rights 45
11:15 AM — Updated 13:15 The Liberal Democrats who launched their main election manifesto today have also published a specific manifesto for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) voters. But the policy document does not contain a manifesto commitment to introduce full gay marriages that Nick Clegg told PinkNews.co.uk readers he supported.
13th April 2010
Conservative manifesto lacks gay convictions promise 86
1:27 PM — UPDATED Tory leader David Cameron unveiled his party's manifesto for the general election today. The document does not contain his pledge to strike out the criminal records of men convicted for homosexuality offences, which gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell claimed was proof that the gay-friendly policies are "an afterthought".
11th April 2010
Peter Tatchell: What George Osborne promised me on gay rights and what he left out 79
7:41 PM — Peter Tatchell reports for PinkNews.co.uk on his meeting with George Osborne today and explains why he thinks the Conservatives need more commitments and policies to further gay equality.
Campaigners gather for ‘David Cameron’s coming out party’ 15
5:31 PM — Approximately 200 gay rights campaigners amassed outside the Conservative Party headquarters in Westminster to protest at what they say is a lack of gay rights policies by Britain's main opposition party. The event was dubbed David Cameron's 'coming out party'.
Updated: Conservatives make proposals to tackle homophobic bullying 60
4:09 PM — Shadow chancellor and head of the Conservative Party's general election campaign has today expanded on the party's policies to tackle homophobic bullying first outlined in an article by party leader David Cameron on PinkNews.co.uk yesterday. The plans come despite the Conservatives forcing the Government to drop plans to reform sexual education teaching in schools, that experts argued could lead to a reduction in homophobic bullying.
George Osborne tells Peter Tatchell Conservatives will consider full gay marriages 34
1:45 PM — Shadow chancellor and Conservative general election campaign manager George Osborne met gay rights campaigner and Green party activist Peter Tatchell earlier today and promised to 'consider' gay marriages ahead of Mr Tatchell's event to persuade Conservative leader David Cameron to 'come out' more on gay rights.