20th May 2010
Australian minister David Campbell quits after being filmed at gay sex club 22
4:13 PM — Australian politician David Campbell has resigned after he was filmed leaving a gay sex club. The New South Wales minister for roads and transport was filmed on Tuesday leaving Ken's of Kensington, in eastern Sydney.
Government ministers ‘deeply dismayed’ by Malawi gay conviction 9
2:58 PM — Three government ministers have said the UK will "continue to press" the African country of Malawi on LGBT rights after it sentenced a couple to 14 years in jail for being gay.
Diane Abbott is the first woman to enter Labour leadership race 8
2:19 PM — Diane Abbott, the first female black MP, has become the first woman to enter the race for the Labour leadership. Although she has spoken in favour of gay rights and been a judge in the Stonewall awards, she has missed more than half of the gay rights votes she could have attended since 1998.
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.
19th May 2010
Andy Burnham to enter Labour leadership race with the worst gay voting record of contenders 9
5:32 PM — Former health secretary Andy Burnham is expected to announce his candidacy for the Labour leadership tomorrow. Mr Burnham has the worst voting record for LGBT rights of the five Labour leadership candidates.
Ed Balls and John McDonnell announce Labour leadership bids 3
3:44 PM — Former schools secretary Ed Balls has announced he will run for the Labour leadership. Mr Balls is the third former cabinet member to announce his candidacy, following brothers David and Ed Miliband.
Coalition government reconsidering Tory plans to scrap Human Rights Act 26
1:56 PM — The coalition government may rethink Tory manifesto plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with new laws. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell criticised plans to scrap the act, but gay equality charity Stonewall said it was more concerned about what the law does, instead of "what it's called."
18th May 2010
Ed Balls ‘most gay-friendly’ of Labour leadership contenders 18
1:56 PM — Former schools secretary Ed Balls has the best voting record on gay rights issues among the contenders for the Labour leadership. Analysis of his voting record shows the strongest support for gay equality measures.
Portugal’s president reluctantly approves gay marriage law 40
10:23 AM — Portugal is the sixth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after its president approved legislation. The Catholic country's parliament passed a bill allowing gay couples to wed in January and it was ratified by President Anibal Cavaco Silva yesterday.
17th May 2010
New Foreign Office minister marks IDAHO 5
5:28 PM — New Foreign Office minister for Europe David Lidington has released a message to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The Conservative MP said the Foreign Office was "committed to promoting British values" abroad, including LGBT rights.
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.
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.
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.