10th June 2010
Bisexual MP Simon Hughes elected Lib Dem deputy leader 8
10:56 AM — Simon Hughes has been elected as deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat party. The bisexual MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, 59, replaces Vince Cable, who stood down to focus on his new business secretary role.
9th June 2010
Diane Abbott on the Labour leadership ballot as nominations close 14
1:30 PM — Left-wing Labour backbencher Diane Abbott squeezed onto the starting line for the Labour leadership this afternoon just before nominations closed. She will contest four shadow cabinet members for the post - Ed Miliband, David Miliband, Ed Balls and Andy Burnham.
7th June 2010
Brian Paddick would ‘definitely consider’ becoming a Lord 18
11:55 AM — There has been speculation recently he will be asked to become a peer of the realm - and Brian Paddick said today he would "definitely consider" the post if asked. The gay former police chief, candidate for mayor of London and I'm a Celebrity contestant is reportedly on a shortlist of 60 Liberal Democrat candidates for a peerage.
6th June 2010
Punch Taverns begins investigation over homophobia row with Labour gay group 39
10:20 PM — Punch Taverns says it has begun an internal investigation after the deputy manager of its Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster allegedly told the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group that he would not have accepted the group's booking had he have known they were gay.
Pub that allegedly said it would have banned gay Labour group reported to police 26
2:04 AM — A London pub has been reported to the police following an alleged homophobic comment made by its manager to the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group. The comments have sparked widespread condemnation by senior labour figures including leadership candidate Ed Balls and Sarah Brown, the wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown and former deputy prime minister John Prescott.
4th June 2010
Gay former council leader Stephen Purcell questioned by police over drug claims
2:44 PM — Steven Purcell, the former leader of Glasgow council, has been questioned by police after he claimed he he took cocaine. He went voluntarily to a police station as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, Strathclyde police said.
Grayson Perry estimates at least one MP is a cross-dresser 16
1:38 PM — The artist Grayson Perry has called politicians to be more open and says he expects at least one MP is a cross-dresser. The potter, who sometimes appears in a dress as his female alter-ego Claire, said more "sparkling characters" could inspire the public.
3rd June 2010
Pardoned Malawi gay couple thank ‘caring and tolerant’ president 22
5:04 PM — The gay couple pardoned for homosexuality offences by Malawi's president last week have thanked him for releasing them.
Simon Hughes ‘more gay-friendly’ than Lib Dem deputy leader rival 2
5:01 PM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP, is the most gay-friendly of the two candidates for the party's deputy leadership. Mr Hughes, who is bisexual, is the favourite for the job, having secured the support of 29 of the party's 57 MPs.
Peter Mandelson to publish autobiography 7
3:21 PM — Peter Mandelson, the former business secretary, has announced his plans to publish an autobiography this summer. The gay peer promised today that the book would "ruffle some feathers".
David Laws says his family and friends have accepted his sexuality 56
1:55 PM — David Laws, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says his parents, family and friends have accepted his sexual orientation "without hesitation". The Liberal Democrat MP said he had been "pretty stupid" to keep it secret.
Obama grants gay federal workers more benefits 3
11:23 AM — US president Barack Obama has expanded benefits for the partners of gay federal employees. However, the Defence of Marriage Act means gay partners of federal employees will still be barred from accessing health insurance and retirement plans.
Alan Duncan says David Laws will ‘bounce back’ 8
10:53 AM — International development minister Alan Duncan has said that David Laws will bounce back from the events of the last week. Mr Duncan, who was the first Tory MP to come out, said he sympathised with Mr Laws' secrecy over his sexual orientation.
2nd June 2010
Ken Livingstone accuses Boris Johnson of ‘snubbing’ gay Londoners over Pride 24
9:42 PM — Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has accused his successor Boris Johnson of "snubbing" gay Londoners by scrapping the annual London Pride mayoral reception. He promised he would reinstate the receptions if re-elected in 2012.
Exclusive: London mayor Boris Johnson scraps Pride reception 23
5:47 PM — London mayor Boris Johnson is scrapping the usual London Pride mayoral reception.The mayor usually holds a reception to mark London's biggest gay festival but City Hall has decided to end receptions which are specific to minority groups.
Nick Clegg predicts David Laws could return as a minister 24
2:40 PM — Deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said today that David Laws could return as a minister if his expenses claims are cleared up.
Bisexual MP Simon Hughes ahead for Lib Dem deputy leadership 4
11:33 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes has reportedly secured majority support for the deputy leadership of his party. The bisexual MP's campaign team say he is backed by 29 of the party's 57 MPs to succeed former deputy leader Vince Cable.
Sun poll asks ‘Should gay people be Cabinet ministers?’ 34
10:48 AM — A YouGov poll in the Sun newspaper has provoked anger by asking readers whether gay people should be allowed to serve as Cabinet ministers.
1st June 2010
Gay US soldier Dan Choi on hunger strike 37
5:27 PM — Gay US soldiers Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo entered their sixth day of a hunger strike today over the military gay ban. The pair, who chained themselves to the White House fence recently, announced last Thursday they were going on hunger strike and say they will not eat until President Barack Obama meets their demands.
David Laws: ‘It was too hard to tell the truth about being gay’ 47
3:54 PM — David Laws has indicated he will continue as an MP after losing his Cabinet post over expenses paid to his gay lover. He said in a statement he had paid a "high price" for his secrecy but found it too hard to come out.