17th June 2010
Trans woman judge hopes to make US history 8
1:48 PM — A trans woman hopes to make history by becoming the first trans person to be elected as a trial court judge in the United States. Victoria Kolakowski, 48, is the frontrunner candidate for superior court judge in Alameda County, California.
Gay Tory blogger Iain Dale to quit ‘youth-obsessed’ politics 6
11:34 AM — Iain Dale, the Conservative blogger, has said he will no longer attempt to become an MP. The 47-year-old, who will be 52 at the next election if parliament lasts five years, said older candidates are "very much the exception rather than the rule".
Listen to David Cameron’s speech on gay equality 5
10:54 AM — Listen to David Cameron's speech to the LGBT Pride reception last night.
16th June 2010
David Cameron promises to allow churches to hold civil partnerships 109
9:57 PM — Prime minister David Cameron hosted a reception for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in 10 Downing Street's rose garden on Wednesday evening. He promised the crowd the coalition government would change the law to allow religious buildings to host civil partnership ceremonies.
15th June 2010
French a ‘useless language’, gay shadow minister says 53
5:38 PM — Chris Bryant, the former Europe minister, has said French is a "useless" language. Mr Bryant, who is gay, was accused of "insulting" the French, but said he had already raised the issue with the country.
Coalition government urged to grant full marriage equality 54
1:28 PM — The question of allowing gay people full marriage equality is the litmus test for the new government, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has argued. Prime minister David Cameron is to host a pre-Pride reception for the LGBT community tomorrow evening and is expected to give a short speech on the coalition government's promises to gay people.
14th June 2010
HIV charities ‘very concerned’ by threat to local funding 11
4:23 PM — HIV charities National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust have warned that vital HIV services may be cut in the government's plans to save money. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced in a written ministerial statement last week that the AIDS Support Grant will not be ringfenced this year.
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell rejected again from Downing Street 81
2:14 PM — This week's Pride reception at Downing Street will see gay charity heads, campaigners, businessmen and celebrities flock to shake new prime minister David Cameron's hand - but not the man who is arguably Britain's most famous gay rights campaigner.
10th June 2010
Exclusive: David Cameron to hold first gay reception in a Tory Downing Street 59
3:51 PM — Conservative prime minister David Cameron is to hold a reception for the LGBT community ahead of London Pride. The event will be held at Number 10 ahead of Pride Fortnight, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.
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.