3rd October 2008
Margaret Beckett returns as Miliband’s star rises
1:53 PM — Cabinet Office minister Ed Miliband is to head a new energy and climate change department.
Gay rights advocate to replace Mandelson in Brussels
1:30 PM — Baroness Ashton is to leave the Cabinet and replace Peter Mandelson as an EU Commissioner.
Leading gay politician Peter Mandelson to rejoin government 6
12:52 PM — The openly gay European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson is to rejoin the Cabinet as Business Secretary.
Former “anti-gay” Equality Minister Ruth Kelly to stand down as MP 3
12:05 AM — The Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly will not seek re-election as an MP, she has told her constituents.
2nd October 2008
Gay star Will Young invited to appear on Question Time
6:51 PM — With a degree in politics, Will Young is better qualified that most pop stars to participate in the cockpit of debate that is BBC's Question Time.
Finnish President speaks out after sacking of lesbian editor 1
6:27 PM — A media company in Finland is facing high level criticism after it allegedly sacked a female newspaper editor because she is in a lesbian relationship.
Met police chief resigns after Boris “made clear” he should go
5:12 PM — The UK's most senior police officer is to stand down. Sir Ian Blair had clashed with a senior gay officer over the shooting of an innocent man in 2005.
McCain’s limp responses to questions from gay community 9
2:26 PM — The Republican candidate for President of the United States has given a written response to questions for a leading American gay publication.
Vatican blocks appointment of gay diplomat 12
1:56 PM — The next French envoy to the Holy See has been chosen after Roman Catholic officials rejected the first candidate because he is gay.
MEPs concerned over state persecution of gays in Uganda
1:36 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has expressed concern over the treatment of gay, lesbian and trans people in Uganda.
Sydney Mardi Gras gets government funding for first time 1
1:23 PM — One of the world's best-known gay events is being given state backing. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras generates more than $30m (£13.3m) for the city and state of New South Wales.
1st October 2008
INTERVIEW: May defends Tories against charges they are not on side of gays 8
7:30 PM — It has been a successful few days for the Tories in Birmingham. Despite the economic crisis gripping the world's finanical markets, party activists at the annual conference have been upbeat.
Bulgarians continue to reject homosexuality
6:13 PM — New research has highlighted the extent of homophobia in Bulgaria. A poll released today found that 80% of Bulgarians have negative attitudes to gays and lesbians.
David Cameron: I am a child of my time
5:14 PM — David Cameron, the Leader of the Opposition, addressed the Conservative party conference in Birmingham today.
Health minister asks Indian PM to intervene over decriminalisation
4:10 PM — An Indian Cabinet minister has said that he will ask the country's Prime Minister to intervene in the row over the decriminalisation of homosexual acts.
Sarah Palin: I do not judge people on their sexuality but gay is a choice 10
4:05 PM — Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate for John McCain, has claimed that she is "not going to judge Americans" based on their sexuality in a CBS News interview. The hopeful candidate was being questioned by the programme’s Katie Couric on sexuality, contraception and abortion.
Cameron claims Britain needs Tory leadership 3
3:50 PM — The leader of the Conservative party has set out a 'responsibility agenda' for the country.
US accused of not overturning ban on HIV+ visitors 1
12:55 PM — A New York-based LGBT immigration pressure group has accused the US government of failing to follow a new policy on HIV+ people visiting the country.
Conference blog: Partying in Birmingham with the Tories
12:29 PM — Conservative party conference has a different feel than its Labour and Lib Dem counterparts.
30th September 2008
Tories urge gay people to vote for them 44
4:06 PM — Leading members of the Conservative party have told a fringe meeting at the party's conference in Birmingham that gay people should be comfortable voting for them.