List of the first LGBT holders of political offices in the United Kingdom

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The following is a list of the first openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender individuals to serve in selected political offices in the United Kingdom.

Party leaderships[edit]

British Parliament[edit]

House of Commons[edit]

  • 1976, First Outed (female) MP[2]
  • 1984, First MP to come out in office,[3]
  • May 1997, First MP to be out before being elected
  • Sep 1997, First Female MP to come out in office
  • June 2001, First out Plaid Cymru MP
  • 2002, First Conservative MP to come out[4]
  • Jan 2005 First MP to come out as HIV positive[5]
  • May 2005, First out Liberal Democrat MP
  • May 2005, First Conservative MP to be out before being elected
  • May 2006, First MP to enter into a civil partnership
  • 2008, First Female MP to enter into a civil partnership
  • 2010, First (Conservative) Female MP to be out before being elected
  • 2013, First MP to come out as bisexual

House of Lords[edit]

European Parliament[edit]

  • Jan 1999, First out UK MEP[7]
    • Tom Spencer, Conservative, MEP 1979–1984, 1989–1999
  • Jun 1999, First UK MEP to be out before office
  • 2009, First female UK MEP to be out before office
    • Nikki Sinclaire, United Kingdom Independence Party (now Independent), MEP 2009–2014
  • 2013, First Openly Transgender UK MEP
    • Nikki Sinclaire, United Kingdom Independence Party (now Independent), MEP 2009–2014[8]

Subnational parliaments[edit]

Scottish Parliament[edit]

Welsh Assembly[edit]

Municipal offices[edit]

England[edit]

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • First transgendered Mayor, first openly lesbian Mayor: Jenny Bailey (2007–2008)
Retford, Nottinghamshire
Islington
Kingston upon Hull
  • Lord Mayor: Colin Inglis (elected 2011) Council Leader 2003-5, Police Authority Chair 2000–05
Liverpool
  • First openly-gay Lord Mayor: Gary Millar (2013–2014)

London[edit]

Greater London Authority
Southwark
Camden
Richmond

Wales[edit]

Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, Gillian (2008-11-23). "The Greens shoots of recovery". The Times (London). 
  2. ^ http://everything2.com/title/Maureen+Colquhoun
  3. ^ Campbell, Denis (2005-01-30). "The pioneer who changed gay lives". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Gay Tory frontbencher comes out". The Guardian (London). 2002-07-29. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Former minister is HIV positive". BBC News. 2005-01-30. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  6. ^ Legge, James (2013-06-30). "Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski comes out as bisexual". The Independent (London). 
  7. ^ "Drugs scandal MEP quits". BBC News. 1999-01-31. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  8. ^ Day, Aaron (17 November 2013). "Former UKIP MEP reveals she is the UK's first transgender Parliamentarian". Pink News. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-60829416.html
  10. ^ Wintour, Patrick (2003-03-10). "Ron Davies ends political career". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  11. ^ Staff Writer (1 June 2010). "Gay man becomes Britain's youngest mayor". PinkNews.co.uk. 
  12. ^ V King Macdona (5 June 2009). "Southwark votes in first openly gay mayor". 
  13. ^ Christopher Brocklebank (28 May 2010). "London Borough of Camden has new gay mayor and mayoress". PinkNews. 
  14. ^ http://www.milfordhaventowncouncil.org.uk/Councillor%20G.%20Woodham.htm