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.

Epping forest District council Essex Gavin chambers (first elected in 2012)

Party leaderships[edit]

Cabinet[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
  • May 2005, First out Liberal Democrat MP
  • May 2005, First Conservative MP to be out before being elected
  • Jan 2006, First MP to be outed as bisexual
  • May 2006, First MP to enter into a civil partnership
  • 2008, First Female MP to enter into a civil partnership
  • 2010, First Female MP to be out before being elected, and first out Conservative female MP
  • 2013, First MP to voluntarily come out as bisexual

Chris Bryant (Labour) Rhondda Valley. Voluntarily open about being gay.

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
  • 2013, First Openly Transgender UK MEP
    • Nikki Sinclaire, United Kingdom Independence Party (later Independent), MEP 2009–2014[8]

Subnational parliaments[edit]

Scottish Parliament[edit]

Welsh Assembly[edit]

Municipal offices[edit]

England[edit]

Bolton
  • Horwich Town Council: First open lesbian as Mayor (2013 - 2014 ) civil partner Mayoress: Christine A. Root[11]
Bristol
  • First out trans councillor and first to transition while holding elected public office: Rosalind Mitchell (1997) [12]
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Essex Epping Forest District Council Gavin Chambers (2012–present) Mayor of the parish council (2012-2013)

Retford, Nottinghamshire
Hackney
First openly-gay Directly Elected Mayor
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)
Trafford
  • First openly-gay Leader of the Council: Sean Anstee (since 2014)[16]
Haslemere, Surrey

London[edit]

Greater London Authority
Southwark
Camden
Richmond

Wales[edit]

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

Rhondda Cynon Taf

  • First openly Cabinet Member Layton Percy Jones (Plaid Cymru). Cabinet Member for Social Services 1999 - 2005
Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire
  • First openly-gay Mayor, first Mayor in a civil partnership: Guy Woodham (2012–2013)[21][22]
  • First openly-gay Mayor and Deputy Mayor: William Elliott (Mayor) and Colin Sharp (Deputy Mayor)[23]
Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent

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. ^ "Simon Hughes: "I'm bisexual"". Pink News. 26 January 2006. 
  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. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. 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. ^ http://www.boltonsmayors.org.uk/root-c-a.html
  12. ^ Winkler, Elisabeth. "The Year That Changed My Life". The Independent. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  13. ^ Staff Writer (1 June 2010). "Gay man becomes Britain's youngest mayor". PinkNews.co.uk. 
  14. ^ "BBC News". 16 September 2016 – via bbcnews.co.uk. 
  15. ^ "Philip Glanville elected Mayor of Hackney". Philip Glanville elected Mayor of Hackney. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  16. ^ http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/02/07/gay-tory-becomes-leader-of-trafford-council-aged-26/
  17. ^ V King Macdona (5 June 2009). "Southwark votes in first openly gay mayor". 
  18. ^ Christopher Brocklebank (28 May 2010). "London Borough of Camden has new gay mayor and mayoress". PinkNews. 
  19. ^ "Lesbian row at town hall". BBC News. 5 May 2000. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  20. ^ Shopland, Norena (23 January 2014). "Does Wales need Pride?". Planet Extra. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  21. ^ http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/14458847.Mayor_s_pride_as_town_becomes_first_to_elect_openly_gay_mayor_and_deputy/
  22. ^ http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/localnews/milfordhaven/10453796.Former_Milford_mayor_reflects_on__challenging__year/?ref=rss
  23. ^ William Elliott
  24. ^ Meek, J (2014). Entering Into the Mystery, Passion, Resurrection, Healing and Wholeness. Abertillery: Gaudete Books.  – refers to the writer's work as a council chairman and LGBT Christian rights activist.