The UK’s parliament is still the gayest in the world after 2019 election
Levels of gay, bi and lesbian representation in the UK parliament have remained stable at the election after a Tory surge.
The last UK parliament had 45 out LGBT+ MPs – the highest number in the world.
There’s now more out Tories than LGBT+ Labour MPs.
Ahead of the election, six out Tories and one out Labour MP stood down, while three out Labour MPs lost on Thursday.
However, the MPs departing were offset by a new cohort of LGBT+ politicians, with ten new out MPs were elected – seven Tories and three SNP.
There are now 20 Tories, 15 Labour and 10 SNP MPs who identify as LGBT+.
The Scottish National Party now has the highest proportion of gay, bi and lesbian representation of any party in parliament, at 21 per cent, while 5.5 per cent of Conservative MPs and 7.4 per cent of Labour MPs identify as LGBT+.
Once again, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and Northern Irish parties all have no out LGBT+ MPs.
None of the candidates who identify as trans or non-binary were successful on Thursday.
One of the new out MPs was suspended from the SNP before election day over antisemitic posts.
The full list of out LGBT+ MPs can be found below, with the newly elected highlighted in bold.
Daniel Kawczynski Shrewsbury & Atcham
Crispin Blunt Reigate
Conor Burns Bournemouth West
Nigel Evans Ribble Valley
Lee Rowley Derbyshire North East
Mark Menzies Fylde
Nick Gibb Bognor Regis & Littlehampton
Iain Stewart Milton Keynes South
Paul Holmes* Eastleigh
Mark Fletcher* Bolsover
William Wragg Hazel Grove
Stuart Andrew Pudsey
Damien Moore Southport
David Mundell Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale
Mike Freer Finchley and Golders Green
Kieran Mullan* Crewe and Nantwich
Elliot Colburn* Carshalton and Wallington
Chris Clarkson* Heywood and Middleton
Antony Higginbotham* Burnley
Angela Eagle Wallasey
Clive Betts Sheffield South East
Nick Brown Newcastle upon Tyne East
Dan Carden Liverpool Walton
Stephen Doughty Cardiff South & Penarth
Nia Griffith Llanelli
Gerald Jones Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney
Luke Pollard Plymouth, Sutton
Steve Reed Croydon North
Wes Streeting Ilford North
Ben Bradshaw Exeter
Chris Bryant Rhondda
Peter Kyle Hove
Lloyd Russell Moyle Brighton Kemptown
Cat Smith Lancaster and Fleetwood
Scottish National Party
Hannah Bardell Livingston
Mhairi Black Paisley & Renfrewshire South
Martin Docherty West Dunbartonshire
Stuart McDonald Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch
Stewart McDonald Glasgow South
Joanna Cherry Edinburgh South West
Alyn Smith* Sterling
Angela Crawley Lanark & Hamilton East
John Nicholson* Ochil and South Perthshire
Neale Hanvey* Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Sitting MPs who lost their seats
Ged Killen Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Sandy Martin Ipswich
Gordon Marsden Blackpool South
Andrew Reynolds is the author of The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World, and Professor of Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill. He tweets at @AndyReynoldsUNC.
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