17th February 2010
Anti-gay cure group to protest outside Christian convention 53
6:38 PM — Gay campaigners are to protest outside a gay cure conference in Northern Ireland this weekend. Christian group Core Issues is holding a conference with the Rev Mario Bergner, who claims to have been turned away from homosexuality by God.
Pope may be invited on BBC’s Thought for the Day 39
5:59 PM — The BBC is in talks with the Pope for him to give the Thought of the Day on Radio 4's Today programme. The Pope is to visit the UK in September and BBC director-general Mark Thompson, a devout Catholic, is understood to have visited the Vatican to discuss BBC coverage of the trip.
Boyzone’s TV tribute to Stephen Gately 5
5:24 PM — Boyzone are to host a special hour-long memorial show dedicated to their late bandmate Stephen Gately. The one-off programme will be screened on ITV in the spring and has been described as "upbeat".
Gay bank chief urges others to come out 15
4:43 PM — The chief executive of a leading private bank has said that more gay professionals should find the courage to come out at work. Robert Taylor, the chief of Kleinwort Benson, said he had been frank about his sexuality since the beginning of his career.
London gay charity may have to cut services over rent increase 5
3:31 PM — One of London's oldest LGBT charities may have to cut its services after being hit with a 21 per cent rent increase. London Friend, founded in 1972, offers counselling and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and receives little state support.
Michael Causer’s mother supports anti-homophobia play 7
2:39 PM — Marie Causer, the mother of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, has given her support to a play designed to tackle homophobia.
Inquest hears Alexander McQueen hanged himself 1
1:02 PM — The inquest opened into the death of Alexander McQueen heard today that the fashion designer had hanged himself. McQueen, 40, was found hanging in a wardrobe by his cleaner at his Mayfair home on Thursday February 11th, ten days after his mother died.
Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113
12:29 PM — Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, has said the Conservative party has seen a "definite change" in its attitudes to gay people. He said the Tories had to be "properly representative" of the whole country.
Police arrest gay BBC presenter after mercy killing confession 36
11:57 AM — Ray Gosling, the veteran BBC presenter who admitted killing a former lover who was dying of AIDS, has been arrested. Mr Gosling, 70, made the confession in the BBC's Inside Out programme which was aired on Monday night.