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Broadcaster and gay rights campaigner Ray Gosling dies, aged 74

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  1. Many of us who were involved with CHE in the seventies knew and had a soft spot for Ray. He did a lot of work for Granada Television which was, back then, the ITV contractor for the North West and was based in Manchester, as was CHE. Ray often combined his ITV work with his early campaigning for the rights so many of us take for granted in Britain today.

    Thanks for being there, Ray – and thanks for being a good mate.

    1. I second that. He always seemed to say it as it was, no pandering to convention. R.I.P. Ray.

  2. Good on you for being open in your support. No one is perfect but you did a good job

  3. Ray was at one time the only person fighting for justice for the men involved in Operation Spanner, the prosecution of three gay men involved in SM sex. The “offence” only came to light when the gay community were giving info to police re a murder. It would be much appreciated if someone could do a piece for Pink News on his brave stand for those men.

  4. I recall Ray from his Granada TV work – it was always emotional and touching but not only just on gay matters. I thought he was a rare genuine voice. RIP

  5. croydon guy 20 Nov 2013, 10:24pm

    Ray and Allan also supported and advised ADT, so that he pleaded not guilty and got a slap-on-the-wrist for his act of gross indecency. It was after having won that ADT suddenly took the initiative. Why should he get ANY penalty for something which heterosexuals do frequently and for which there is no offence of with which they could be charged.
    Eventually he took his case to Europe and eventually won, in “ADT v UK”.
    That was the moment that it became clear that the UK had to get rid of the “gross indecency” offence that could only apply to homosexual activity.

    Gay Monitor is another major project demonstrating how unfair UK law still is to men accused of sex with boys. In Alan’s last years he was seeking to find a younger campaigner who could take on this work, and use the thousands of hours of work that Alan and Ray had put into getting a sensible way of addressing these accusations.
    The vacancy is still unfilled. If any one is interested start with the book on the Bryn Estyn.

  6. I remember Ray from the 60’s when he first appeared on Granada Television in the Manchester area. He was initially a local news reporter if I remember correctly.
    RIP Ray

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