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  • 19th February 2010

    Jesus was gay, says Elton 57

    The star claimed Jesus was gay

    12:20 PM — Elton John has said that Jesus was a "super-intelligent" gay man In a magazine interview, in which he also discussed his former drug addiction, the singer spoke his mind about the son of God.

  • Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62

    The government was accused of trying to introduce "the new Section 28"

    11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".

  • 18th February 2010

    Tatchell attacks PCC ruling on Jan Moir 39

    Peter Tatchell said the PCC should be disbanded

    6:36 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the Press Complaints Commission for rejecting complaints over Daily Mail writer Jan Moir. Mr Tatchell argued that the watchdog should be disbanded.

  • Ugandan pastor shows his church gay porn 30

    Martin Ssempa showed his church gay porn

    6:00 PM — Homophobic Ugandan preacher Martin Ssempa has been accused of being "twisted" for showing his congregation gay porn to persuade them to support an anti-homosexuality bill.

  • Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10

    Gay marriage was legalised in New Hampshire last month

    12:50 PM — Efforts to roll back the US state of New Hampshire's recent gay marriage law have been defeated. Gay marriage became legal in the state on January 1st but conservative Republicans quickly announced plans to seek repeal.

  • Kenyan police release gay men 3

    Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya

    12:18 PM — Six men arrested in Kenya by police who suspected them of being gay have been released. The men, aged between 20 and 35, were taken into custody last Friday after rumours they were planning a gay wedding in the coastal town of Mtwapa.

  • 17th February 2010

    Anti-gay cure group to protest outside Christian convention 53

    A similar protest in April (Photo: Nicolas Chinardet)

    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

    The Pope may be asked to present Thought for the Day

    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.

  • Gay bank chief urges others to come out 15

    Robert Taylor said he had always been open about being gay (Photo: Kleinwort Benson)

    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

    London Friend offers counselling and support to LGBT people

    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.

  • Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113

    Nick Herbert is to speak in Washington later today

    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

    Ray Gosling has been arrested

    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.

  • 16th February 2010

    ‘I support gay marriage’ says Nick Clegg as he answers PinkNews reader questions 32

    Nick Clegg answers your questions

    7:17 PM — Last month, we invited PinkNews.co.uk readers to submit their questions to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The overwhelming subject mentioned was gay marriage, showing how important an issue this is for our readers. Other popular questions were on homophobic violence, faith schools and LGBT asylum seekers.

  • US man banned from having ‘I’m gay’ numberplate 18

    Keith Kimmel said he was proud to be gay

    7:08 PM — An Oklahoma student is suing state officials for barring him from getting a personalised car numberplate reading "IM GAY". Keith Kimmel said he was proud to be gay.

  • Another man arrested in Malawi 5

    Another man has been arrested in Malawi

    5:21 PM — Another man has been arrested on homosexuality charges in Malawi. Police spokesman Dave Chingwalu said a 60-year-old man was arrested on Monday and charged with sodomy.

  • Gay civil partnerships approved for parliament 17

    Civil partnership ceremonies will be held in parliament

    2:57 PM — The Houses of Parliament will be opened for civil partnerships and marriages for both MPs and members of the public. Westminster council has approved two rooms for use for the non-religious ceremonies after Speaker John Bercow began looking into the possibility of holding ceremonies for gay MPs on parliament's grounds last year.

  • Comment: So much military trash 16

    Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged

    1:03 PM — Petty Officer Second Class Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged from the US military after an investigation into his sexuality forced him to come out last year. He confessed his sexual orientation to civilian investigators after rumours began flying around his unit about an alleged sexual partner.

  • Gay man jailed for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission 14

    Mark James was sentenced to more than four years in jail

    11:59 AM — A gay man who absconded to France after being convicted for recklessly infecting his former boyfriend with HIV was arrested when he returned to the UK for cancer treatment.

  • Police to investigate gay BBC presenter’s mercy killing 42

    Ray Gosling will be investigated by police over the confession

    11:50 AM — Nottinghamshire police have launched an investigation after a gay veteran BBC presenter admitted killing his lover on a programme broadcast last night.

  • 15th February 2010

    Documentary maker admits the mercy killing of his gay lover 74

    Ray Gosling (photo: Channel4)

    11:43 PM — A British broadcaster has admitted the mercy killing of his same sex partner in a programme broadcast this evening by the BBC. Nottingham based film maker Ray Gosling, 70, told the BBC's 'Inside Out: East Midlands': "I killed someone once... He'd been my lover and he got Aids."

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