22nd February 2010
Ray Gosling ‘did tell police name of lover he killed’ 13
3:58 PM — Veteran BBC presenter Ray Gosling has admitted that he did tell police the name of the man he claimed to have suffocated in a mercy killing.
Mass screening ‘could eradicate AIDS in 40 years’ 28
2:41 PM — A leading researcher has claimed that testing billions of people could eradicate HIV/AIDS within 40 years. Dr Brian Williams of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis said that focus needed to shift to stopping transmission.
Nottingham social worker writes book on gay adoption 16
12:19 PM — A social worker from Nottingham has penned a book to teach children about gay adoptive parents. Ed Merchant, who works part-time at the city council's adoption and fostering unit, wrote Dad David, Baba Chris and Me about an eight-year-old boy who is adopted by a gay couple.
Bafta win for Colin Firth’s gay professor 8
11:51 AM — Colin Firth has won a best actor Bafta for his portrayal of a gay professor in A Single Man. The actor scored his first Bafta win last night for his performance in fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut.
Gareth Thomas ‘wicked’ for supporting LGBT History Month 59
11:46 AM — Rugby player Gareth Thomas has been accused of "promoting" gay sex to young children for his patron role in LGBT History Month.
19th February 2010
Northern Ireland court told of murdered gay man’s injuries
5:36 PM — A Northern Ireland court has heard the extent of the injuries suffered by a gay man who was murdered on Easter Sunday. Shaun Fitzpatrick had 52 injuries separate injuries, with 36 of them to his head.
Man called Gay changes surname to join the Navy 25
1:00 PM — A man called Tristram Gay is changing his name because he fears he will get bullied in the Navy for it. The 21-year-old, of St James, Hereford said he had been the target of jokes all his life.
Jesus was gay, says Elton 57
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
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
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.
Elton John ‘lost the plot’ in drug battle 1
5:08 PM — Legendary gay singer Elton John has spoken about the extent of his cocaine addiction. The singer, who was addicted to the drug in the 1980s, told Parade magazine he had an all-or-nothing approach to it.
Gay ‘mercy killing’ presenter Ray Gosling released on bail 8
4:50 PM — Gay BBC presenter Ray Gosling has been released on police bail. Mr Gosling, 70, was arrested yesterday morning by Nottinghamshire police on suspicion of murder after claiming to have killed a former partner who was dying of AIDS.
Comment: The PCC should not be dismantled 37
4:31 PM — The Press Complaints Commission made the correct decision about Jan Moir's article on Stephen Gately. Despite the inevitable calls for it to be dismantled and replaced with a statutory body, a free press is the watchdog of a true democracy.
BBC presenter Ray Gosling held overnight over mercy killing 1
2:45 PM — Gay BBC presenter Ray Gosling was held in police custody last night after he claimed to have killed a former lover who was dying from AIDS.
PCC rejects complaint over Jan Moir’s Stephen Gately article 47
11:23 AM — The Press Complaints Commission has rejected a complaint from Stephen Gately's civil partner over a Daily Mail article about his death.
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.