Ray Gosling, 1939 – 2013

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Ray Gosling (2010) | Eddie Mulholland/Telegraph | 14137

Gay rights activist and journalist-broadcaster Ray Gosling has died aged 74. Mr Gosling died yesterday in Nottingham, England.

Gosling was born in Chester in 1939, was educated at Northampton Grammar School and the University of Leicester, became a youth worker in the St Ann’s slums in Nottingham and wrote Sum Total, his autobiography, at the age of 23. The book detailed his work in the city. In the early 1960s he became a television journalist working for the BBC and for commercial television.

In a BBC TV broadcast on 15 February 2010, he claimed that he had killed his lover. “I killed someone once,” he said. “He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got Aids. I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead.” It turned out that he had not, and he was prosecuted for wasting police time. It seems his memory had played tricks on him. His career as a broadcaster and documentary maker, however, was over.

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The original Star Trek cast | Desilu | 14269

Wired’s Devon Maloney looks back at ‘Star Trek’ and tries to fathom out why openly gay characters were absent in a series which otherwise looked forward to an age of full equality.

“The invisibility of gay characters isn’t neutral; it’s negative, and represents a glaring double standard. After all, many a heterosexual romance has played out on the Star Trek screen, often involving notorious ladies’ men like Kirk and The Next Generation‘s Commander William Riker. The omission of a simple homosexual storyline, regardless of how many interspecies or interracial or almost-homosexual romances have been featured, is still very much a point of concern. We are, after all, still living in the 21st century, not the 24th, and it would still be significant to see an LGBT officer serving on the bridge today, much as it was to see a black woman in the ’60s when civil rights battles were being waged.”

The first Star Trek series was made for television in the era before Stonewall, and the networks would not have wanted to put off sponsors, advertisers, and overseas sales, now would they.


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Kenneth Kendall

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Kenneth Kendall | British Broadcasting Corporation | 14318

Gay Activist is sad to note the passing of Kenneth Kendall, age 88, after a stroke. Mr Kendall, who was born in India, served in the Coldstream Guards and took part in the D Day landings, sustaining injury. He joined the BBC as a radio announcer and news reader in 1948 and in 1955 was the first British newsreader to appear on camera on television. Gay Activist sends condolences to Mark, family, friends and colleagues.

Television news in the days before computerised news rooms | BBC/Daily Mail | 14319


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