From the mum who thought it worse than a heroin addiction to the stern grandparent who wasn't bothered, coming out as gay can be easy or traumatic. Simon Callow, Stella Duffy, Ben Bradshaw and others tell Holly Williams about the ultimate moment of truth
"Each man kills the thing he loves", wrote Oscar Wilde. "The coward does it with a kiss."
Story has clear echoes of playwright's own troubled home life
In the modern age of phone-tapping and the super-injunction, one wonders what Harry Hodge would have said about the right to privacy.
It was a balmy evening on 27 September 1894 when two men appeared at the front door of the Albion Hotel in Brighton and asked if they could rent a room. One was a young newspaper seller from Worthing named Alfonso Conway. His companion was Oscar Wilde.
Crossing over from adult films to the mainstream isn't easy – but then Sasha Grey isn't your average ex-porn star, says Luke Blackall
What should make the curve of a brow, or the cherry flush of a lip, beautiful? Why are peacocks' feathers, rich in delicate texture and iridescent colour so unlikely, so pointlessly extravagant? What can we learn from contemplating such things? The Cult of Beauty at the V&A explores "the Aesthetic Movement" in Britain, an umbrella term for groups of individuals working across the various artforms at the end part of the 19th century, who believed in beauty for its own sake. As an exhibition it manages a critical recouping of rather unfashionable Victorian art, and also makes an intellectual, historical case for corralling together such figures as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and William Morris.
The playwright's lover was having another relationship
Correspondence reveals the burgeoning homosexuality that would land writer in prison
David Cameron has been criticised for a string of factual errors – from the date the US entered the Second World War to Iran's nuclear capability. David Randall imagines how the PM might tell the story of the past 2,000 years
Forget sitcoms and skits. It's product placement and new technology that will save British comedy, he tells Ian Burrell
Another Divine lesson in the art of elegant outsiderdom
He should have been hailed a hero for his wartime codebreaking. Instead he was prosecuted for his homosexuality and took his own life. So why has Britain never said sorry? Jonathan Brown reports
'I saw the Treasury at Petra completely alone – amazing'
The Catholic Church has found an unlikely pin-up in the homosexual writer
Oscar Wilde's trivial comedy for serious people has a pronounced summery feel about it and is not as absurd a choice for the open air as it might first seem. But Irina Brown's revival is a spirited denial of the bosky surround, placing both Algernon's Half Moon Street apartment and the Manor House in Hertfordshire on a white disc with a white ramp and a white grand piano.