12th May 2008
Human fertilisation bill passes first Commons test 8
10:39 PM — MPs have voted in favour of a major update to human embryology laws despite opposition from religious MPs.
Police warn clubbers after ecstasy death
4:15 PM — A man in his thirties has died after taking what is believed to be ecstasy. He collapsed at the Fridge nightclub in Brixton at 4.30am on Sunday. When an ambulance arrived two men had collapsed.
Conference will tackle LGBT mental health outcomes
3:25 PM — A national conference on mental health and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will be held in Nottingham later this month.
Belgian surgeons to perform Cuba’s gender reassignment operations 1
2:56 PM — The head of Cuba's National Centre for Sexual Education, Mariela Castro, has revealed that 30 gender reassignment operations have been approved. She told AFP "we're getting ready a team of surgeons from Belgium" to perform the procedures.
We don’t want gay blood, says Polish MP saved by transfusion
2:07 PM — Poland's Blood Donation Centre is considering a ban on blood donations from gay men. Doctors at the centre said they are not prejudiced, but think the ban will reduce the risk of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis.
Council reverses decision on Christian foster parents 8
11:14 AM — A devout Christian couple will be allowed to provide weekend respite care for children under 10. Eunice and Owen Johns were rejected by an adoption panel.
COMMENT: Gay press calls on Hillary to stand aside
10:51 AM — If you believe in media narratives (sometimes a very dangerous thing to do) Hillary Clinton’s quest for the White House has come to an end.
Plight of gay asylum seekers to be highlighted on IDAHO
10:30 AM — Details of more events marking the International Day Against Homophobia have been announced. IDAHO is held every year on May 17th, the day in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses by the World Health Organisation.
AIDS charity wants compulsory sex education about condom use
10:13 AM — The National AIDS Trust has released a new survey that found 49% of British people do not always use a condom with a new sexual partner.
Police look on as fascists attack gays at Moldova’s banned Pride
9:44 AM — Lesbian and gay activists in Moldova have begged the European Union and the Council of Europe to intervene after their attempt to hold a Pride event at the weekend was banned and then blocked by police inaction and violence.
The need for a father? What the Lords said 8
9:10 AM — In January the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill's Report stage in the Lords saw strong objections from bishops and some Tory peers. An amendment by Tory peer Baroness Deech seeking to retain the "need for a father" was defeated by 164 to 93.
How will the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill benefit lesbians? 8
9:08 AM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.
MPs will discuss lesbian equality measure today 8
8:58 AM — MPs will consider measures that ensure equality for lesbians when accessing fertility treatments this afternoon. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill also allows for the creation of animal-human embryos.