30th November 2009
Chinese city opens gay bar to tackle HIV 9
6:52 PM — The Chinese city government of Dali has opened a state-funded gay bar to tackle HIV infections. The city, in the southwestern Yunnan province, is one of the ten Chinese cities most affected by HIV and sex between men is thought to account for one third of transmissions.
Tatchell calls for an end to the blood ban on gay men 8
5:35 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be abolished. Speaking ahead of World AIDS Day, which is tomorrow, Tatchell said the lifetime ban was based on "stereotyped, irrational, unscientific and homophobic assumptions".
Trans recognition laws to come before Irish parliament 15
5:27 PM — New laws to give greater legal recognition to trans people will come before the Irish parliament (Dail) next year. They have been proposed by the Green Party, who say that people should be able to chose which gender they want to be legally recognised by.
Australian teacher accused of lesbian affair with pupil
3:15 PM — An Australian music teacher has pleaded not guilty to repeatedly counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a female pupil.
One in five people with HIV harassed or threatened
2:59 PM — A survey into stigma around HIV has found that one in five people living with the disease has been harassed or threatened in the last year. It also found that a similar number had been refused medical treatment.
Christian relationship counsellor loses appeal over gay couples 19
1:14 PM — A Christian relationship counsellor who refused to work with gay couples has lost his appeal for unfair dismissal. Gary McFarlane was sacked by Relate last year after saying he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples.
Rupert Everett vows to leave Britain if Cameron becomes prime minister 45
12:58 PM — Gay actor Rupert Everett has said he will leave the UK if the Tories win the next general election because they are too posh.
Liverpool police release CCTV images of boys wanted for homophobic assault 15
11:57 AM — Merseyside Police have released CCTV images of four teenage boys wanted in connection with a homophobic assault on a gay student. The 19-year-old was attacked on Wednesday, November 18th on Lord Street near James Street Station.
Bulgarian man sells story of final hours with Stephen Gately 21
11:45 AM — Georgi Dochev, the Bulgarian student who was at the Majorca apartment where gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died, has sold his story to a newspaper.
US trans sportswriter found dead 7
11:24 AM — A sports journalist who worked on the Los Angeles Times has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Mike Penner, 52, who worked for the newspaper for 25 years, had struggled with his sexual identity.
David Cameron’s World AIDS Day message 2
11:06 AM — Tory leader David Cameron said that a new effective strategy was needed to tackle HIV infections in the UK and abroad. He promised to ring-fence public spending for tackling the disease and suggested pharmacies could offer HIV testing in the same way as America.
Ian McKellen criticises Little Britain gay sketch 29
11:02 AM — Gay actor Ian McKellen has criticised the "camp" portrayal of gays on television. He said that comedy sketches such as Matt Lucas' only gay in the village in Little Britain were not helpful in fostering tolerance.
Tory leader David Cameron promises ‘big push’ to curb HIV infections 39
10:56 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron today promised to ring-fence spending money for tackling HIV and organise a new campaign to change attitudes to the disease.