19th August 2010
A third of HIV-positive gay men show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder 19
7:00 PM — A study has found that one third of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers were surprised to find that starting HIV medication was the strongest trigger for PTSD.
Public bodies to be given more freedom in how they promote equality 16
6:02 PM — The government announced changes today in how the new Equality Duty will be implemented. The changes will remove some government restrictions on public bodies, which will instead be required to set and publish their own methods and results. The changes will free up resources and cut red tape, ministers say.
Germany’s justice minister considering giving gay couples equal income tax rights 5
4:35 PM — Germany's justice minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said today she is looking at how gay couples can be given equality in the income tax system.
Liverpool’s gay arts festival Homotopia returns for seventh year 3
3:02 PM — Liverpool's seventh Homotopia festival will take place this November. The arts and culture festival is the only one of its size in the north of England and boasts a programme which includes films, comedy, poetry and theatre.
Trans woman claims she lost her job after wearing women’s clothes 10
1:53 PM — A trans woman from Lincoln is suing her former employers, claiming that they sacked her after she began wearing women's clothes to work.
Costs are a barrier to lesbian couples conceiving, study finds 9
1:50 PM — A small study of lesbian parents has suggested that many still have to turn to friends or the internet to find sperm donors, despite laws which make it easier for them to use IVF clinics.
6,000 civil partnerships formed last year 14
10:52 AM — Figures show that 6,281 gay couples had civil partnerships in the UK in 2009, a fall of 12 per cent compared with 2008. According to the Office for National Statistics, 3,227 male and 3,054 female couples tied the knot last year.
Catholic adoption agency barred from refusing gay couples 21
12:42 AM — A Catholic adoption agency has been barred by the Charity Commission from restricting its service to heterosexual couples. Catholic Care, in the diocese of Leeds, wanted to amend its charitable objectives to avoid equality legislation which requires it not to discriminate.