29th November 2011
Erotic lampshade maker takes phallic chandelier on tour 13
3:37 PM — Swallow and Bone, a manufacturer of lampshades and products which enhance "sensual ambience", is marketing a phallic chandelier, titled Priapus. The manufacturer says it has taken stylistic influences from the fetish and bondage industries, to create a light fitting adorned with six hand-sculpted phalluses cast in translucent resin.
New once-a-day HIV drug launched ahead of World AIDS Day 24
2:18 PM — The European Commission has given marketing authorisation to a new once-daily tablet for the treatment of HIV. Gilead Sciences new drug Eviplera will be used commercially in 27 countries of the European Union.
George Michael’s family join him at hospital during pneumonia treatment 17
1:27 PM — The family of George Michael has flown to Vienna to visit the singer in hospital, along with ex-boyfriend Kenny Goss, after the star fell ill with pneumonia last week.
Anti-bullying campaigner Roger Crouch dies 28
12:54 PM — Roger Crouch, the father of a boy who committed suicide after being bullied at school, who went on to become a voice for greater awareness of bullying and 2011's Stonewall Hero of the Year, has died.
Speaker John Bercow unveils new coat of arms with multiple gay rights symbols 42
12:23 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has unveiled his new portrait and coat of arms, which depict rainbow flags and pink triangles around the words "All Are Equal".
Men urged to opt in for nationwide sexual health messaging service 7
10:50 AM — Ahead of World AIDS Day, the Sexual Health Messaging Service, which allows men to alert previous partners when they are diagnosed with an infection, is being rolled out to more clinics and websites and is asking users to opt in to receive messages.
Gay softball league settles out of court with bisexual players 5
10:20 AM — Three men on a team disqualified from the 2008 Gay Softball World Series because it was thought to have too many straight players have been paid an undisclosed sum by the organisers.
One in 20 gay men living with HIV as infection rate hits record high 230
9:09 AM — The number of people living with HIV in the UK reached an estimated 91,500 in 2010, with a quarter of those unaware of their infection, according to Health Protection Agency figures published today.
Alan Cumming to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in new one-man production 6
9:08 AM — The National Theatre of Scotland has announced it will be staging a one-man version of Macbeth featuring Alan Cumming as both the title character and his ambitious wife.