12th June 2013
MPs who voted against the Clause 20 sex education amendment 11
1:10 PM — Tuesday’s vote on amending the Children and Families Bill to include statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education, making it mandatory for teachers to inform students about same-sex relationships, was voted down on party lines.
Labour’s Clause 20 sex education amendment fails in the Commons 51
12:14 PM — A Labour amendment for mandatory sex and relationship education in schools failed to get the support of enough MPs last night and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson confirmed PSHE would remain a non-statutory subject.
11th June 2013
MPs await Commons debate on sex education amendment 6
3:33 PM — MPs in support of a Labour amendment for more comprehensive sex and relationship education in schools hope they’ll be enough parliamentary time to allow for a debate and vote.
10th June 2013
National AIDS Trust welcomes Labour’s call for LGBT inclusive sex education 5
6:14 PM — The chief executive of the National AIDS Trust has welcomed calls by the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper for statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in schools and says it could help in the fight against ever rising HIV infections.
Yvette Cooper: Young gay men face ‘huge mental health problems’ and we need stronger LGBT inclusive sex education 22
2:08 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education a statutory requirement in order to address the health challenges faced by LGBT students.
Ireland: Record levels of new HIV cases for gay and bisexual men 4
12:55 PM — Figures released by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men last year in Ireland – the highest diagnosis rate recorded to date.
9th June 2013
Petition nears 150,000 target urging Google Play store to remove ‘gay cure’ app 10
10:57 AM — A petition started two weeks ago to urge the Google Play app store to ban a Christian app claiming to be able to "cure" homosexuality, has almost reached its 150,000 signatures target.
6th June 2013
Stephen Fry tells Twitter followers ‘I’m now fine’ following suicide revelation 9
10:49 AM — Stephen Fry has thanked people for their support, following his revelation that he had attempted suicide last year.
US: Arizona bill targeting transgender people temporarily shelved 7
12:56 AM — A bill introduced earlier this year in the US state of Arizona to allow businesses to refuse transgender people the right to use facilities appropriate to their gender identity, has been temporarily shelved by its sponsor, and will not go to vote in the House until next year.
5th June 2013
Stephen Fry reveals he attempted suicide in 2012 31
6:06 PM — Stephen Fry has revealed that he attempted to commit suicide last year by overdosing on pills and vodka, but that he was saved by chance, by his producer.
Tory Lord Fowler: We face an ‘historical battle’ when it comes to HIV global funding 3
3:34 PM — Lord Fowler says the UK faces an “historic battle” when it comes to dealing with the HIV epidemic at an international level.
Terrence Higgins Trust says high gonorrhoea rates among gay men are a ‘wakeup call’ 20
11:18 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described latest figures showing rates of gonorrhoea among gay men up by a third as a “wakeup call”.
3rd June 2013
Canada: Coroner’s Office urges research on suicide in LGBT teens 3
5:34 PM — The Office of the Chief Coroner in Ontario, Canada, released an annual report today in which they highlight the level of suicide among LGBT teenagers as a cause for concern.
Terrence Higgins Trust calls for male HPV vaccine after Michael Douglas’s cancer oral sex claims 10
4:34 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust is reiterating calls for the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination programme to include gay and bisexual men following Hollywood actor Michael Douglas’s comments about oral cancer.
31st May 2013
US: New Jersey Senate delays vote on gay ‘cure therapy’ ban 1
12:22 AM — The Senate in the US state of New Jersey has delayed a vote on whether or not to ban the controversial practice of gay "conversion therapy" on minors.
30th May 2013
London counselling service awarded honour for LGBT inclusivity 2
4:05 PM — A counselling service in London has been honoured with an award for its inclusive practice and work with LGBT couples.
29th May 2013
Brighton: Terrence Higgins Trust launches drug and addiction support group 6
7:13 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a support group in Brighton for gay and bisexual men who feel drug or alcohol use is badly affecting their lives.
28th May 2013
Su Pollard: ‘Equal marriage can only be a good thing for sexual health’ 14
2:15 PM — Comedy entertainer Su Pollard says more needs to be done to encourage young gay men to use condoms and that equal marriage is a key step towards ending stigma and discrimination.
25th May 2013
Labour MP Diana Johnson: It’s now time for Parliament to tackle the issue of gay conversion therapy 36
12:45 PM — With marriage equality on its way, Labour MP Diana Johnson and Tom Stephens both write for PinkNews.co.uk on why ending gay-to-straight conversion therapy should be Parliament’s next priority.
22nd May 2013
Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, but they can only donate if celibate for five years 24
6:36 PM — Officials in Canada say men who have not had sex with other men within the last five years will be allowed to donate blood as part of new guidelines.