22nd November 2013
Video: G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph films 1 minute HIV test for World Aids Day 8
6:46 PM — Owner of G-A-Y group Jeremy Joseph has recorded a video to raise awareness of how quick and easy it can be to have an HIV test.
Gay former soldier helps launch National HIV Testing Week for Terrence Higgins Trust 7
1:39 PM — James Wharton, a former Lance Corporal with the Blues and Royals, has taken a rapid HIV test to encourage more gay men to test for the virus during this year’s National HIV Testing Week.
Peter Tatchell: ‘An age of consent of 14 might be more realistic and reasonable than 16′ 48
12:13 PM — Responding to comments made by the president of the Faculty of Public Health, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell agrees that the UK should look at lowering the age of consent.
Stockholm gets its first LGBT retirement home 4
11:12 AM — Sweden has opened its first senior housing facility for LGBT people in central Stockholm.
21st November 2013
Comment: The government is wrong not to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy 22
3:22 PM — Labour MP Sandra Osborne has criticised Health Minister Norman Lamb for ruling out statutory regulation of psychotherapists in order to prevent them from being able to provide gay-to-straight conversion therapy.
National AIDS Trust: GPs are failing to test gay men for HIV 15
1:47 PM — The National AIDS Trust has warned that too many doctors are failing to offer HIV tests for gay and bisexual men.
HIV infections among gay men in England at highest ever level 31
11:19 AM — New figures released today by Public Health England show HIV infections among gay and bisexual men at a record high.
20th November 2013
UK Government rules out banning therapists from providing gay ‘cures’ on cost grounds 18
6:28 PM — Health Minister Norman Lamb has told MPs that gay-to-straight conversion therapy is “utterly abhorrent” but that the government remains opposed to the statutory regulation of psychotherapists on the grounds of cost.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Stigma against HIV and anti-gay laws are costing lives in Burma
4:32 PM — Aung San Suu Kyi has called on Burma to decriminalise homosexuality, with the United Nations warning anti-gay laws are hampering efforts to fight HIV among gay men in the country
19th November 2013
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation sets up working group on extending HPV vaccine to gay men 14
1:54 PM — The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has agreed to set up a working group on possibly offering HPV vaccinations to adolescent boys and gay and bisexual men.
18th November 2013
Comment: Young people tell us the age of consent should stay at 16 8
5:44 PM — Responding to comments made by the president of the Faculty of Public Health, Simon Blake, the CEO of Brook, says most youngsters believe the age of consent should not be lowered.
Comment: The legacy of Section 28, ten years on 20
11:42 AM — Writing on the ten-year anniversary of the repeal of Section 28 in England and Wales, Tom Hayes, the editor of beyondpositive, says the law meant he was unable to receive basic advice about same-sex relationships at school.
Shadow Equalities Minister: ‘Removing Section 28 was one of Labour’s most important acts’ 16
11:06 AM — It's ten years since the repeal of Section 28 in England and Wales, Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Gloria De Piero, shares her thoughts on what the policy symbolised for the LGBT community in an exclusive article for PinkNews.co.uk.
17th November 2013
Downing Street rejects calls to lower the age of consent to 15 24
1:38 PM — Downing Street and Nick Clegg have both rejected a call by a public health official to consider lowering the age of consent to 15 so that teenagers can have better access to sexual health advice and protections.
15th November 2013
Tribunal rules Northern Ireland Health Minister’s blood ban advice can remain secret 13
12:53 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has won the right to withhold the legal reasons for enforcing a lifetime ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the province.
14th November 2013
Comment: Northern Ireland’s Health Minister will only be remembered for homophobia 8
4:23 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Levi Greene says Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Edwin Poots, is an example of someone with "distasteful views" being in a position of power.
Manchester: Lesbian couple sue NHS after hospital prevented them from accessing IVF 12
11:58 AM — A lesbian couple in Manchester are taking legal action against the NHS after claiming they were turned down for fertility treatment because they are in a same-sex relationship.
13th November 2013
UK Parliament to debate gay ‘cure’ therapies next week 29
6:36 PM — A Westminster Hall Debate in the House of Commons on gay conversion therapy will take place on Wednesday 20 November, it has been announced.
London Council ‘alarmed’ by rising HIV infections 2
1:38 PM — A senior London councillor, representing boroughs across the capital, has described rising HIV infection rates in London as “alarming”.
HIV campaign disagrees with media link between David Dimbleby’s scorpion tattoo and gay men with HIV 9
12:57 PM — The decision of The Times, Metro and The Huffington Post to claim gay men use a scorpion and other “biohazard” symbols to indicate they are HIV positive has surprised gay men’s health charity, GMFA.