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  • 2nd July 2010

    Doctors declare ‘gay cure’ therapies harmful 77

    The BMA declared gay cure therapies were harmful

    11:31 AM — The annual meeting of the British Medical Association has declared that therapies to 'cure' gay people of homosexuality are harmful. Research published last year found that a sixth of registered British therapist and psychiatrists have attempted to "cure" patients of homosexuality.

  • 1st July 2010

    Chinese gay man sues over blood donation ban 17

    China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    4:56 PM — A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre for refusing to accept his blood donation because he is gay. According to AFP, Wang Zizheng went to the centre in June to give blood and declared he was gay on a form.

  • Trans woman wins legal aid for breast operation fight 26

    Miranda Lee is fighting to have her breast surgery on the NHS

    11:48 AM — A trans woman who said she had been left "half-man and half-woman" after her primary care trust refused to pay for her breast enlargement has been granted legal aid to fight her case.

  • 28th June 2010

    New campaign urges gay men in relationships to ‘play it safe’ 1

    Condoms remain one of the safest ways to protect against HIV

    4:16 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new HIV-prevention campaign aimed at gay men who are in long-term relationships. The campaign, which will appear in selcted gay press and on posters and postcards, is part of the Pan-London HIV Prevention Partnership (PLHPP) and seeks to address the issue of safe sex within gay male relationships.

  • Spanish clinic investigated for offering gay ‘cure’ 5

    Barcelona, where a clinic is under investigation for offering gay 'cures'

    1:49 PM — A psychiatric clinic in Barcelona in the Spanish region of Catalonia is under investigation for allegedly offering to "treat" homosexuality with therapy and medication. It is believed that the clinic is not alone in its offer of such treatment in Spain.

  • 23rd June 2010

    Biggest European online sex survey for gay and bisexual men is launched 3

    The EMIS survey is the biggest of its kind

    6:41 PM — The European Gay and Bisexual Men’s Internet Sex Survey (EMIS) which is available in 25 languages and 31 countries, has been launched online and is available to complete until Tuesday 31 August.

  • 22nd June 2010

    HIV charity concerned at disability allowance reforms 23

    NAT fears HIV-positive people could struggle to get disability allowances

    5:17 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity National AIDS Trust has said it is "very concerned" at a Budget announcement that Disability Living Allowance will be reformed. New and existing claimants for the support will be subjected to medical tests.

  • 16th June 2010

    Spanish clinic investigated for attempting to ‘cure’ gays 7

    The clinic allegedly offers pills to make people straight

    3:49 PM — A Spanish clinic is being investigated by the regional government for claiming it can 'cure' gay people. The Policlinica Tibidabo clinic in Barcelona allegedly offers pills and psychiatric therapy to people who believe they can become straight.

  • National AIDS Trust seeks huge increase in donations 11

    National AIDS Trust is seeking a rise in donations

    1:08 PM — The National AIDS Trust has launched a new fundraising appeal in a bid to increase individual donations by tens of thousands of pounds. The charity said it only received £2,500 in individual monthly donations last year and hopes to raise this to £25,000 in the next 12 months.

  • 15th June 2010

    US committee says gay blood ban will stay in place 6

    The US blood ban will remain in place

    4:54 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has decided to retain current rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The body held hearings last week on the issue and committee members voted nine to six against making any immediate changes.

  • 42% rise in Irish HIV diagnoses among gay and bi men 14

    There was a 42 per cent rise in new diagnoses in gay men

    3:22 PM — The number of men who have sex with men being diagnosed with HIV in the last year in Ireland rose by 42 per cent, a report has said.

  • 14th June 2010

    HIV charities ‘very concerned’ by threat to local funding 11

    HIV charities are concerned about a threat to funding

    4:23 PM — HIV charities National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust have warned that vital HIV services may be cut in the government's plans to save money. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced in a written ministerial statement last week that the AIDS Support Grant will not be ringfenced this year.

  • 11th June 2010

    France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11

    Delphine Ravisé-Giard was told she must provide proof of breast surgery (Photo: limaoscarjuliet)

    4:07 PM — If your breasts don’t measure up – you just can’t be a “proper” woman. If you thought such archaic attitudes had long since disappeared, think again: in a recent ruling, French authorities declared that before trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard could be classed as a woman, she needed to provide written evidence that she had undergone breast enhancement.

  • 9th June 2010

    Australian blood donation rules ‘discriminatory’, activist says 7

    Rodney Croome attacked the differing rules

    4:40 PM — A Tasmanian gay rights activist has questioned why the Australian Red Cross' policy on blood donation is harsher on gay men than it is on people with tattoos and piercings.

  • 8th June 2010

    Gay men thinner than heterosexuals but lesbians heavier, study says 22

    Gay men were found to be slimmer than straight men (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    3:30 PM — A study by university researchers supports the stereotype that gay men are thinner than straight people and lesbians are heavier.

  • Children of lesbian couples ‘have fewer behaviour problems’ 15

    The study followed the children of lesbian parents for 17 years

    10:59 AM — A 17-year study into families headed by lesbian parents has found that their children have fewer behavioural problems, get better results and are more psychologically sound than children brought up by straight parents.

  • 7th June 2010

    Gay journalist receives award nod for ‘gay cure’ expose 3

    Patrick Strudwick said he was "thrilled" at being shortlisted

    2:10 PM — A gay journalist who underwent 'gay cure' therapy to expose the therapists who practise it has been nominated for a mental health's charity's media awards.

  • 3rd June 2010

    Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7

    The report said an extra 219,000 pints of blood could be found

    3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.

  • 2nd June 2010

    Lesbian and gay smokers ‘more at risk of respiratory illness’ 8

    LGB people are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals (Photo: Valentin Ottone)

    1:48 PM — Young lesbian, gay and bisexual smokers may be more at risk of respiratory illnesses than their straight counterparts, a study suggests.

  • 27th May 2010

    HIV cases on the rise in Scotland 6

    HIV infections continue to rise in Scotland

    4:12 PM — Figures published yesterday showed that over 90 Scots were diagnosed HIV positive since the beginning of this year. Between January and March 2010, 91 people were affected, bringing the overall Scottish diagnosis rate to 6,338.

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