28th July 2009
Chinese lesbians protest blood donation ban 2
2:42 PM — Lesbians in China have set up an online petition to be allowed to donate blood. According to state-run China Daily, the petition asks the government to repeal the 1998 ban.
27th July 2009
Christian doctor reinstated after same-sex adoption row 15
1:16 PM — Dr Sheila Matthews, who was removed last week from a Northamptonshire adoption panel, has been reinstated to the post, but is no longer allowed to vote on any cases.
24th July 2009
Normal again: The reasons and realities behind the ex-gay movement 132
3:47 PM — The ex-gay movement, which professes to 'cure' homosexuality, is in the news yet again following the disappearance of American student Bryce Faulkner, who is thought to have been sent to one of the controversial centres by his parents after they discovered he was gay.
21st July 2009
Video: Durex condom ad shows gay policemen 11
12:21 PM — The condom manufacturer Durex has released a new advert which shows two policemen about to get it on to the sound of ABBA.
Lesbian couple win right to have IVF on the NHS 18
10:47 AM — A lesbian couple have been permitted to have their IVF treatment paid by the NHS. The anonymous couple launched a legal fight after being denied treatment by their local primary care trust because they were both women.
20th July 2009
Homophobia blamed for high levels of HIV in African gay men 7
4:28 PM — Research has suggested that HIV rates for gay men in sub-Saharan Africa are ten times higher than the average rate for the general male population.
17th July 2009
Gay partners of parents should have less rights, says report by former Tory leader 32
2:35 PM — A new report from the Centre for Social Justice has recommended that some rights of same-sex partners who are not biological parents should be downgraded.
9th July 2009
Massachusetts challenges Defence of Marriage Act 1
3:37 PM — Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit that argues the Defence of Marriage Act violates the US constitution by interfering with the right of states to define the marriage status of their own residents.
Trans woman who went on hunger strike wins funding 9
1:40 PM — A trans woman who went on hunger strike after her local primary care trust refused to fund her gender reassignment has been told it will now pay for her hormone medication.
8th July 2009
Swedish study finds gay brains resemble those of opposite sex 14
4:03 PM — Swedish scientists have suggested that brains of gay people may share similar physical attributes to those of the opposite sex.
3rd July 2009
Terrence Higgins Trust tells gay men to get tested regularly for HIV 7
11:03 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV charity, is launching a new campaign to encourage gay men to get tested regularly for the virus.
30th June 2009
Black men at higher risk of HIV 25
2:58 PM — Research has suggested that black men have an increased risk of HIV due to having fewer partners to choose from.
Lady Gaga: ‘Many of my gay and lesbian friends fear HIV’ 3
2:15 PM — Pop star Lady Gaga has shown her support for an HIV charity in Manchester. The singer visited an Orange RockCorps volunteer project in Manchester to help Body Positive North West, a support centre for people affected by HIV.
29th June 2009
India moves closer to decriminalisation of homosexual acts 6
2:11 PM — The Indian government is to hold talks on repealing the country's colonial laws on gay sex.
23rd June 2009
US military gay ban ‘linked to poor performance’ 2
11:14 AM — Research has suggested that the ban on openly gay personnel serving in the US military may be lowering performance to life-threatening levels.
19th June 2009
Identity of New Zealand man who ‘deliberately infected partners with HIV’ revealed 9
3:18 PM — The identity of a New Zealand man accused of deliberately infecting his sexual partners with HIV has been revealed by a court.
Chair of Pride London calls gay blood ban ‘prejudiced and homophobic’ 16
10:40 AM — The chair of Pride London, Paul Birrell, has spoken out against the ban on allowing gay men to donate blood.
17th June 2009
China to ban criminals and those in relationships from having sex change operations 3
10:35 AM — China's Ministry of Health has published new proposed clinical guidelines on gender reassignment surgery. Those wishing to undergo surgery must have no criminal record, be single, over 20 years old and have lived as their desired gender for at least two years.
16th June 2009
Gay man could face jail for helping ill partner die 25
2:18 PM — A north London man who helped his partner access assisted suicide in Switzerland could face a 14-year prison sentence.
San Francisco lesbian barred from visiting partner in hospital 12
11:17 AM — A gay woman from San Francisco was prevented from visiting her partner in hospital after she suffered a seizure. The couple had been taking part in a 'Meet in the Middle' rally in support of same-sex marriage, when Kristin Orbin, who suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure.