18th October 2011
Zimbabwe refuses to give prisoners condoms because homosexuality is illegal 41
10:16 AM — Prisoners in Zimbabwe are being denied condoms despite high rates of HIV - because homosexuality is illegal. The Prison Service said last week that condoms could "encourage" illegal gay sex among the 13,000-strong prison population.
12th October 2011
HIV life expectancy rises by 15 years 153
2:45 PM — Life expectancy for people living with HIV has risen by 15 years in the last decade. Research by the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine found that earlier treatment and modern medicine has contributed to the increase.
11th October 2011
California removes surgery requirement for transgender birth certificates 29
3:12 PM — California's governor Jerry Brown has signed a law to make it easier for transgender people to get a revised birth certificate Previously, transgender people had to provide proof of surgery to obtain a birth certificate in the appropriate gender.
Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48
1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.
5th October 2011
New medical rules for US transgender inmates
11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.
Conflict over ‘gay cure’ study 143
10:17 AM — Two professors from American religious universities claim they have evidence to show that sexual orientation can be changed. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University and Stanton Jones at Wheaton College say that almost a quarter of the people they studied were able to become straight.
3rd October 2011
Spain to open first gay retirement home 91
5:04 PM — Work will begin on Spain's first gay and lesbian retirement home in the coming weeks. The December 26th Foundation in Madrid is named after the 1979 date when General Franco's anti-gay law was repealed.
30th September 2011
New website lists gay-friendly therapists 35
4:55 PM — A new website allows LGBT people to find sensitive, non-judgemental therapists and counsellors. Soho-based counselling group Pink Therapy says its online directory will help LGBT people avoid therapists who believe they are mentally ill.
Comment: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell about HIV status 408
1:06 PM — Michael Lucas, the gay porn producer, offers a new solution to cutting HIV rates and stigma around the condition.
29th September 2011
Gay former basketball sttar John Amaechi launches HIV support for UK Africans 14
4:41 PM — John Amaechi, the openly gay former basketball player, is supporting a new HIV programme aimed at African communities in the UK. The 40-year-old, who has Nigerian heritage, will launch the three-year Terrence Higgins Trust programme tomorrow (Friday).
European Parliament calls for end of classifying transgender people as mentally ill 121
2:05 PM — The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for the World Health Organisation to stop classifying transgender people as mentally ill. 'Gender identity disorder' is currently classified as a ‘mental and behavioural disorder’ in the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.
Gay rights groups accuse NI health minister of ignoring them 14
1:40 PM — Campaigners against the gay blood donation ban have accused Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots of snubbing them. Mr Poots announced last week that he would not lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, despite the rest of the UK doing so on November 7th.
Small study suggests HIV ‘could be reduced to a minor infection’ 24
11:40 AM — A small-scale HIV study suggests that the virus could be reduced to a "minor chronic infection" by using a vaccine. Spanish researchers found that 22 of 24 people developed an immune response to HIV after being given a vaccine known as MVA-B.
26th September 2011
Transgender woman says she has been left ‘half man’ by NHS surgery refusal 81
3:39 PM — A transgender woman from Burnley has accused the NHS of leaving her "half man, half woman" by refusing to pay for her breast surgery. Cathy Ann Daniels, 57, was born physically male and has had some surgery.
23rd September 2011
Northern Ireland minister accused of homophobia over gay blood ban 26
2:32 PM — Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has come under heavy pressure to lift the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood. He has been accused of homophobia.
22nd September 2011
Northern Ireland health minister refuses to lift gay blood ban 70
10:57 AM — Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's health minister, has refused to lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. He has said that the current policy “should not be altered” because of safety concerns around HIV transmission.
20th September 2011
Lib Dems say 12-month gay blood ban must be lifted 27
12:02 PM — The Liberal Democrat party has voted to urge the government to go further on removing blood donation restrictions on gay men. Members at the party's conference in Birmingham agreed that the new 12-month deferral period is "a ban by any other name".
12th September 2011
Gay campaigners urge Northern Ireland health minister to overturn blood donation ban 2
2:33 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland are pressuring health minister Edwin Poots to overturn the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.
Stonewall report: Older gay people at risk of loneliness 42
10:53 AM — A report by gay rights charity Stonewall says older lesbian, gay and bisexual people are at more risk of loneliness and isolation.
9th September 2011
London charity for older LGBT people seeks volunteers 33
2:09 PM — Opening Doors London, the charity for older LGBT people, is seeking donations and volunteers. The service, run by Age UK, offers information, help, 'befrienders' and social activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people over the age of 50.