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  • 31st January 2011

    Gay charity London Friend begins emergency appeal to buy building 5

    London Friend has six months to buy its building

    3:33 PM — London Friend, the city's oldest gay charity, has launched an emergency appeal to buy its current premises. The LGBT counselling service was founded 40 years ago and has six months to raise the funds to buy its Caledonian Road building.

  • 26th January 2011

    G-A-Y founder has HIV test to raise awareness 17

    Jeremy Joseph receiving his HIV test results

    5:07 PM — G-A-Y founder Jeremy Joseph is shown having an HIV test and discovering the results in a photo diary for Boyz magazine. The promoter said he took the test publicly to raise awareness of safer sex information for gay men.

  • Scans show difference in transgender brains 54

    Brain scans showed differences in transgender people's brains

    1:52 PM — A team of scientists has discovered differences in the brains of transgender people. The researchers, at the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, Spain, believe their technique could help doctors identify transgender people at an early age, giving them more options for treatment, such as delaying the onset of puberty.

  • 25th January 2011

    Chaz Bono says he’s ‘complete’ after gender reassignment 10

    Chaz Bono said he felt 'complete'

    10:53 AM — Cher's son Chaz Bono says he feels complete for the first time in his life since having gender reassignment surgery. The 41-year-old has now completed transition, having had surgery in 2009. He legally changed his name last year.

  • 24th January 2011

    New government drug advisor linked ‘destructive gay lifestyle’ to paedophilia 104

    Dr Raabe says homosexuality can lead to drug use

    11:01 AM — A Christian doctor appointed to advise the government on illegal drug use has strong views against homosexuality, it has been revealed.

  • 21st January 2011

    Gay journalist accuses Christian therapist of smearing his name over ‘intimidation claims’ 72

    Christian campaigners say a witness was intimidated

    10:53 AM — The professional trial of a Christian therapist who tried to 'convert' a gay man has been halted after a witness was allegedly intimidated, Christian campaigners say. However, the gay journalist who brought about the trial says that the claims are a "smear campaign" and that the therapist does not have any witnesses.

  • 18th January 2011

    HIV charity Food Chain wins £1m boost from Elton John AIDS Foundation 7

    Volunteers at a Food Chain kitchen

    3:29 PM — London HIV charity Food Chain has received a £1 million sponsorship from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The charity, now in its 22nd year, provides vital support to HIV-positive people who are too ill to feed themselves properly.

  • 17th January 2011

    Christian therapist may be struck off for trying to turn gay man straight 73

    The Christian counsellor said she could turn gays straight

    10:49 AM — A Christian 'conversion therapist' may be struck off this week after telling a gay undercover reporter that she could turn him straight. Lesley Pilkington, 60, told gay journalist Patrick Strudwick that his homosexuality was a "mental illness" and she could help him overcome it.

  • 14th January 2011

    Comment: Prison Service must jail transgender criminals safely 40

    Trans people are currently not safe in prison

    11:12 AM — A story published in the Bristol Evening Post yesterday, of how a trans woman who had been dealing drugs avoided jail because this would interfere with her transition, is bad news for the rule of law, and bad news for the trans community everywhere.

  • 13th January 2011

    US politician says HIV funding should be cut for ‘perverted’ people 48

    Larry Brown also said gay marriage should be banned

    5:04 PM — A politician in North Carolina has said that HIV treatment should not be funded by the taxpayer for people who live "perverted lifestyles". Republican representative Larry Brown made his remarks in an email to a newspaper.

  • 7th January 2011

    Lesbians’ children ‘not hurt by meeting sperm donors’ 2

    The studies looked at sperm donors and their children

    4:49 PM — There is no evidence that lesbians' children are hurt or damaged by meeting their sperm donor fathers, a small study says.

  • 5th January 2011

    Trans woman performs DIY castration 22

    The trans woman was said to have been determined to have the surgery

    2:56 PM — A transgender woman in North Derbyshire was treated in hospital after a DIY castration. The patient, 22, is said to have been determined to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

  • 4th January 2011

    Clare Balding says she’s beaten cancer 3

    Clare Balding said she did not need further treatment for cancer

    9:35 AM — Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding has announced that she does not require further treatment for thyroid cancer. The broadcaster, speaking on BBC Radio 2's French and Saunders programme yesterday, said her doctor gave her the news last month.

  • 30th December 2010

    Secret sperm donor fathered his lesbian aunt’s children aged just 15 46

    Charlie Lowman died in 2009 (photo: Facebook tribute page)

    12:57 PM — A couple grieving over the death of their 20-year-old son are coming to terms with the fact that two children they considered to be their nephew and niece are their biological grandchildren. Their son donated sperm to his aunt and her same sex partner when he was just 15.

  • 22nd December 2010

    Portia DeGeneres: I had no lesbian role models

    Portia DeGeneres said she had no lesbian role models

    5:25 PM — Portia DeGeneres says her struggle with her sexuality contributed to years of suffering with eating disorders. The former Ally McBeal star, now married to talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, revealed that she didn't know of any lesbian actresses to look up to.

  • Canadian province still lists homosexuality as a mental illness 23

    Homosexuality is still classed as a mental disorder in Alberta

    4:49 PM — The Canadian province of Alberta still classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, government records show. Between 1995 and 2004, doctors cited the diagnostic code more than 1,750 times when billing the province for treating gays and lesbians, the Vabcouver Sun reports.

  • 15th December 2010

    Researchers ‘cure’ man of HIV with stem cell transplant 9

    The man was treated for leukaemia (Photo: Horia Varlan)

    1:25 PM — German researchers believe they have cured a man of HIV by using a stem cell transplant. Timothy Ray Brown, 42, was also being treated for acute myeloid leukaemia - a cancer of the immune system. Three and a half years later, he apparently shows no sign of either disease.

  • 9th December 2010

    HIV-positive porn star says barebacking must be banned 37

    Bareback porn should be banned, Derrick Burts said.

    10:39 AM — A porn actor who contracted HIV while filming has called for condoms to be made compulsory across the adult film industry. Derrick Burts, 24, tested positive for HIV in October after starring in US gay and straight porn films.

  • 8th December 2010

    Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015 4

    Brighton has one of the highest rates of HIV in the UK (Photo: Annie Green Springs)

    5:29 PM — Brighton MPs Simon Kirby and Caroline Lucas have welcomed the Department of Health's decision to support a cross-party policy document on HIV prevention. The Halve It campaign aims to cut estimated undiagnosed HIV infections in half by 2015.

  • Campaign for AIDS memorial in London 18

    London is unusual in that it does not have an AIDS memorial, campaigners say

    3:35 PM — Campaigners are calling for an AIDS memorial to be created in London to remember those who have died from the disease. Unlike Brighton, Manchester and many western capitals, London does not have a permanent memorial despite its high number of AIDS deaths.

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