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  • 18th March 2010

    Gay participants excluded from some clinical trials 8

    Some clinical trials were found to exclude gay people

    4:47 PM — Some clinical research trials are explicitly excluding gays and lesbians, a study has found. Research sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health, the US government and private companies found that 15 per cent of the trials were found to bar gay people.

  • 16th March 2010

    Changes to condom advertising ‘may help fight HIV’ 5

    Condom advertising will be allowed at any time

    4:52 PM — Changes to how condoms can be advertised on television may help fight HIV, charities have said. The Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice announced today that condom advertising will be allowed before the 9pm watershed.

  • HIV infections in gay men ‘increasing in homophobic countries’ 5

    HIV rates were increasing in gay men, Michel Sidibe said.

    11:57 AM — Rates of HIV infections in gay men are increasing in countries which have homophobic attitudes, the chief of the UN AIDS agency has said.

  • 10th March 2010

    Cuba pays for gender reassignment surgery 11

    Mariela Castro told reporters about the change yesterday

    6:35 PM — Cuba has begun paying for trans men and women to have gender reassignment surgery. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of former leader Fidel, confirmed to reporters yesterday that the country began paying for the procedures in 2008.

  • Circumcision may not affect HIV rates in gay men 37

    Researchers looked at HIV rates in circumcised men

    3:15 PM — Although research has found that circumcision may help cut HIV infections, a new study suggests it may not have much effect on gay men.

  • 5th March 2010

    US senators call to end gay blood ban 29

    The letter called for end to the blood ban

    5:29 PM — Seventeen Democrat senators and one independent have called to end America's ban on gay men donating blood. The 1983 rule is "outdated, medically and scientifically unsound", they argued in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration yesterday.

  • 25th February 2010

    Iris Robinson’s gay cure therapist reported to GMC 22

    Dr Paul Miller is being investigated by the GMC

    1:19 PM — A psychiatrist who worked with shamed former MP Iris Robinson has been reported to the General Medical Council for his work in trying to "cure" gay people.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Mass screening ‘could eradicate AIDS in 40 years’ 28

    HIV could be eradicated in 40 years, Dr Brian Williams said

    2:41 PM — A leading researcher has claimed that testing billions of people could eradicate HIV/AIDS within 40 years. Dr Brian Williams of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis said that focus needed to shift to stopping transmission.

  • 17th February 2010

    Anti-gay cure group to protest outside Christian convention 53

    A similar protest in April (Photo: Nicolas Chinardet)

    6:38 PM — Gay campaigners are to protest outside a gay cure conference in Northern Ireland this weekend. Christian group Core Issues is holding a conference with the Rev Mario Bergner, who claims to have been turned away from homosexuality by God.

  • 16th February 2010

    Gay man jailed for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission 14

    Mark James was sentenced to more than four years in jail

    11:59 AM — A gay man who absconded to France after being convicted for recklessly infecting his former boyfriend with HIV was arrested when he returned to the UK for cancer treatment.

  • Police to investigate gay BBC presenter’s mercy killing 42

    Ray Gosling will be investigated by police over the confession

    11:50 AM — Nottinghamshire police have launched an investigation after a gay veteran BBC presenter admitted killing his lover on a programme broadcast last night.

  • 15th February 2010

    Documentary maker admits the mercy killing of his gay lover 74

    Ray Gosling (photo: Channel4)

    11:43 PM — A British broadcaster has admitted the mercy killing of his same sex partner in a programme broadcast this evening by the BBC. Nottingham based film maker Ray Gosling, 70, told the BBC's 'Inside Out: East Midlands': "I killed someone once... He'd been my lover and he got Aids."

  • Trans man Thomas Beatie pregnant for the third time 26

    Thomas Beatie during his first pregnancy

    5:51 PM — Thomas Beatie is reportedly pregnant with his third child. US website Momlogic.com said that Beatie was pregnant again but did not confirm a due date.

  • France de-lists transgenderism as a mental illness 32

    France will not consider transgenderism a mental illness

    5:30 PM — France has become the first country in the world to declassify transgenderism as a mental illness. A health minister signalled the change would be made last May and this was confirmed last week by a government decree.

  • 10th February 2010

    Campaign launched to expose ex-gay therapists 46

    Critics say conversion therapy can cause severe mental harm (Photo: bhernandez)

    1:25 PM — A gay journalist who went undercover to expose the methods of gay conversion therapists is organising a campaign to stamp out the controversial therapy.

  • 8th February 2010

    New site set to support African HIV/AIDS epidemic

    The project, named FLOWE(RED), will sell ethically sources flowers imported from Africa and donate all profits to projects aimed at tackling HIV/AIDS in Africa

    4:35 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity (RED) has launched a new online flower service that will help provide AIDS drugs for people living in Africa. The project, named FLOWE(RED), will sell ethically sources flowers imported from Africa and donate all profits to projects aimed at tackling HIV/AIDS in Africa. Last week saw the launch of its website www.flowered.com

  • 2nd February 2010

    Exclusive: Iris Robinson’s ‘gay cure’ psychiatrist’s methods exposed 25

    Iris Robinson said the assaulted gay man could be cured of homosexuality

    6:47 PM — The psychiatrist recommended by homophobic former MP Iris Robinson to 'cure' gays was exposed yesterday for his methods of treating patients.

  • NHS ‘paying for ex-gay therapy’ 101

    Some doctors are apparently referring patients to ex-gay therapists

    12:37 PM — The National Health Service is paying for people to have therapy to turn them straight, it has been claimed. According to an investigation by the Independent, some GPs are referring people to 'reparative' therapists to help them change their sexual orientation.

  • 27th January 2010

    Survey finds 3 in 4 gay and bisexual men would donate blood 19

    Gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood

    7:03 PM — A survey of gay and bisexual men has found that 77 per cent of respondents would donate blood if they were allowed to. Currently, men who have ever had sex with another man are barred for life from donating blood due to the risk of HIV.

  • Trans man is third to carry a child 42

    The couple are expecting their baby next month

    1:02 PM — A trans man in California has revealed he is expecting a baby next month. Scott Moore, 30, is thought to be the third trans man to go public with his pregnancy after American Thomas Beatie and Spanish man Ruben Noe Coronado.

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