17th March 2009
Pope claims condoms ‘could make African AIDS crisis worse’ 59
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI today added to the controversy over the Catholic church's stance on condoms when he argued that they were not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV and Aids and could even make the problem worse.
HIV/AIDS ‘epidemic’ in Washington DC 1
3:00 PM — Three per cent of Washington DC residents suffer from HIV or AIDS - a rate higher than in some African countries such as Uganda. According to a report from the city's health department, there has been a 22 per cent increase in rates of the disease since 2006.
Oklahoma teacher resigns over gay film 9
10:36 AM — A teacher in Oklahoma, US, has lost her job after showing students The Laramie Project, a film about murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard. Debra Taylor resigned from Grandfield High School after showing the film and allowing students to film their own short clips about it.
16th March 2009
Campaign for review of gender dysphoria policy in Oxfordshire 4
4:13 PM — Four trans women are campaigning for Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust to review its policy, funding and practice for the treatment of Gender Identity Dysphoria. According to the group, the PCT is "lagging behind" other counties in its understanding and treatment of the illness.
13th March 2009
Study to be released on poverty among gay Americans 8
5:48 PM — An analysis of poverty among lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans is to be presented to Congress next Friday. Its authors have said it undermines myth of gay affluence and demonstrates that lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens are as likely, or more likely, to be poor than heterosexuals.
Gay men in Jamaica ‘face higher levels of HIV due to discrimination’ 4
4:00 PM — Gay Jamaican men are suffering from high levels of sexually-transmitted diseases due to discriminaty barriers in accessing healthcare, it has been suggested. According to the Caribbean HIV & AIDS Alliance, gay men are reluctant to go to healthcare providers because of homophobic laws and attitudes in the country.
12th March 2009
Research group to address training in LGBT issues for medical staff 1
4:31 PM — A group of students from the Stanford University School of Medicine are working on increasing training for medical students on LGBT healthcare concerns.
Medical advice ‘puts lesbians at risk of cervical cancer’ 4
2:04 PM — Research has suggested that government guidelines should be revised to ensure more lesbian women are screened for cervical cancer. Currently, NHS advice states that women who have never been sexually active with a man have a very low risk of the disease, suggesting these women may decline to attend cervical smear tests.
Blood ban on gay men to be reviewed 13
1:18 PM — A review of blood donation policy in the UK will be carried out following the publication of new research. The latest review, in January 2007, recommended that the policy of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood should be continued.
11th March 2009
Elton John to speak on HIV/AIDS at biotechnology conference 1
2:56 PM — Singer Elton John is to give a keynote speech at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation's annual conference, focusing on HIV/AIDS. The star will highlight how biotechnology has influenced prevention and treatment of the disease and discuss the outlook for challenges and solutions that lie ahead.
10th March 2009
US mental health experts support gay marriage 1
5:28 PM — Leading mental health organisations in Vermont, US, have come out in support of gay marriage, claiming it will validate relationships, increase benefits for the families and could reduce discrimination.
9th March 2009
Indian city to build trans toilets 3
11:15 AM — The Indian city of Chennai is to build new toilets for trans people.
Homophobia ‘more common than racism’ 24
10:50 AM — A study has suggested that negative attitudes to gay and lesbian people are now more prevalent than racism.
4th March 2009
THT launches new guide for teachers on gay relationships 2
12:37 PM — A free guide for teachers with ideas they can use to help discuss topics like same sex relationships and homophobia with their students has been produced.
Men with prostate cancer have “worst” NHS experience
12:29 PM — A new survey has revealed a lack of knowledge that men living with prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men – continue to have to deal with the ‘historical legacy of neglect’ surrounding the disease.
2nd March 2009
Obama moves to end “moral” opt-out for health care providers 12
5:35 PM — The President of the United States has moved to overturn regulations that allow doctors, nurses and others to refuse to treat people who they disapprove of on "moral" grounds.
Analysis: What the new IVF parenthood laws mean for lesbians 5
12:28 PM — From April 6th, lesbian couples will automatically have both their names added to the birth certificate of children conceived following fertility treatment.
Lesbians who have IVF win right to name partners on birth certificates 10
12:24 PM — Lesbians who have children through IVF will be able to name their partners on birth certificates from next month.
27th February 2009
Lesbian couple’s victory over NHS fertility treatment 5
3:12 PM — A local health authority has backed down after they were taken to court for refusing fertility treatment to a lesbian couple.
20th February 2009
Gay Olympic hero to become men’s health ‘ambassador’ 5
1:52 PM — He may still be waiting for big name sponsors to beat a path to his door, but Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has been asked to take up an important role in his home country.