12th November 2008
National AIDS Trust questions gay blood donor ban
1:08 PM — A leading HIV charity has accused the National Blood Service of not doing enough to challenge a lifetime ban on donations from men who have had sex with men.
10th November 2008
Thousands of lives could be saved by new anal cancer test 8
7:09 PM — A new test that will detect the early signs of a cancer that is prevalent among gay men has been devised.
Gay donations would mean more safe blood, tribunal told
5:53 PM — An anti-discrimination tribunal in Australia has been told that lifting a ban on gay men giving blood would increase the amount of safe transfusions available.
4th November 2008
Scottish blood service defends ban on gay donations 4
3:11 PM — The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has said that the rise in gay men becoming infected with the HIV virus meant the ban on blood donations from that group was justified.
New website supports parents worried about homophobic bullying 1
2:44 PM — A national charity has launched a website for parents concerned about bullying with the message "you are not alone."
Leading doctor suspended for sending gay hate letter 10
10:41 AM — The President of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspended from medical practice for 12 months by the General Medical Council.
31st October 2008
Bishop fails to stop same-sex parents as Embryology Bill passes final stage 4
9:20 PM — The House of Lords voted in favour of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill on Wednesday, marking the end of its Parliamentary journey.
GP blackmailed by patient over ‘gay massage’ is struck off 1
6:25 PM — The General Medical Council has struck off a doctor who masturbated a male patient while giving him a massage and then paid him £100 a week not to report the incident.
Doctor accused of homophobia storms out of disciplinary hearing 4
4:16 PM — A GP who has given differing explanations about a letter published in his name that said gay people needed the "stick of law to put them on the right path" has stopped attending his disciplinary hearing.
Analysis: Blood donor policy is discriminatory and contradictory 2
2:20 PM — In April the Scottish Parliament asked for submissions from various groups about the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood.
Scottish Parliament to consider gay blood ban 1
2:04 PM — Scotland's national LGBT campaigns group has submitted a detailed case to the Scottish Parliament calling for the removal of the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood.
30th October 2008
THT increases democratic base with free membership scheme 1
2:32 PM — A leading sexual health charity is encouraging people to join its free membership scheme. Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) members will be kept up to date on the latest HIV news.
28th October 2008
Lottery funding for five year study into gays, drugs and alcohol 1
5:48 PM — The Big Lottery Fund's Big Research Programme is to provide funds for "England's first ever research into drug and alcohol use among lesbian, gay and bisexual communities."
Leading Muslim doctor faces professional conduct hearing over homophobic letter 16
1:47 PM — A fitness to practise hearing has been told that a GP who wrote a homophobic and transphobic letter to a medical magazine has changed his story several times.
27th October 2008
Scientist claims biological basis for transsexuality 5
5:02 PM — The largest ever genetic study of male to female transsexuals has found a significant genetic link between gender identity and a gene involved in testosterone action.
Texts are latest weapon in South Africa’s HIV battle
1:30 PM — A million text messages a day will be sent as part of a new scheme to encourage South Africans to be tested for HIV.
23rd October 2008
MPs approve equal access to fertility treatment
10:42 AM — New legislation that will provide equal access to fertility treatment for lesbians has been approved by the House of Commons.
22nd October 2008
ANALYSIS: New law will give lesbians equal access to fertility treatment
2:56 PM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is expected to pass for a third and final time in the Hosue of Commons today. It aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services.
Abortion off the agenda as MPs vote on fertility bill 3
2:47 PM — Amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have legalised abortion in Northern Ireland will not be discussed at the third reading in the Commons today.
Patient blackmailed GP over “gay” massage
1:40 PM — A fitness to practise panel of the General Medical Council has heard how a doctor was blackmailed for more than two years by a patient who claims he was sexually assaulted by him.