16th June 2010
National AIDS Trust seeks huge increase in donations 11
1:08 PM — The National AIDS Trust has launched a new fundraising appeal in a bid to increase individual donations by tens of thousands of pounds. The charity said it only received £2,500 in individual monthly donations last year and hopes to raise this to £25,000 in the next 12 months.
15th June 2010
US committee says gay blood ban will stay in place 6
4:54 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has decided to retain current rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The body held hearings last week on the issue and committee members voted nine to six against making any immediate changes.
42% rise in Irish HIV diagnoses among gay and bi men 14
3:22 PM — The number of men who have sex with men being diagnosed with HIV in the last year in Ireland rose by 42 per cent, a report has said.
14th June 2010
HIV charities ‘very concerned’ by threat to local funding 11
4:23 PM — HIV charities National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust have warned that vital HIV services may be cut in the government's plans to save money. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced in a written ministerial statement last week that the AIDS Support Grant will not be ringfenced this year.
11th June 2010
France tells trans woman her breasts don’t measure up 11
4:07 PM — If your breasts don’t measure up – you just can’t be a “proper” woman. If you thought such archaic attitudes had long since disappeared, think again: in a recent ruling, French authorities declared that before trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard could be classed as a woman, she needed to provide written evidence that she had undergone breast enhancement.
9th June 2010
Australian blood donation rules ‘discriminatory’, activist says 7
4:40 PM — A Tasmanian gay rights activist has questioned why the Australian Red Cross' policy on blood donation is harsher on gay men than it is on people with tattoos and piercings.
8th June 2010
Gay men thinner than heterosexuals but lesbians heavier, study says 22
3:30 PM — A study by university researchers supports the stereotype that gay men are thinner than straight people and lesbians are heavier.
Children of lesbian couples ‘have fewer behaviour problems’ 15
10:59 AM — A 17-year study into families headed by lesbian parents has found that their children have fewer behavioural problems, get better results and are more psychologically sound than children brought up by straight parents.
7th June 2010
Gay journalist receives award nod for ‘gay cure’ expose 3
2:10 PM — A gay journalist who underwent 'gay cure' therapy to expose the therapists who practise it has been nominated for a mental health's charity's media awards.
3rd June 2010
Lifting US gay blood donation ban could add 219,000 pints a year 7
3:53 PM — Lifting America's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood could provide an extra 219,000 pints a year, a report says. It also estimates that organ donations could increase by 2.9 per cent annually, meaning around 900 additional transplants could take place each year.
2nd June 2010
Lesbian and gay smokers ‘more at risk of respiratory illness’ 8
1:48 PM — Young lesbian, gay and bisexual smokers may be more at risk of respiratory illnesses than their straight counterparts, a study suggests.
27th May 2010
HIV cases on the rise in Scotland 6
4:12 PM — Figures published yesterday showed that over 90 Scots were diagnosed HIV positive since the beginning of this year. Between January and March 2010, 91 people were affected, bringing the overall Scottish diagnosis rate to 6,338.
26th May 2010
Canadian researchers argue for lifting of blood ban for gay men 9
3:47 PM — A team of investigators in the online edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal has argued that the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood should be replaced with a deferral for those who have been in a stable, monogamous relationship for at least one year. In Canada, the USA and the UK, gay men and any other men who partake in sex with men are permanently banned from giving blood.
25th May 2010
Trans woman refused NHS breast operation 81
11:00 AM — A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.
21st May 2010
Fears over Uganda’s ‘discriminatory’ HIV bill 12
3:24 PM — A bill has been tabled in Uganda's parliament to make HIV testing mandatory for pregnant women, their partners and victims and perpetrators of sexual assaults.
18th May 2010
Video: Daniel Radcliffe’s ad on gay youth suicide rates 14
5:45 PM — Actor Daniel Radcliffe has filmed a public service announcement on behalf of a gay charity. The Harry Potter star is a supporter of the Trevor Project, a charity which supports LGBT young people who are at risk of suicide.
17th May 2010
UN report finds gay men in Asia ‘denied HIV care’ 2
5:54 PM — Up to 90 per cent of gay men in Asia cannot access HIV care and advice, a United Nations-backed report has found. It said rates of the disease had reached alarming levels among gay men on the continent and repressive laws in many countries are making the situation worse.
12th May 2010
Trans woman launches legal challenge after being denied breast surgery 6
2:25 PM — A trans woman has launched a legal challenge after her primary care trust decided she could not have breast implants funded by the NHS.
30th April 2010
Gonorrhoea ‘may become untreatable’, health experts warn 3
3:11 PM — The World Health Organisation has said that the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea may become untreatable due to the improper use of antibiotics. The disease increases the chances of gay men catching HIV.
28th April 2010
China lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors
2:13 PM — The Chinese government has announced it has overturned the ban on HIV-positive visitors entering the country. The ban was introduced in 1989, although China has temporarily lifted it for major events in the past, such as the1990 Beijing Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.