24th March 2010
Rising syphilis rates blamed on casual sex websites 15
5:19 PM — A four-fold increase in syphilis infections has been blamed on people using social networking websites to meet for casual sex. The disease disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men.
22nd March 2010
Iranian actor returns to screens after gender reassignment 4
6:53 PM — An Iranian actor has returned to screens as a man after transitioning. Saman Arastu, who was previously known as Farzaneh, had a strong career as a woman, playing television and film roles.
18th March 2010
Gay participants excluded from some clinical trials 8
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
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
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
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
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
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 The 1983 rule is "outdated, medically and scientifically unsound", they argued in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration yesterday.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.