27th May 2009
Gay couples ‘are better at communicating’ 113
4:11 PM — Recent studies indicate that same-sex couples have greater levels of satisfaction in their relationships than their heterosexual counterparts due to better communication.
New Zealand survey finds gay teenagers at risk 13
1:22 PM — A survey of more than 9,000 students has found that gay teenagers are more likely than their straight peers to be affected by depression, suicide and self-harm.
22nd May 2009
Charities launch guide on prosecutions for HIV transmission 1
5:23 PM — Two leading HIV charities have launched a guide for people living with HIV in England and Wales explaining criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.
NHS offers 20-minute HIV test 5
5:10 PM — A new HIV test which takes only 20 minutes to deliver a result is now available on the NHS. Previously, those wishing to take an HIV test had to wait a week for their results.
20th May 2009
Elton John: ‘HIV/AIDS is still winning’
3:06 PM — Sir Elton John has spoken out on the issue of HIV/AIDS, saying governments and the medical industry are not doing enough to prevent the world epidemic.
19th May 2009
Gay men urged to stay safe on World Hepatitis Day 2
4:46 PM — Gay and bisexual men are being urged to raise their awareness of hepatitis today for World Hepatitis Day. It is estimated that one in 12 people around the globe are infected with hepatitis B or C.
Eight-year-old trans girl barred from Catholic school 28
3:17 PM — A trans girl has been barred from attending her Catholic school in Omaha, Nebraska, after officials objected to her wearing girls' clothes.
15th May 2009
Comment: Sex education can help stop the rise of HIV in young gay men 10
4:35 PM — Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), argues that rising HIV rates in young gay men means the government must ensure all schools provide sex education for gay students.
14th May 2009
Ireland’s health service to recognise gay and lesbian relationships 1
3:11 PM — The Irish Health Service Executive is to draw up new guidelines for hospitals on gay and lesbian relationships. The plan is one of a number of recommendations made by a new report on LGBT health, which was launched yesterday.
12th May 2009
Transexual woman calls off week long hunger strike 7
10:00 PM — A transsexual woman from Nottingham has ended her week long huger strike after NHS officials agreed to reconsider whether they can fund gender reassignment treatment.
Stephen Fry supports men’s mental health campaign 5
3:52 PM — Stephen Fry is supporting a campaign to encourage more men to seek help for mental health issues. The broadcaster revealed three years ago he had lived with bipolar disorder all his life but was not diagnosed until the age of 37.
Trans woman on hunger strike after treatment refused 10
12:45 PM — A trans woman from Nottingham has been on hunger strike for a week, saying she will die if the NHS does not fund her gender reassignment treatment.
8th May 2009
Sex and the City star uses bisexual surrogate mother 2
5:06 PM — Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick have reportedly chosen a bisexual woman to act as a surrogate mother.
7th May 2009
Gay men ‘at risk’ as UK rates for new HIV infections soar to highest in Europe 8
4:27 PM — Charity Unicef has warned that Britain now has the highest number of new HIV infections in western Europe, with gay and bisexual men and black Africans most at risk.
5th May 2009
Trans groups to campaign over ‘draconian’ gender clinic rules 16
4:53 PM — Trans Yorkshire and Press for Change are to lobby MPs at Westminster later this month in a bid to improve gender identity services in Leeds. The groups claim that Leeds Gender Identity Clinic insists on "complete compliance" during treatment, rather than promoting an atmosphere of health and wellbeing.
1st May 2009
HIV patients ‘still facing discrimination’ in Wales
4:05 PM — A sexual health doctor in Wales has claimed that some patients with HIV are still victims of prejudice and are being denied treatment by GPs for everyday illnesses.
Church of Scotland group calls for HIV training for ministers
11:20 AM — A Church of Scotland group has said that HIV education should be part of the training for new recruits to the ministry.
29th April 2009
Ex-gay therapy survivor to speak at psychotherapy conference 3
2:17 PM — A former Lutheran pastor who underwent therapy and hypnosis in an attempt to become heterosexual is to speak at a psychotherapy conference in London next month.
24th April 2009
Dutch survey reveals lesbian women suffer depression and stigmatisation
2:41 PM — Research from the Netherlands has reported that bisexual and lesbian women suffer anxiety, depression and insomnia and are the targets of gossip and abuse.
23rd April 2009
New rules will widen access to gender reassignment in Wales 3
4:20 PM — The Health Commission Wales (HCW) will allow transgender patients in Wales to access funding for gender reassignment therapy, it has been announced.