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  • 24th March 2009

    Gays and lesbians face ‘double stigma’ over mental health 6

    Gays and lesbians face a 'double prejudice' in mental health (Photo: Flickr Bhernandez)

    6:05 PM — Gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Wales face a double prejudice in terms of mental health, a survey has suggested. The report, from Stonewall Cymru, states that mental health provision in Wales is "under-resourced and ill-equipped" to cope with LGB mental health issues.

  • 23rd March 2009

    Spanish trans man pregnant with twins 10

    Ruben Noe Coronado has said he is expecting twins

    11:45 AM — A Spanish man who was born female has said he is pregnant with twins after a course of fertility treatment. Ruben Noe Coronado, 25, plans to bring up the babies with his partner Esperanza Ruiz, 43.

  • 20th March 2009

    One-third of HIV sufferers ‘face discrimination’ 9

    The survey suggested a third of those with HIV suffer discrimination

    6:00 PM — A survey has suggested that one-third of people living with HIV experienced discrimination relating to their status in the last year. It also found that discrimination was compounded by homophobia, racism or asylum and immigration-related prejudice.

  • 17th March 2009

    Pope claims condoms ‘could make African AIDS crisis worse’ 59

    Pope Benedict said condoms were making the African AIDS crisis worse

    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

    Three per cent of the city's residents are suffering from HIV/AIDS

    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

    The Laramie Project focuses on the death of gay teenager Matthew Shepard

    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

    A review will be held by July

    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

    Gay affluence is "a myth" according to the study (Flickr: Cbanck)

    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

    Over 30 per cent of gay men in Jamaica are living with HIV, it has been claimed

    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

    Stanford students are researching LGBT health concerns

    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

    The report said guidelines should be revised

    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

    The blood ban on gay men is to be reviewed

    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

    Sir Elton will be speaking at the event in May

    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

    Lawmakers in Vermont are pushing for gay marriage

    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

    Three lavatories will be built in Chennai

    11:15 AM — The Indian city of Chennai is to build new toilets for trans people.

  • Homophobia ‘more common than racism’ 24

    Homophobia 'is the new racism'

    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

    THT has produced a new guide

    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

    Prostate cancer kills thousands of men a year

    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

    Barack Obama is President of the United States

    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

    The new law cannot be applied retrospectively

    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.

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