12th May 2009
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.
THT marks 25th anniversary of blood test with HIV warning 6
1:35 PM — 25 years ago today, on 23rd April 1984, the US Health Secretary, Margaret Heckler, announced the ground breaking discovery that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
Claims of anal torture of gay Iraqis “consistent” with human rights violations 20
10:13 AM — A leading LGBT human rights organisation has said that reports of horrific torture of gay Iraqis by militias "are consistent with patterns of human rights violations being reported from within the country."
20th April 2009
‘Gay cure’ conference to be held in London 174
5:09 PM — A conference advocating techniques to help 'cure' people of homosexuality is to be held in London next weekend featuring notorious ex-gay advocate Joseph Nicolosi.
Brits with HIV ‘still being refused entry to US’ 4
2:36 PM — People living with HIV are still being refused entry to the US despite government plans to change legislation, it has been claimed.
15th April 2009
Alberta agrees to fund final 50 genital reassignment surgeries 2
11:30 AM — The Canadian province of Alberta has said it will pay for almost 50 final genital reassignment surgeries before ceasing funding for the operations.
6th April 2009
Texas homeless shelters adapt for trans people 3
5:38 PM — High numbers of trans people living on the street have prompted homeless shelters to provide dedicated trans facilities. Activists have underscored the deaths of homeless trans women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas as indicative of the adaptations which are necessary for shelters to accommodate all people in need.
HIV stigma “fuels homophobia and discrimination”
1:15 PM — A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein.
Gay groups call for medical help for ‘homophobic’ university professor 15
11:48 AM — A Spanish university professor who said gays and bisexuals are "ill" and "unworthy" needs mental help, gay groups have said. Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said that anything which is not heterosexual, including masturbation, is "perverted".
27th March 2009
The Lancet: Pope ‘distorted science’ with condom comments 9
1:16 PM — Respected medical journal The Lancet has criticised Pope Benedict XVI over his recent comments on condoms and AIDS and demanded he make a retraction.
Comment: I’m not hungry – Gay men and eating disorders 8
12:16 PM — Omar Hassan examines eating disorders in the gay community and explores issues such as peer pressure, low self-esteem and how the gay press presents beauty.
HIV rates in gay men still at high levels 21
10:22 AM — Around 7,370 new HIV diagnoses were made in the UK last year, according to latest figures from the Health Protection Agency. Thirty-eight per cent of all new diagnoses were probably acquired through sex with men.