17th August 2009
Trans woman performed own surgery after transition delays 17
8:15 PM — A trans woman has performed her own gender reassignment surgery after being told she would have to wait two years for professional help.
14th August 2009
Gay men and lesbians more likely to seek treatment for mental health and substance abuse 6
2:01 PM — Gay men and lesbians are around twice as likely as their straight counterparts to seek treatment for mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse, a study has suggested.
Comment: Killing us softly 185
10:35 AM — Last week, Ramsey Dehani wrote about HIV campaigns from the perspective of a young gay man. Today, Gary Leigh, who remembers the "no nonsense" strategies of the 1980s, says the gay health charities have some tough questions to answer.
11th August 2009
US trans prisoner barred from hair removal therapy 15
5:19 PM — A trans prisoner has been denied further hair removal therapy after a judge said she would not suffer "serious harm" without it.
Terrence Higgins Trust runs drugs workshops for gay men 2
4:54 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is running a series of workshops for gay men in London who are concerned about their drug or alcohol use.
7th August 2009
AIDS chief stresses importance of positive media respresentation of LGBT Indians 1
1:14 PM — The man leading the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has said that the media should reject sensationalist reporting when dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
Royal College of Psychiatrists asked to come out against gay “cure” therapies 21
11:53 AM — The UK's governing body for psychiatry has been asked to advise its members not to refer clients who are confused about their sexuality to therapies that claim to change their sexual orientation.
Russia’s newest LGBT support group to focus on education and health 1
10:34 AM — A new organisation that aims to develop social services for LGBT people has been formed in Moscow.
6th August 2009
Lost generation: Are modern HIV campaigns failing younger gays? 26
1:47 PM — While older gay men remember shocking images of tombstones in HIV awareness ads from the 1990s, the fear and uncertainty is alien to younger men. Are they being let down by today's campaigns?
Report: Ex-gay therapy does not work 17
12:37 PM — The American Psychological Association (APA) released a report yesterday firmly stating that homosexuality cannot be changed.
Gay Indian prince: ‘Yoga didn’t turn me straight’ 17
11:27 AM — A gay Indian prince has criticised claims made by a yoga guru that yoga can 'cure' homosexuality.
5th August 2009
Stonewall publishes advice for lesbians on getting pregnant 2
12:08 PM — Stonewall, the gay and lesbian rights group, has published a guide for lesbians on how to get pregnant in the wake of the new laws protecting the rights of lesbian couples seeking fertility treatment.
3rd August 2009
Gorillas found to be a source of HIV infection 5
1:38 PM — Scientists have discovered a gorilla strain of HIV in a Cameroonian woman. They believe this is the first time the strain present in gorillas has been found in a human.
30th July 2009
US survey finds almost a third of trans respondents have considered suicide 3
2:00 PM — A study has found that almost a third of trans respondents have seriously considered committing suicide in the last year.
29th July 2009
HIV groups hit in Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts 2
7:44 PM — HIV and AIDS groups have suffered this week under a revised California state budget which will see funding slashed by up to $85m for care and prevention programmes.
28th July 2009
Chinese lesbians protest blood donation ban 2
2:42 PM — Lesbians in China have set up an online petition to be allowed to donate blood. According to state-run China Daily, the petition asks the government to repeal the 1998 ban.
27th July 2009
Christian doctor reinstated after same-sex adoption row 15
1:16 PM — Dr Sheila Matthews, who was removed last week from a Northamptonshire adoption panel, has been reinstated to the post, but is no longer allowed to vote on any cases.
24th July 2009
Normal again: The reasons and realities behind the ex-gay movement 132
3:47 PM — The ex-gay movement, which professes to 'cure' homosexuality, is in the news yet again following the disappearance of American student Bryce Faulkner, who is thought to have been sent to one of the controversial centres by his parents after they discovered he was gay.
21st July 2009
Video: Durex condom ad shows gay policemen 11
12:21 PM — The condom manufacturer Durex has released a new advert which shows two policemen about to get it on to the sound of ABBA.
Lesbian couple win right to have IVF on the NHS 18
10:47 AM — A lesbian couple have been permitted to have their IVF treatment paid by the NHS. The anonymous couple launched a legal fight after being denied treatment by their local primary care trust because they were both women.