31st October 2008
Bishop fails to stop same-sex parents as Embryology Bill passes final stage 4
9:20 PM — The House of Lords voted in favour of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill on Wednesday, marking the end of its Parliamentary journey.
GP blackmailed by patient over ‘gay massage’ is struck off 1
6:25 PM — The General Medical Council has struck off a doctor who masturbated a male patient while giving him a massage and then paid him £100 a week not to report the incident.
Doctor accused of homophobia storms out of disciplinary hearing 4
4:16 PM — A GP who has given differing explanations about a letter published in his name that said gay people needed the "stick of law to put them on the right path" has stopped attending his disciplinary hearing.
Analysis: Blood donor policy is discriminatory and contradictory 2
2:20 PM — In April the Scottish Parliament asked for submissions from various groups about the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood.
Scottish Parliament to consider gay blood ban 1
2:04 PM — Scotland's national LGBT campaigns group has submitted a detailed case to the Scottish Parliament calling for the removal of the ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood.
30th October 2008
THT increases democratic base with free membership scheme 1
2:32 PM — A leading sexual health charity is encouraging people to join its free membership scheme. Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) members will be kept up to date on the latest HIV news.
28th October 2008
Lottery funding for five year study into gays, drugs and alcohol 1
5:48 PM — The Big Lottery Fund's Big Research Programme is to provide funds for "England's first ever research into drug and alcohol use among lesbian, gay and bisexual communities."
Leading Muslim doctor faces professional conduct hearing over homophobic letter 16
1:47 PM — A fitness to practise hearing has been told that a GP who wrote a homophobic and transphobic letter to a medical magazine has changed his story several times.
27th October 2008
Scientist claims biological basis for transsexuality 5
5:02 PM — The largest ever genetic study of male to female transsexuals has found a significant genetic link between gender identity and a gene involved in testosterone action.
Texts are latest weapon in South Africa’s HIV battle
1:30 PM — A million text messages a day will be sent as part of a new scheme to encourage South Africans to be tested for HIV.
23rd October 2008
MPs approve equal access to fertility treatment
10:42 AM — New legislation that will provide equal access to fertility treatment for lesbians has been approved by the House of Commons.
22nd October 2008
ANALYSIS: New law will give lesbians equal access to fertility treatment
2:56 PM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is expected to pass for a third and final time in the Hosue of Commons today. It aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services.
Abortion off the agenda as MPs vote on fertility bill 3
2:47 PM — Amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have legalised abortion in Northern Ireland will not be discussed at the third reading in the Commons today.
Patient blackmailed GP over “gay” massage
1:40 PM — A fitness to practise panel of the General Medical Council has heard how a doctor was blackmailed for more than two years by a patient who claims he was sexually assaulted by him.
LGBT Alzheimer’s suport group recognised with special award 1
12:38 PM — The Alzheimer’s Society has honoured the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Support Group for their "outstanding contribution to people with dementia and their carers."
21st October 2008
Judge slams Indian government for calling homosexuality as a disease 4
6:40 PM — The government of India has been challenged in court for calling homosexuality a disease.
20th October 2008
Catholic former minister Ruth Kelly “will vote against” Embryology Bill 6
3:24 PM — A leading Roman Catholic politician who resigned from the government last month will vote against a bill that grants lesbians equal access to fertility treatment, it has been reported.
Abortion dominates debate as lesbian fertility rights come before Commons
2:58 PM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is back before MPs this week. If it passes the Commons without amendments on Wednesday it will become law.
Experts predict sharp rise in HIV infections among Hong Kong gays
1:41 PM — One third of men who have sex with men could be infected with HIV unless prevention measures work, according to experts in Hong Kong.
18th October 2008
Preview: Stephen Fry In America – The Deep South 22
12:10 PM — "I'd rather be curled up in a snowy cabin with a hot whisky or, quite frankly, a Horlicks than I would spend half an hour in this rotting place." Stephen Fry exclaims after visiting the USA's southern states in his six part BBC series.