27th May 2008
22% of American gays have no health insurance 1
11:29 AM — Nearly one in four gay and lesbian adults in the US lack health insurance and are nearly twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to have no health insurance coverage.
23rd May 2008
Polish Catholics fund treatment centre to ‘cure’ homosexuals 11
10:54 AM — The Roman Catholic Church has helped set up a rehabilitation centre in Poland that attempts to 'cure' homosexuality.
Russian Health Ministry ends ban on gay blood
1:56 AM — The Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development has repealed the ban on blood donations by homosexual people, it emerged last night.
22nd May 2008
European Parliament demands US reconsider HIV ban 5
12:42 PM — An amendment urging the European Commission to raise the issue of people with HIV being exempted from entry into the US visa waiver programme has been passed by MEPs.
21st May 2008
Handbook on transgender children released
12:46 PM — For parents and professionals alike, raising a transgender child can be confusing and challenging. A new book published in the US tackles the issues thousands of families face.
Praise for Ted Kennedy after brain tumour diagnosis
11:56 AM — Massachusetts Senator Edward 'Ted' Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, according to a statement released by his doctors yesterday.
20th May 2008
Stonewall delighted at Commons vote for lesbian rights 2
8:34 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the decision of the House of Commons to remove the requirement for doctors to consider the 'need for a father.'
MPs vote to abolish ‘need for a father’ 7
6:59 PM — The House of Commons has voted to remove the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for ferility treatments.
Charity welcomes government action on older gay couples
2:04 PM — The government has said it will issue guidance to local authorities restricting them from splitting older couples who are married or in a civil partnership when placing them in care.
19th May 2008
Human-animal embryos approved by Commons 1
8:15 PM — The first of three clauses to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that Labour MPs have a free vote on has passed in the House of Commons. Former Equality Minister, Ruth Kelly voted against the government.
Tory battle over lesbian parenting and “need for a father” 5
12:53 PM — A significant number of Conservative MPs and some Labour members are set to back an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that will retain a controversial requirement.
16th May 2008
National AIDS Trust call on goverment to stop HIV discrimination 2
11:07 AM — This weekend The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is will be calling on the Government to change the law so that it properly protects people living with HIV from hate crime. The campaign will coincide with The International Day Against Homophobia which will take place this Saturday.
13th May 2008
Tories stress need for children to have “male role models” 9
12:20 PM — The Shadow Secretary of State for Health has called for the government to assert the need for a child to have a male role model. Andrew Lansley was speaking in the House of Commons.
12th May 2008
Human fertilisation bill passes first Commons test 8
10:39 PM — MPs have voted in favour of a major update to human embryology laws despite opposition from religious MPs.
Police warn clubbers after ecstasy death
4:15 PM — A man in his thirties has died after taking what is believed to be ecstasy. He collapsed at the Fridge nightclub in Brixton at 4.30am on Sunday. When an ambulance arrived two men had collapsed.
Conference will tackle LGBT mental health outcomes
3:25 PM — A national conference on mental health and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will be held in Nottingham later this month.
Belgian surgeons to perform Cuba’s gender reassignment operations 1
2:56 PM — The head of Cuba's National Centre for Sexual Education, Mariela Castro, has revealed that 30 gender reassignment operations have been approved. She told AFP "we're getting ready a team of surgeons from Belgium" to perform the procedures.
We don’t want gay blood, says Polish MP saved by transfusion
2:07 PM — Poland's Blood Donation Centre is considering a ban on blood donations from gay men. Doctors at the centre said they are not prejudiced, but think the ban will reduce the risk of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis.
AIDS charity wants compulsory sex education about condom use
10:13 AM — The National AIDS Trust has released a new survey that found 49% of British people do not always use a condom with a new sexual partner.
How will the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill benefit lesbians? 8
9:08 AM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.