30th May 2014
US: Medicare ordered to cover gender confirmation surgery for trans people 3
8:31 PM — Trans people on Medicare can now apply for the costs of their gender confirmation surgery to be covered, following a ruling today.
25th May 2014
US: CDC launches ad campaign recommending HIV-preventative drugs 7
3:17 PM — The US Centre for Disease Control has launched a series of new adverts, promoting the availability of controversial new HIV-preventative drugs.
22nd May 2014
Study claims that the presence of bad smells make people more opposed to gay marriage 12
7:40 PM — The results of a new study have claimed that the presence of disgusting smells cause people to hold more conservative views, including being more likely to oppose same-sex marriage.
20th May 2014
South Africa: Gay blood ban lifted for monogamous couples 11
8:59 PM — South Africa has lifted a blanket ban on gay men donating blood, in favour of new regulations which do not discriminate based on sexual orientation.
17th May 2014
UK: Campaigners call for HIV prevention drugs to be made available on NHS 2
2:54 PM — Campaigners have called for controversial HIV-preventative drugs to be made available on the NHS, after the CDC issued guidance recommending their use in the US.
16th May 2014
Tesco Extra store to offer HIV testing 9
11:49 AM — Tesco has become the first supermarket to offer free HIV testing at one of their stores.
15th May 2014
US: CDC guidelines recommend more groups use PrEP for HIV prevention 11
5:19 PM — The Centre for Disease Control has updated its guidelines for a controversial HIV-preventative drug, expanding the list of groups recommended to take it.
Israel: Minimum age for gender confirmation surgery lowered to 18 1
12:51 PM — Israel has lowered the minimum age to proceed with gender reassignment surgery from 21 to 18, officials have announced.
14th May 2014
TUC: LGBT workers face a ‘mental health crisis’ caused by austerity 21
5:11 PM — LGBT workers are facing a “mental health crisis” caused by “recession and austerity”, says TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.
Ugandan Ethics Minister: HIV support groups are ‘promoting homosexuality’ and I will close them down 24
3:55 PM — Uganda's Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo has accused the country’s HIV support groups of “promoting homosexuality” and warns that he will take action against them.
13th May 2014
New Zealand: Gay blood ban to be lowered from 5 years to 12 months
10:53 PM — New Zealand's Blood Service has announced it is partially relaxing its ban on gay men giving blood.
Brighton: Gay men urged to get tested for syphilis as rates soar
2:45 PM — Gay and bisexual men in Brighton and Hove are being advised to get tested for syphilis as rates of the sexually transmitted infection soar.
9th May 2014
Study: Sexual orientation determines reactions to pheromones 5
5:58 PM — A new study has found a link between a person's sexual orientation and their ability to react to different pheromones.
Jamaica: LGBT rights groups partner with government to tackle HIV rates
4:02 PM — Jamaica has seen an increase in campaign efforts to reduce the growing spread of HIV within the gay community
US: Indiana to appeal against ruling to recognise terminally ill woman’s marriage 8
3:41 PM — The US state of Indiana has surprised same-sex marriage advocates by announcing it will appeal against a ruling which means it must recognise the marriage of one gay couple.
US: Syphilis cases surge among gay and bisexual men
12:52 PM — The number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with syphilis in the US has soared, according to new federal data.
NHS warns Scottish Govt against allowing teachers to opt out of equal marriage lessons 25
12:05 PM — Scotland’s largest health board has warned the Scottish Government against allowing teachers and students to opt out of lessons on equal marriage and same-sex relationships.
8th May 2014
US: California Assembly votes to revamp birth certificates for same-sex parents 3
9:14 PM — California's State Assembly has passed a bill which will revamp birth certificates, allowing them to reflect same-sex parents as well as straight ones.
6th May 2014
Denmark: Health Minister urged to lift gay blood ban 4
5:02 PM — Denmark's ban prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood is being criticised for lacking scientific evidence.
Petition calls for Michael Gove to add HIV to compulsory sex education topics 7
1:40 PM — A petition has been started calling on the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove to ensure that young people are educated on HIV.