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  • 15th December 2011

    Amber Heard: Staying in the closet in Hollywood is a “horribly detrimental lie” 5

    Amber Heard came out as a lesbian in 2010 (Photo: gdcgraphics)

    9:05 AM — Lesbian actress Amber Heard has said people in her profession are dissuaded from coming out in Hollywood and end up becoming part of a "detrimental lie".

  • 13th December 2011

    100 take part in first gay pride march in Pune, India 6

    India decriminalised homosexuality in 2009 (Photo: Flickr user Jepoirrier)

    12:21 PM — Around 100 people participated in the first gay pride march to be held in Pune, India's eighth largest city. The rally was organised by Samapathik, a local men's sexual health organisation.

  • 8th December 2011

    Theatre company appeals for trans scriptwriters 4

    The production will coincide with LGBT History Month (Photo: Flickr user DeaPeaJay)

    12:36 PM — A UK theatre company is seeking submissions of short plays about transgender issues to be performed in Manchester next year, and says no previous script-writing experience is necessary.

  • 5th December 2011

    Philippines health official criticised for suggesting “homosexual children” be “reined in” 5

    The Filipino penal code does not criminalise homosexuality, but does have laws against "grave scandal"

    11:13 AM — The Philippines Health Secretary has been criticised after saying at an AIDS conference that parents of gay children should be surveyed and warned about their children's behaviour. Enrique Ona said parents "should rein in their homosexual children and get them tested".

  • 25th November 2011

    George Michael “slowly improving” from pneumonia 86

    This is the second time  the singer has been ill on his Symphonica world tour.

    3:17 PM — Claims the star was also suffering heart problems by the Vienna Times have been dismissed by Michael’s team.

  • “6 deaths” linked to UK churches HIV advice 106

    SCOAN is not the only church in the capital that has been offering dangerously incorrect advice about the virus.

    2:12 PM — A Sky News investigation shows several evangelical churches across the UK are giving out dangerously false advice about HIV/AIDS. The National AIDS Trust say it's "worrying" and "tragic".

  • 9th November 2011

    Bisexual women “more like likely to suffer depression than men” 23

    The heightened risk of alcohol abuse in teenage years lasted into adulthood for bisexual female subjects (Photo: MCLA Pics)

    4:23 PM — George Mason University found statistical evidence to suggest bisexual women were more at risk than straight women, gay women and men.

  • 27th October 2011

    Government says it must do more to tackle HIV 128

    HIV rates continue to rise

    3:35 PM — Health secretary Andrew Lansley has admitted that the government can and should do more to tackle HIV rates. In a response to a recent House of Lords report on HIV and AIDS, he agreed that investment in HIV prevention would offer "significant savings" in the short and long term.

  • 26th October 2011

    Gay men warned about ‘meaner’ strains of gonorrhoea 16

    A Terrence Higgins Trust advert

    1:59 PM — Gay men are being encouraged to test regularly for sexually-transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Recently, health experts warned that some strains of the disease are becoming immune to treatments.

  • 21st October 2011

    Interview: Steven Russell on infamy, escaping prison and Phillip Morris 27

    Steven Russell pictured in 1997 (Photo: George Hixson)

    4:58 PM — Steven Russell was originally imprisoned for fraud. Four successful, non-violent, love-fuelled prison-escapes later and he has achieved infamy. His life is immortalised in the film 'I Love You Phillip Morris', in which he is portrayed by Jim Carrey. He is currently serving a 144-year sentence in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. Laurence Watts interviewed him by exchange of letters.

  • 18th October 2011

    ‘Three deaths’ after London church advice to stop taking HIV medicine 114

    Some churches have been accused of claiming to 'cure' HIV and AIDS

    1:29 PM — At least three deaths have been reported in London as a result of churches which claim to "heal" HIV and AIDS patients. According to BBC London, some evangelical Christian churches are encouraging patients to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs because God can heal them.

  • 15th April 2011

    London gay men warned about ‘aggressive’ new chlamydia strain 49

    Health experts are urging gay men to wear condoms

    3:30 PM — Gay and bisexual men in London are being warned about growing rates of an "aggressive" strain of chlamydia. LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum) arrived in the UK in 2004, health experts say.

  • 31st March 2011

    US report calls for study of LGBT health issues 4

    Health surveys should ask people if they are LGBT, the report said

    5:40 PM — A major US report says that the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people should be identified. The Institute of Medicine report says that government-funded health studies should routinely ask people their sexual orientation and gender identity, just as they already ask about race and ethnicity.

  • 17th March 2011

    Stonewall to launch ‘biggest ever gay men’s health survey’ 4

    The survey will ask about healthcare experiences

    3:56 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a survey into gay and bisexual men's health. The organisation says the study will be the largest of its kind in Britain and will cover mental health, diet, fitness, long-term health conditions and illnesses like heart disease and cancer.

  • 24th January 2011

    New government drug advisor linked ‘destructive gay lifestyle’ to paedophilia 104

    Dr Raabe says homosexuality can lead to drug use

    11:01 AM — A Christian doctor appointed to advise the government on illegal drug use has strong views against homosexuality, it has been revealed.

  • 21st January 2011

    Man jailed for raping lesbian at wedding reception 26

    Michael Hughes was jailed for six years

    1:14 PM — A man was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of raping a lesbian at a wedding reception. Michael Hughes, 23, invited the victim to see how luxurious his hotel room was but attacked her, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.

  • 8th December 2010

    Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015 4

    Brighton has one of the highest rates of HIV in the UK (Photo: Annie Green Springs)

    5:29 PM — Brighton MPs Simon Kirby and Caroline Lucas have welcomed the Department of Health's decision to support a cross-party policy document on HIV prevention. The Halve It campaign aims to cut estimated undiagnosed HIV infections in half by 2015.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay military ban ‘helps spread diseases’ 14

    The ban spreads STDs, a doctor says

    5:43 PM — The ban on out gay soldiers in the US military may contribute to the spread of sexually-transmitted disease, a doctor has claimed. Dr Kenneth Katz, an STD specialist in San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency, said that soldiers could not be honest with medical staff about their sexual histories.

  • 1st December 2010

    Tory MP takes HIV test for World AIDS Day 7

    Simon Kirby is a Conservative MP

    7:51 PM — A Conservative MP had a 15-minute HIV test at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday evening to encourage more people to take up testing. Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, has a constituency with one of the largest estimates of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men.

  • 26th November 2010

    Gay Labour group questions Cameron’s HIV support 22

    LGBT Labour criticised David Cameron's World AIDS Day message

    11:22 AM — LGBT Labour has questioned David Cameron's message of responsibility for World AIDS Day. The Labour gay group countered that government cuts would "significantly squeeze" HIV funding and that "words of support for tackling HIV must be matched by action".

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