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April 13, 2014

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph has completed his London Marathon bid in 4hrs and 14mins and scored a victory in the fight against AIDS

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph has raced passed three big goals today (13 April) – a successful London Marathon finish, a unique challenge to get people tested for HIV and a massive fundraising victory for AIDS.

Joseph was supported by Gay Star News, his own staff and a team of volunteers from Student Pride in his unique marathon effort today.

He managed the race in 4hrs, 14minutes and 48seconds.

And as he passed each mile post, a team from 56 Dean Street clinic in London’s Soho was on hand to test a person for HIV at his G-A-Y Bar.

April 13, 2014

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph is completing his fifth marathon today, which will also see 26 new people knowing their HIV status

And they’re off – not just the London Marathon runners but also 26 people who are going to test for HIV.

The Race for Life is the brainchild of Jeremy Joseph, owner of the G-A-Y bar and club chain.

He wanted a new way to mark his fifth marathon, so has organized for a person to test for HIV every time he passes a mile point.

Volunteers from G-A-Y, Gay Star News and Student Pride are out on the route and will be tweeting at every mile he completes, to make it all work.

April 9, 2014

For every mile he runs on the London Marathon this weekend, a new person will be tested for HIV

The boss of Britain’s top gay bar and club chain is just £719 ($1,205 €873) away from reaching a mammoth fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Jeremy Joseph who runs the G-A-Y bars and club in London and Manchester is running the London Marathon this Sunday (13 April) and has set himself two additional challenges.

The first is to top a £250,000 ($419,000 €304,000) fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation – an aim he’s worked towards over four years.

April 6, 2014

Well known gay supporters including filmmaker Onir have withdrawn their support of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for failing include its support of decriminalizing same-sex relations

The 17-month-old Aam Admi Party (AAP) was widely expected to state its support for the decriminalization of Section 377 in its much-awaited manifesto which was finally released last week.

The party’s failure to do so in the party's 26-page manifesto has led to several prominent gay activists expressing their disappointment and anger.

April 4, 2014

Authorities are alleged to have shut down the US-funded offices and interrogated one of the Ugandan citizens working there

Uganda police raided the offices of a HIV charity for ‘training youths in gay sex’, a spokesman said today (4 April).

The authorities are alleged to have shut down the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala yesterday, arresting and interrogating at least one Ugandan citizen.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo confirmed the raid, saying on Twitter: ‘Police burst Water Reed Project in Makerere University #training youths in homosexuality.’

April 4, 2014

Authorities are alleged to have shut down the US-funded offices and interrogated one of the Ugandan citizens working there

Uganda police raided the offices of a HIV charity for ‘training youths in gay sex’, a spokesman said today (4 April).

The authorities are alleged to have shut down the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala yesterday, arresting and interrogating at least one Ugandan citizen.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo confirmed the raid, saying on Twitter: ‘Police burst Water Reed Project in Makerere University #training youths in homosexuality.’

March 28, 2014

Carl Sciortino will be first person living with HIV to head AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Carl Sciortino, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2005, announced on Thursday (27 March) that he is resigning from office.

Sciortino, 35, disclosed that he is living with HIV and is taking on the job of executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

'As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years,' Sciortino said in a statement.

March 28, 2014

Carl Sciortino will be first person living with HIV to head AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Carl Sciortino, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2005, announced on Thursday (27 March) that he is resigning from office.

Sciortino, 35, disclosed that he is living with HIV and is taking on the job of executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

'As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years,' Sciortino said in a statement.

March 21, 2014

Jake Jenkins, nurse practitioner for LGBT services at 56 Dean Street, tells us why testing early for HIV can seriously improve our health

1 Knowing your status can save your life

Untreated HIV can lead to serious illness (AIDS). Advanced HIV still kills – 390 people died of it in 2012 in the UK and an incredible 15,529 in the US in 2010.

2 Early diagnosis can add years to your life

An early HIV diagnosis means fewer complications and a longer healthier life.

3 You can be healthier

March 18, 2014

Harry Belafonte, a long time straight ally of the LGBTI community, has called for the US to reconsider its aid to all countries that criminalize homosexuality after Uganda’s defiance in the face of looming sanctions

Award winning calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, best known for singing the Banana Boat Song (Day-O), has spoken out against the criminalization of LGBTI people around the world – calling for the US to reconsider the aid it sends to all governments of countries that criminalize homosexuality.

March 18, 2014

Harry Belafonte, a long time straight ally of the LGBTI community, has called for the US to reconsider its aid to all countries that criminalize homosexuality after Uganda’s defiance in the face of looming sanctions

Award winning calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, best known for singing the Banana Boat Song (Day-O), has spoken out against the criminalization of LGBTI people around the world – calling for the US to reconsider the aid it sends to all governments of countries that criminalize homosexuality.

March 14, 2014

In 2011, it was the number nine killer with 766 deaths. But in 2012, that number is now 609

AIDS is no longer among the top 10 causes of death in New York City.

The city’s top health official has revealed for the first time since the HIV epidemic exploded in 1983, the deaths connected with AIDS have dropped.

In 2011, it was the number nine killer with 766 deaths.

But in 2012, that number is now 609.

City officials say better treatment is allowing New Yorkers with AIDS to live longer.

March 14, 2014

There are only a handful of cases of HIV being transmitted between two women, and one has been reported in Houston, Texas

An ‘extremely rare’ case of HIV transmitted through lesbian sex is being reported in the US.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a case of female-to-female transmission of HIV in Houston, Texas.

A woman, 46, was investigated to have a virus almost identical to that of her female partner, 43.

According to the CDC, the infection took place during a six-month monogamous relationship.

The 46-year-old woman who contracted HIV had not injected drugs, had no tattoos, nor had acupuncture, transfusion or transplants.

March 6, 2014

Researchers have found that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs prevented the spread of HIV between infected and uninfected monkeys and are hopeful a similar approach will work in humans

New research by scientists at Rockerfeller University and the Centers for Disease Control has suggested that a person could be effectively inoculated against the HIV virus if given injections of long lasting antiretroviral medicines only four times a year.

It has been known since 2010 that the spread of HIV can be reduced by over 90% by a healthy person taking antiretroviral drugs orally daily but this is the first time research has shown that monthly or less than monthly injections could contain the virus.

March 3, 2014

Actor won best actor prize for a film all about a homophobic man's fight to survive the disease during epidemic's early days

Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar on Sunday (2 March) for playing a man with AIDS in a movie all about AIDS.

But the actor is being criticized today for not once uttering the word AIDS during a lengthy acceptance speech that lasted more than three minutes.

February 23, 2014

UK charity Terrence Higgins Trust has reported a 15% rise in people with HIV seeking financial help for living essentials such as food and clothing due to disposable income being hit by austerity measures

Increasing numbers of HIV patients are struggling to afford basic costs of living due to a lack of government support, says UK sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

According to a new report released today (23 February), there has been a 15% increase in the number of people with HIV seeking financial help from the charity over the past year.

The charity says the findings ‘should act as a warning sign at all levels of government that people with HIV are not receiving the level of support needed to meet the most basic of costs’.

February 17, 2014

Gangs have attempted to burn down a house, have thrown stones and excrement and stolen from Alternative, an organization for gay and bi men

A 200-strong mob have stormed the offices of Alternative, the Ivory Coast’s leading organization for men who have sex with men, stealing equipment and smashing windows.

The attack on 27 January has just been reported from people on the ground and can be exclusively revealed by GSN.

Claver Touré, Alternative’s executive director, said: ‘They broke windows with stones and stole computers. They left signs bearing anti-gay slurs all over the office. Everything they could take was taken, and the rest was broken.’

February 14, 2014

Two fundraisers coming up in London will give clubbers the chance to raise money for Elton John AIDS Foundation and support a unique London Marathon run

Whether you are unlucky in love this Valentine’s or just love music, we can cheer you up and get you raising money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

Clubbers at G-A-Y tonight (14 February) will each be handed a traffic-light balloon to mark the relationship status; red for committed, yellow for those in an open relationship and green for anyone single and available. Donations in return will go to the charity.

February 9, 2014

'If you are for the legalization of homosexuality, you are for the acceptability of homosexuality, you are for the normalization of homosexuality, you do not care about black males'

It's unfair to expect anything logical from Bryan Fischer.

The spokesperson for the American Family Association has a long history of weird, and unreasoned, comments. From gay men being Hitler's storm troopers to a call for the kidnapping of children from gay parents.

February 7, 2014

G-A-Y club owner Jeremy Joseph is seeking 26 people to test for HIV who have never been tested before as part of his London Marathon run

Britain’s top gay nightclub owner is seeking 26 people who have never tested for HIV to join his London Marathon bid this year.

Jeremy Joseph, owner of G-A-Y, is running the marathon to raise cash for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) but he also wants to do much more.

His Run For Life aims to get 26 people to know their HIV status for the first time – and he is working with Gay Star News to find volunteers to take the one-minute finger prick test.

January 30, 2014

Henry Waxman, whose California district long included West Hollywood, to retire after 40 years in office

It was in 1974 that Henry Waxman announced his first campaign for the US Congress.

The Southern California Democrat won that election and the 19 that followed during a congressional support that included early and steady support for LGBTI issues as well as HIV-AIDS.

Today (30 January), Waxman announced that his current term is his last and he will be retiring from the congress at the end of 2014.

January 30, 2014

Dr Philip Lee has put forward a proposal to stop any immigrants with HIV or Hepatitis B from entering the UK

A group of British right-wing politicians wants to ban immigrants with HIV from entering the UK, a move branded 'draconian' by campaigners.

Dr Philip Lee, a Conservative member of parliament for Bracknell, has put forward an amendment to the Immigration Bill stating anyone wanting to enter the country must state whether they have HIV or Hepatitis B.

On Twitter, he said: ‘I've placed an amendment to tomorrow's Immigration Bill calling for migrants to confirm their Hepatitis B status before permission to enter’

January 18, 2014

The news program which is meant to investigate the rising rate of HIV infections among young Chinese instead featured hidden camera footage and dialogue between a sex worker and an undercover reporter in a hotel room

Gay rights groups are demanding an apology after a TV station aired hidden camera footage of a male sex worker meeting with a male undercover reporter in a hotel room in Guangzhou.

January 10, 2014

Another TV star coming out may be nothing new, but when she has had to overcome all the extra challenges Roberts has, it merits applause

While I will continue to argue the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it.

Black homophobia still has a deadly hold on African American life. And while I would like to say its oppressive grip only impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people of African descent, in truth, black homophobia maims the entire community.

For example, to date more than a quarter of a million African Americans have died of AIDS – both straight and gay.