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May 8, 2015

Resting has not been enough to heal damage - will be out for 6-8 weeks

Sam Smith has been silenced - for now.

The four-time Grammy winner revealed to fans on Instagram on Friday (8 May) that he will be off the stage for at least the next weeks because of a hemorrhage on his vocal cord.

'I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven't recovered and I am going to need surgery,' he writes.

April 27, 2015

So adorable

Do you need to know how to explain to kids how two women can have a baby?

Well, have no fear, because seven-year-old Sophia has the explanation for you.

Not only that, she has some pretty awesome drawings as well.

'A girl has an egg and a boy has sperm. So, they do something which is called... "they do something",' she says in the video.

'So they call this guy at this place called a sperm donor! And then they ask for sperm and then he gives it to them and then they say thank you.'

So adorable.

Watch it below:

April 21, 2015

Branden James: 'I was shocked to see that people took it a lot less harsh than I ever anticipated'

His HIV status had long been singer Branden James' most closely-guarded secret.

But now the former America's Got Talent contestant has gone public about being HIV positive - a diagnosis he received a decade ago when he was in his mid-20s.

' ... The guilt and shame that I carried with me which was daunting,' he says in an interview with the digital magazine aTEEN.

April 14, 2015

'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter!'

A man who allegedly sent a letter to gay bar threatening to murder all of the patrons with deadly anthrax is being held in jail.

Eric Reece Wiethorn, from Ames, Iowa, is believed to have sent the note claiming he would 'punish' and then eat the 'faggots and dykes' who had 'sinned against God'.

In the letter, it is claimed he covered it with a white powder.

Sent to Blazing Saddle Bar, the note said: 'It's time for all the faggots and dykes to die on Capital Pride night!

April 13, 2015

'The goal is a once-a-year shot for prevention and a combination for cure'

A new lab-made antibody can suppress HIV for up to 28 days after only a single dose, researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have found.

Their work was published in the journal Nature on 8 April and was the first time that a new generation of HIV antibodies had been tested in humans.

'We conclude that, as a single agent, 3BNC117 is safe and effective in reducing HIV-1 viraemia, and that immunotherapy should be explored as a new modality for HIV-1 prevention, therapy and cure,' wrote the study's lead author, Michel Nussenzweig.

April 11, 2015

Eric Reece Wiethorn wrote: 'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter'

An Iowa man has admitted to sending a threatening letter to a gay bar in Des Moines and claiming it was fille with the poison anthrax.

A letter arrived at Blazing Saddle bar containing a white powder in late March and stated: 'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter.'

After receiving an anonymous tip, police this week arrested Eric Reece Wiethorn (pictured) of Ames, Iowa.

Wiethorn, 49, has been arrested for first-degree harassment and booked in to Polk County Jail.

April 9, 2015

Says Australian PM Tony Abbott deserves more credit for accepting her

Catherine McGregor, the world’s highest ranked transgender military officer, has said words cannots describe how 'excrutiatingly painful' the effects of gender dysphoria are.

The Australian Defence Force lieutenant-colonel said those effects nearly drove her to suicide at an inspiring speech on Wednesday (8 April) in Canberra.

'I functioned as a male until a few weeks after my 56th birthday. I choose the term “functioned” advisedly, because my relationship to my birth gender was fraught from a very young age,' she said.

April 6, 2015

More than half the total has been raised within the past week

Almost $95,000 has been raised for a florist in the US who refused to supply flowers for a same-sex wedding. 

Barronelle Stutzman, from Washington, was given 60 days to pay a fine of $1,000 (€922) after she refused to sell flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding. The ruling also required the shop to make all of its services available to same-sex couples. 

Back in 2013, Robert Ingersoll - who had bought flowers from Stutzman for years - asked her to provide flowers for his wedding to Curt Freed.

April 1, 2015

Pussies galore!

A new lesbian dating app has released a new version, and it turns out to be just pictures of cats. 

For April Fools' Day HER joked they were rebranding as HER CAT, an app for lesbians and cats.

On the social and dating app, which you can download on the iPhone App store, every user's photo is of their cat.

For those who are without a whiskered friend, don't worry, as your photo will be replaced with someone else's cat (this is potentially false feline advertising, so just let them know.)

March 31, 2015

Lib Dem candidate admits to making a pornographic wrestling film at the height of his depression

A gay UK politician has said he deliberately caught HIV in a suicidal act.

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate, is the first parliamentary candidate to come out as HIV positive and the first political figure to do so in 10 years. Chris Smith, of Labour, was the last in 2005.

He is hoping to win the seat in Vauxhall, the gay area of south London infamous for the popularity of drugs  and deaths from overdoses.

Hyyrylainen-Trett has some experience in this area, having battled depression, drug addiction, overdoses and suicidal attempts.

March 31, 2015

For Trans Visibility Day, Lola Olson questions what do you do when you identify as agender in a male/female world?

This is the exact wording of a letter I received from the Gender Identity Clinic:

'I use the female pronoun she has made no make change ans acknowledged that she is generally perceived and considered as female within the society should she lives. She said that she is accepting of that.'

I wonder if it's possible to roll your eyes inside out. That's really important for me to know, considering only one of mine work.

When I was told repeatedly the Gender Identity Clinic would help me as an agender person, I guess I just wanted to believe it.

March 19, 2015

Three in ten lie about their age, height or weight

A new survey has revealed how often gay men lie on dating apps and their online mating habits.

Nearly 4,000 gay men aged 18 to 65 participated in the grabhim.net survey over four weeks in February.

Some 83% of respondents admitted to sending pictures of their penis, which could explain why only 3% said they exaggerate their size when asked.

March 19, 2015

'I would stand under the water in the shower crying'

At only 13, articulate Tom Sosnik has all the makings of a future TED speaker.

After reading the suicide note of Leelah Alcorn in December, the Californian teen decided to 'embrace his truth.'

And Sosnik came out as transgender in a powerful speech at his school.

'I am no longer Mia. I never really was,' he said.

'And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.'

Sosnik recalled how he struggled with his gender identity throughout sixth grade.

March 17, 2015

Designer said it was his 'dream' to have a kid by artificial insemination in 2006

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana both expressed desire to have kids years before their recent attack on 'sythetic children.' 

Earlier this week, the former lovers said they opposed gay adoption, IVF and non-traditional families. which triggered a celebrity boycott of their brand led by Elton John. 

But their remarks seem hypocritical in light of comments made back in 2006.

Shortly after the duo broke up, Gabbana said it was his 'dream' to have a baby through artificial insemination.

March 12, 2015

FDA approve trial expansion after promising results

A therapy that involves modifying DNA cells has proved effective in controlling HIV without drugs, and trials have been expanded and extended.

The treatment works by infusing patients with a dose modified white blood, or 'T cells’, so the patient becomes largely resistant to HIV.

Although current HIV regimens can control the virus, they can have side effects and a number people are resistant to certain drugs. 

March 9, 2015

'I’m actively showing them what it would look like if that became law and how completely ridiculous it is'

A transgender woman in Canada has launched a social media campaign to show how 'ridiculous' bathroom bans are.

Brae Carnes, 23, is posting photos of herself in men's toilets to protest a proposed law that would make it illegal for trans women to use female bathrooms.

'As a trans woman I'm not even safe from discrimination at the pub or public transit. What's going to happen if I'm forced into a men's changeroom?,' she wrote on Facebook.

March 3, 2015

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging people to take action to protect animals from wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade this World Wildlife Day (Tuesday 3 March)

Animals are exploited all over the world – from small exotic birds to mighty elephants – for financial gain.

The global industry of illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth more than £12.3 billion ($19 billion USD). In some extreme cases, profits from this trade are being used to fund ongoing acts of violence on humans and trade of other illegal goods and services.

February 23, 2015

Researchers made the announcement following studies with stem cells

Scientists have claimed that same-sex parents could have children that are biologically their own within as little as two years. 

Researchers at Cambridge University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have found that it is possible to create human egg and sperm cells from the stem cells in the skin of two adults.

They claim that by using the same technique, same-sex couples could have children that are biologically theirs in as little as two years.

February 18, 2015

New trials proclaimed a huge success in monkeys, but HIV charities urge caution

An HIV trial in monkeys is being pronounced a huge success, after it inactivated all strains of the virus and also prevented infection.

Researchers developed a protein-based treatment, when given to monkeys, worked as a 'vaccine' for the simian version of HIV - SHIV.

It found the protein, known as eCD4-Ig, when it enters the body, HIV cannot enter the immune cells and actually becomes inert.

In a paper published in the journal Nature, the team of researchers the technique can 'function like an effective HIV-1 vaccine'.

February 3, 2015

The proposed law will only be used to treat women with specific genetic disorders and will not be open to same-sex couples

British MPs have today voted in favor of passing controversial legislation that will allow children to be conceived using genetic material from three different people: two women and a man.

It makes the UK the first country in the world to introduce such a law.

February 2, 2015

Powerful videos about whales, tigers and elephants

Hollywood’s celebrities have a lot to say about the threats facing wild animals including whales, tigers and elephants.

So it is fitting that with awards season under way the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which works to protect animals around the world, is releasing a series of video messages from the stars as part of its PROTECT campaign, which discusses the plight of endangered animals, as well as the importance of animal welfare education in conserving species.

January 15, 2015

The two women, wearing custom-made T-shirts, took to Reddit to announce the news of their forthcoming child

A Reddit user has posted a photo announcing that she and her partner are to become moms.

Titled ‘A nontraditional baby announcement for a nontraditional family’, user MeggoEggo1’s photo features her and her partner in custom-made T-shirts, with one bearing the words, ‘I’m pregnant’, and the other – MeggoEggo1 herself – carrying the slogan, ‘I’m not the father’.

December 19, 2014

We're dreaming of a white – and largely Scandinavian – Christmas

Spending Christmas in your mother country is generally a given – but who wouldn't hop in Santa's sleigh for the chance to enjoy Christmas among one of these lovely landscapes? From ice-skating in Boston to dog-sledding in Sweden, we count down 7 of the most Christmassy places on earth…

December 19, 2014

Poachers kill one elephant every 15 minutes

Two of the largest animals that walk on land – elephants and rhinos – are in crisis. Their very existence in the latter part of the 21st century is in doubt.

In the past three years alone, more than 100,000 elephants have been killed. That’s an average of one dead elephant every 15 minutes due to poaching. This figure is in addition to unprecedented habitat loss due to increased human development. In the last century alone, elephants have completely disappeared from three countries in Africa.