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July 2, 2014

Slip alongside ‘water unicorns’, watch polar bear cubs emerge in the world for the first time, join 300 elephants at a watering hole, or see a real-life march of the penguins

The official name for ‘water unicorns’ is narwhal, and while they are more wales than magical horse, they are no less extraordinary to see up close and personal.

This is just one of the ridiculously incredible safari experiences on offer from Natural World Safaris, who have just launched a Nature’s Events collection of safaris around the world to witness some of the world’s coolest natural occurrences.

June 17, 2014

No bears, animals or gay men alike, were harmed in the making of this article

Lurking in the woods at night, looking for bears, is a common enough activity for many a gay man.

But in this case we’re looking for bears of another kind – the real deal - brown, with claws and hopefully not too grizzly.

We’re deep in the Carpathian Mountains on an organized Transylvanian Backwaters tour and are hopeful of a sighting – but will the bears come out to play?

June 17, 2014

Researchers have documented a pair of male brown bears in a Croatian wildlife sanctuary who have been over heels for each other for six years

A study of two male Croatian brown bears in a wildlife sactuary by Polish researchers has revealed a six year sexual relationship between the two.

Researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences Department of Wildlife Conservation spent 116 hours observing the two bears and discovered what they are terming ‘the first observations of long‐term, recurrent fellatio in captive brown bears kept in proper conditions.’

During their observations they recorded 28 sexual encounters between the two bears.

June 11, 2014

Make your way to your nearest feline-dominated eatery and treat yourself to a little Purr Therapy and Cat-puccinos

There’s an adorable trend from Taiwan (not Japan!) that’s been sweeping over Europe: Cats, coffee and cake, all in one. Beautiful!

Finding it very difficult to avoid feline puns, we combed through a selection of Europe’s most popular cat cafes for some do’s and don’ts. We were unable to visit, as many have waiting lists up to two months! But don't let that deter you from getting some face time with these furry friendlies.

June 4, 2014

With British scientists saying they could create 'three parent' babies, it has raised hopes lesbian couples could use the techniques to raise a child of their own with genetic links to both parents

A new DNA breakthrough that could lead to ‘three parent babies’ will not lead to lesbians being able to have children together, GSN can reveal.

A British scientific expert panel have given their backing to allow babies with 'three parents' to be created in laboratories within two years.

Currently illegal in the UK, the fertility regulator says they have found no evidence the technique would be unsafe.

May 27, 2014

Researchers recorded the brain activity of 48 gay fathers when they could see their kids and compared that to the brain activity of heterosexual mothers and fathers and found they displayed similarities to both

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) this week has shown parenthood changes the brain activity of gay fathers in ways that mimic the brains of heterosexual mothers and fathers.

May 14, 2014

Further Afield, specializing in gay-friendly stays, has the perfect hotels from Europe to the US where you can pamper yourself and Fido

There’s no need to leave your pooch behind when so many hotels are pet-friendly.

Take the money you’d spend on a dog-sitter or kennel and put it toward a weekend break with your loyal companion.

Further Afield, who picks through the world’s best hotels and screens them for quality and service to the LGBTI community, has also teamed up with a great group of hotels that are as happy to welcome your pet as they are to welcome you.

May 7, 2014

'If I were I would be the first one running out of the closet'

Dolly Parton has come out strongly in recent years in support of LGBTI equality but the country music legend is having to set the record straight once again about her own sexuality.

Parton, 68, has been married to Carl Dean since 1966 but the lesbian rumors persist.

So the tired Dolly lesbian rumors. She was a good sport when she was asked about them, yet again, by

April 17, 2014

Sydney man Paul Armstrong pleaded guilty to killing Felipe Flores 23 years ago after his blood was found under the victim’s fingernails but says he did it because Flores told him he had AIDS after they had sex

An Australian man who had previously been found guilty of male rape in 1992 has been found guilty of killing of a gay man the year before.

Sydney man Paul Armstrong had been found guilty of murdering Felipe Flores in 1991 by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2010 after DNA evidence revealed blood found under Flores’ fingernails belonged to him.

However an appeals court overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial.

April 16, 2014

PETA have welcomed the controversy over their advert accused of being homophobic, saying they are just like Marmite

PETA are used to controversy, but this time some have accused them of going too far with their new campaign featuring British comic Alan Carr.

The gay Chatty Man host is starring in the latest advert urging people to ‘fix’ the dog and cat overpopulation crisis.

Wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and brandishing a star-shaped magic wand, the ad’s tagline is: ‘Be a Little Fairy for Animals!’

When it was revealed yesterday (17 April), several people took to social media to voice their outrage.

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 6, 2014

The study includes 'gene editing,' a treatment where a gene is focused on and disabled

A study shows gene modification could be useful in HIV treatment.

The research, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, involved the first ever 'gene editing' done in humans.

As reported by the New York Times, 'gene editing' is a procedure that focuses on a gene and disarms it.

January 8, 2014

Coroner blasted the 'filthy', 'unhygienic' conditions of the sauna as a man was left dead for two hours because an attendant believed he was sleeping

A Manchester man was discovered dead in a gay sauna lying in his own poo, a coroner’s report has revealed.

Stephen Green, 46, was found in a ‘rest room’ at the H20 sauna in Manchester’s gay village.

According to the inquest, attendant John McMahon discovered Green at 4am but left him there because he believed the dead man was sleeping.

When he prodded Green but got no response, the attendant cleaned the feces on his body.

January 2, 2014

Two HIV patients believed to have been cured after a bone marrow transplant have relapsed and are back on antiretroviral treatment

Scientists on the hunt for an AIDS cure say despite a major setback, they are more inspired than ever.

Last month, two HIV positive patients believed to have been cured after bone marrow transplants had relapsed and was back onto antiretroviral treatment.

But with the obvious disappointment, comes a huge leap forward.

‘It’s a setback for the patients, of course, but an advance for the field because the field has now gained a lot more knowledge,’ Steven Deeks, a professor and HIV expert at the University of California, told Reuters.

December 27, 2013

National Institute of Health donated part of $19 million to bankroll the bogus findings of an Iowa professor

A scientist is being forced to resign after he admitted to faking a HIV cure to get millions of dollars in grants.

Dr Dong-Pyou Han, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences from Iowa State University, claimed rabbit blood could end the global AIDS epidemic.

December 14, 2013

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recognized as the father of his child conceived with donor semen in a landmark decision

The Supreme Court of Japan has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recorded as his child’s father, despite the child being created with donor sperm, in the first decision of its kind.

The 31-year-old unnamed man legally married his wife in 2008 after undergoing sex change procedures and she gave birth to their son in 2009 after undergoing artificial insemination.

December 10, 2013

Soccer bosses tell England fan she is banned from playing in competitive matches until her transition is 'complete' for two years

A British trans women has been told by the Football Association she can only play on a men’s team.

Despite her teammates and players from opposing teams having no problem with her, Aeris Houlihan faces a gruelling two year wait before she can compete.

The 32-year-old’s passport and driving license confirms her gender, and has provided medical proof her hormone levels are exactly the same as any other woman.

November 30, 2013

Christine Forster tells a national newspaper about coming out, leaving her ex-husband and telling her parents and brother that she is gay

The lesbian sister of right-wing Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has talked openly in a newspaper interview about coming out, leaving her ex-husband and finding love with a woman in middle age.

October 31, 2013

Two studies are being described as 'revolutionary' as doctors believe they could find the evolution to today's drugs that can suppress HIV for good

A new HIV study is being called ‘revolutionary’ after a test on monkeys has proved successful.

In monkeys, doctors injected swarms of germ-fighting antibodies to fight off a cousin of HIV.

The results sharply reduced the blood levels of HIV, and even gave hints that it could help destroy the AIDS virus.

In the journal Nature published this week, the study’s author claims the results could ‘revolutionize efforts to cure HIV’ if the approach is found to work in people.

September 15, 2013

In 1996, The Independent wrote an article about Stephen Crohn called The Man Who Can't Catch AIDS

Stephen Crohn, the gay man whose resistance to HIV helped researchers understand the workings of the virus, died on 23 August.  He was 66.

According to the New York Times, the cause was suicide.

In 1978, Crohn was caring for Jerry Green, his boyfriend. Green lost 30 pounds and went blind. He eventually was diagnosed as one of the first AIDS patients.

September 13, 2013

Couple split six weeks after twins conceived via surrogate

David Tutera, host of the TV show My Fair Wedding, and his ex-husband have resolved a nasty custody battle over their infant twins: each will get one to raise.

The fraternal twins were conceived via a surrogate who was pregnant when Tutera and ex Ryan Jurica announced their split after 10 years of marriage amid some expolsive allegations.

Each sought sole custody of the twins who were born 19 June.

September 12, 2013

A team of US researchers are hoping the theories behind their vaccine for monkeys could be used to protect humans

Monkeys infected with a strain similar to HIV have been cured, giving new hope to find an end to the human virus.

In a study published in the science journal Nature, it showed of 16 monkeys exposed to the virus injected with a vaccine, nine appeared to be able to clear their body of the disease.

The US scientists now wish to see whether a similar approach will work on humans.

The team looked at an aggressive form of virus called SICmac239, a strain 100 times more deadly than HIV.

September 4, 2013

First human tests have been declared as a success with patients' antibodies being boosted after treatment

An HIV prevention vaccine has aced its first clinical trials.

A team of Canadian researchers, from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University, have said their first tests have been a complete success.

Not only has the vaccine worked, it has boosted the production of antibodies in patients it was tested on.

SAV001, one of only a handful of HIV vaccines in the world, is based on a genetically-modified ‘dead’ version of the virus.

August 21, 2013

The organizers of the annual World Dog Show have said they are considering moving the 2016 event out of Russia after the American Kennel Club said it would boycott the event over Russia’s treatment of LGBTs

The President of the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) which puts on the annual World Dog Show has written to the American Kennel Club (AKC) to say that it is considering moving 2016 installment of the event out of Russia after the AKC urged it be held elsewhere because of Russia’s anti-gay crackdown.