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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.

December 1, 2014

A beautifully illustrated children’s book, that will help to explain to the donor-conceived kids their biological origins, has successfully raised its production costs via Kickstarter

Zak’s Safari is a new book from California-based author Christy Tyner.

It follows the story of Zak, and introduces us to his two moms: the women met, fell in love, and then decided to start a family with the help of a sperm donation.

‘When our children were around three, my wife and I knew it was time to start talking to them about their donor,’ says Tyner, a U.S. Navy veteran turned author, on the book’s Kickstarter page.

November 23, 2014

The animal sanctuary that has agreed to take Benjy the gay bull so that he did not go to the slaughterhouse plans to sterilize him when he arrives just in case he secretly swings both ways

A same-sex attracted Irish bull that became the center of an international crowdfunding campaign to save him from being slaughtered is going to be given ‘the snip’ when he arrives in England next month,

Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich sterilizes all of the animals it agrees to take in to stop them from breeding as if they did it would prevent the shelter from taking in more adult animals that needed housing.

November 14, 2014

New survey reveals dog-friendly hotels of Great Britain

We’re used to wondering whether a hotel is gay-friendly when we're planning our holidays.

But with a believed nine million dogs residing in the UK, it seems over half of us are just as likely to question whether a hotel is dog-friendly, according to new research.

A new survey from Best Western has shown that over half of holidaymakers plan their trip around their canine counterparts.

The results also indicated that 40% of respondents avoid pubs and 30% avoid hotels where dogs aren’t welcome.

November 12, 2014

The British couple are expecting the three children between January and July next year

In what’s believed to be a world first, a British gay couple are soon to become dads to three babies born to three separate surrogate moms – all of whom are pregnant at the same time.

The babies will be born within seven months of one another.

Surrey-based husbands Daryl Lee, 41, and Luke Harris, 50, met online in 1999. They had a civil partnership ceremony in 2012.

October 30, 2014

James David Manning says the coffee shop is 'ground zero' for the virus

A notoriously anti-gay New York pastor has said 'upscale sodomites' are spreading Ebola at Starbucks.

Pastor James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem warned viewers of his video blog, The Manning Report, to stay way from the coffee shop chain, especially in urban areas.

'Starbucks coffee stores are indeed ground zero for spreading Ebola and other diseases, because of the clientele of Starbucks,' he said.

October 29, 2014

Religious politicians say the 'morally depraved' law will 'destroy the family'

A bill that would allow LGBTI people to have children through surrogates passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament late Monday as more gay couples travel abroad to use foreign surrogates.

The bill to amend the Surrogacy Law 1996 passed by 55 votes to 15. Three members of the Knesset abstained.

October 29, 2014

Eric and Grant Anderson tell GSN about how they became dads to their twins, Ryan and Garet, through the use of a surrogate mom, and what advice they’d offer to others considering the same route to parenthood

Eric and Grant Anderson are both originally from Orange County, California. Together for the past 17 years, they relocated in to the UK in 2005 and now live in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Both work as academics, with Eric, aged 46, a professor at the University of Winchester and Grant, 35, a lecturer at Brunel University.

October 26, 2014

Have you ever considered sperm donation but don’t know much about it? Toyin Jegede from the London Sperm Bank tells us more about the process and why gay men donate

Toyin, from your experiences at the London Sperm Bank and working with gay men who donate sperm, what are the common reasons that they wish to donate?

Here are some of the reasons, in their own words, why our gay donors donate:
‘My partner and I are currently in the process of working with an egg donor (surrogate) so I would like also to help others.’
‘I will not have my own children so feel the need to reproduce, to pass on genes.’
‘To help with donor reserves, to possibly pass on my genes.’
‘To help childless people.’

October 24, 2014

Churches blame the deadly virus on 'homosexualism'

LGBTI Liberians have gone into hiding after church leaders said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

LGBTI people in the capital Monrovia have been harassed, beaten and a few have had their cars smashed.

‘Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They're even asking for the death penalty. We're living in fear,’ LGBTI activist Leroy Ponpon told Reuters.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 15, 2014

Find out how people in the UK, from Queen guitarist Brian May to concerned locals, are taking a stand against the controversial killing of hundreds of badgers this year

There’s a battle between those that care about animal welfare and some farmers and politicians in the UK who support a controversial badger cull.

At the center of that battle are hundreds of badgers that are being killed as part of a pilot cull this month in an effort to stem the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

For years, some farmers have blamed badgers for the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB), a disease which mainly affects cattle. Although humans can contract it from eating infected meat or drinking infected milk, the risk of human infection is low.

October 13, 2014

Edwin Sesange, Uganda gay rights activist, refutes claims the disease outbreak has anything to do with homosexuality

The Ebola virus doesn't care who it kills. Many straight and gay people have died, many have been orphaned, and others have had their lives ruined over this outbreak.

And even though this should be the last thing anyone should be thinking about, some church leaders like the ones in Liberia have chosen to blame the deadly disease on gay people.

October 11, 2014

A pair of gay flamingos at Edinburgh Zoo has adopted the chick after its biological parents knocked it out of the nest

A pair of salmon-pink male Chilean Flamingos has adopted a fluffy grey newborn chick after it was knocked out of the nest by its parents.

The newborn is one of five Chilean Flamingos babies to Edinburgh Zoo's flock of 33 adult birds this year, following successful breeding for the first time since 2010, reported the Mirror.

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

October 2, 2014

It’s thought that someone at the Ohio sperm bank misread the label on the vial, resulting in the white woman receiving sperm from an African-American donor despite having requested a Caucasian sample

A white woman in Ohio is suing a sperm bank because she says staff mistakenly gave her vials of semen from an African-American donor after she had requested samples from a white man.

Jennifer Cramblett used the services of the Downers Grove-based Midwest Sperm Bank in 2011 and successfully became pregnant.

She is now raising her two-year-old mixed-race daughter with her same-sex partner, Amanda Zinkon, in Uniontown, Ohio.

October 1, 2014

Meet the gay campaigner who is working to end commercial whale hunting in Iceland

For over a decade, openly gay former TV presenter Sigursteinn Másson has been at the forefront of attempts to rid Iceland of whaling.

While his work for gay human rights was applauded, his attempts to save some of the world’s most magnificent creatures from a grizzly death initially saw him dubbed a traitor and even a terrorist by some in his home country.

Másson, 47, who works for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) didn’t start out as a whales campaigner.

September 30, 2014

Irish researchers have found that nearly half of HIV positive gay men would still benefit from receiving the HPV vaccine while 77% of HIV negative gay men would benefit

A study of men who have sex with men in Ireland has suggested that vaccinating men who are already sexually active against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may still be beneficial in protecting them against the cancer causing strains of the virus.

Previously cost-benefit analyses around the vaccine have suggested that it is only worth vaccinating children against HPV before they become sexually active.