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September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

August 28, 2014

Did you know that some gay women may receive free IVF treatment if they are prepared to donate some of their own eggs for the use of others?

Lesbians will typically need some form of fertility treatment if they want to have their own baby, and this is usually through donor sperm supplied anonymously through a sperm bank. However, at the London Women’s Clinic there is also growing interest in egg sharing among lesbian couples.

In return for giving up some of their own eggs they can receive free IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment – and that’s good for them and those who receive their eggs.

July 26, 2014

Same-sex couples and thousands of others affected by fertility issues are expected to benefit

The UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), in partnership with Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has been awarded Department of Health funding to provide a National Sperm Bank.

July 22, 2014

Recent reports that sperm donation in Britain is still in a critical state have been much exaggerated. Donors and sperm samples are in good supply, reports the London Sperm Bank

Reports continue to suggest that sperm donation in Britain is in a state of crisis: insufficient donors, insufficient supplies… and deep frozen sperm samples flown in from Denmark in yet another Viking invasion.

Nothing could be further from the truth, especially at the London Sperm Bank, where more than 15,000 vials of donor sperm are in storage and where, since the London Sperm Bank opened its doors in 2010, almost 4,000 cycles of treatment have been completed.

June 27, 2014

How the London Egg Bank can help you to achieve your dreams of having a baby – thanks to a change in UK legislation and an increase in egg donors

Just a year or two ago there were long waiting lists for egg donation in the UK. Altruistic egg donors were hard to find and hard to recruit. But now those waiting lists have gone.

No waiting lists
What a difference a year makes! Until 2012, egg donors wishing to donate eggs for purely altruistic reasons were as rare as rainy-day taxis. But all that changed with new government regulations on egg donation and a new drive to recruit donors who wanted only to help others.

June 12, 2014

A new report reveals the extent of youth homosexuality, straight sex outside marriage and sex work in Iran – and has an interesting ‘solution’

Iran has admitted it actually does have gay people – and gay sex is widespread among its youth.

An 82-page report which has just come to light draws on figures compiled by the Iranian Ministry of Education in 2007 and 2008.

They show 17.5% of male and female high school students across Iran admit to ‘being homosexual’. That’s 24,889 of a survey of 141,552 young men and women even though homosexuality can be punished by death in the country.

June 3, 2014

Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes has claimed that when gay people have sex it’s not actually sex because they’re not a man and a woman

Alan Keyes, a former Republican presidential hopeful and conservative commentator, has claimed that when gay people have sex it’s not actually sex.

Writing for far-right news website WND in a column entitled ‘Homosexual “Rights”: Suicide for Humanity?’, Keyes claimed that only sex between a man and a woman could be defined as sexual intercourse.

‘In the strict sense of the term, it is not “sexual” activity at all,’ Keyes wrote.

May 21, 2014

Gay men who are in committed monogamous relationships will join those who are not sexually active in being allowed to donate blood to the South African National Blood Service

South Africa has ended its ban on gay men donating blood for six months after they have last had sex which aimed to prevent HIV infected blood from entering the blood supply.

Under new rules announced by the South African National Blood Service gay men who are in monogamous committed relationships will be able to give blood alongside those who have not been sexually active for at least six month.

May 3, 2014

Judge says the lesbian couple 'defrauded' French law by going to Belgium to conceive their now 4-year-old son via IVF

A Versailles Court has ruled that a married French woman cannot adopt the child she and her partner had conceived by IVF treatment carried out abroad.

The judge says the couple, who has not been named in the media, 'defrauded' French law by going to neighboring Belgium for the procedure, according to The Guardian.

December 28, 2013

Same-sex partners in the UK region will be able to apply for NHS-funded fertility treatment for the first time under new rules

Gay couples in North Staffordshire, UK, are to be given free fertility treatment on the NHS to help them start their own families.

Under previous rules, IVF treatment was not available in some parts of the region regardless of sexual orientation.

Health leaders predict hundreds of gay and straight couples will submit appeals for the treatment, which costs around £4,000 a time.

Local gay community leaders suggest the new rules will mean more loved and wanted babies being born in the area.

November 26, 2013

The Brits are having less, but more varied, sex - that's according to a nationwide sex survey of 15,000 adults

A national sex survey has revealed just how much gay sex the UK is actually having.

British women who have had a same-sex experience has quadrupled since the sex survey was done in 1990, jumping from 4% to 16%.

In comparison, the numbers of men who have reported a same-sex experience has remained virtually unchanged since 1990 – around 7%.

The researchers said the findings supported previous research that a woman’s sexuality is more fluid than for men.

November 14, 2013

Delays to their treatment, according to the couple, mean it is now ‘almost impossible’ for a Manchester couple to have a baby

A British lesbian couple is suing the National Health Service after claiming they were refused fertility treatment because of their sexuality.

The women, both 38 and in a civil partnership, are claiming they were told separately by a nurse and a doctor at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester that they were ineligible for IVF.

They claim it was because they are in a same-sex relationship.

Delays to their treatment, according to the couple, mean it is now ‘almost impossible’ for them to have a baby.

October 11, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown signs bill into law also applies to unmarried couples

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed in to law a bill that will give same-sex couples equal access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples.

The law also applies to unmarried people and makes clear a non-discrimination provision of existing California law. The law requires health health plans to cover fertility treatments but does not cover in vitro fertilization.

September 19, 2013

London Egg Bank hopes volunteer donors will come forward to solve UK shortage

Britain’s first dedicated egg bank for infertility treatment has opened, as the country sees a baby boom for LGBT families.

The London Egg Bank will launch at the Alternative Parenting Show, open to all families but particularly popular with would-be gay moms and dads on Saturday (21 September).

The London Egg Bank says a shortage of egg donors in Britain pushes women needing donor eggs abroad.

July 3, 2013

Gay men have better rates of prostate cancer detection according to new research but may be undergoing surgery to treat the condition earlier than they need to be as a result

Australian and Canadian researchers have published a study that suggests that gay men have better rates of prostate cancer detection than their heterosexual counterparts, but may be having surgery earlier than what is necessary as a result.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia, Canada and the Australian Research Center in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne published their results in the journal Urology.

June 20, 2013

Baroness Butler-Sloss fails to get an amendment through defining marriage consummation as 'penetration of vagina, anus or mouth' in England and Wales equal marriage debate

Married gay people will not need to have sex to officiate their relationship, the UK’s House of Lords has said.

An amendment suggesting the definition of consummation and adultery failed to be agreed upon during the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) debate in the early hours of this morning (20 June).

While gay sex past midnight in the UK government’s upper house may sound like a tabloid newspaper headline, it was a somewhat serious debate at what counts as consummation in a gay relationship.

June 5, 2013

Gonorrhea, genital warts, herpes and chlamydia all up in England among gay and bisexual men and young people

Gay and bisexual men are making up 79% of all syphilis cases in England and have seen a 37% rise in gonorrhea.

They also make up 58% of gonorrhea cases in the country – a total of 10,754 men were diagnosed with the bacteria, known as ‘the clap’, which causes burning pain during urination and discharge from the penis.

The new official figures, released today (5 June) come from government agency Public Health England (PHE).

May 10, 2013

The Federal Council of Medicine fixed a law’s wording to ensure same-sex couples’ access to assisted reproduction

Brazil has guaranteed that gay couples across the country have access to assisted fertilization.

According to Brazilian news website Globo.com, the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) has adjusted the vague wording in an existing law that some courts used to block same-sex couples from using in-vitro fertilization and other assisted fertilization methods.

April 11, 2013

Anti-sodomy law had not been enforced since 1997 but remained on the books

The Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday (10 April) passed a bill that officially decriminalizes gay sex under state law.

Even though the law had been struck down by the Montana Supreme Court in 1997 and was not being enforced, it remained on the books.

Senate Bill 107 passed the House with a vote of 65-34, according to Rep. Bryce Bennett, the only openly gay member of The House.

February 20, 2013

New IVF guidelines helps same-sex couples receive free fertility treatment

More British gay couples may get greater access to IVF treatment on the National Health Service under new guidelines.

This means same-sex couples should receive less resistance when trying to access fertility treatment.

Previously there has been no explicit guidelines regarding same-sex couples.

February 18, 2013

New guidelines providing free IVF to same-sex couples and women over 40 is wrong, says Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Gay couples having children is like child abuse, an anti-abortion group has said.

New treatment guidelines on in-vitro fertilization treatment by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence (NICE) has got Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) furious.

SPUC manager Anthony Ozimic claims the guidelines 'ignores biology in the name of politically-correct social-engineering'. 

November 10, 2012

GSN reclines on the counselor’s couch to find out how a healthy sex life can help gay men have better relationships

Quiet, considered and thoughtful, Nicholas Rose is not perhaps the first person I would have thought of to talk about sex with.

Rose is a counselor and psychotherapist who specializes in working with gay men and gay couples, and it’s clear that not much surprises him when it comes to talking about the complex and sometimes tricky subject of sex.

Why is sex such a big deal?

May 15, 2012

A study by University of Padua, Italy, claims that the mothers and aunts of gay men are more fertile than other women

Mothers and aunts of gay men are more fertile than other women, a new study from Italy reveals.

University of Padua published its findings this week in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Researcher Camperio Ciani, from the university's Department of General Psychology, said: ‘We tried to find out why female relatives of gay men have more sons and daughters than other women.’

The five-year long study of more than 200 women discovered that physiological and psychological processes are involved.

May 12, 2012

Iran court sentence four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy.

Four men named 'Saadat Arefi', 'Vahid Akbari', 'Javid Akbari' and 'Houshmand Akbari' are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.

The four men are said to be from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province of Iran.