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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.

May 8, 2012

Thanks to gay community, waiting times for women have been cut by 16 months

Australian gay men are being urged to help aspiring mothers by donating their sperm in a new recruitment drive.

According to a leading IVF specialist, women were waiting up to 18 months a year ago before they could begin having fertility treatment.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that thanks to the recruitment drive, improved supplies from overseas and advertisements in gay media, the waiting period has been cut to eight weeks.

April 27, 2012

A court in British Columbia, Canada, ruled that a former lesbian couple must divide sperm which they had left in a fertility clinic

A separated lesbian couple in Canada have been ordered by a court to share leftover sperm.

Despite dividing their assets when they split in 2006, the British Columbia couple forgot about the 13 vials, known as straws, of semen which they had frozen in a sperm bank.

However, in 2009 one of the women, identified in court by the initials JCM, wanted to use the sperm to have a baby with her new partner, the Vancouver Sun reported.

April 26, 2012

'Gangster' accused of gay sex executed in public in Fars Province, Iran

A young man known by the initials CH M was hanged publicly in Marwdasht, Fars Province, Iran, for allegedly engaging in 'sodomy' with another man.

Speaking with the Iranian Fars News Agency, Gholamhossein Chamansara, the Attorney General of Marwdasht, reported that the death penalty was given to the man - whose exact age is not known - due to his 'despicable act' that contradicted Sharia Muslim laws.

March 5, 2012

Feuding lesbians in Florida spark global debate on motherhood

A lesbian who took the biological daughter of her partner to Australia has sparked a global debate on the question of motherhood and egg donors.

The American women, known only in the court papers as their initials, are both in their 30s and were police officers in Florida.

One partner donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other, who gave birth in 2004, nine years into their relationship.

The couple separated two years later, and the birth mother eventually left without a trace taking the child with her.