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February 24, 2015

Johnstone, an NHS Leadership & Talent Programme Manager, reflects on the importance of role models, and encouraging people to be themselves at work

The National Health Service is the UK's largest employer, and perhaps its most diverse and dynamic. The Commonwealth Fund recently named it the world’s most efficient healthcare system.

Not only do we have a huge duty of care for our staff, but also for the tens of millions of people that we care for across England.

February 24, 2015

'PrEP is, quite simply, a game-changer'

New research released today has shown that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can lower the risk of contracting HIV by 86%.

The PROUD study, carried out by MRC CTU at UCL and Public Health England, aimed to find whether prescribing PrEP to men who have sex with men would lower their risk of becoming infected with HIV.

The 86% protection rate found with daily usage of PrEP (Truvada) is the highest ever seen in a randomized study with the drug.

February 24, 2015

Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

The openly gay diplomat is currently the US consul general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he 'could not be more proud' to announce Berry as the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

February 23, 2015

Ash Carter: 'I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them'

New US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has come out in favor of transgender people being able to serve openly in the military.

Appearing at a town-hall meeting in Afghanistan, said he aims to make 'service as attractive as possible to our best people in our country … provided they can do what we need them to do for us.'

Carter added that he doesn't think 'anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.'

February 18, 2015

HIV strain CRF19 can progress to AIDS in less than 3 years, meaning anti-retroviral drugs may come too late to control it, but Cuban and Belgian scientists are working together to study the virus

Scientists in Cuba are dealing with an aggressive new strain of HIV that progresses so fast to AIDS that many patients do not even realize they are infected before their immune system is seriously compromised.

The strain has been named CRF19 and is a combination of HIV sub-types A, D and G.

CRF19 has been observed before in Africa but only in isolated cases and it is unknown why or how the strain is now appearing in Cuba.

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 18, 2015

The next project of the German-born director of Independence Day and Stargate will be a drama on the 1969 Stonewall riots

Writer-director Roland Emmerich is to be honored at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. He will be presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actor Channing Tatum.

Openly gay, German-born Emmerich has helmed some of Hollywood’s biggest hits in recent years.

Relocating to the US in the early 90s, his credits include Stargate, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. He directed Tatum – who is soon to wow audiences in the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Magic Mike – in 2013's White House Down.

February 16, 2015

Apple CEO says the president's new cyber privacy rules could put gay people at risk

Tim Cook Friday (13 February) challenged US President Barack Obama on gay rights at a cyberprivacy summit at Stanford University.

Obama signed an executive order at the White House summit to encourage information sharing between the private sector and the government in order to prevent future cyber attacks like the Sony hacks.

However, the openly gay CEO of Apple challenged the president in an impassioned speech, in which he said privacy was often a matter of 'life and death' for LGBTI people.

February 11, 2015

'Art can change the world ... if you see a little bit of your journey in Jamal's, that's beautiful'

The drama Empire marks the first time on network television that a gay character has been this central to a show about the historically homophobic hip-hop industry.

The significance of this is not lost on actor Jussie Smollett who plays Jamal, an openly gay musician vying with his two straight brothers to be their music mogul father's heir apparent. The father has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years.

February 9, 2015

But co-host cited health concerns during weekend appearance at film festival

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View on Monday without mentioning that this is expected to be her final week as a regular co-host.

News of O'Donnell's impending departure broke late Friday when her rep and ABC both confirmed that she would be leaving the show to focus on her family. It was also confirmed that O'Donnell had split from wife Michelle Rounds.

O'Donnell was given an opening to address the developments when moderator Whoopi Goldberg noted that she had had a big weekend.

February 9, 2015

If chosen, Gaydio's new UK-wide platform will launch in the first half of 2016

The UK's only LGBTI radio station is hoping to launch nationwide.

Gaydio has bid to be part of DAB Digital Radio, allowing people to listen on their home and car radios nationwide.

Currently only available online, London and Sussex on DAB Digital Radio, on 88.4fm in Manchester, it is hoping to reach more listeners if it is picked by Ofcom.

Station Director Toby Whitehouse said: 'We know that people already listen online from Penzance up to Inverness, so making the station accessible via their home and car radios is hugely exciting.'

February 7, 2015

  Health officials are calling on Washington single gay men to get checked as soon as possible  

Two gay men in King County, Washington have been left permanently blind after contracting a rare strain of syphilis.

Six cases of ocular syphilis have been reported in the state since mid-December, three gay men, with three being HIV positive.

All of the patients reported they were suffering from a loss of vision, blurring, having a blue tinge to their vision and seeing 'floaters' and flashing lights.

Three of the patients were hospitalized to receive intravenous penicillin treatment; one patient refused care.

February 3, 2015

But the former US First Lady wanted it known that President Reagan had called Hudson to wish him well

The year before he died, Rock Hudson was photographed looking very chummy at a White House event with old friends President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

But by the summer of 1985, Hudson was dying from AIDS and flew to Paris for treatment. He collapsed after checking in to The Ritz and was rushed to the American Hospital of Paris.

February 2, 2015

'You've inspired a whole lot of folks here and around the world and we are very proud of you'

President Barack Obama paid tribute to the first openly gay player in the history of Major League Soccer when members of the Los Angeles Galaxy visited The White House on Monday (2 February).

Robbie Rogers, standing with his teammates, smile and nodded his head after Obama's warm words of praise for the player who went public about his sexuality nearly two years ago.

February 1, 2015

'People can be my friends who have a lifestyle that are not necessarily my lifestyle'

Mike Huckabee wants everyone to know he has friends from diverse backgrounds.

The potential 2016 White House candidate was a guest on CNN this morning (1 February).

In the interview, the Republican proudly listed how tolerant he is when it comes to friendship.

'People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle,' Huckabee maintained.

January 30, 2015

'The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was...My death needs to mean something'

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Leelah's Law, the proposed legislation that could end LGBTI 'cure' therapy in the US.

The White House petition has gained the necessary amount of signatures required needed for a response from President Barack Obama.

January 29, 2015

Ethan Regal, a gay man living in Nigeria, writes about his experiences growing up and living in one of the worst places in the world to be gay

When I was a young boy in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a mysterious, unexplainable tingling sensation whenever I saw an attractive guy. The stories I heard regarding romance involved a boy and girl. So I thought to myself: maybe I’m a girl deep down. That seemed like the only explanation for my attraction.

I kept thinking that perhaps God made a mistake. Perhaps I was meant to be a girl. I never had issues with my body. I wasn’t interested in getting rid of my penis or growing breasts. I just thought that in order to be with a boy I have to be a girl.

January 25, 2015

'I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that'

Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, wants to see the US Constitution amended if the Supreme Court strikes down marriage equality bans.

The Republican was a guest on the Sunday news show This Week.

January 23, 2015

US president is interviewed by three YouTube stars

US President Barack Obama has said he hoped the Supreme Court would make the 'right decision' on gay marriage when it rules on the issue in spring.

The president yesterday (22 January) gave interviews to three YouTube stars in an attempt to reach a younger audience.

Obama told comedian GloZell Green that he was hopeful the high court would recognize there was 'no good reason' to ban gay marriage.

January 23, 2015

Human Rights Campaign has published its annual State Equality Index and warns that despite marriage equality in most states, other inequalities persist

Human Rights Campaign has today published its annual State Equality Index, which ranks 50 US states and Washington D.C with regards to the protections that it offers LGBT citizens.

It has broken states down into four categories, with 29 states occupying the bottom slot: those states offering the least protection.

Just seven states fill the top category: those with the most protection.

January 21, 2015

Generations and races come together to share the lessons of the civil rights film

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTI communities held discussions on the Oscar-nominated civil right movie Selma.

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) convened the event between generations of LGBTI activists. Folks who were active during 1960’s civil rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.

January 19, 2015

Ultra-modern chic meets Elizabethan mystique at this stylish stopover, just 30 minutes from Brighton

Ah, the great, green county of Sussex. Home to an abundance of outstanding natural beauty and a slew of charming chocolate box towns and villages – and yet so many of us rarely venture out of the bustling gay mini-capital which is Brighton. But just half an hour north, perched atop a hill and boasting breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, you'll find the Tudor village of Cuckfield – and nestling its edge, the inviting Ockenden Manor.

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

January 18, 2015

Civil partners Sherrie and Joanne Johnson, of Nottingham, England, explain why they chose to become foster carers and why others should consider it

Have you ever considered fostering?

A British agency, Fostering Solutions, has just launched a campaign, Foster15, to highlight the fact that, on average, a child is taken into care in England every 15 minutes; a figure that it believes is set to rise if current trends continue.

Among the foster carers supporting the campaign is same-sex couple, Sherrie and Joanne Johnson, aged 38 and 43, of Nottingham.