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December 11, 2014

''The circuit courts of appeal are split as to whether a law restricting what counselors or health-care providers may say and what clients or patients may hear in the privacy of the counselor-client or doctor-patient relationship is speech protected by the First Amendment'

Conversion therapy advocates are taking the battle to the US Supreme Court.

Lawyers for two counselors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the American Association of Christian Counselors filed a petition requesting the highest court to review New Jersey's 'ex-gay' therapy ban for minors.

December 9, 2014

'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something'

Anderson Cooper had an unexpected brush with British royalty when he found himself on the same flight as Prince William.

After William met with President Obama at The White House Monday (8 Monday), the future King of England took an afternoon US air shuttle flight back to New York City.

'There was this kind of buzz and excitement to see this guy come on the aircraft,' Cooper said on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday. 'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something.'

December 9, 2014

Three transgender residents sue the city for discrimination

Transgender people in New York City will no longer be required to undergo sex reassignment surgery to change the gender on their birth certificates.

The city council yesterday (8 December) passed a bill that eliminated the 'antiquated' requirement by 39 votes to four, with three absentations.

The legislation was introduced by councilman Corey Johnson in October and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

December 4, 2014

Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson says HIV is God’s judgement on LGBTI people and that ‘if you executed the homos like God recommends you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant’

A Baptist pastor at an Arizona church has gone on a bizarre rant after being incensed that his local bank had decided to put up decorations to mark World AIDS Day this year - saying the solution to the HIV epidemic is to kill all gay people.

In a video of one of his sermons posted to YouTube, Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson says he believes that governments are wasting billions of dollars trying to cure HIV when he ‘actually discovered the cure for AIDS.’

December 4, 2014

A panel of experts failed to reach agreement on what course of action to take over the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

Following a two-day meeting of scientists and health officials, it's looking unlikely that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will lift its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood any time soon – despite previous recommendations that it does so.

A panel of advisers were convened by the FDA to discuss the whether the ban should be cut back to prohibiting men who have not had sex with men in the past 12 months.

However, following reportedly heated discussions, they failed to reach an agreement on what to recommend.

December 3, 2014

'NGOs and whites come deceiving you that circumcision and condom use are the best ways to protect yourself'

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said people living with HIV 'have betrayed their families' and advised youths to completely abstain from pre-marital sex as the way to prevent infection.

The notoriously anti-gay leader made the comments on Monday (1 December) to a group of youths at a World Aids Day event in Kabarole District, the Daily Monitor reported.

December 2, 2014

'In the future, people could have no symptoms for decades'

HIV is evolving into a milder form, a major study has claimed.

Researchers at the University of Oxford says the virus is becoming 'watered down' as it adapts to our immune systems.

This means it is becoming less infectious and less deadly.

With changes in the virus, it is taking a longer time for HIV infection to cause AIDS and could eventually even become 'almost harmless', according to some virologists.

December 1, 2014

Royal revelation motivated by # FeelNoShame campaign

Prince Harry may seem relaxed and in good humor during his many public appearance but on Monday (1 December) he admitted he is often quaking inside.

The prince, currently fourth in line to the British throne, made the revelation in honor of World AIDS Day and the #FeelNoShame campaign which asks people to reveal their own secrets to try and reduce stigma around HIV/AIDS.

'Believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience,' Harry says in a YouTube video.

December 1, 2014

WHO issues a call to action after new data shows nearly half a million people in the country are living with HIV

The World Health Organization has issued a call to action to China after government figures revealed nearly half a million people were living with HIV and 25% of new cases were among gay men.

A total 497,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in China, with 154,000 deaths, since the country's first case in 1985, according to National Health and Family Planning Commission data released yesterday (30 November).

There were 87,000 new diagnoses on the mainland in the first 10 months of this year, more than 90% of which were sexually transmitted.

December 1, 2014

UKIP wake up to World AIDS Day ‘present’ and a gay kiss

HIV activists embraced in a gay kiss as they dumped half a ton of cow dung outside the South London office of UKIP.

They were disgusted by UKIP leader Nigel Farage and other politicians in the party saying people living with HIV should be barred from coming to Britain.

The World AIDS Day (1 December) protest symbolizes a rebirth by the London chapter of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), a group which has had been less visible in the UK in the last decade.

December 1, 2014

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

December 1, 2014

Don’t die ignorant

Almost a third (28%) of British people wrongly think you can get HIV from kissing, sharing a glass, spit, a public toilet seat, coughs and sneezes.

It sounds like a myth from the 1980s, but it is actually believed by more people today than in 2010, when the figure was only 18%.

That’s according to new research for National AIDS Trust by Ipsos MORI and published for World AIDS Day today (1 December).

Only 45 really know what can give you HIV.

November 30, 2014

The truth can be even more surprising

The myths about HIV and AIDS grow each year – making the fight against the virus even harder.

So here is the annual GSN myth buster, with help from our friends at National AIDS Trust.

It’s dedicated to breaking down the prejudices and rumors and giving you some surprises, however much you think you know about the virus.

Myth: Lesbians can’t get HIV from each other.

November 30, 2014

'This World AIDS Day, we come together to honor all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation'

In honor of World AIDS Day, US President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation.

Released on 28 November, the two page document noted the early stage of the epidemic.

'Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus,' Obama wrote.

November 28, 2014

Former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth, wants you to take shower selfies to demonstrate that – HIV positive or negative – we’re all ‘clean’

Despite advances in medication and treatment, there remains a huge amount of stigma around HIV.

Combatting this stigma has proved a consistent challenge, but a new social media campaign launched by HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is attempting to tackle preconceptions head on and raise money for a good cause in the process.

November 28, 2014

‘Prevention and control of HIV among men who have sex with men has to be a cornerstone of national HIV programs,’ says head of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Europe will miss its 2015 targets for curbing the spread of HIV, says the World Health Organisation (WHO), with an 80 per cent increase in HIV transmission in 2013 compared with a decade earlier.

November 28, 2014

Brenda was raped to ‘cure’ her of being lesbian, leaving her with HIV which she passed on to her female partner

In Kenya, where same sex relationships are illegal, sexual minorities, especially lesbians, are marginalized and often lack access to HIV prevention.

‘It’s as if we don't exist!’ laments Brenda, 23, who is a lesbian living with HIV. ‘There’s no data or specialized HIV programs that address lesbians which has led to our receiving poor HIV health care services.’

On World AIDS Day (1 December), take a moment to consider this fact: currently there are five million young people (15 to 24) living with HIV, the majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa.

November 28, 2014

Magic anti-HIV pill or just an excuse for bareback sex?

PrEP is the new buzzword in HIV. It’s a pill to reduce your chance of getting the virus.

But the treatment is still in trials and public information is patchy at best.

So as we prepare for World AIDS Day on 1 December, here’s what every gay and bisexual man needs to know about PrEP.

What is PrEP?

It means ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’ and is a medical term for providing ‘treatment’ to prevent you getting something.

November 28, 2014

ABC Family show centers on lesbian couple and their large brood

For five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk, Peter Paige played the role of Emmett Honeycutt who was part of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh.

Since then, Paige has gone on to create the ABC Family series The Fosters about the lives of an interracial lesbian couple who are married and raising biological and adoptive children together.

While Queer as Folk was quite sexually explicit, Paige tells Gay Star News The Fosters is even more 'subversive' in its own way.

November 27, 2014

Senior sexual health nurse tells it like it is

There are many reasons why people put off having an HIV test, from fear of stigma and rejection, denial, misconceptions about life with HIV to a lack of awareness of how it can be transmitted.

This World AIDS Day (1 December) take the opportunity to test and take control of your health and your future.

Here are my five reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to have an HIV test:

1 Knowing your status can save your life

As many as one in 4 people living with HIV do not know they are infected.

November 25, 2014

Jonathan Jesensky made 10 films, including one titled Paramedics, under stage name of Jonathan West

The former gay porn star known as Jonathan West has begun a new career as a firefighter with the New York Fire Department.

Jonathan Jesensky started as a rookie firefighter last week but had already been with the department as an EMT then a paramedic, according to the New York Daily News.

He is also a former US Marine who served a tour of duty on Iraq.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 19, 2014

Hollyoaks is working with Terrence Higgins Trust to ensure the story is told well

One of Britain's most favorite soap dramas will feature a gay character contracting HIV next year.

Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson in the soap Hollyoaks, will have unprotected sex with a stranger in January.

Channel 4 has worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust while planning the story. It is believed it will be the first gay character with HIV in British soap drama history.