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October 30, 2014

Orange is definitely not the only fruit

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially come out as gay.

'I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,' he writes in a personal essay in Bloomberg Businessweek.

'I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.'

The head of Apple, who took over from Steve Jobs in 2011, has never denied being gay and to an extent it has been considered to be public knowledge

But until today, Cook has also never confirmed his sexuality.

October 30, 2014

A former adviser to Bill Clinton, David Mixner revealed Monday that he assisted in the mercy killings of 8 gay men who were dying of AIDS during the 1980’s – including his own lover Peter Scott

Veteran American LGBTI rights activist David Mixner has confessed to his involvement in euthanizing 8 gay men who were dying from AIDS during the height of the epidemic during the 1980’s.

Mixner made the admission on Monday during a performance of his one-man autobiographical stage show Oh Hell No! during a fundraiser for LGBTI youth scholarship charity the Point Foundation, revealing that he had sought legal advice before going public with his admission.

October 30, 2014

Mayor John D'Amico: 'Right from the beginning, the people of West Hollywood wept for the dying, cared for the sick, and protested for more action'

The West Hollywood City Council has hired an artist to design a monument to honor HIV/AIDS activists, caregivers and community leaders and those lost to the disease.

The highly-visible monument will be built in West Hollywood Park which recently underwent an $86 Million renovation.

Although HIV is longer has to be a death sentence with the proper treatment, there is a battle to educate the younger generation about the dangers of unprotected sex.

October 29, 2014

New French study could revolutionize the sex lives of gay and bisexual men

Taking a pill before gay sex can reduce the risk of being infected by HIV by 80%, a major new French study has found today (29 October).

Professor Jean-Michel Molina, who was the lead researcher of the test, has shown taking a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug just before sex is enough to protect you from getting the virus.

Before now researchers were recommending gay and bi men took PrEP every day of their lives to get protection from it.

HIV and AIDS researchers have celebrated the news, suggesting it could revolutionize sex lives.

October 28, 2014

West Africans are facing discrimination despite not being infected with Ebola, in an echo of the early days of the AIDS crisis in the US

Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS.

‘Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt.

October 28, 2014

'Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic began ... one in eight gay men (in the US) is HIV-positive'

Elton John is celebrating the dramatic advances made on the marriage equality front in recent years but he believes it has come at the expense of a life and death issue.

October 28, 2014

Report finds 87 per cent of the country's LGBTI people are not out

LGBTI Mongolians face social stigma and violence despite living in the first Asian country to teach LGBTI issues in schools, according to a new report.

The report was conducted by the United Nations Development Program and US Aid and is the first comprehensive review of LGBTI rights in the north Asian country.

It highlighted the lack of published records of LGBTI before the transition to democracy in 1992 and until recently, there was no word in the Mongolian language for gay or transgender.

October 26, 2014

'Today, we have to fight stigma in the same way we did when we first took on AIDS 30 years ago...'

Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish announced a donation to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation will award the HRC Foundation $300,000 (€236,000).

October 23, 2014

A report has been published into a ground-breaking summit that has taken place between gay dating app owners, health leaders and HIV organizations

Representatives of seven of the most popular gay dating websites and apps have collaborated with leading US AIDS organizations to discuss strategies to help promote HIV/STI testing and to reduce the stigma associated with HIV infection.

The results of a San Francisco summit between representatives of the dating sites and health leaders – including San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research – have been published in a new report.

October 21, 2014

Underbutler Thomas Barrow tries to change his sexuality with painful injections

The creator of Downton Abbey has revealed that gay underbutler Thomas Barrow will seek a 'cure' for his sexuality in the fifth season of the hit show.

Julian Fellowes said in an interview with ITV, 'He falls for the quackery that this can be cured, that he can get rid of this dumbbell he is dragging around with him. His fortitude takes him through a period of incredible physical discomfort.'

'The result he seeks is impossible – it’s not to be obtained by any medical treatment, it was just quackery.'

October 19, 2014

'When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent'

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the US, is endorsing the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Truvada is the only brand name anti-HIV drug approved for PrEP.

'When taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable healthcare provider, and paired with other safer sex practices, Truvada can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by upwards of 90 percent,' the organization said in a statement.

October 17, 2014

'This is potentially the most exciting development in HIV prevention in some years'

The UK is to be offered a pill that reduces risk of contracting HIV by up to 90%.

The daily tablet could soon be offered on the NHS and it is being described as the 'most exciting development in HIV prevention' in years.

A landmark trial in England is to be dramatically sped up after it was found taking a single dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the drug Truvada, provided unprecedented levels of protection.

October 16, 2014

The 84 year old makes bizarre claim on his TV show The 700 Club

On today's edition of The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson told viewers they had to be careful when traveling to African countries like Kenya.

The reason?

'The towels could have AIDS,' the 84-year-old televangelist claimed.

A viewer email had asked Robertson for guidance on traveling to Kenya to a missionary trip - the viewer was concerned about the Ebola outbreak in some African countries.

'You might get AIDS in Kenya, people have AIDS, you’ve got to be careful,' he explained. 'I mean, the towels could have AIDS.'

October 16, 2014

Say #Pants2HIV in a new campaign raising money for a gay men's health charity

Celebs and civilians alike have taken the 'pose in your undies for HIV prevention' challenge, and you could be the next.

The GMFA, the UK-based gay men's health charity, is asking for help with its HIV prevention work as it receives no government funding. 

But if you decide to pose in your pants for a picture, then you can help them continue their work.

People like Coronation Street's Charlie Condou have been among the celebrities to have taken the challenge, called Pants2HIV.

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 11, 2014

'Homo[sexuality] is a problem for us'

Twenty-one years ago, when Bill Clinton was in the White House, the Democratic president formed a military policy called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The code permitted gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops to serve in the US military as long as they were not out. Yesterday, 10 October, the Clinton Library released documents chronicling the debate in creating the plan.

October 1, 2014

#RichKids of Beverly Hills star EJ Johnson, 22, underwent gastric sleeve surgery five weeks ago

EJ Johnson, one of the stars of the reality TV series #RichKids of Beverly Hills, has lost 50 pounds in five weeks.

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson underwent gastric sleeve surgery which is a procedure that makes the stomach smaller.

It is the same procedure that Rosie O'Donnell had done in March. The View co-host has lost 50-plus pounds.

September 30, 2014

Respect After Death Act ensures that authentic gender identity is reflected on death certificates

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will make sure death certificates for transgender people accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity.

The Respect After Death Act requires that the authority responsible for completing the transgender person's death certificate adhere to documentation of their gender identity such as an updated birth certificate or driver's license.

September 30, 2014

Hemorrhoids – commonly called piles – affect nearly half of the population of the United Kingdom at some point in their lives

Hemorrhoids can seem embarrassing. They’re not talked about in the mainstream media, so you may believe they are a rare condition.

But in fact, they affect many of us. Hemorrhoids – commonly called piles – affect half of the population of the UK at some point in their lives.

Many people are unwilling to seek help so just suffer in silence. For them, bowel movements and sitting on hard surfaces, among other things, are dreadfully painful experiences.

Worst case scenario is surgery, and that means at least an overnight stay in hospital.

September 29, 2014

The youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada are campaigning to end their country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a campaign to overturn their country’s policy of excluding gay men from donating blood, saying the LGBTI community should be allowed to play their part in ensuring Canada has an adequate blood supply.

Canada currently bans gay men from donating blood if they have been sexually active any time in the last 5 years regardless of whether they practice safe sex or are in a monogamous relationship.

September 25, 2014

Report finds transgender women face systemic abuse and discrimination in one of the few countries to criminalize them

Malaysian transgender women are routinely arrested and abused by religious officials and police in one of the few countries to criminalize them, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 45 transgender people for the report, which was released today.

One of the interviewees, Victoria, said she was arrested in 2011 by religious officials who stripped and sexually assaulted her.

She said, ‘They were rough. One of them squeezed my breasts. I was completely humiliated.

September 25, 2014

Lambda Legal hails Holder's leadership in the fight for federal recognition of same-sex marriage

US Attorney General Eric Holder plans to step down as head of the Justice Department as soon as a successor is in place.

His impending departure was confirmed Thursday (25 September) by President Barck Obama.

Holder, 63, has been in the job for five-and-a-half year which is the fourth-longest ever for an attorney general.

Holder is considered a hero by LGBTI activists for his record on civil rights.

September 23, 2014

WikiLeaks whistle-blower claims to have received no medical treatment for her gender dysphoria

Wikileaks mole Chelsea Manning is suing US Army and Department of Defense  officials over their refusal to assist her in transitioning from male to female.

The former Army private came out as trans publicly in 2013 after it was announced she would serve a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 secret military documents while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

September 22, 2014

Gay rights campaigners are calling for the gay and bisexual men to receive a vaccine for HPV, claiming current policy is 'homophobic'

Thousands of gay and bisexual men could be saved from cancer if British scientists decide to offer them a simple vaccine today (22 September).

The panel will discuss whether to offer men who have sex with men a vaccine for HPV, the infection which causes 5% of all cancers worldwide. While most known to be a cause of cervical cancer, the often sexually transmitted virus can also cause cancer in the throat, anus and penis.

Men who have sex with men are at higher risk of being infected with the virus, and therefore more at risk of developing cancer.