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May 24, 2015

 'Sometimes I think that really the problem is the concept of motherhood, which we can't give any real structure to'

Writer Germaine Greer is troubled that David Furnish, Elton John's husband, is listed as 'mother' on the birth certificates of their two sons.

May 20, 2015

Gay Star News is looking good and feeling great after these non-surgical fat-burning procedures

Having an older boyfriend does have one downside. He is only four and half years ahead of me but when we meet new people the dreaded age question often comes up – and not in the way you’d expect.

With my boyfriend’s naturally blond, surfer boy hair and bright blue eyes, everyone is amazed he is 40. ‘No, you can’t be,’ they say, their eyes darting all over his face, ‘you look 29 or 30.’

Then they look me up and down and invariably add: ‘You look much older than him.’

My inner diva is screaming and wanting to throw my drink over them.

May 20, 2015

House Democrats introduce bill to ban the discredited practice nationwide

Oregon's bisexual governor, Kate Brown, Monday (18 May) signed a bill into law banning 'gay conversion therapy,' making her state the third to do so.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3 after clearing the House in March, and makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice 'ex-gay' therapy on children younger than 18.

Brown, who become the US' first openly bisexual governor in February, will signing ceremony on Friday.

May 20, 2015

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why those who condemn PrEP medication need to appreciate the valuable role it can play in preventing HIV infections

How do you feel about the sex that you have? Is it all good fun, or is it something that, deep down, you still feel bad about?

Is the sex that we enjoy something to be celebrated or something to be ashamed of? And how do you feel about the sex that other gay men have?

It may seem odd to even ask these questions but really, there’s nothing more central to improving sexual health than to consider how we, as gay men, feel about the sex that we’re having.

May 16, 2015

The 23-year-old has been convicted of exposing one sex partner to HIV and attempting to expose four others

A HIV-positive former college wrestler from Missouri will spend at least 30 years in jail after being found guilty of failing to inform his sexual partners of his HIV status.

Michael Johnson, 23, was found guilty after a 3-day trial on five of six counts against him – three of the six counts were exposing someone to HIV and three were attempting to expose someone to HIV. He was found not guilty on a sixth charge – exposing another man to HIV.

May 15, 2015

EJ Johnson of TV's Rich Kids of Beverly Hills: 'I wanted to be the best me I can be'

EJ Johnson returned to the air on TV's Rich Kids of Beverly Hills this week looking like a shadow of his former self.

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson is more than 100 pounds lighter than he was during the Bravo reality show's first season.

Johnson, 22, achieved the weight loss after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

'I think that it was something that really helped me jumpstart the life I definitely wanted to lead,' Johnson tells talk show host Wendy Williams.

May 14, 2015

Activists slam HIV criminalization laws for unfairly targeting black men

A former college wrestler Thursday (14 May) was found guilty of 'recklessly infecting' a man with HIV, attempting to infect another, and exposing three others to the virus.

Michael Johnson, 23, now faces up to 30 years in jail.

A Missouri court heard that the former Lindenwood University student tested positive for HIV in January 2013. He continued to have unprotected sex until he was arrested in October that year after a partner who contracted the virus from went to the police.

May 13, 2015

HIV expert Lucy Maroncha says the laws in Kenya are only leading to an increase of HIV cases

In Kenya, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people, is putting them at increased risk of HIV.

May 12, 2015

But new guidelines would still ban those who have had sex with another man in the past year from donating

The US Food and Drug Administration has officially proposed lifting its 32 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the proposal is still seen as discriminatory by some because the FDA wants to replace the policy with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

The ban enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US and prohibits any man who has had sex with another man, even once, since 1977 from donating blood.

May 8, 2015

Similar to contraceptive implants, it releases a sustained dose of antiretrovirals for up to 40 days

Scientists at the Oak Crest Institute of Science in California have developed a matchstick-size implant that could 'revolutionize' HIV treatment.

The implant, similar to a contraceptive implant, delivers a controlled, sustained release of antiretroviral drugs for up to 40 days in dogs with no adverse side effects.

'To our knowledge this is the first implant to be used for this purpose,' said Dr Marc Baum, senior faculty and founder of the institute.

May 8, 2015

Resting has not been enough to heal damage - will be out for 6-8 weeks

Sam Smith has been silenced - for now.

The four-time Grammy winner revealed to fans on Instagram on Friday (8 May) that he will be off the stage for at least the next weeks because of a hemorrhage on his vocal cord.

'I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven't recovered and I am going to need surgery,' he writes.

May 7, 2015

The singer urged the US congress to continue leading the global effort to fight HIV and AIDS

Sir Elton John has said he believes AIDS can be eradicated during his lifetime – but only if the United States continue to lead the global effort.

Speaking at a senate hearing on the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the United States’ global initiative to fight HIV and AIDS, the British singer urged the Congress to continue their global leadership.

‘The AIDS epidemic is not over and America's continued leadership is critical,‘ the British singer told the Senate.

May 7, 2015

Dr Christian Jessen to host event at BAFTA on 13 May

The National AIDS Trust's annual Spring Awakening returns on the 13 May, and is to be hosted by Embarrassing Bodies presenter Dr Christian Jessen, alongside The Feeling singer Dan Gillespie-Sells.

The Feeling, whose hits include Fill My Little World and Love It When You Call, will also perform at the fundraiser, which will include an auction run by Christopher Biggins, with a dinner for six with Ben Cohen up for grabs.

May 6, 2015

Mother who broke surrogacy agreement used 'offensive language' in court

A baby girl in the United Kingdom is going to live with her father and his boyfriend after her mother supposedly broke a surrogacy deal.

The ruling is supposed to settle a fight between the parents over the agreement; while the girl’s biological father said the mother agreed to be a surrogate for him and his partner, she argued the men had agreed for her to be the main parent.

‘The pregnancy was contrived with the aim of a same-sex couple having a child to form a family assisted by a friend,’ Ms Justice Russell said.

May 5, 2015

Thomas Miguel Guerra, who is thought to have had unprotected sex with at least 24 other men, says:  'I am not a monster'

A judge has sentenced a gay man to six months in jail for knowingly spreading the HIV virus to his ex-boyfriend.

'I am not a monster,' Thomas Miguel Guerra said in court. 'I would never ever do something like what I'm accused of.'

Guerra received the maximum sentence from an angry judge who was frustrated that she could not give him more time behind bars.

May 2, 2015

'If there is an infection, we should try and cure it, not stigmatize it.'

An Austrian magazine has used ink infused with the blood of three HIV+ people to print a special edition of their current issue.

Vangardist magazine, usually only available online, release their third print issue, called the Heroes-issue, next week.

A special edition of 3.000 copies have been printed with ink containing blood donated by three HIV positive men; a further 15.000 copies have been printed using normal ink.

April 30, 2015

SPONSORED: Dr Daniel Lanzer discusses the steps that guys can take to look their best

When cosmetic surgery gets mentioned in the media, the stories are almost always about women.

However, the reality is quite different, because more and more men are choosing a cosmetic surgery.

Everyone deserves to look and feel good, so we spoke with Dr Daniel Lanzer, a leading cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist, to find out which are the top cosmetic surgery procedures for men.

Vaser Liposuction

April 29, 2015

Ireland's Minister for Health is hoping to relax the lifetime ban

The European Court of Justice has ruled a lifetime ban on men who have sex with men from giving blood 'may be justified'.

The top court, based in Luxembourg, has said sexually active gay and bisexual men can be banned from giving blood as long as it is established they are at 'high risk' of acquiring infectious diseases.

If there are no effective detection techniques to ensure a high level of health protection for recipients, then a ban may also be justified.

April 27, 2015

Israel will airlift 52 of its citizens out of earthquake ravaged Nepal who were in the country accessing commercial surrogacy and most are same-sex couples who cannot legally do so at home

A large group of gay and lesbian Israeli parents are being airlifted out of Nepal after being caught up in the earthquake.

They were in the country to access commercial surrogacy that they are banned from using in their own country.

Surrogacy is legal in Israel but only for heterosexual couples so singles and same-sex couples often travel overseas to access commercial surogacy.

With countries like Thailand cracking down on the practice, there has been a growth in the sector in Nepal.

April 25, 2015

'I feel like they've gone through their struggle. They should be helping me through mine.'

When Bey came out as trans to her dads, she hoped they would accept her for who she really is.

But the 22-year-old was shocked to discover that, despite both parents struggling to come out as gay when they were younger, they refused to accept her coming out as trans.

Now, she’s sharing her story in the hope her parents will see she’s serious about her transition.

'I'm hurt,’ she explained, speaking to GSN.

'I feel as though they should understand. I feel like they've gone through their struggle. They should be helping me through mine.'

April 22, 2015

Jeremy Joseph can’t currently run more than three miles but plans to do a full marathon in just five days

G-A-Y club owner and friend to the stars Jeremy Joseph will run the London Marathon Sunday despite an agonizing injury which may stop him finishing.

He is due to deliver a marathon first this year – a camera mounted on his body will stream all 26 miles from his perspective live online via Gay Star News.

But shin splints in both his legs means he has failed his last two training runs and is now in a race against time to recover before the event on 26 April.

Joseph said: ‘I got overconfident and I over trained.

April 21, 2015

Branden James: 'I was shocked to see that people took it a lot less harsh than I ever anticipated'

His HIV status had long been singer Branden James' most closely-guarded secret.

But now the former America's Got Talent contestant has gone public about being HIV positive - a diagnosis he received a decade ago when he was in his mid-20s.

' ... The guilt and shame that I carried with me which was daunting,' he says in an interview with the digital magazine aTEEN.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 14, 2015

The Victorian Government has announced it will move to repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act which singles out the deliberate spreading of HIV as a separate crime to deliberately exposing people to other serious illnesses

Australia is to lose its last law singling out the deliberate transmission of HIV to another person or persons, 22 years after the Victorian state government decided that it needed to be treated separately to the deliberate transmission of other serious illnesses.

Section 19A of Victoria’s Crimes Act punishes the deliberate transmission of HIV with up to 25 years in prison and was originally intended to discourage the scenario where a person stabs another person with a syringe full of blood that they knew contains HIV.