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April 15, 2014

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality president Peter LaBarbera has been arrested along with a Canadian anti-gay activist after they refused to leave a university where they were staging a protest

One of the most extreme homophobic Christian activists in the United States was arrested on Monday in Canada - just days after he was almost not allowed in the country.

Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, had been in Saskatchewan province to attend an anti-abortion conference but decided to also hold protests against abortion and gay rights in Canada at two local universities while he was in the country.

April 13, 2014

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph has completed his London Marathon bid in 4hrs and 14mins and scored a victory in the fight against AIDS

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph has raced passed three big goals today (13 April) – a successful London Marathon finish, a unique challenge to get people tested for HIV and a massive fundraising victory for AIDS.

Joseph was supported by Gay Star News, his own staff and a team of volunteers from Student Pride in his unique marathon effort today.

He managed the race in 4hrs, 14minutes and 48seconds.

And as he passed each mile post, a team from 56 Dean Street clinic in London’s Soho was on hand to test a person for HIV at his G-A-Y Bar.

April 13, 2014

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph is completing his fifth marathon today, which will also see 26 new people knowing their HIV status

And they’re off – not just the London Marathon runners but also 26 people who are going to test for HIV.

The Race for Life is the brainchild of Jeremy Joseph, owner of the G-A-Y bar and club chain.

He wanted a new way to mark his fifth marathon, so has organized for a person to test for HIV every time he passes a mile point.

Volunteers from G-A-Y, Gay Star News and Student Pride are out on the route and will be tweeting at every mile he completes, to make it all work.

April 11, 2014

The Philippines Supreme Court has ruled that the government can provide condoms and other forms of contraception to the public for free following years of opposition by the Catholic Church

The fight against HIV and overpopulation in the Philippines has just been given an important new weapon as the country’s Supreme Court has ruled the government can provide free condoms and other kinds of contraception after a tooth-and-nail battle with the Catholic Church.

April 9, 2014

For every mile he runs on the London Marathon this weekend, a new person will be tested for HIV

The boss of Britain’s top gay bar and club chain is just £719 ($1,205 €873) away from reaching a mammoth fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Jeremy Joseph who runs the G-A-Y bars and club in London and Manchester is running the London Marathon this Sunday (13 April) and has set himself two additional challenges.

The first is to top a £250,000 ($419,000 €304,000) fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation – an aim he’s worked towards over four years.

April 7, 2014

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning blood is needed to ensure public safety

Northern Ireland is being called on to defend its ban against gay men giving blood.

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning 'gay blood' is needed to ensure public safety.

He has begun a legal appeal after a judge ruled it was up to him if gay men could donate blood in NI. A ban, which was enforced during the 1980s, 90s and 00s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in 2011.

New rules allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood as long as their last sexual contact with another man was more than a year ago.

April 4, 2014

Three of the eight victims of the Los Angeles invasive bacterial meningitis outbreak have died and all three who died were men who had sex with men

Three of the eight people who have contracted invasive bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles this year have died and all three were men who had sex with other men.

The announcement of the men’s death comes as Los Angeles County health officials ramp up calls for all men who have sex with men to get vaccinated against the disease – with free vaccines available for those without health care.

April 3, 2014

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging all men who have sex with other men to be vaccinated against meningitis regardless of their HIV status after a jump in cases in West and North Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is giving out free doses of the meningitis vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM) after four gay men came down with cases of invasive bacterial meningitis in the Hollywood area this year,

Bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, has been responsible for the deaths of at least seven gay men in New York since 2010 and at least another three in California and authorities are concerned about what may happen if there is a significant outbreak in Los Angeles.

March 28, 2014

Carl Sciortino will be first person living with HIV to head AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Carl Sciortino, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2005, announced on Thursday (27 March) that he is resigning from office.

Sciortino, 35, disclosed that he is living with HIV and is taking on the job of executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

'As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years,' Sciortino said in a statement.

March 21, 2014

Jake Jenkins, nurse practitioner for LGBT services at 56 Dean Street, tells us why testing early for HIV can seriously improve our health

1 Knowing your status can save your life

Untreated HIV can lead to serious illness (AIDS). Advanced HIV still kills – 390 people died of it in 2012 in the UK and an incredible 15,529 in the US in 2010.

2 Early diagnosis can add years to your life

An early HIV diagnosis means fewer complications and a longer healthier life.

3 You can be healthier

March 20, 2014

Gay men are more self-conscious than straight men in the locker room, with participants in the study saying they are less likely to change in front of straight guys as it's 'unfair' on them

Straight men are apparently more likely than gay guys to ‘compete’ on penis size in the locker room, according to a new study.

Dr Christopher Morris-Roberts, a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton, has said penis size matters a lot to athletes in the locker room.

In research for his PHD, Dr Morriss-Roberts interviewed eight London athletes who played a variety of sports including football, tennis and rugby.

Half of these men self-identified as gay and the other half as straight.

March 14, 2014

There are only a handful of cases of HIV being transmitted between two women, and one has been reported in Houston, Texas

An ‘extremely rare’ case of HIV transmitted through lesbian sex is being reported in the US.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a case of female-to-female transmission of HIV in Houston, Texas.

A woman, 46, was investigated to have a virus almost identical to that of her female partner, 43.

According to the CDC, the infection took place during a six-month monogamous relationship.

The 46-year-old woman who contracted HIV had not injected drugs, had no tattoos, nor had acupuncture, transfusion or transplants.

March 13, 2014

Joycelyn Elders says ban 'has long been a policy in search of a rationale'

Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders calls the military's ban on transgender people serving 'a policy in search of a rationale.'

Elders made her remarks upon the release today of a report by the Transgender Military Service Commission which concluded that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning.

March 13, 2014

‘Ex-gay’ author and professor Robert Oscar Lopez has likened gay couples using surrogates to birth their children to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and says they are either buys or stealing their children despite the surrogate mothers not being related to the babies

California State University English professor and ‘ex-gay’ Robert Oscar Lopez has compared surrogate mothers birthing children for gay men to slavery in an article published Tuesday on AmericanThinker.com.

March 7, 2014

These women have all been great contributors to art, poetry, literature, film, and culture

Undoubtedly, many gay, bisexual and trans women from the ages likely lived their lives miserable as they felt they had no other choice than to follow society's expectations.

But no woman ever made history by following all the rules, and that is true of all 11 women on this list.

From Hollywood starlets to artists and activists, these 11 women made a huge impact on thousands of lives by daring to follow their hearts.

March 7, 2014

Man was left with a broken lip and nine missing teeth after a brutal attack during gay pride week in Austin, Texas in October 2012

‘It’s just been hard on the inside more for me than the outside, not because of how people see me, but how I feel about myself.’

A victim of a gay hate crime has received a six-figure oral reconstruction surgery for free after nine of his teeth were knocked out.

In October 2012, during gay pride week in Austin, Texas, Andrew Oppelman and Nick Soret were severely beaten while waiting for a slice of pizza at a food truck.

March 6, 2014

WARNING: Graphic details. Newcastle Crown Court hears how a former government vet indulged in 'inflicting pain on others' in sex session that allegedly went too far

WARNING: This article contains graphic details that some readers may find distressing

A British man is being accused of killing his gay lover in a crystal meth S&M extreme sex session.

Kirk Thompson, 46, is alleged of causing severe internal injuries to David Kochs, 43, during the session at his home in Newcastle.

Thompson, who previously worked as an animal welfare adviser for the government, invited Kochs over after meeting him online.

March 6, 2014

Researchers have found that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs prevented the spread of HIV between infected and uninfected monkeys and are hopeful a similar approach will work in humans

New research by scientists at Rockerfeller University and the Centers for Disease Control has suggested that a person could be effectively inoculated against the HIV virus if given injections of long lasting antiretroviral medicines only four times a year.

It has been known since 2010 that the spread of HIV can be reduced by over 90% by a healthy person taking antiretroviral drugs orally daily but this is the first time research has shown that monthly or less than monthly injections could contain the virus.

March 6, 2014

The study includes 'gene editing,' a treatment where a gene is focused on and disabled

A study shows gene modification could be useful in HIV treatment.

The research, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, involved the first ever 'gene editing' done in humans.

As reported by the New York Times, 'gene editing' is a procedure that focuses on a gene and disarms it.

February 23, 2014

UK charity Terrence Higgins Trust has reported a 15% rise in people with HIV seeking financial help for living essentials such as food and clothing due to disposable income being hit by austerity measures

Increasing numbers of HIV patients are struggling to afford basic costs of living due to a lack of government support, says UK sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

According to a new report released today (23 February), there has been a 15% increase in the number of people with HIV seeking financial help from the charity over the past year.

The charity says the findings ‘should act as a warning sign at all levels of government that people with HIV are not receiving the level of support needed to meet the most basic of costs’.

February 14, 2014

Two fundraisers coming up in London will give clubbers the chance to raise money for Elton John AIDS Foundation and support a unique London Marathon run

Whether you are unlucky in love this Valentine’s or just love music, we can cheer you up and get you raising money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

Clubbers at G-A-Y tonight (14 February) will each be handed a traffic-light balloon to mark the relationship status; red for committed, yellow for those in an open relationship and green for anyone single and available. Donations in return will go to the charity.

February 9, 2014

A leaked report has revealed the ‘shocking’ questioning refugees face trying to gain asylum in the UK

UK Home Office officials have reportedly been humiliating LGBTI asylum seekers with degrading questions about their sex lives.

A leaked report to the Observer, from October 2013, reveals the extent of the harsh questioning that asylum seekers endured.

One bisexual man underwent five hours of questioning, with no lawyer present, including: ‘Did you put your penis into x's backside?’ and ‘When x was penetrating you, did you have an erection? Did x ejaculate inside you? Why did you use a condom?’

February 7, 2014

G-A-Y club owner Jeremy Joseph is seeking 26 people to test for HIV who have never been tested before as part of his London Marathon run

Britain’s top gay nightclub owner is seeking 26 people who have never tested for HIV to join his London Marathon bid this year.

Jeremy Joseph, owner of G-A-Y, is running the marathon to raise cash for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) but he also wants to do much more.

His Run For Life aims to get 26 people to know their HIV status for the first time – and he is working with Gay Star News to find volunteers to take the one-minute finger prick test.

February 6, 2014

David Bar Katz says he was not interviewed by The National Enquirer which also quotes him as saying he saw Hoffman freebasing cocaine the night before he died

Playwright David Bar Katz is suing the National Enquirer tabloid for $50 million for running a story quoting him as saying he and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman were lovers.

The story also quoted Bar Katz as saying he saw Hoffman freebasing cocaine last Saturday night. It was Bar Katz who found the actor's dead body in Hoffman's Manhattan apartment on Sunday (2 February).

Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for Capote, was found with a needle in his arm and bags of cocaine were found in his apartment.