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August 18, 2014

LGBTI African Americans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and it’s time to start talking about why

When the first news reports of Robin Williams’ death hit the media, few questioned the report that one of the world’s most beloved comedians had committed suicide.

This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. Many African Americans believed Cornelius must have been murdered by an intruder, even after the official report.

June 26, 2014

While religion is not necessarily to blame for suicide, the association is 'troubling' according to the study author

Gays who were counseled from a religious leader were more likely to attempt suicide than those who sought no treatment at all, a new study has revealed.

The Williams Institute has found LGB people who received therapy from a medical professional were no less likely to attempt suicide than those who did not seek help, but assistance from faith-based counselors were associated with a higher suicide risk.

May 9, 2014

LGBTI campaigners were 'gobsmacked' when they learned council bosses considered being trans to be similar to dementia, severe alcoholism and schizophrenia

Trans people are outraged after being listed as ‘mentally ill’ by a London council.

A housing form sent to thousands of people by Camden Council in north London asked people to check boxes.

‘Transsexualism’ was listed as a ‘mental illness’, alongside dementia, severe alcoholism and schizophrenia.

Council bosses initially insisted their classification was taken from international medical guidelines.

December 12, 2013

A bill seeking to ban gay-to-straight conversion therapy by requiring medical practitioners to register with the government for monitoring has been published in Parliament

While the UK Parliament recognizes being LGBTI is not a disease, and sexual orientation conversion therapy is ‘both ineffective and potentially extremely harmful,’ conversion therapy is rampant in the UK.

So Labour MP for Swansea West Geraint Davies published today (12 December) a bill that if made law would ban psychotherapists from offering gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

November 20, 2013

Minister says while he is not aware of public money being spent on conversion therapy, he was happy to look into investigating the NHS

The UK government has decided to crackdown on ‘gay cure’ therapy but has ruled out legislation for now.

The House of Commons has met to discuss a ban on conversion therapy.

Described as ‘voodoo treatments’, the majority of the members of parliament (MPs) at the Westminster Hall meeting backed a ban.

Sandra Osbourne, the Labour MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cunmock who began the call, said: ‘Conversion therapy is a very real problem in this country.

‘This isn’t a simplistic debate about the freedom to choose.

October 21, 2013

As millions of Brits have had 'treatment' from unqualified therapists who may prescribe 'gay cures', several politicians are calling an end to quack treatment

A British member of parliament will introduce a bill to ban ‘gay cure’ therapists this week.

Geraint Davies, a Labour MP for Swansea West, has called for nationwide regulation of mental health therapists – ensuring any gay teen or adult is not faced with quack treatment.

‘Anyone can set themselves up as a counsellor or psychotherapist without training or experience with no recourse for the patient if something goes wrong,’ he said.

May 24, 2013

As people mark Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Bisi Alimi explains his own problems and why it has taken so long to own up to them

When Angelina Jolie talked openly about her mastectomy, many people commended her on her bravery. I have always admired her courage. From the screen to real life she has had a positive impact on so many women’s lives.

The mere fact she was comfortable enough to talk about her cancer fears will give other women the confidence they need to fight their cancer risks head-on.

November 23, 2012

Sam Orchard brings awareness to trans men's mental health this November

A transgender man in New Zealand is joining annual moustache-growing-for-charity month Movember, despite not being able to grow facial hair.

Sam Orchard is using a tattooed moustache on his finger to join Movember and has created Team Fauxstache with a friend to raise awareness about trans men, Stuff.co.nz reports.

October 9, 2012

Australian mental health charity headspace launches new campaign aimed at LGBTI youth

Australian mental health charity headspace has launched an ad campaign to support LGBTI young people.

Eye-catching posters and postcards reading ‘Charlie vs The Big Secret’ call on young people who feel they have to keep their sexuality a secret to contact headspace.

Headspace chief executive Chris Tanti said:

‘The pressure to fit in and be accepted often means holding onto a big secret and this may lead to mental health problems like anxiety and stress.

October 5, 2012

Investigative journalist calls for tougher regulations for therapists, as BACP formally opposes 'gay cure' practices

A UK psychotherapist has been struck off for using 'gay cure' therapy, after a two and a half year battle by an undercover journalist.

Lesley Pilkington, a 61-year-old who had been a shrink for 20 years, had her membership suspended from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in May 2012 after she was found to be telling patients she could cure their sexuality.

October 4, 2012

A college student who claims he had same-sex attractions but was 'cured' after conversion therapy has filed a lawsuit against California, which has banned the 'treatments' for minors

A college student who claims he had same-sex attractions but was 'cured' after conversion therapy has filed a lawsuit against California, which has enacted a law that bans the so-called 'treatments' for under 18s.

Aaron Blitzer, who is studying to be a therapist in that field, believes the banning of the therapy intrudes on First Amendment protections of free speech, privacy and freedom of religion.

August 6, 2012

American Psychiatric Association removes transgender from mental illness category after years of LGTB lobbying

Transgender people are no longer considered 'mentally ill' by the American Psychiatric Association.

The mental health organization's decision to replace the term 'gender identity disorder' with 'gender dysphoria' means transgender is no longer categorized as a mental illness and comes after years of campaigning by activists.

April 1, 2012

‘Chems’ are highly addictive - GSN investigates the dark side of pleasure

On Caledonia Road, in the heart of London’s Kings Cross, there is a small shopfront painted bright purple and a discreet sign that confirms that this is the home of London Friend.

This nondescript, unassuming premises is the frontline in an ongoing campaign to educate gay men in Britain's capital about the risks that they’re taking and the harm that they’re doing to themselves.