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March 24, 2015

Does it matter if people still think of certain jobs as ‘gay’? And do the people in those professions mind?

If you met a man and he told you that he was an air steward, would you wonder if he was gay?

Nowadays, most people appreciate that gay people are found in every walk of life and in every place of work.

In fact, in Pride festivals around the world, people sometimes make a point of marching in their work outfit to drive the point home. Certainly, in the UK, the sight of LGBT police, army and navy is not uncommon at the bigger Pride parades.

February 24, 2015

'PrEP is, quite simply, a game-changer'

New research released today has shown that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can lower the risk of contracting HIV by 86%.

The PROUD study, carried out by MRC CTU at UCL and Public Health England, aimed to find whether prescribing PrEP to men who have sex with men would lower their risk of becoming infected with HIV.

The 86% protection rate found with daily usage of PrEP (Truvada) is the highest ever seen in a randomized study with the drug.

January 27, 2015

Says he is 'horrified' by how transphobic he was when he made that statement

UKIP leader Nigel Farage's top aide and secretary general Matthew Richardson has apologized unreservedly for calling trans woman 'she-males' today (27 January).

But while saying sorry for the language used, he has not retracted suggestions that a future UKIP administration would put an end to gender reassignment within the NHS.

January 14, 2015

All three armed forces, plus MI5, made it into the 2015 list - but who is number one?

All three of the armed forces are in the top 100 employers for gay, bisexual and lesbian people in 2015, a new report says released today (14 January).

Stonewall, the UK's LGB charity, has published its list showcasing Britain's best pro-gay places to work.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is this year's top gay friendly employer, followed in second place by Tower Hamlets Homes and Lloyds Banking Group in third.

December 12, 2014

Nigerian pastor explains why Jesus loves gays but African Christians do not

To win the struggle to change men and women’s hearts and minds, one must consider what the Bible calls strongholds – ideologies, views or thinking that have been held on to for a long time.

When that thinking is wrong, the challenge is great.

Many African strongholds include the view that homosexuality is paganistic and paganism is bad. The second is that gay white men want to pollute black children (see the justifications for Uganda's anti-gay laws).

November 10, 2014

But the Medical Defence Union appears to be changing for the better

UK doctors are recieving advice on how to treat transgender patients, and in some cases, this could lead to potentially life-threatening mistakes.

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), Britain's legal advisory group for the medical community, was found to be giving outdated counsel.

October 28, 2014

Trans activists say the 'accident' was the inevitable result of underfunded gender identity services

NHS Scotland has accidentally outed over 80 transgender patients, in a major data breach in what is being described as 'serious and potentially life-threatening'.

Leeze Lawrence, a transgender journalist, says the 'accident' was the inevitable result of underfunded gender identity services.

She believes it could have been caused in part of the 'arrogance' on the part of NHS managers who regard patient data as something they are entitled to use for commercial purposes rather than information they should be protecting at all costs.

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.

August 7, 2014

The National Diversity Awards returns to honor some of the most incredible names in the UK

The National Diversity Awards has revealed the nominees for the 2014 ceremony.

It celebrates the incredible work that people have done in the UK to fight for equal opportunities.

Sue Sanders, a teacher and advocate for over 40 years, is nominated for one of the lifetime achievement awards.

The nominees for LGBT Role Model are:

August 3, 2014

The fact that the UK is to get a national sperm bank appears to have upset The Daily Mail – leading to a front page headline that has prompted outrage

Last weekend, Gay Star News reported on the opening of the world’s first national sperm bank: a new initiative that will be run as a joint venture between the UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The bank will recruit sperm donors and help women and couples experiencing fertility problems or who may need donor sperm to extend a family.

July 26, 2014

Same-sex couples and thousands of others affected by fertility issues are expected to benefit

The UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), in partnership with Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has been awarded Department of Health funding to provide a National Sperm Bank.

May 18, 2014

Sexual health campaigners want a pill to reduce the risk oF HIV infection available on the NHS in the UK

A pill which can reduce the risk of HIV infection maybe be available on the NHS, if sexual health campaigners have their way.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, more commonly known as PrEP, can reduce the risk of HIV infection if the person is exposed to the virus.

Where some campaigners are anxious to have the pill introduced to the NHS in the UK, others worry the pill may reduce condom usage for safe sex.

A trial is currently underway involving 550 gay men in Brighton called PROUD, and takes place over the course of two years.

January 15, 2014

Stonewall has revealed their top 100 gay-friendly employer list of the UK. Check out the full list here

A list of the top 100 gay-friendly employers in the UK has revealed several have changed their homophobic ways and improved for the better.

The Ministry of Defence was named as the most improved company to work for in the UK.

Gay campaigning charity Stonewall chose the MoD because it had shown a ‘real commitment’ to build a gay-friendly workplace.

Until 2000, men and women were automatically dismissed if found to be gay or lesbian.

December 28, 2013

Same-sex partners in the UK region will be able to apply for NHS-funded fertility treatment for the first time under new rules

Gay couples in North Staffordshire, UK, are to be given free fertility treatment on the NHS to help them start their own families.

Under previous rules, IVF treatment was not available in some parts of the region regardless of sexual orientation.

Health leaders predict hundreds of gay and straight couples will submit appeals for the treatment, which costs around £4,000 a time.

Local gay community leaders suggest the new rules will mean more loved and wanted babies being born in the area.

May 10, 2013

A group of community leaders meet in South London’s clubbing district Vauxhall to discuss the drug GHB, and its relationship to clubbing and the gay community

In 2012, Gay Star News reported at least three separate deaths in the months of July, August and October where gay men died of suspected drug overdose in clubs and sex saunas.

March 12, 2013

General Medical Council to look at 39 cases brought to them by trans campaigners against medical professionals. Claims include sexual abuse and damaging treatment

Britain’s General Medical Council (GMC) is to investigate 39 cases where doctors and other medical professionals are accused of misconduct or mistreatment of transgender patients.

Speaking at the Trans Health Matters Conference, hosted by LGBT Consortium, this afternoon, Helen Belcher, a member of the UK Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity and GSN contributor, will provide significant new insight into how trans individuals experience healthcare.

March 5, 2013

UK's National Health Service is saying people should not be too optimistic after a baby born with HIV appears to no longer need treatment

Health organizations are urging caution after a child born with HIV appears to have been ‘cured’.

The two-year-old girl was born in rural Mississippi and anti-retroviral treatment (ART) was administered approximately 30 hours after birth.

By one month old, HIV could no longer be detected in the baby’s blood using standard laboratory tests, and the virus continued to be undetectable up to 26 months of age.

February 14, 2013

GSN profiles LGBT aquatics club Northern Wave in north west England and finds they are diving in to a range of events

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we catch up with Donald Vaughan and Trevor Burchick MBE of Manchester’s aquatics club Northern Wave in north west England.

When was the Northern Wave club established?

Northern Wave was established in 1998. It started as an NHS [National Health Service] project to begin to tackle heart disease in Greater Manchester, the project was called Team Manchester.

January 10, 2013

British transgender community slams GMC investigation into Dr Richard Curtis, saying GP's London clinic is a 'lifeline' to patients seeking transition

Transgender campaigners are calling for an end to a 'witch hunt' against a British doctor accused of errors in treating gender reassignment patients.

The General Medical Council probe into the practice of Dr Richard Curtis was launched after allegations over his prescription of hormone therapy drugs and a serious complaint by one patient who had a double mastectomy but later regretted the decision.

January 7, 2013

Investigation into doctor who treats gender reassignment patients accused of being a 'witch hunt' by NHS

A doctor who treated trans men and women seeking gender reassignment is being investigated after several patients complained about his practices.

One of the most serious complaints which prompted Britain’s General Medical Council to investigate Dr Richard Curtis was filed by a patient who had a double mastectomy and hormone therapy but later regretted the decision.

December 25, 2012

Scotland's pioneering and only LGBT dedicated counselling service is to close after 35 years of service due to funding cuts

The Strathclyde Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (SGLS) which was set up on Union Street, Glasgow, in 1977, will shut on Scotland’s Hogmanay (New Years Day).

The charity said its major contributor, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, cut funding two years ago leaving SGLS surviving on savings since.

Another health board recently also scrapped its funding.

The service provides information, advice, arranges support meetings and one-to-one communication for the region's LGBT community.

December 1, 2012

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said the UK government have 'dropped the ball' on HIV and AIDS

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said we must ‘take action’ on World AIDS Day to prevent people

Referring to figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), he said the figures show a record number of gay people becoming diagnosed with HIV.

He also said 25,000 people in the UK who have the human immunodeficiency virus were not aware they had been infected.

Cameron said World AIDS Day should be used to ‘spread the message’ about education, testing, and early diagnosis.

November 29, 2012

British Prime Minister shows his support for 56 Dean Street's HIV testing world record attempt at G-A-Y

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has shown his support for a World AIDS Day (1 December) record attempt.

In a statement released from Downing Street, the Tory leader praised the efforts of London clinic 56 Dean Street's stunt to achieve the world record for the most people tested for HIV within eight hours.

He said: 'People need to know that diagnosed early, the outlook for most people with HIV in the UK today is a good one, thanks to the availability of effective treatment and the excellent care provided by the NHS.

July 30, 2012

Terrence Higgins Trust launch an online guide with tips to teach men the best way to use condoms

A UK sexual health charity has launched a guide to help gay and bisexual men prevent condom ‘mishaps’.

The Gay Men’s Guide to Condoms (Everything they didn’t teach you at school) teaches how men can best protect themselves and their partners from infection.