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November 12, 2014

'AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ’80s'

Zachary Quinto thinks too many people are forgetting the painful legacy of AIDS which was a death sentence for so many gay men in the 80s and 90s.

'I think there’s a tremendous sense of complacency in the LGBT community,' the Star Trek actor tells Out Magazine which has named him Artist of the Year.

He is alarmed by the rising number of HIV infections in adolescents and thinks others should be too.

November 7, 2014

Organizer blames conservative backlash on 'latent homophobia'

Harvard University offered a introductory course in anal sex as part of its sex week.

What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101 covers anal anatomy, basic preparation and hygiene, lubes, anal toys, safer sex and anal penetration for beginners.

The workshop was taught by experts from Good Vibrations sex shop and aims to ‘dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well.’

The class was named after an ode to anal sex that went viral.

November 7, 2014

A US study has quizzed lesbian moms 18 years after they received fertility treatment to ask them if they were satisfied with the choices they made regarding known or unknown sperm donors

If you’re a woman who is planning to become pregnant through sperm donation, and dependent on where you live, you have three choices with regards to the type of donation that you use: known donor, open-identity donor, or unknown sperm donor.

A known donor may be a friend or distant acquaintance, or someone that you have been introduced to with the specific aim of creating a child.

An open-identity donation comes from a donor who you have probably never met, but who is happy for his identity to be known.

October 8, 2014

Phil Robertson is at it again, leading a sermon that claims straight, married couples cannot get an STD

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is at it again, claiming the only way to protect yourself from STDs is to have 'Biblically correct' sex'.

According to Raw Story, Robertson delivered a sermon at White's Ferry Road Church in Louisiana claiming heterosexual sex is the only way to stay 'safe'.

'Biblically correct sex is safe,' Robertson said.

October 6, 2014

Organizers claim 500,000 protesters took to the streets of Paris

Tens of thousands of anti-gay marriage protesters yesterday marched against IVF and surrogacy for gay couples in Paris and Bordeaux.

Organizers Manif Pour Tous (Protest for All) estimated 500,000 attended the rally in the captial but police put the number at 70,000.

Police said 7,500 people took to the streets of Bordeaux while organizers claimed 30,000 attendance.

In an attempt to calm protestors ahead of the rally, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said surrogacy ‘is and will remain banned in France.’

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

August 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, who is a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores some of the issues that crop up in practice for same-sex parents who embark on overseas surrogacy arrangements

Over the last six years surrogacy has become a more mainstream family building option not just for heterosexual couples who cannot conceive naturally but also for gay parents (both couples and singles) who wish to have parental autonomy.

In 2010, the law in the UK changed to allow two male parents to be named together on a birth certificate following a surrogacy arrangement – a significant step forward for gay parents.

August 19, 2014

Women in long-term sexual relationships with other women reportedly have orgasms with more variety than straight or bisexual women

Lesbians have better sex than anyone, according to new research.

Women in lesbian relationships are more likely to reach orgasm during sex than straight or even bisexual women.

While men still experience more orgasms in bed, women of all sexualities have more variety and were generally more satisfied.

The study has found men reach orgasm an average 85% of the time when they have sex with a familiar partner, compared to 63% on average for straight women.

That figure rose to 75% for lesbians but dropped to 58% for bisexual women.

August 18, 2014

A crackdown on commercial surrogacy in Thailand has left some intended parents unsure of their legal rights

Thailand’s military government has acted swiftly introduce laws to curb commercial surrogacy in the country.

Until now, commercial surrogacy was not illegal in Thailand but rules and regulations around its practice were unclear. This made it a popular surrogacy destination for couples – both opposite-sex and same-sex – from countries such as Australia, where commercial surrogacy is banned.

August 8, 2014

One Californian mom explains why she regards surrogacy, and helping gay men to become dads, as her own form of ‘Uterine Activism’

Kelly Enders-Tharp clearly enjoys being pregnant. More significantly, she loves helping to create families. After giving birth to three of her own children (Ruby in 2001, Preston in 2003 and son Sawyer in 2006), she made the decision to help others become parents.

August 7, 2014

LGBTI respondents to the British Columbia 2013 Adolescent Survey were found to be more likely to have been responsible for an unplanned pregnancy than their heterosexual peers

Young LGBTI Canadians appear to be of greater risk of being involved in unplanned pregnancies according to new data from the British Columbia Adolescent Survey – leading to concerns that sex education is failing them.

According to the 2013 survey, gay and bisexual boys are nearly four times more likely to cause a pregnancy, and lesbian and bisexual girls are more than twice as likely to get pregnant.

Around 30,000 Grade 7-12 students from 56 out of 59 British Columbia provincial school districts participated in the latest survey.

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.

August 1, 2014

Hospitals in the country look likely to perform surrogacy services from 2015 – but under strict rules and regulations that prohibit gay couples from applying

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has announced plans for a small number of Vietnamese hospitals to perform surrogacy services – but for married heterosexual couples only. The policy echoes a recent clampdown by the Indian Government on its country’s surrogacy services – outlawing surrogacy for same-sex couples from India or abroad.

July 12, 2014

Gay and banned from donating blood? Gay men brought eligible allies to donate on their behalf

Friday marked the second annual National Gay Blood Drive to protest an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men.

In over 60 blood donation sites across the US, gay and bisexual men who cannot donate showed up with their heterosexual or lesbian friends and family members, who are eligible donors, to give on their behalf.

June 17, 2014

Researchers have documented a pair of male brown bears in a Croatian wildlife sanctuary who have been over heels for each other for six years

A study of two male Croatian brown bears in a wildlife sactuary by Polish researchers has revealed a six year sexual relationship between the two.

Researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences Department of Wildlife Conservation spent 116 hours observing the two bears and discovered what they are terming ‘the first observations of long‐term, recurrent fellatio in captive brown bears kept in proper conditions.’

During their observations they recorded 28 sexual encounters between the two bears.

June 12, 2014

A new report reveals the extent of youth homosexuality, straight sex outside marriage and sex work in Iran – and has an interesting ‘solution’

Iran has admitted it actually does have gay people – and gay sex is widespread among its youth.

An 82-page report which has just come to light draws on figures compiled by the Iranian Ministry of Education in 2007 and 2008.

They show 17.5% of male and female high school students across Iran admit to ‘being homosexual’. That’s 24,889 of a survey of 141,552 young men and women even though homosexuality can be punished by death in the country.

June 3, 2014

Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes has claimed that when gay people have sex it’s not actually sex because they’re not a man and a woman

Alan Keyes, a former Republican presidential hopeful and conservative commentator, has claimed that when gay people have sex it’s not actually sex.

Writing for far-right news website WND in a column entitled ‘Homosexual “Rights”: Suicide for Humanity?’, Keyes claimed that only sex between a man and a woman could be defined as sexual intercourse.

‘In the strict sense of the term, it is not “sexual” activity at all,’ Keyes wrote.

May 21, 2014

Gay men who are in committed monogamous relationships will join those who are not sexually active in being allowed to donate blood to the South African National Blood Service

South Africa has ended its ban on gay men donating blood for six months after they have last had sex which aimed to prevent HIV infected blood from entering the blood supply.

Under new rules announced by the South African National Blood Service gay men who are in monogamous committed relationships will be able to give blood alongside those who have not been sexually active for at least six month.

May 14, 2014

The New Zealand Blood Service has accepted a recommendation that its ban on gay men giving blood be reduced from five years after they have last been sexually active to just one year

Gay men in New Zealand will be able to give blood if they have tested negative for HIV and been sexually inactive for at least 12 months if new recomendations are approved.

Previously gay men had to be sexually inactive for five years before they could donate blood but a team from the New Zealand Blood Service noted that blood banks in neighboring Australia had successfully managed a one year exclusion period for gay men for ten years without any increase of HIV entering the blood supply.

April 3, 2014

Spoiler alert, at the show a 19-year-old student said he would have sex for the first time - he did not have sex

A gay teen who planned to lose his virginity in the ‘name of art’ pulled out, and instead performed something a little different.

Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old art student, vowed to perform a piece called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

Before the show on 1 April, he claimed he would lose his anal virginity live on stage and then discuss it with the audience afterwards.

February 13, 2014

Clayton Pettet, 19, is being accused of 'cheapening sexual relationships' for his 'once-in-a-lifetime performance'

A gay teen planning to lose his virginity ‘in the name of art’ has chosen a central London venue for his ‘exhibit’.

Art student Clayton Pettet, 19, said he will have sex for the first time at the Orange Dot gallery in Bloomsbury for a project called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

The Central Saint Martins art school student, who has been planning the project for three years, described it as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime performance’.

January 25, 2014

Proposed amendments to the controversial anti-gay law would remove the term ‘non-traditional’ but would ban the promotion of all sexual relations, gay or straight, to minors

Russian MPs from several political parties have submitted a proposal to amend the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, according to Queer Russia.

If the proposal is signed into law, it would ban the promotion of any sexual relations to underage children. Currently only the promotion of ‘non-traditional’ sexual relations, such as same-sex partnerships, is forbidden.

January 13, 2014

Catholics are furious over the draft legislation, demanding it be rewritten to remove the 'grudging tolerance'

Scottish schools will be introducing lessons in same-sex marriage and sexual health for gay couples.

The government is currently updating its guidelines on relationships, parenthood and sexual health education, aiming to publish a final version in late March.

But a draft version has revealed they are planning on taking into account the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, saying all children should understand same-sex couples exist and are a part of everyday life.

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.