Monday, 26 January 2015

Independent: Free and confidential STD and HIV testing centre to be set up

Therese Bonnici Sunday, 25 January 2015, 10:00
A gay nightclub in Paceville has launched a wide-ranging campaign aimed at creating more health awareness and tackling issues faced by the LGBTI community in Malta. The campaign includes the setting up of a confidential test centre for sexually transmitted diseases.

AXM Malta was launched by Haydn Pope, owner of the internationally renowned brand. In comments to The Malta Independent on Sunday, Mr Pope said that the idea is to give something back to the community, and to the customers who have chosen to visit the club. "It's a way of saying thank you to the customers who have chosen our night club among others, and at the same time promoting well-being."

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Pink News: YouTube twins come out to their Dad and the tears flow
15th January 2015, 1:01 AM by Gaz Jeffries

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YouTube twins Austin and Aaron Rhodes have come out to their father and their fanbase in a video posted today.

“We think it is time to finally just be ourselves. We hope by our actions today you can finish watching this video feeling encouraged and inspired.,” they posted on their YouTube page, ahead of their video explaining that they are gay to their father by telephone.

The video speaks for itself.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

BBC News: Egypt court clears men accused of bathhouse 'debaucher
12 January 2015 Last updated at 16:07 GMT

The defendants attempted to cover their faces as they were brought into the courtroom

A court in Egypt has cleared 26 men arrested last month in a raid on a bathhouse in Cairo and charged with "inciting debauchery".

Their trial had been seen as part of a campaign by the Egyptian authorities against the country's homosexuals.

Footage broadcast by a local TV station of the men being pulled half-naked out of the bathhouse by police outraged activists and rights groups.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Times: Drag queen shrugs off abuse
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 00:01 by Ivan Martin

Moises Ismael (left) also known as the drag queen Lakesiss.

A Paceville drag queen is challenging homophobic sentiment in the island’s clubbing district despite regularly facing abuse from revellers.

Moises Ismael, 29, from Panama, works as an entertainer and host at a gay club, AXM, in the heart of Paceville.

Mr Ismael, or Lakesiss as he is known in drag, recounts how he regularly faces offensive taunts and at times the threat of physical violence from some Paceville patrons.

“I treat people the way they treat me. I mean, I don’t hit them or offend them of course – I’m the queen. I just smile... [This is a Times Premium article. Click here to continue reading the article].

Thursday, 8 January 2015

MNT: Why do experimental HIV vaccines backfire?
Last updated: 5 January 2015 at 7am PST by David McNamee

Several clinical trials have shown that HIV vaccines can "backfire" and lead to increased rates of infection. Now, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests an explanation for this backfire effect.

"This study shows that if a vaccine induces high levels of activated CD4+ T cells in mucosal tissues, any potential protective effect of the vaccine may be hampered," senior author Guido Silvestri explains.

Senior author of the new study, Guido Silvestri, chief of microbiology and immunology at Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, says:

Sunday, 4 January 2015

BBC News: Gay US blood donor ban 'should end'
23 December 2014 Last updated at 19:26 GMT

Gay and bisexual men should no longer be banned from donating blood in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended.

The ban has been in place since the HIV/Aids epidemic in the mid-1980s.

Men who have had sex with other men in the previous 12 months will still be banned, the FDA said in a statement.

Friday, 2 January 2015

YouTube: The Imitation Game [Dr Alan Turing]

Published on 21 Jul 2014

In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.

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The Imitation Game is based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma: