Friday, 25 March 2016

Times: ‘Doctors, teachers need more LGBT training’
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 14:09 by Philip Leone-Ganado

Transgender people in particular were seen by Maltese professionals as the group which had their needs met the least. Photo: Joanna Demarco

Lack of understanding and professional training for doctors and teachers about issues affecting LGBT people continue to endanger their fundamental rights despite promising legislative advances, according to a new report.

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) surveyed more than 1,000 public officials, doctors, teachers and police officers in Malta and 18 other EU member states about laws and policies protecting and promoting the rights of LGBT people.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Pink News: Germany’s first gay Vice-Chancellor dies, aged 54
18th March 2016, 3:02 PM by Nick Duffy

(Photo by Steffen Kugler-Pool/Getty Images)

One of Germany’s most prominent gay politicians has died, aged 54.

Guido Westerwelle, the former chair of the Free Democratic Party, had become the country’s most senior gay politician when his party joined Angela Merkel’s second coalition government.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Times: Increase in HIV cases caused by sexual transmission
Monday, March 7, 2016, 18:16

An increase in the incidence of HIV, which can lead to Aids, was the result of gay relationships and not shared syringes by drug users, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Chris Fearne, said in Parliament this evening.

He said a similar increase was being seen in several other countries.

A task force of professionals is drawing up policies and preparing an information campaign to tackle the trend and educate the people on precautions to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.

He said there was no increase as a result of shared syringes had been seen, and the Health Department was continuing to provide free syringes to those who needed them.

Mr Fearne was replying to questions by Franco Mercieca and Anthony Agius Decelis (PL).