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End ban on gay blood donors, says MP.

The government must change the "prejudiced and illogical rules" which ban sexually-active gay men from giving blood, a Conservative MP has said.

At the moment, homosexual men cannot donate blood unless they have been celibate for 12 months.

Former government whip Michael Fabricant told BBC Radio 4's The World at One the ban is "skewed, unfair and medically illogical".

Read the full article on the BBC website

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Gay people face discrimination when arranging funerals, survey reveals

Gay, lesbian and bisexual people fear discrimination when arranging a funeral, according to a survey where one in ten respondents say they have experienced prejudice first hand following the death of a loved one or close friend.

Read the article on the Guardian website

There is an LGBT friendly funeral service listed on the Links page.

See also the Stonewall guide 'Planning for later life' on the Downloads page.

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A third of teens wrongly think they can't catch HIV through unprotected sex

There's a call for teenagers to be given clearer education on how they can catch HIV and Aids.

Read the full article on the BBC website

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World Health Organization: HIV prevention urgently needed

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the global fight against HIV risks stalling without stronger preventative treatments for transgender people and gay and bisexual men.

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Fee to be waived for couples converting a civil partnership to a marriage

Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities Sajid Javid has confirmed that couples in civil partnerships will face no additional costs in converting their union to a marriage – providing it is done within 12 months from the date 10 December.

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Syphilis warning to dating site users as Wales cases rise

People who use dating websites and apps are contributing to the spread of the sexually transmitted disease syphilis, experts say.

Read the full article on the BBC website

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First gay-friendly retirement home opens in Sweden

The first LGBT retirement home in Europe has opened in Stockholm.

See the full article on the BBC website

You can download a 4 page document about this by clicking here.

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The Three Crowns, Well Street, Bangor, LL57 1HB.

Due to a serious fire in the early hours of Sunday 30th March 2014 the 3 Crowns is closed and sadly will not re-open. Organisers are looking for alternative premises.

Three Crowns
Photo copyright BBC

End of an era

As most of you are aware the Three Crowns suffered a major fire in the early hours of March 30th. We now know this was deliberately started by someone. A man has been charged with ‘Arson with intent to endangering lives’ luckily our customers had already left but there were staff and friends still on the premises most of whom escaped safely but tragically our Jason had to flee for his life and suffered serious injuries which are still on going but thankfully improving.

This terrible incident has had a tremendous impact on everyone who worked and lived at the Three Crowns, a stressful time for me personally my on going concern for Jason and the well being of my staff all of whom I am very fond of, I can honestly say I’ve never had such a superb, loyal, dedicated team working for me, we were one big happy family. Bangor has lost a popular pub, and I have lost my livelihood and second home, This is a very dark period for me as I’ve had 11 wonderful years running the Three Crowns, have met a lot of good people, customers who have become more like friends to me, I always looked forward to coming to Bangor every week as the locals have always made me very welcome here as I truly felt at home.

I have been working closely with Admiral Taverns, the owners of the pub. We have had numerous visits with surveyors and builders to the property but regrettably the Three Crowns suffered such severe damage that it is beyond repair. Sadly, the Three Crowns will not re open, we have looked at all possible options without success – the damage is just too bad. I’ve spoken to Admiral Taverns and I know they share my feelings; we are really disappointed that such a popular pub has been forced to close.

I am pleased to say however that I have been having positive meetings with a brewery and am looking into the possibility of opening a new venue that would be suitable. If viable it will be even better than before, welcoming back some familiar faces with the staff and drag DJ’s with the addition of some new faces and entertainment, but retaining the same unique atmosphere that we have worked so hard all these years to offer you – so watch this space!

In the meantime I’d like to thank all our customers who have supported the Three Crowns over the last 11 amazing, colourful years of which I’m sure you will agree we have had some happy and memorable times there, the presence of this venue in Bangor has always strongly supported the gay and lesbian community over the years and helped enormously changed attitudes towards us for the better, regrettably this has sometimes been forgotten about.  I’d like to raise a final toast ‘to the Three Crowns’ for giving us ‘her’ best over the years, her final hours before that terrible moment were happy ones lets remember those times and not the tragedy that devastated her for ever, her final curtain has been closed.

Glen x

Latest update 4/6/2014.

Item archived 16/6/2014

Congratulations to the newly-weds.

The first same-sex marriages have taken place across Wales and England.

The ban on same sex marriage, imposed as recently as 1971, has now been overturned.

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Item archived 6/6/2014

This page was updated 21st January 2019