Lesbians 'told they did not need cervical screening'

This results in half of all eligible lesbian and bisexual women never having had a smear test, they said.

The human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, can be transmitted through lesbian sex.

Cervical cancer charities say all women, no matter their orientation, should have regular cervical screening.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups say women regularly face barriers to accessing healthcare and can have poor experiences when they do.

There are more LGBTQ characters on broadcast TV than ever before, GLAAD study says

Of 895 regular characters anticipated to get screentime on a broadcast series in the period surveyed (June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017), 43 (or 4.8%) identified as LGBTQ, according to the organization's annual "Where We Are on TV" report. There were also 28 recurring characters who identified as LGBTQ.

That's the highest percentage of LGBTQ series regulars noted since GLAAD began tracking it 12 years ago.