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November 5, 2014

Current rules ban any gay or bisexual man from giving blood if they have had sex in the last year

A Conservative member of parliament is on a mission to end 'unfair' gay blood donor rules in the UK.

Michael Fabricant, Lichfield MP, has branded the current rules 'unfair' and said it was 'simple logic' that gay and bisexual men who tested negative for diseases like HIV and Hepatitis B should be able to give blood.

The current rules state the National Blood Service are banned from accepting donations from any man who has sex with another man in the past 12 months.

September 29, 2014

The youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada are campaigning to end their country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a campaign to overturn their country’s policy of excluding gay men from donating blood, saying the LGBTI community should be allowed to play their part in ensuring Canada has an adequate blood supply.

Canada currently bans gay men from donating blood if they have been sexually active any time in the last 5 years regardless of whether they practice safe sex or are in a monogamous relationship.

September 21, 2014

Lifting the ban on blood donations from gay men could increase total annual blood supply in the US by 2%-4%, says UCLA study

Allowing blood donations from gay men could result in more than 600,000 extra pints of blood every year and could save the lives of as many as 1.8 million individuals, says a study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

June 27, 2014

Caleb Reynolds came under fire after an Instagram post in which he allegedly used homophobic and racist language

The annual CBS summer reality competition, Big Brother, returned to the air this week and one of its contestants allegedly posted a homophobic and racist rant on Instagram.

June 25, 2014

Fiance and Survivor castmate Colton Cumbie tweets: 'I wish it was me'

Caleb Bankston, a contestant last year on the CBS reality competition Survivor, was killed Tuesday in a train derailment in Alabama.

Blankston, 26, worked as a conductor on Brimingham’s Alabama Warrior Railway.

He appeared last year in Survivor: Blood vs. Water, the show's 27th season. He finished the game in ninth place. His fiancé, Colton Cumbie, also competed but dropped out early on.

A grief-stricken Cumbie tweeted: 'I wish it was me.'

June 5, 2014

Botswana’s National Blood Transfusion Services is refusing to accept blood donations from gay, lesbian or transgender people in a move that activists say violates non-discrimination clauses in the country’s constitution

The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) is challenging a National Blood Transfusion Services policy that bars gay, lesbian or transgender people from donating blood, saying the policy is unlawful discrimination.

BONELA announced plans to take National Blood Transfusion Services to court in May.

Botswana is experiencing a shortfall in its blood donation target of 40,000 units this year and gays and lesbians have been seeking to do their part in correcting that but they have been turned away from donating.

August 26, 2013

A sexually inactive 21-year-old gay man in Ireland, where it’s illegal for men who have sex with men to donate blood, has been blocked from donating until further notice

An openly gay man is accusing an Ireland blood bank of discrimination after doctors requested he stop donating even though he’s never had sex.

While Ireland has a lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men or intravenous drug users to protect blood supplies, 21-year-old Tomas Heneghan claims he’s never had sex with a man before and feels he should still be eligible to donate blood.

July 18, 2013

Opposition lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen has called on the Hong Kong Red Cross to change its rules so that gay men can donate as the group struggles to find new donors

Openly gay Hong Kong lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen has called on the Blood Bank of Hong Kong to allow people to donate blood regardless of sexual orientation after he was stopped from donating.

Currently any man who has had sex with another man is banned from donating blood in Hong Kong but the Blood Bank has been having trouble attracting new donors and keeping up with demand.

July 13, 2013

Yesterday gay men around the country joined in a peaceful demonstration to protest the federal law that prohibits gay men from donating blood

Gay men across the US have joined forces against the 1970’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on gay blood donors.

Gay rights organizations and activists organized a National Gay Blood Drive day yesterday (12 July) where men who have sex with men, also known as MSM, were encouraged to arrive at 53 blood donation centers around the US and attempt to give blood.

May 23, 2013

New policy will see gay men who have been celibate for five years eligible to give blood in Canada

Canada is lifting its strict lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, although restrictions will still be in place.

The Canadian Blood Services are hoping to have the new policy in place by mid-summer 2013.

While there will no longer be a lifetime ban, men who have not had sex with other men in the last five years will be allowed to donate blood.

The new policy will replace the existing screening criteria, which excludes potential male donors who have had sex with another man since 1977 — the year HIV began spreading rapidly throughout North America.

March 29, 2013

Campaigner Michael Kevin Hernandez wants more gay and bisexual men to have the right to be superheroes and give blood

When was the last time you thought about being a superhero and saving a life?

When I ask people, 'Who is an everyday superhero?' you might answer a firefighter, police officer, doctor, those in the military who serve our country. But we can all potentially be a superhero. You may already be one and not even know it, because you can donate blood.

Each time we donate blood we can save up to three lives. Someone who has suffered a car accident can use an average 100 pints of blood. At that moment when you donate blood you are saving a life. That makes you a hero.

February 28, 2013

A YouTube clip condemning the Thai Red Cross Society for not accepting 'gay blood' is watched over 13,000 times

Three gay men in Thailand have posted a video condemning the Thai Red Cross Society for not accepting 'gay blood'.

In the video posted on YouTube the three men angrily criticize the organization, part of the international Red Cross charity, that takes care of blood donation in the southeast Asian nation.

One of the men in the video talks about being refused as a blood donor by the Thai Red Cross society, Bangkok Post reports.

August 6, 2012

Protesters in Londonderry urge for 'biased and illogical' ban on gay blood donations to be lifted in Northern Ireland

Protesters have called on Northern Ireland's health minister Edwin Poots to resign over his refusal to lift a ban on gay people donating blood.

LGBT rights activists shouted 'Give Poots the boot' outside a blood donation session in Londonderry on Saturday (4 August).

They then went inside to offer their blood, which the health service in Northern Ireland is still not allowed to accept, despite restrictions on gay donors being eased in the rest of the UK.

July 13, 2012

Summer Wu, volunteer for Shanghai-based lesbian organization Nvai, comments about how she feels about China’s lifting of the ban on lesbians giving blood

China lifted a ban on lesbians donating blood this month, but gay men are still strictly banned. Though I am pleased by this achievement, discriminatory regulation still exists.

July 3, 2012

Fourteen-year ban on lesbians donating blood has been lifted by China’s Ministry of Health, but sexually active gay men are still barred

China has lifted a 14-year ban on lesbians giving blood, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday (1 July).

The director of Beijng-based lesbian organization Tong Yu (Common Language), giving her nickname Xian, told Global Times that she welcomed the move. She said she was arranging for a group of Tong Yu members to give blood soon. 

June 29, 2012

High Court rules there is case for arguing that Northern Ireland ban on gay blood donations is 'irrational and unlawful'

An unidentified gay man has won the first stage of a court battle to lift an 'irrational and unlawful' ban on gay blood donations in Northern Ireland.

The ban, in place since the 1980s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011.  But health minister, Edwin Poots, claims the outlawing of gay donations is is to ensure public safety.

June 28, 2012

A Northern Ireland court has heard how a ban on gay men giving blood is ‘irrational and unlawful’

Lawyers representing an unidentified man have pressed the Northern Ireland health minister to lift a ban on gay blood donations.

The ban, in place since the 1980s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011. However health minister, Edwin Poots, has maintained the ban saying it is to ensure public safety.

June 17, 2012

Edwin Poots suggests people who have sex with prostitutes and Africans should also be banned from giving blood

Health Minister Edwin Poots is standing by his decision to ban gay men in Northern Ireland from donating blood.

Speaking on the BBC Sunday Politics NI programme today (17 June), Poots said he received two new pieces of research this week that strengthened his position.

However Poots has said he does not want the ban to apply to gay people only.

He said: ‘I think that people who engage in high risk sexual behaviour in general should be excluded from giving blood.

June 14, 2012

Gay and bisexual men around the world are still banned or restricted from giving blood, even when risk is low

Campaigners are marking World Blood Donor Day by calling for the ban and restrictions on gay men giving blood to be lifted globally.

Today (14 June), the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging people to be a 'hero' and give the 'life-saving gift' of blood.

On its website, the UN agency states that 'every one of us can become a hero simply by giving blood'.

However, gay and bisexual men in most countries around the world are banned entirely from donating and in many where it is allowed, are required to abstain from sex for at least a year.

June 11, 2012

Senator John Kerry urges health officials to rely on 'science of today not the myths of 20 years ago'

Senator John Kerry wants the US Department of Health to end its policy of banning gay or bisexual men from donating blood.

Kerry and US Congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois on Monday (11 June) sent a letter to the department urging it to move forward with a study that looks at ending the ban which has been in place since the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

June 6, 2012

The Constitutional Court of Colombia rules that clinics can't block someone from donating blood based on their sexual orientation

The Colombian constitutional court has ruled in favor of allowing gays to donate blood.

The court's ruling stems from a 2011 case when Higuera Escalante testing laboratory in Bucaramanga refused to accept a man's blood donation, after he stated his gay sexual orientation on the routine donation forms.

May 24, 2012

An Australian Red Cross review of blood donations rules does not go far enough to end discrimination against gay men, campaigners say

Campaigners who want to change Australia’s discriminatory blood donation rules for gay men say a review by the Australian Red Cross does not go far enough.

The newly published review recommends that the time gay men have to abstain from sex before giving blood be reduced from 12 to six months.

The Tasmania Gay and Lesbian Rights Group said that if the new recommendations are introduced the majority of gay men will still be unable to give blood.

April 26, 2012

Blood donation now banned for gay men in Lanciano, central Italy. An LGBT association wants to sue the hospital

LGBT activists from central Italy's Jonathan organization want to sue a hospital which has banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

The Floraspe Renzetti hospital in the small city of Lanciano has issued a document listing new rules for blood donors. And donations are not allowed for those who have had ‘gay sex’.

The Italian law does not ban lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from giving blood. But, in the Mediterranean country, from north to south, some hospitals do not respect the law.