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April 11, 2015

Jair Bolsonaro wants patients to be able to reject blood by gay donors if it makes them uncomfortable

A Brazilian politician claimed patients receiving blood transfusions should be able to demand ‘heterosexual blood’.

Congressman Jair Bolsonaro said his party, the far-right Progressive Party, wants to introduce a policy which would see people be made aware if they are receiving blood from a gay donor.

Patients should also be allowed to ask to not receive the blood if it makes them uncomfortable and, instead, request blood donated by a heterosexual person, according to the controversial 60-year-old.

February 19, 2015

Video launches effort to change rules from being based on sexual orientation to exposure to risk

Tony winner Alan Cumming has a big problem with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.

'If you're gay and you want to save lives, the FDA will let you. You just can't have sex for a year,' Cumming points out in a video released today to raise awareness about the policy.

So Cumming suggests everyone try 365 days of celibacy and introduces a series of activities like yoga and pottery class 'to make your year without sex fly by.'

January 25, 2015

The health minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay last week, is reviewing options presented to him by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, who recently came out as gay, has indicated that the country’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood may be relaxed.

Currently, gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood – a measure introduced in 1985 following the emergence of HIV and AIDS.

December 26, 2014

Tweets that government must 'have courage to set policies based on science'

US Senator Elizabeth Warren is blasting The US Food and Drug Administration's proposal to lift its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men as long as they abstain from sex for at least a year.

'The FDA must commit to building a bigger, safer blood supply through risk-based screening & have courage to set policies based on science,' the powerful senator from Massachusetts stated via Twitter.

December 23, 2014

Change would require they abstain from having sex with other men for a year prior

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed lifting its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the FDA wants to replace the policy - enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US - with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

December 16, 2014

She is among the 80 lawmakers demanding ban be replaced with a policy based on individual risk factors

A coalition of federal lawmakers called on the US government to end its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

The letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was led by the first openly gay US senator - Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - as well as fellow Senate Democrats Tom Harkin of Iowa and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Barbara Lee of California and Mike Quigley of Illinois.

December 4, 2014

A panel of experts failed to reach agreement on what course of action to take over the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

Following a two-day meeting of scientists and health officials, it's looking unlikely that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will lift its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood any time soon – despite previous recommendations that it does so.

A panel of advisers were convened by the FDA to discuss the whether the ban should be cut back to prohibiting men who have not had sex with men in the past 12 months.

However, following reportedly heated discussions, they failed to reach an agreement on what to recommend.

December 1, 2014

See what the gay blood donation situation is like in countries across the world

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.

October 18, 2014

Brad Graham was denied being able to give blood because he’s gay, so he suggests a few funny changes LGBT people can make so they can start donating

In many parts of the world, even where LGBT equality exists, blood donation bans exist for LGBT people.

This type of injustice has inspired a YouTuber to record a video suggesting some ways in which the LGBT community could change so they can begin donating.

Tonronto-based Brad Graham recorded a video entitled ‘STOP HAVING GAY SEX (so you can give blood).’

The video was also inspired by when Graham was not allowed to give blood because he is a sexually active gay man.

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.

September 9, 2014

More than 60 senators and congress members have signed a letter demanding change following the case of a deceased gay teen whose eyes were rejected for donation

A group of Democrat lawmakers have written to the Obama administration demanding that it update its policies with regard to allowing gay men to donate blood, tissue and organs.

The move comes following the widely reported story of a US teenager whose eyes were rejected for donation following his death simply because he was gay.

September 5, 2014

A Conservative MP will attempt to pass a parliamentary motion calling for blood donation equality, saying the 12 month celibacy rule is archaic

A British lawmaker will reignite the debate over the gay blood ban in the UK, calling for sexually active men who have sex with men to be allowed to give blood.

Currently, gay and bisexual men can only give blood after not having sex with another guy for a year.

Michael Fabricant, a Conservative MP for Lichfield, will speak on the issue in the House of Commons next month.

Earlier this year, he has warned the UK could face a blood shortage crisis unless the 'outdated, illogical and unequal' rules are reformed.

August 7, 2014

All nine members of the city council of the Washington city of Seattle have signed a letter urging the US Food and Drug Administration to end its lifetime ban on men who have sex with men giving blood

Seattle, Washington’s city councilors have unanimously backed the repeal of America’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood, signing a letter to federal Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr Margaret Hamburg in which they urge the Government to screen out donors based on risky behavior rather than sexual orientation.

‘We join Seattle Mayor Edward Murray, the American Medical Association, and the Puget Sound Blood Center to ask you to lift the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men,’ the city councilors write in the letter dated 4 August.

July 17, 2014

‘Sexual orientation is not in itself a risk' - Gay rights activists are calling for all lifelong bans on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted

Being a gay or bisexual man should not mean a lifelong ban from giving blood in many European countries, according to the Court of Justice.

Paulo Mengozzi, one of the Advocate Generals, gave his opinion that refusing blood donated by a man who has had sex with another man is discriminatory, unnecessary and should be stopped.

Geoffrey Léger, a Frenchman, went to a doctor in 2009 to give blood at the Établissement Français Du Sang (French Blood Agency).

Refused for being gay, Léger fought back against the decision.

July 12, 2014

Gay and banned from donating blood? Gay men brought eligible allies to donate on their behalf

Friday marked the second annual National Gay Blood Drive to protest an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men.

In over 60 blood donation sites across the US, gay and bisexual men who cannot donate showed up with their heterosexual or lesbian friends and family members, who are eligible donors, to give on their behalf.

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.

May 21, 2014

Gay men who are in committed monogamous relationships will join those who are not sexually active in being allowed to donate blood to the South African National Blood Service

South Africa has ended its ban on gay men donating blood for six months after they have last had sex which aimed to prevent HIV infected blood from entering the blood supply.

Under new rules announced by the South African National Blood Service gay men who are in monogamous committed relationships will be able to give blood alongside those who have not been sexually active for at least six month.

May 17, 2014

Clayre Sessoms said she tried to give blood in Vancouver, but her blood was rejected after nurses found out she is trans

A Canadian woman who regularly donates blood was turned away from a clinic this week; after nurses found out she was transgender.

Clayre Sessoms went to give blood in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday (14 May) when she was turned away by the nurses and told she couldn’t give blood.

After declaring the hormones she was taking for her transition, Sessoms was questioned about whether she had gender reassignment surgery and was informed her blood donation had to be deferred.

‘I was deeply hurt. I was kind of dumbstruck at first’ said Sessoms.

May 14, 2014

The New Zealand Blood Service has accepted a recommendation that its ban on gay men giving blood be reduced from five years after they have last been sexually active to just one year

Gay men in New Zealand will be able to give blood if they have tested negative for HIV and been sexually inactive for at least 12 months if new recomendations are approved.

Previously gay men had to be sexually inactive for five years before they could donate blood but a team from the New Zealand Blood Service noted that blood banks in neighboring Australia had successfully managed a one year exclusion period for gay men for ten years without any increase of HIV entering the blood supply.

April 7, 2014

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning blood is needed to ensure public safety

Northern Ireland is being called on to defend its ban against gay men giving blood.

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning 'gay blood' is needed to ensure public safety.

He has begun a legal appeal after a judge ruled it was up to him if gay men could donate blood in NI. A ban, which was enforced during the 1980s, 90s and 00s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in 2011.

New rules allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood as long as their last sexual contact with another man was more than a year ago.

November 29, 2013

In response to the dire need of a boost to blood banks, health minister Daniel Bahr agrees something needs to be done

German doctors are calling for the end of a ban on gay men donating blood.

The German Medical Association has said it would aim to do everything ‘within its means’ to remove the ban.

A Europe-wide ban prevents all men who regularly have sex with men to donate blood.

While countries like the UK and Sweden allow gay and bisexual men to donate if they have not had sex in a year, other European countries like Germany rule them out indefinitely.

This is because MSM are deemed to fall into the ‘high risk’ category of potential HIV risk.

October 21, 2013

A civil union bill on the Mediterranean island is likely to pass but has raised other issues, including whether gay and bi men should be automatically excluded from donating blood

Malta has reaffirmed it will keep the ban on sexually active gay men giving blood – but the island nation is moving towards same-sex civil unions.

The Mediterranean island archipelago is currently debating a form of ‘gay marriage’ – which could be passed within weeks.

But that has led to questions about other LGBT issues, including about the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

And last week the Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia answered that question in a way that disappointed some and confused many.