11th September 2014
Northern Ireland: Top judge blasts ministers over lifetime gay blood ban row 5
10:49 AM — Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers have clashed in a row over a court judgement about the province's lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.
9th September 2014
Tory MP’s motion to end gay blood ban finds maximum co-sponsors 7
4:02 PM — A Private Member's Bill by Tory MP Michael Fabricant calling for an end to discrimination against men who have sex with men giving blood, has filled its list of co-sponsors.
22nd August 2014
California: LGBT group and Assembly Member join forces to fight gay blood ban 1
7:38 PM — The largest LGBT rights group in California has partnered with a state Assembly Member to attempt to fight the ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood.
14th August 2014
Tory MP: ‘Equalising blood laws is the next frontier for UK gay rights’ 62
2:17 PM — Michael Fabricant says blanket restrictions preventing gay and bisexual men from giving blood must end and that it’s time for an equal policy.
17th June 2014
UK Government rules out easing restrictions on gay men giving blood 30
5:10 PM — The Department of Health has rejected calls by the Green Party to end the ban against gay and bisexual men donating blood within 12 months of having sex.
30th May 2014
London conference to discuss UK policy on gay men giving blood 12
7:03 PM — The UK’s policy on gay and bisexual men donating blood will be up for discussion next month at a conference in London.
13th May 2014
New Zealand: Gay blood ban to be lowered from 5 years to 12 months
10:53 PM — New Zealand's Blood Service has announced it is partially relaxing its ban on gay men giving blood.
11th April 2014
Jeremy Hunt ‘absolutely’ wants Northern Ireland to lift lifetime gay blood ban 1
1:25 PM — The Health Secretary "absolutely wanted" Northern Ireland to lift its lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood, his spokeswoman says.
8th April 2014
Jeremy Hunt: Lifting the lifetime gay blood ban is a matter for Northern Ireland 5
11:43 AM — Lifting Northern Ireland’s lifetime ban on gay men giving blood is a matter for the province, UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated.
7th April 2014
Alliance Party: Northern Ireland Health Minister is a disgrace for wasting public money on a homophobic blood ban 4
3:20 PM — Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party has slammed Health Minister Edwin Poots for continuing his "crusade" against lifting a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in the province.
Andy Burnham: Why is Jeremy Hunt supporting a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland? 10
11:41 AM — Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has called on UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to explain his position on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland.
24th January 2014
US: Obama has mentioned the word ‘gay’ more than any other president 4
4:16 PM — A report has found that Barack Obama has used the word 'gay' more times than any other US president in recent history.
3rd January 2014
UK Government refuses to repeal Northern Ireland gay blood ban 14
8:19 PM — The UK Government has lodged an appeal against a ruling requiring Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to decide if Northern Ireland should continue with its lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.
15th November 2013
Tribunal rules Northern Ireland Health Minister’s blood ban advice can remain secret 13
12:53 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has won the right to withhold the legal reasons for enforcing a lifetime ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the province.
6th November 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly calls on Edwin Poots to end blood ban, or resign 5
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots should resign if he is unable to end the ban on gay men giving blood, the country’s Assembly has warned.
21st October 2013
Doctor says NI Health Minister listening to the ‘wrong people’ on blood policy 12
5:59 PM — A top doctor believes Edwin Poots has been listening to the "wrong people" over his support of a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland.
15th October 2013
Calls to drop Scotland’s gay blood donation ban gather political momentum 3
1:27 PM — Calls by a Scottish National Party MSP to ease restrictions preventing gay and bisexual men donating blood in Scotland have gained cross-party support.
14th October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister concedes gay blood ban ‘matter for Jeremy Hunt’ 4
4:55 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has signalled that his crusade to maintain the province’s lifetime ban on gay men giving blood is at an end.
11th October 2013
Northern Ireland: Judge rules Health Minister displayed prejudice in supporting gay blood ban 15
3:06 PM — A court has found that Northern Ireland's Health Minister Edwin Poots breached the ministerial code in continuing the ban on gay men donating blood.
17th September 2013
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”