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.”
26th August 2013
Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy 30
1:42 PM — Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.
6th August 2013
US: Over 80 lawmakers call on Obama administration to end gay blood donation ban 8
1:07 AM — More than 80 US congressional members on Monday called on the Obama administration to end the ban on gay men being allowed to give blood, calling it outdated.
5th August 2013
US Senator Elizabeth Warren: I learnt about the gay blood ban through the Boston bombing 4
3:03 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged for America to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood and says she only learnt of the ban in the aftermath of this year's Boston bombing.
19th July 2013
French Government study recommends lifting of blanket gay blood ban 8
12:10 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France should be lifted, according to a new government study.
12th July 2013
Protest against gay blood ban takes places across the US
5:30 PM — Gay men across the US are taking a stand against a federal law preventing them from donating blood.
21st June 2013
American Medical Association opposes lifetime ban on gay men donating blood 10
1:52 PM — The ban preventing gay men from donating blood in the US should be lifted – according to the American Medical Association.
9th May 2013
Comment: British LGBT rights under threat from Unionism 6
2:42 PM — Paul Hagan-Rae writes that the Unionist leadership in Northern Ireland is holding the country back when it comes to progressing with LGBT rights.
12th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Health minister ordered to release gay blood ban advice 15
11:38 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has been ordered to release advice from the country’s attorney general, which he used to justify a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.
13th February 2013
Comment: How I abstained from gay sex for a year in order to give blood 62
6:18 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Calum McSwiggan tells the story of how he abstained from gay sex for a year in order to legally give blood.
18th October 2012
Northern Ireland Health minister to challenge gay adoption ruling 35
3:08 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced he will challenge a landmark ruling to overturn the ban that prevents gay couples in civil partnerships from adopting in the country.
3rd October 2012
Comment: The gay rights debate should avoid political point scoring 28
9:54 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, David Skelton, the deputy director of the influential Policy Exchange think-tank argues that discussion on LGBT issues should avoid descending into “party political tribalism”.
11th September 2012
Comment: Homophobia is still a blight on our society 6
3:25 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk Gary Spedding says the number of anti-gay incidents in Northern Ireland shows more needs to be done to tackle homophobia in society.
3rd August 2012
Comment: The need to reform gay blood donation is as pressing as ever 22
4:41 PM — Chris Ward led a campaign within the Liberal Democrats to end the ban on men who had had sex with men donating blood. The 12-month deferral period implemented last year, he argues, is not much better.