17th July 2014
Lifetime gay blood ban not justifiable, says Europe Court of Justice Advocate General
4:57 PM — A lifetime ban preventing French gay men from donating blood is not justifiable, says the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.
19th June 2014
Green MP Caroline Lucas: The government must end the ‘draconian’ rules on gay men giving blood 5
5:26 PM — Caroline Lucas says she's disappointed at the government for rejecting calls to end the ban against gay men donating blood within 12 months of having sex.
20th May 2014
South Africa: Gay blood ban lifted for monogamous couples 11
8:59 PM — South Africa has lifted a blanket ban on gay men donating blood, in favour of new regulations which do not discriminate based on sexual orientation.
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.
Northern Ireland: Local candidate says she would ‘recriminalise homosexuality’ 100
5:13 PM — A Northern Irish independent local council candidate who has already voiced strong opposition to gay rights has said she would like to "recriminalise homosexuality."
6th May 2014
Denmark: Health Minister urged to lift gay blood ban 4
5:02 PM — Denmark's ban prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood is being criticised for lacking scientific evidence.
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.
19th March 2014
Petition started to challenge blood donation rules for gay men 17
7:42 PM — A petition has been started to challenge blood donation rules for men who have sex with men.
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 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.
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.
13th April 2013
Canada: Parents start campaign to remove ‘high risk’ status for gay organ donors, after son’s death 9
2:15 AM — A couple from Canada have started a petition to urge the government to change a federal law which classifies gay people as high-risk, when it comes to organ donation, following the death of their son.
6th August 2012
8,000 sign year-long petition against restrictions on gay blood donation 10
12:20 PM — A petition calling for the government to lift the ban on blood donation by men who have sex with men, which it did partially last year by allowing donations from those who have not done so for a year, has attracted 8,000 signatures.
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.
Protest against Northern Irish gay blood donation ban 20
4:21 PM — Calls for the Northern Irish Health Secretary to step down were voiced at an angry protest against the ban on gay blood donation in Londonderry.
8th July 2012
China lifts ban on lesbians donating blood 1
10:40 PM — Lesbians in China can now legally give blood - although the ban on sexually active gay and bisexual men remains. The Ministry of Health announced last week that the ban on lesbians donating blood would be lifted immediately.
5th August 2011
Petition calls for end of gay blood donation ban 40
3:16 PM — A petition has been set up on the government's new e-petitions website to call for the end of the blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The petition, created by student Tom King, has more than 900 signatures at the time of writing and asks MPs to look at introducing new evidence-based criteria on which to screen gay and bisexual donors.
27th July 2011
US to look again at gay blood donation ban 2
2:00 PM — The US Department of Health and Human Services is to look again at the lifetime blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The department said yesterday that the current policy is "sub-optimal" and announced it has instructed advisors to study whether the strict rules can be relaxed.