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.
6th December 2013
US: Department of Health asked by federal working group to look at removing lifetime gay blood ban 1
4:46 PM — A US federal working group on blood-donor policies has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a new plan to possibly allow blood donations from gay and bisexual 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 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
National AIDS Trust says Northern Ireland should match rest of UK on blood donation rules 2
4:39 PM — The National AIDS Trust has urged Northern Ireland’s government to accept Belfast High Court’s ruling against maintaining a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
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.
26th August 2013
Ireland: Non-sexually active gay man told he cannot donate blood 13
6:04 PM — A young gay man in Ireland claims he has been discriminated against from giving blood, despite never being sexually active.
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.
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.
17th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Gay blood ban debated in High Court 15
7:18 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots’ decision to maintain the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland has been debated in the country’s High Court.
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.
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.
5th December 2012
Canada: Activists say blood reforms will still discriminate against gay men 6
4:46 PM — The Canadian Blood Services’ proposed changes to blood donor eligibility do nothing to lessen discrimination against gay men, according to an HIV/AIDS awareness organisation.
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.