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members on Monday called on the Obama administration to end the ban on gay men being allowed to give blood, calling it outdated.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.
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.
15th June 2012
French blood donation ban for gay men to be lifted ‘in coming months’ 57
2:01 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France is due to be lifted 'in the coming months'.
4th January 2012
Comment: Sex, blood and the status quo 23
11:16 AM — While Northern Ireland continues to drag its feet on lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, recent developments in Great Britain are no great victory, Nine argues.
25th December 2011
The top UK LGBT stories of 2011 24
10:30 AM — As 2011 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months. We've selected these stories based on how many times they were read and the level of debate they provoked as well as our own editorial judgement.
24th October 2011
SNP condemns gay blood ban 51
3:21 PM — The Scottish National Party has approved a motion condeming the blood donation ban on gay men. Delegates at the party's conference in Inverness backed a motion which said that new rules allowing gay men to donate blood if celibate for a year are not good enough.
6th October 2011
Evan Rachel Wood: ‘My bisexuality is real’ 29
7:00 PM — Evan Rachel Wood says her bisexuality is "for real". The True Blood actress, who has dealt firmly with suggestions that her orientation is a phase, told GQ she had been attracted to men and women since she could remember.
12th September 2011
Gay campaigners urge Northern Ireland health minister to overturn blood donation ban 2
2:33 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland are pressuring health minister Edwin Poots to overturn the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.