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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Ireland First Minister suggests fight to keep gay blood ban not over 3
4:09 PM — Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has said last week’s decision to rule against the province’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men could be appealed.
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.
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.