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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26th February 2013
Comment: The priorities of the LGBT community lie away from marriage 42
12:11 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT activist and SNP member Nathan Sparling says the UK Government has been putting too much of its focus on equal marriage – when the issue of health inequality has a far greater impact on the LGBT community.
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.
27th December 2012
Mexico lifts ban on gay men donating blood 4
6:29 PM — A new law allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood has come into force today (Thursday).