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.
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.
12th July 2013
Protest against gay blood ban takes places across the US
5:30 PM — Gay men across the US are taking a stand against a federal law preventing them from donating blood.
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.
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'.
16th April 2012
Northern Ireland: Ban on gay men donating blood ‘brings shame’ 21
10:17 PM — The current ban on gay men being blood donors is bringing shame to Northern Ireland, student union officials at the annual NUS-USI conference are set to claim. The conference, organised by the National Union of Students and the Union of Students in Ireland, began today in County Fermanagh.
10th April 2011
Gay blood donation ban to be lifted for men who haven’t had sex for 10 years 357
10:34 AM — The government is to lift the ban on gay men giving blood, ruling that a blanket ban is discriminatory and could be in breach of the Equality Act. However, lifting the ban will only apply to gay men who have not had sex for ten years prior to donating blood.