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Brazil: Supreme Court throws out rules that limit gay men donating blood

Brazil: Supreme Court throws out rules that limit gay men donating blood

Brazil’s Supreme Court has overturned rules that limit gay and bisexual men from donating blood, in a decision considered a human rights victory for LGBT+ people in the country. The move came as more nations review restrictions on blood donations imposed during the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis, with some countries imposing blanket bans, some waiting periods […]

N. Ireland relaxes blood donation rules for gay, bisexual men

N. Ireland relaxes blood donation rules for gay, bisexual men

Northern Ireland will relax rules on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, the health minister said on Wednesday, advancing LGBT+ equality in the socially-conservative region of Britain. The change follows similar steps taken from Denmark to the United States and comes as some countries face blood shortages caused by COVID-19.

IKEA and Microsoft urge Germany to relax gay blood ban

IKEA and Microsoft urge Germany to relax gay blood ban

A group of 13 companies, including IKEA and Microsoft, have called on the German government to relax a ban requiring gay and bisexual men to abstain from sex for a year before donating blood, as the coronavirus crisis puts pressure on supplies. The companies, which also included software group, SAP, and train operator, Deutsche Bahn, […]

US eases gay blood ban during Coronavirus

US eases gay blood ban during Coronavirus

The United States on Thursday relaxed its policy on gay and bisexual men only donating blood after a one-year period of celibacy, due to rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said it was […]

Conference Calls For Lifting of Blanket Blood Ban As Blood Supplies Fall

Conference Calls For Lifting of Blanket Blood Ban As Blood Supplies Fall

A two-day consensus conference of experts, which was convened by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has reviewed its position on banning blood donations from gay men, and is awaiting the Department of Health’s go-ahead to change this policy. The conference felt that after a review of research in other countries, according to IBTS medical […]

DHSSPS Reveals No Medical Evidence to Support ‘Gay’ Blood Donation Ban in NI

DHSSPS Reveals No Medical Evidence to Support ‘Gay’ Blood Donation Ban in NI

Stephen Donnan writes from Northern Ireland on the latest blood ban revelations. Under an FOI request submitted by the BBC, the NI Department of Health has admitted that there is no medical evidence to support the continued ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The decision to lift the ban in England, Scotland and […]

GLEN Welcomes Minister’s New Approach On Removal Of Lifetime Blood Ban On Gay Men

GLEN Welcomes Minister’s New Approach On Removal Of Lifetime Blood Ban On Gay Men

GLEN have welcomed comments by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, that the lifetime ban on blood donation by gay and bisexual men who ever had sexual relations with another man, should be removed, and replaced with a 12-month deferral period. The ban was introduced in 1985 as part of a worldwide response to the […]

GLEN welcomes review of lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

GLEN welcomes review of lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

GLEN have welcomed a report by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) which sets out a range of options for reviewing the lifetime ban on blood donation by gay and bisexual men who ever had sexual relations with another man. The ban was introduced in 1985 as part of a worldwide response to the emergence of HIV and […]

Edwin Poots To Appeal “Irrational” Blood Ban Ruling

Edwin Poots To Appeal “Irrational” Blood Ban Ruling

The Northern Irish Health Minister, Edwin Poots, is appealing a Belfast Appeal Court ruling, which slammed his lifetime blood ban on gay & bisexual men in Northern Ireland as “irrational”. In October of last year, Justice Treacy ruled that it was irrational for Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, under Minister Edwin Poots (DUP) to ban […]

Northern Ireland: UUP Leader – “Nothing Responsible About Blood Ban”

Northern Ireland: UUP Leader – “Nothing Responsible About Blood Ban”

The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt, has announced his disapproval of Northern Ireland’s current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, despite other countries in the United Kingdom having eased restrictions. During yesterday’s keynote speech at the Ulster Unionist Party Conference at Belfast’s Ramada Plaza Hotel, party leader Mike Nesbitt MLA […]