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As a gay man who has had sex in the last 12 months, I'm disallowed from donating and quite frankly, it makes my blood boil. And I'm not the only one. I know there are thousands of people out there who want to donate, want to do something incredible, but can't. And that's why I decided to create FreedomToDonate.
Is the 12 month deferral for gay men reasonable and evidence-based? We suspect it may no longer be so and the rules need to be reviewed to ensure no discrimination is taking place. There are, however, groups excluded by the blood donation rules permanently...
A Tory MP has attacked the government for its blanket ban on gay men donating blood after it was revealed "no research" had
I do hope that many more who call themselves followers of Jesus may choose to offer a tithe of their blood as a gift to strangers whom they will never knowingly meet as a natural act of faith, asking in return only a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit.
It's National Blood Week and this year the call for blood donors is more urgent than ever with the announcement that the number of donors has fallen by 40% over the last 10 years. With such a crisis in donation why is it that there remains a restriction on any man giving blood who has had sex with another man in the previous 12 months? This week sees many calling for an end to such restrictions as unnecessary and discriminatory - as well as counter-productive given the shortage of donors.
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I might be able to walk down the aisle with my partner should I so wish, or start a family thanks to equal adoption laws, but give blood? Well, no, my blood simply isn't welcome at my local drop-in service, thank you very much. However, it is very much needed. My crime? Being gay.
In terms of equal rights this blood ban, whether it be a year or on a more permanent basis massively holds the UK back from granting full and complete recognition to the LGBT community as equal citizens.
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A few years ago, my dad lost a kidney because of misdiagnosed kidney stones. He was annoyed, and so was I, but there was no naming and shaming and no demand for compensation.
Gay and bisexual men who have not had oral or anal sex in the last year are now officially allowed to give blood, according to the UK Department of Health. Although the new policy is a big improvement, the revised rules are still excessive, unjustified and discriminatory.
The lifetime ban on gay men giving blood donations is to be lifted, but only for those who abstain for anal or oral sex for