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Let Us Give campaign highlights inequality on World Blood Donor Day

Let Us Give campaign highlights inequality on World Blood Donor Day

A new campaign has been launched to increase the supply of safe blood in Australia by ending the current ban on blood donation by gay & bi+ men, trans women and non-binary people who have sex with men. Currently in Australia these groups are required to be sexually abstinent for three months before donating, even […]

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Renewed calls for end of bans on gay blood donation

Renewed calls for end of bans on gay blood donation

Allowing gay men to donate blood would help solve Australia’s blood supply crisis according to LGBTIQA+ advocacy group, Just.Equal. The Red Cross Lifeblood Service has issued a call for donors as blood supplies drop due to cancelled donations resulting from an upsurge of colds, flu and Covid. Just.Equal Australia spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said, “Just.Equal wants […]

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Canada lifts blood ban for gay and bi men, trans donors

Canada lifts blood ban for gay and bi men, trans donors

Canada will be ending its ban on blood donation for gay/bi men and trans folks, moving away from a forced abstinence period for most queer potential donors. The nation joins Greece, the UK, Brazil, Iceland and a growing number of countries around the world moving towards individual risk assessment rather than a blanket ban on […]

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Rodney Croome – Australia’s gay blood ban has to go

Rodney Croome – Australia’s gay blood ban has to go

Opinion: Rodney Croome 2020 was the year Australia fell behind other countries on blood equality. In April, the Trump administration announced a reduction in the celibacy period for gay men wanting to donate from twelve months to three. President-elect, Joe Biden, then trumped that with a commitment to abolish the ban altogether. Meanwhile, two gay-unfriendly […]

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