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Isle of Man updates blood donation rules after ‘Heartstopper’ plea

Isle of Man updates blood donation rules after ‘Heartstopper’ plea

The Isle of Man has announced they will be updating their rules around gay men donating blood. The change in policy comes just days after Heartstopper actor Joe Locke labeled the current policy “archaic”. Locke, who hails from the self-governed British Crown Dependency, pre-recorded a video that was played at a Pride celebration last Saturday. In the […]

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Plibersek voices support for changing the rules around blood donation

Plibersek voices support for changing the rules around blood donation

Senior federal Labor MP, Tanya Plibersek, has written to the Let Us Give campaign saying she supports a review of the Red Cross Lifeblood’s ban on whole-blood donation from gay men, and bisexual men, trans women and some non-binary people who have sex with men. Let Us Give spokesperson, Andrew Badcock welcomed the support from […]

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Is Lifeblood’s plasma pathway best way forward for LGBTQ+ donors?

Is Lifeblood’s plasma pathway best way forward for LGBTQ+ donors?

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood service is working towards removing barriers for gay men, bisexual men, and some trans folks and non-binary people who have sex with men to donate plasma in Australia. The proposed changes would remove questions about sexual activity from plasma donor assessments, though it would retain the three-month abstinence period for […]

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Lifeblood may remove sexual history questions for plasma donation

Lifeblood may remove sexual history questions for plasma donation

Equality advocates have responded to moves from The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood service to remove barriers for plasma donation from gay and bisexual men and some trans folks. The proposed changes would remove questions about sexual activity from plasma donor assessments, though it would retain the three-month abstinence period for gay and bi men and […]

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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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