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Lifeblood: Changing rules around blood donations takes time

Lifeblood: Changing rules around blood donations takes time

Lifeblood has responded to calls from the ‘Let Us Give’ campaign saying that the process to change to rules around blood donation takes time. A spokesperson for Lifeblood told OUTinPerth that the organsiation is actively pushing for changes to the donation rules for plasma, which will prove a pathway for gay, bisexual and other men […]

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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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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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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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Calls for blood donation equality as end to Mad Cow ban considered

Calls for blood donation equality as end to Mad Cow ban considered

Equality advocates are disappointed the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Service continues to ban gay & bi men and some trans folks from blood donation despite Lifeblood’s support for ending the ban on people who lived in the UK in the 1980s and 90s. A blood donor shortage due to the current Covid wave has prompted […]

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Lifeblood say they can’t bring in blood donation reforms earlier than 2021

Lifeblood say they can’t bring in blood donation reforms earlier than 2021

LGBTIQ+ rights advocates have accused Australia’s blood donation service, Lifeblood (formerly the Red Cross Blood Service) of a double standard after it lifted the ban on blood plasma donors with tattoos while maintaining its ban on gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) donors. This week, Lifeblood announced the four month period between obtaining a tattoo and […]

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