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New blood donor rules still stigmatising gays

Published 05/09/2016

Now the Sinn Fein Health Minister has lifted the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, I wonder is it really that different to that of the previous DUP Minister?

This change of policy suggests our society, at heart, is unable to view heterosexual and homosexual relationships as similar in regards to blood donation, otherwise there would not be the need to exclude men whose had sexual contact with another man in the last 12 months.

Other important health donor criteria stipulated by the NI Blood Transfusion Service need to be in place too, but to me the message is that sexual relations between homosexual men are not natural or there would not be the need to demonstrate what some may view as discriminatory practice.

If sex between men could be aligned with sex between a man and a woman, there would be no need for a one-year deferral system.

 

RJC

Belfast

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