The NIPSA LGB&T Group welcome the decision of the new Health Minister, Michelle O'Neill, to remove the discriminatory life-time ban on men who have sex with men (MSM) donating blood.

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Health Minister Simon Hamiliton has indicated that the life-time ban on gay men giving blood may be lifted. Judges are currently considering an appeal by previous Health Minister Edwin Poots after his decision to uphold the ban was considered ‘irrational’. Mr Hamilton has stated that a new report on the current level of risk associated with deferral would help guide him as to whether the ban should be lifted. Read the full article, click the link below.

North ban on gay men donating blood could be lifted – Minister.

Transcript of a letter from Geraldine Alexander NIPSA Assistant Secretary to the then Northern Ireland Executive Health Minister, Mr Jim Wells MLA dated 2nd December 2014.

Dear Minister

I am writing on behalf of our LGB&T Group to express our concern at the ongoing delay in lifting the current lifetime ban on blood donations by MSM (men who have sex with men) individuals resident in Northern Ireland.

NIPSA campaigns for equal rights, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at work and in society. NIPSA seeks to achieve a just society – one which recognises the rights of all workers and citizens to enjoy the prosperity and fulfilment which leads to a good quality of life and wellbeing. We therefore welcome the opportunity to comment on this consultation and our response is as follows.

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Download this file (NIPSA-Submission-DHSSPS-Consultation.pdf)Consultation Document108 kB

Below is the response in the form of a questionnarie to the NIPSA LGBT Committee Sexual Orientation Strategy Pre-Consultation Response


Download this file (Sexual-Orientation-Response.pdf)Pre Consultation Response From 184 kB