Gay Men Blood Donor Ban to be Lifted in England
Ministers have agreed to let men who have not had sex with another man in the past 12 months to donate from November. The restrictions were put in place in the 1980s to prevent the risk of HIV contamination. However, the latest medical evidence presented to a government panel argued the ban could no longer be justified. Ministers in the three countries accepted the argument and said they would be relaxing the rules. Northern Ireland is expected to make a decision soon. The National Blood Service screens all donations for HIV and other infections. However, there is a “window period” after infection during which it is impossible to detect the virus. In the UK, a lifetime ban was introduced in the early 1980s as a response to the Aids epidemic and the lack of adequate HIV tests.
FRC Action Launches Radio Ad Campaign Urging North Carolina Legislature to Support Marriage
“Marriage is at risk in our state. Our laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman could be overturned. Marriage between one man and one woman benefits families in society so we must preserve the marriage laws in our state Constitution.
“On September 12, the North Carolina Legislature will vote on putting a marriage amendment to a vote of the people. Powerful voices in our state capitol are threatening your right to vote on marriage. Take a stand for marriage. Call [your representative] and ask [them] to vote yes to the marriage amendment. It’s not about party, it’s about marriage.
“And on September 12, join us for a rally supporting marriage at11 a.m.in front of the legislative building in Raleigh. Bring a sign and take a stand for marriage.”
REP. YVETTE CLARKE HONORS JAMAICAN SINGER WHO SANG ABOUT KILLING GAYS
FireDogLake notes that late last week Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) appeared at the “Reggae Rhythm and Blues Festival” in Queens, New York City, where she presented Jamaican performer Beenie Man with a written proclamation honoring him. “We honor you. You have been an outstanding performer and you have made all Jamaicans proud,” the proclamation read. Beenie Man’s lyrics prominently endorse hate against LGBT Americans, with some even talking about hanging lesbians “a long piece of rope” and saying that “all faggots must be killed.”