Take Action Now

End the Gay Blood Ban.
For a safer, more abundant and less discriminatory blood supply.

Take Action Now

End the Gay Blood Ban.
For a safer, more abundant and less discriminatory blood supply.
Take Action Now

Take Action Now

Tell our Health Ministers to end the gay blood ban and allow gay and transgender Australians to give blood.

Currently, sexually-active gay and bisexual men, and transgender people who have sex with a man, must be celibate for twelve months before they can give blood.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which governs blood donation, wants to reduce that period to three months.

But we believe that still unfairly stigmatises gay and transgender people as a threat to public health.

It is also unlikely to increase the supply of safe blood when, according to the Red Cross, blood shortages are imminent due to the pandemic.

It’s time for Australia to have a blood donation policy that screens potential donors for the safety of their sexual activity, not the gender of their sexual partner.

If you agree, please fill out the Email Action Form on this page to send an email to all of Australia’s health ministers.

They must sign off the TGA three-month proposal before it takes effect.

This is the best opportunity we have had to end the gay and trans blood ban.

 

For further information:

Why lifting the Australian gay blood ban matters during the pandemic
https://newmatilda.com/2020/04/03/the-bleeding-obvious-allowing-gay-blood-donation-now-will-save-lives/

Americans unite to end that country’s gay blood ban
https://www.glaad.org/blog/fda-revises-its-ban-gay-and-bisexual-men-donating-blood-following-pressure-glaad-medical

lift the blood ban

This campaign is a partnership of PFLAG and just.equal

Email Action Form - End the Gay Blood Ban

Everyone is entitled to equality. No one deserves discrimination. Fill in the details below to take action.
  • Enter Your Details

  • Message

  • Subject: End the Gay Blood Ban. Allow gay and transgender Australians to give blood.
  • Dear Health Minister,

    I oppose the current ban on sexually-active gay and transgender people giving blood.

    Instead, I believe all potential blood donors should be screened for the safety of their sexual activity, not the gender of their sexual partner.

    This would increase the supply of blood at a time when, according to the Red Cross, blood donation is declining due to the pandemic.

    It would also make the blood supply safer and less discriminatory.

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration has proposed to reduce the period gay and transgender people must abstain from sex before they can donate blood from twelve months to three.

    It is seeking approval from federal, state and territory health ministers for this change of policy.

    The change won’t make the blood supply more abundant or less discriminatory.

    I urge you to recommend to the TGA that it adopts a better policy that focuses directly on sexual risk.

    I urge you to allow as many Australians as possible to safely give the gift of life.

    Yours Sincerely,

  • Add Your Personal Story

  • Sign up for updates

  • Your email will be sent to Australia's health ministers. You will also receive a copy of the email.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

2814 Emails Sent

How do we use the data you enter?

We will use the data you have entered to keep you informed about the campaign against the ban on sexually-active gay and transgender people giving blood. We may also inform you about other campaigns aimed at preventing discrimination, such as the abolition of the Religious Discrimination Bill.

Take Action Now

Tell our Health Ministers to end the gay blood ban and allow gay and transgender Australians to give blood.

Currently, sexually-active gay men and transgender people who have sex with a biological man must be celibate for twelve months before they can give blood.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which governs blood donation, wants to reduce that period to three months.

But we believe that still unfairly stigmatised gay and transgender people as a threat to public health.

It is also unlikely to increase the supply of safe blood when, according to the Red Cross, blood shortages are imminent due to the pandemic.

It’s time for Australia to have a blood donation policy that screens potential donors for the safety of their sexual activity, not the gender of their sexual partner.

If you agree, please fill out the Email Action Form below to send an email to all of Australia’s health ministers.

They must sign off the TGA three-month proposal before it takes effect.

This is the best opportunity we have had to end the gay and trans blood ban.

For further information:

Why lifting the Australian gay blood ban matters during the pandemic
https://newmatilda.com/2020/04/03/the-bleeding-obvious-allowing-gay-blood-donation-now-will-save-lives/

Americans unite to end that country’s gay blood ban
https://www.glaad.org/blog/fda-revises-its-ban-gay-and-bisexual-men-donating-blood-following-pressure-glaad-medical

This campaign is a partnership of PFLAG and just.equal

Email Action Form - End the Gay Blood Ban

Everyone is entitled to equality. No one deserves discrimination. Fill in the details below to take action.
  • Enter Your Details

  • Message

  • Subject: End the Gay Blood Ban. Allow gay and transgender Australians to give blood.
  • Dear Health Minister,

    I oppose the current ban on sexually-active gay and transgender people giving blood.

    Instead, I believe all potential blood donors should be screened for the safety of their sexual activity, not the gender of their sexual partner.

    This would increase the supply of blood at a time when, according to the Red Cross, blood donation is declining due to the pandemic.

    It would also make the blood supply safer and less discriminatory.

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration has proposed to reduce the period gay and transgender people must abstain from sex before they can donate blood from twelve months to three.

    It is seeking approval from federal, state and territory health ministers for this change of policy.

    The change won’t make the blood supply more abundant or less discriminatory.

    I urge you to recommend to the TGA that it adopts a better policy that focuses directly on sexual risk.

    I urge you to allow as many Australians as possible to safely give the gift of life.

    Yours Sincerely,

  • Add Your Personal Story

  • Sign up for updates

  • Your email will be sent to Australia's health ministers. You will also receive a copy of the email.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

2814 Emails Sent

lift the blood ban
How do we use the data you enter?

We will use the data you have entered to keep you informed about the campaign against the ban on sexually-active gay and transgender people giving blood. We may also inform you about other campaigns aimed at preventing discrimination, such as the abolition of the Religious Discrimination Bill.

Share This

Share This

Equality Not Discrimination