The deputy of the North welcomes the decision of the blood donors because “the old rules were rooted in homophobia”
Northern MP Jamie Stone praised the changes that mean more gay and bisexual men can be blood donors.
The previous rules meant that they had to wait a period of three months after their last sexual intercourse before being allowed to donate blood. This was viewed by activists as homophobic because the same rules did not apply to straight men.
On World Blood Donor Day in June 2020, Mr Stone introduced a motion in the House of Commons calling on the Blood, Tissue and Organs Safety Advisory Committee (SaBTO) to review the policy of the United Kingdom in matters of blood donation.
This week it was announced that following advice from SaBTO, the government has updated the rules so that blood donors are in long-term relationships – regardless of their sexual orientation, gender or the type of sex they are. ‘they have – can freely donate blood.
Mr Stone, Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, said: ‘I have been campaigning on this issue for quite some time now, from motions in parliament to social media, and I am delighted to see that our work has had an impact.
“The old rules of donating blood were rooted in homophobia. Well, good riddance to them. It shows that with persistence change can happen. I am really excited to be part of the campaign to improve our blood donation policy. “