I came out when I was 16 (in 1997) and when I was 18 I went to donate blood for the first time, I was proud to be gay and felt liberated when I was able to admit and be accepted by my friends and family in a time when sexual orientation equality didn’t exist. But when I was questioned about my sexual orientation and whether I was sexually active I answered honestly and was turned away. I was a healthy 18 year old and suddenly my blood wasn’t good enough. It was the first time I experienced legalised discrimination.

After years of just wanting to be treated like every body else I welcome this move, But it’s not enough, but it is a step in the right direction.


further information can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14824310


and here: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/current_releases/5963.asp