UK Lifts Lifetime Gay Blood Ban
The BBC reports that England, Scotland, and Wales will lift their lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. Men will now be able to donate blood as long as they’ve not had sex with another man in the last 12 months. The ban was put in place during the 1980s in an attempt to prevent HIV transmission. The UK’s Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs has been reviewing the policy and found that advances in blood testing technology have rendered the lifetime ban unnecessary.
9th Circuit Blocks Arizona Law Limiting Same-Sex Partner Benefits
The Wall Street Journal reports that the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that an Arizona law passed in 2009, which eliminated health-insurance coverage for the same-sex partners of public employees, violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. The Court upheld a lower court’s injunction to keep the law from taking effect and said that, while the state wasn’t required to provide the benefits, it cannot deny the benefits to a specific group of employees.
Third Gay Utahn Attacked in Two Weeks
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the third gay man in less than two weeks has been brutally attacked in Utah. 32-year old Cameron Nelson was attacked and beaten by a group of people yelling anti-gay slurs one morning in September as he was emptying the trash in the alley of his workplace. Nelson suffered minor injuries and a broken nose. On August 26th, 20-year old Dane Hall was attacked by four men as he left a nightclub. The men repeatedly punched Hall and stomped on his head. He suffered a shattered cheekbone and lost six teeth. The third assault took place when a group of men broke into a gay man’s apartment and beat up his boyfriend.
Effort to Repeal Colorado’s Gay Marriage Ban Dropped
The Associated Press reports that an attempt to repeal Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban has been stopped by the college students who organized the effort. Mark Olmstead, who was behind the idea, said he would give up the attempt to collect the 86,000 signatures necessary to put the repeal on the 2012 ballot. Apparently, the repeal didn’t have the support of the state’s gay rights groups.
Harassment of Black Gay and Bisexual Men Tied to Anxiety
Health Day News reports that a new study from the University of Michigan shows that discrimination, harassment, and shame experienced by black gay and bisexual men contribute to depression and anxiety. 95% of the participants reported that they have been discriminated against or harassed because of their sexual orientation within the last year. The study was published in the latest issue of the journal Depression Research and Treatment.