The Affiliation for LGBTQ Equality in Israel welcomed the announcement.
Israel will carry from October 1 the ban on donating blood to gay males, introduced at present the Israeli Minister of Well being, Nitzan Horowitz, overtly homosexual and defender of the rights of this group.
“There isn’t a distinction between blood and blood. This can be a historic step in direction of equal rights for the LGBT neighborhood in Israel,” the minister mentioned at present on his Twitter account.
Horowitz, affiliated with the left-wing Meretz get together and the second member of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) to come back out as homosexual, added that the street to the choice has been lengthy.
“Discrimination towards homosexual males who donate blood has ended. After I grew to become minister, I ordered the removing of degrading and irrelevant questions on the blood donation questionnaire, vestiges of a stereotype that belongs to historical past,” Horowitz famous.
With the change, the blood donation questionnaire won’t embody the query of whether or not they had had bodily relationships with individuals of the identical intercourse, however will merely inform all donors that they have to wait three months “after having sexual relations of excessive danger with a brand new accomplice or a number of companions. “
The Affiliation for LGBTQ Equality in Israel welcomed the announcement and applauded that “the blood of a whole bunch of hundreds of residents shouldn’t be second-class.”
“Ending discrimination in blood donations is a historic step for the homosexual neighborhood and for Israeli society on the trail to equality,” the group mentioned in a press release.
Homosexual and bisexual males had been initially prohibited from donating blood for worry of AIDS, though lately international locations around the globe have begun to alter their procedures in direction of such donations.
In 2018, the Ministry of Well being launched a two-year pilot program to judge blood donations from homosexual males by way of a “double-test process,” however questions on same-sex sexual encounters remained within the questionnaire. donation.
In 2017, Israel lifted restrictions on blood donations from Ethiopian Israelis, which had been in impact since 1977. (I)