Bin the Blood Ban

Did you know that various members of the LGBT+ community are being turned away from giving blood? This is not on the basis of their individual risk but as a result of a blanket ban. We think this practice is unfair and outdated and we want to do something about it. We want to Bin the Blood Ban. Sign our petition here.


The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service collects donations for blood transfusions and research. Not everyone is eligible to give blood. One of the categories of people who cannot currently give blood is men who have had oral or anal sex with another man, with or without a condom or other protection, in the last 12 months. This is regardless of other circumstances, so includes, for example, a man who has only had sex with his partner or husband using a condom, as well as a man who has a number of sexual partners and did not use any protection.

This blanket ban not only limits men who have sex with men but also trans women, trans non-binary people and even cis women if they have had sex with a man who has had sex with other men. This ban in itself has historical roots, dating back to the 1970/80s through the rise in contractions in HIV and the propaganda that stigmatised the LGBT+ community. Progress has been made in turning the lifetime ban to a 12 month deferral period but we’d like to see the system changed to an evidence based system that is based on an individual’s risk rather than stigmatising large groups of the population. We believe that this practice would be safer and would no longer be discriminatory towards the LGBT+ community.

Take action

We’re asking the Scottish Government to revisit the rules around who can give blood and change them to be based on evidence and individual risk – not someone’s sexual orientation.

Sign our petition here.


We've created resources for students' associations to use to launch the Bin the Blood Ban on your campus, and also for you to use to encourage students to give blood. Download the resources below:

Bin the Blood Ban A3 poster


Bin the Blood Ban A5 leaflet


Give Blood A3 Poster


Bin the Blood Ban briefing


Equality Network briefing

Bin the Blood Ban paper petition

Bin the Blood Ban Facebook pic

Bin the Blood Ban Twitter pic


Keep in touch

We'd love to hear more about how the Bin the Blood Ban campaign is progressing on your campus. If you're organising a campaign stall, a stunt, or going out into your local community to collect signatures then please get in touch with Jack Douglas, NUS Scotland LGBT+ Officer on