Russian gay activists celebrate their first major victory two years after the start of the campaign
MOSCOW, May 23, 2008 (GayRussia.ru) – The Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development has repealed the ban on blood donations by homosexual people, it emerged last night.
This move by the Russian authorities is a victory for the activists from Russian LGBT Human Rights, Project GayRussia.ru, who have fought the restrictions for more than two years.
Tatyana Golikova, the Minister of Health and Social Development signed the decree on April 16, it emerged yesterday.
The decree amends the rules on blood donations which were implemented on September 14, 2001.
According to the amendments, provisions for absolute ban on blood donations by people from the so called groups of high risk (homosexuals, drug addicts and prostitutes) are being repealed.
Answering my question (passed by a reader of this blog), Trygve Utstumo (Armenia and me blog), who is working with Armenian Red Cross now says the following re gay blood donation in Armenia (I agree and assume that in Armenia it is like in most countries, for now, and it is discrimination!):
"About the blood donations: Armenia Red Cross is currently not involved in the blood transfusions in Armenia. As far as I’ve understood this is organized by a sub-body of the Ministry of Health. I honestly can’t answer his question, but I would assume that they do as in most other countries: not accepting blood donations from practicing homosexuals. (Not saying that I agree with this practice.)"
Hopefully, this great news from Russia will have influence at some point on Armenia too.