May 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to ...[read more]
April 29, 2015
by Addison Morris
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Wednesday restricted bans on blood donations from homosexual men. Since 1983, France automatically and permanently banned blood donations from all men who had ever had sex with another man, calling it a measure of safety against spreading the HIV virus. This ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced a plan to end the practice of indefinitely banning men who have ever engaged in sexual acts with other men from donating blood. "With greater knowledge of HIV, the 31-year practice is no longer the most scientifically practical means ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Gambia for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some ...[read more]
November 3, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The Namibia Supreme Court ruled Monday that three HIV-positive women were forcibly sterilized in public hospitals. This decision affirms the July 2012 intermediate court ruling, which stated that the sterilizations were illegal because circumstances rendered the consent coerced and uninformed. ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Gambia's National Assembly passed a bill on Monday that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. The bill amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," which encompasses repeat offenders, those living with HIV/AIDS, and where a minor is involved. The ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Gay rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted Tuesday by the Lusaka Magistrate's Court of charges of encouraging homosexuality. Kasonkomona, a well-known activist for LGBT rights in highly-conservative Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, was arrested in April 2013 after speaking ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
UNAIDS, the UN agency tasked with overseeing the global response to HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday condemned Uganda's anti-gay legislation, which President Yoweri Musevni has pledged to sign into law. Though homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda, the new law imposes harsher penalties, ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A unanimous three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday held that, pursuant to the equal protection clause, sexual orientation is not a permissible basis upon which to exclude jurors during the federal "voir dire," or jury selection, process. SmithKline Beecham ...[read more]
October 9, 2013
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Margaret Winter of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project discusses the recent desegregation of HIV positive inmates in Alabama prisons...Plaintiffs representing a class of all current and future HIV-positive prisoners in the custody of the Alabama ...[read more]

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