Explanation of Q12 NBS - Comment
In reference to John's post. I would like to say that he needs to get his facts right before posting as his comment about Q.12 being nothing more than an anomaly. Implying that it has no further use.
I'm gay and this question of giving blood comes up quite often as it highly annoys the gay community. One of us posted this the below to another forum about this very subject
"I sent an email to the NBS asking some of the questions in this post. They sent me a 4 page reply by mail today with information/answers/sources of reference.
It basically says that ALL rules regarding donors are reviewed annually and that there are currently no plans to review the rules for gay men in the near future. "
So it looks as though Q.12 is reviewed every year - and so even in 2006 when HIV is no longer classed as the 'gay' virus. They still disallow us to give blood.
Secondly - "homophobia is a made up word" - and yet this word is recognised nationally (and certainly internationally) and appears in well known dictionaries (like the Oxford Dictionary). And thus making it no-longer a made up word.
"criticising homosexuality isn't illegal" - But there are laws that provide me with protection against discrimination on the bases of my sexuality.
"To be absolutely clear, inciting violence against anyone *is* illegal" But being homophibic isn't just about inciting violence against gay people it's about the fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men (and the behavior based on such a feeling)