Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, has tweeted her support for the end of banning gay and bisexual from giving blood.

Labour MP Sarah Champion has tweeted her support for bringing an end to a discriminatory ruling that forbids men who have sex with men from donating blood, unless they have been celibate for 12 months. According to Ms. Champion has “consistently” voted in favour of legislations that affect the rights of LGBTs in the UK.

The petition calls for the Government to end the 12-month deferral ban on gay men donating blood. It calls for a replacement “equal and individual risk assessment based process for all blood donors.”Ms. Champion tweeted a link to an official petition site, which is delivered direct to the Government. When the petition, started by Robbie Beveridge, reaches 10,000 signatures the government officially responds to the petitioner, at 100,000 signatures the petition is considered for debate in Parliament.

The debate about gay, bisexual and MSM’s ability to donate blood has become a hot topic in recent months with one campaign, Free To Donate already achieving over 37,000 signatures.

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Ms. Champion was made Shadow Minister for Preventing abuse, a new position in the shadow cabinet. The appointment was made by Labour’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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