[NEWS] Lesbian Blood Ban Lifted in China, Though Restrictions on Gay Men Stand

China’s Ministry of Health announced this month that they have lifted the ban on lesbian blood donation put in place in 1988. The lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men will stand.

Blood donations are an important component of the growing public health system in China and were thrown into the spotlight after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Xian, the director of Beijng-based lesbian organization, Tongyu, applauded the change in guidelines, telling the Global Times “It is also about our dignity and the elimination of blood donation discrimination.”


[NEWS] Room for Debate at China’s LGBT Community Leader Conference

Aibai Transgender Program Manager Wu Jisuan.JPG
Aibai Transgender Program Manager Wu Jisuan. Photo by Queer Comrades

The first China Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender (LGBT) Community Leader Conference took place last weekend and the “intense debates about the development of ideas, tactics and future directions for the LGBT movement in China” are hopefully just the beginning. Hosted by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute, the conference boasted almost 100 regionally diverse activists representing 53 organizations and a wide range of viewpoints.  To see a longer write up and many great pictures check out the Queer Comrades blog here.

[UPDATE] Two Chinese NGOs

One step forward, two steps back: Chinese health rights lawyer Yu Fangqiang reports that he has established
a new NGO in Nanjing, while Shanghai’s Rainbow Space, a gender and sexuality center, lost their home in Shanghai.