Closing submissions to the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal in the gay blood donation case taken by Launceston gay man, Michael Cain, will conclude today.

Mr Cain’s lawyer, Peter Tree SC, will sum up the medical case for screening potential blood donors for the safety of their sexual activity rather than the gender of their sexual partner, thereby allowing gay men who have safe sex to donate blood.

The Red Cross will then present its closing submissions.

Throughout the case, the Tribunal has heard controversial testimony about the longevity of same-sex relationships, and claims that any sexual contact between gay men was enough to warrant a ban – even kissing.

Community AIDS councils and organisations, including AFAO and ACON, did not contribute to Cain’s action.

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