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Blood Donation

An Act Of Generosity Can Help Save A Life

Gail McGovern | Posted 07.25.2016 | DC
Gail McGovern

We cannot always know when or where the next emergency need will arise. Yet, amid uncertainty and heartache, we witness acts of heroism, kindness and compassion every day.

How To Support Slain Dallas Police Officers And Their Families

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 07.09.2016 | Impact

The nation is reeling after at least one gunman shot and killed five police officers and injured seven more in Dallas on Thursday during a Black Lives...

How To Help Victims Of The Istanbul Airport Attack

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact

As Turkey and the world are still reeling from Tuesday's attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport, people all over have stepped up to show their support. ...

Canada, It's Time We Eliminated The Blood Ban

Zac Thompson | Posted 06.28.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

Last week Canada softened its gay blood ban, but isn't time we eliminated it entirely?

The FDA's Unscientific And Anti-Gay Blood Donation Policy

Ben Spielberg | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben Spielberg

Though the FDA has long claimed that its policy protects the blood supply, the truth is that it is unscientific and discriminatory.

Dad, It Could Have Been Me

Matt R. Salmon | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt R. Salmon

Even to this day, when I am with a man that I am dating and I want to hold his hand or kiss him, I often refrain; if I decide to give him a peck on the cheek or squeeze his hand I am never without the fear that someone might bring harm to us. That is, unless I am in a gay establishment.

102 LGBT People Were Maimed Or Killed -- And I Still Can't Donate Blood

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices

Today, Tuesday, June 14, marks World Blood Donor Day 2016 -- an annual event to raise awareness about the need for blood donation on a global scale. W...

What It Would Take To End The Ban On Queer Blood Donation

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living

In the aftermath of the massacre of 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday, city officials urged residents to donate blood. There was just one...

Chick-Fil-A Opens On Sunday To Give Free Food To Orlando Shooting Blood Donors

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices

Chick-fil-A typically closes on Sundays, but this Sunday was different. Workers from the Chick-fil-A Lee Vista in Orlando, Florida, went to work Sund...

How To Help Orlando Shooting Victims And Their Families

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact

A host of organizations have stepped up to help following the mass shooting on Sunday morning, in which a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 other...

Rescue Dog Helps Save Scrappy Kittens' Sight, Gains Two New BFFs

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 04.08.2016 | Good News

Rescue dog Jemmie has made friends for life in these stray kittens. The Shih Tzu Lhasa apso mix is not only playing mom to the scrappy little ginger c...

The Truth About What's Really In Blood Sausage

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Taste

If you've never eaten blood sausage, chances are it's the name alone that has kept you away. Not too keen on eating blood, most people won't even cons...

FDA Eases Gay Blood Donation Ban -- Sort Of

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials are lifting the nation's 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but major ...

Argentina Lifts Gay Blood Donation Ban

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Argentina lifted its ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men earlier this week, following a more than decade-long campaign by LGBT advocacy g...

It's Time for Blood Donation Equality, Too

Ben Spielberg | Posted 07.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben Spielberg

Ending deferral of blood donations based on sexual orientation entirely is the only way to simultaneously avoid discrimination, preserve the safety of the blood supply, and maintain the FDA's credibility.

This Startup Aims To Solve Greece's Blood Donor Problem

HuffPost Greece | Katerina Nanopoulou | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact

Natalia Kritsali and Natalia Bougadellis came to realize the vast shortcomings of Greece’s blood donation process when they experienced immense diff...

Amanda Terkel

FDA Recommends Lifting Lifetime Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday recommended ending the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, although ...

I'm A Nurse's Aide, But I Can't Give Blood--Because I'm Gay

Steven Kuzan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steven Kuzan

I don't want to have to lie to give blood. I don't want to have to hide who I am to help my kin. I do not need to be embarrassed about who I am to save lives.

Dear Red Cross: I Am Not a Man

Andy Wilkins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andy Wilkins

What should have happened with me? I should have been asked the same questions every other woman is asked. I never should have received a follow-up call during which I needed to defend my gender identity.

Running 100 Miles for 100 Red Cross Blood Donors

Brian Boyle | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

One month after graduating from high school, I was coming home from swim practice and was involved in a near fatal car accident with a speeding dump truck. The injuries were catastrophic.

Athletes and Ambassadors in 2014

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

2014 saw a mixture of advances and stark reminders of continued injustice. The gay journey in America proceeded on many paths in 2014. Here are highlights.

Whether for Life or for One Year, Banning Blood Donations From Gay and Bi Men Is Bad Science

Ben Spielberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

By suggesting that gay and bisexual men are at risk for HIV and straight people aren't, the FDA's guidelines misinform the public. To the extent that it contributes to ignorance of the risks associated with certain types of heterosexual sex, the FDA's policy, even in its revised form, actually presents a public-health concern.

Why Won't the FDA Let Me Donate Blood?

Daniel Penchina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Penchina

On 9/11, after the towers fell to ash, I headed toward the New York Blood Center. I faced one of the most acute moral quandaries I've yet to confront: Do I lie about my identity to help my fellow brothers and sisters, or do I stay true to myself and know that the Red Cross would, by law, dispose of my blood?

It's Time to Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood

Otávio Dias | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Otávio Dias

Why are gays banned from donating blood even if they are not HIV-positive and have safe, protected, judiciously considered sex?

Liquid Gold

David G. Dodge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David G. Dodge

"Well you're certainly unique!" my new primary care physical tells me recently, after my first visit to his office. While my mother and I would like to think this is true across multiple aspects of my life, he was unfortunately just referring to my blood type.