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Gay Blood Ban

Amanda Terkel

FDA Recommends Lifting Lifetime Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

The Push To End Gay Blood Donor Bans In Several European Nations Intensifies

AP | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices

PARIS (AP) — The European Union's top court on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of voices questioning whether it still makes sense to forever bar a...

For Gay and Bi Blood Donors, New Rules but Same Ban

Kelsey Louie | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Louie

Gay and bisexual men want to contribute to America's blood stocks and have a vital role to play in keeping America healthy. We should demand that the FDA change its policy and keep stereotypes out of blood donation sites.

The FDA Responds to Criticism of 'Loosening' Ban on Blood Donations From Gay and Bi Men

Ed Coffin | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

If men who have sex with men must be celibate for a year, then everyone else should be held to that standard too. If they can determine risk level for heterosexuals on a case-by-case basis, then they should do it for men who have sex with men as well. Assess the risk, test the blood, and treat everyone the same. It's really that simple.

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.

Blood Donation Ban Is Only The First Barrier To Medical Equality For Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living

Some gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood will be able to once the Food and Drug Administration's new recommendations take effect. The revise...

Alissa Scheller

Why Even A 12-Month Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Makes No Sense

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ended the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. But the agency said it would...

FDA Recommends Ending Lifetime Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-y...

Why Won't the FDA Let Me Donate Blood?

Daniel Penchina | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay 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?

Congressional Lawmakers Push For End To Gay Blood Ban

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and 79 other Democrats in Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Monday, urging h...

It's Time to Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood

Otávio Dias | Posted 02.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Otávio Dias

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

Open Letter to the FDA: Stop Discriminating Against Gay Men

Ben Spielberg | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

The FDA's policy of banning "men who have had sex with other men (MSM), at any time since 1977" from donating blood does not accurately identify the behaviors that put one at risk for HIV. A policy that incorrectly identifies high-risk groups instead of high-risk behaviors is neither effective nor just.

Gay Men May Finally Be Able To Donate Blood

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.14.2014 | Gay Voices

A federal advisory committee on Thursday recommended for the first time that the U.S. soften its ban on blood donations from gay men. Under the ne...

The Gay Blood Ban That Keeps on Chugging. And Discriminating. And Killing.

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Ken Schneck, PhD

This issue is about discrimination. This issue about saving lives (1.8 million lives, apparently!). This issue is about doing the right thing. And yet, we can't seem to figure out how to arrive at that place where we discard this hateful, deadly ban.

Blood Donation, Legoland and a New Kind of Blood Drive

Rich Meyers | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Rich Meyers

Our 9-year-old son had come home excited that his school was having a blood drive. If we donated blood, we'd be rewarded with tickets to Legoland. As two dads, we suddenly found ourselves thrust into an unexpected conversation with our son about the FDA ban that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

It's Time to End the Gay Blood Ban

Zach Stafford | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Zach Stafford

On July 11 a National Gay Blood Drive will be held in the hope of raising awareness around this issue. Gay and bisexual men are urged to bring friends who can donate to blood banks to show just how much more potentially could be given -- up to 219,000 pints each year, according to a 2010 report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Here's How You Can Help Change The FDA'a Anti-Gay Blood Ban

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.03.2014 | Gay Voices

Banned4Life is an organization dedicated to changing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with me...

Why The U.S. Ban On Gay Blood Donors Endures, Despite Pressure

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- The U.S. gay-rights movement has achieved many victories in recent years – on marriage, military service and other fronts. Yet one v...

More Bad News For Russia's Gay Community

Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices

It's more bad news for Russia's embattled gay community now that a State Duma deputy has reportedly called for a national ban on blood donations from ...

Let Low-Risk Gay Men Give Blood

Dov Fox | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Dov Fox

The FDA's selective ban on giving blood imparts the disparaging idea that any gay man -- even if he practices safe sex within a monogamous relationship -- should be treated as if he has a disease that remains sadly bound up with perceptions of promiscuity, drug use, shunning, and shame.

Fighting the FDA's Antiquated Policy on Blood Donation

A.J. Walkley | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

On July 12, 2013, documentarian Ryan James Yezak championed the first National Gay Blood Drive in order to combat the outdated and antiquated FDA guidance document that has banned men who have sex with men (MSM) -- and women who have sex with MSM -- from donating blood for life.

Out for Blood

Frank Bua | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Frank Bua

This week, filmmaker Ryan James Yezak has organized the first-ever "national gay blood drive." It is Yezak's hope that once the FDA recognizes how much men who have sex with men could contribute to the national blood supply, they will have ammunition to lift the 30-year ban.

Will The Gay Blood Drive Impact The FDA's Ban?

The Baltimore Sun | Michael Gold | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has banned blood donations from men who have had sex with other men any time after 1977. Created in the n...

Check 'Yes'

Matt Soden | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Soden

I may have been denied the right to aid a person in medical need because of my gender attraction, but that day I did something that I'd never done before: I checked "yes." And no amount of idiotic governmental stipulation can take that sense of pride away from me.

WATCH: What Led To The Gay Blood Donation Ban

Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices

The filmmaker behind the forthcoming documentary "Second Class Citizens" is offering another sneak peek at the project with his latest video. Ryan...