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Gay Blood Donation Ban

The FDA's Blood Donor Policy Is Still Homophobic

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics

The Food and Drug Administration lifted its lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood Monday, but many gay men will still be barred. The ne...

Proposed FDA Blood Donation Policy Perpetuates Stereotypes and Stigma

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 05.14.2016 | Queer Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

The FDA's proposed policy change for blood donations by gay and bisexual men--from lifetime deferral to eligibility after a year of sexual abstinence--still makes no sense and will continue to stigmatize gay men.

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 ...

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.

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

Kelsey Louie | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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?

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 Teen's Organs Rejected Due To His Sexual Orientation

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A portion of an organ donation from a deceased gay Iowa teen has been rejected due to his sexual orientation. Alexander "AJ" Betts, Jr., committed...

Blood Donation, Legoland and a New Kind of Blood Drive

Rich Meyers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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.

Out for Blood

Frank Bua | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Will Gay Men Finally Be Allowed To Donate Blood?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The American Medical Association (AMA) spoke out against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) controversial ban on gay male blood donors. ...

Big News For Mexico's Gay Community

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Mexico has reportedly become the first North American country to end its ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Blabbeando reports that...

Why Gay Men Still Can't Donate Blood: The Atlantic

The Atlantic | Tara Sun Vanacore and Abigail Barnes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

I gave blood in the caucus room. That sounds like a Bob Dylan song, but it's actually a description of my experience donating blood to the Red Cross a...

Why Isn't My Blood Good Enough?

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Blood donations were down 10 percent this past month, according to a recent CNN article. If you would like to donate, the Red Cross would be more than happy to draw blood from you -- unless, of course, you are gay like me.

Red Is In The Rainbow: A Closer Look At Blood Donation Discrimination

Emily Horowitz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Emily Horowitz

We zeroed in on an issue that we all felt needed to be changed: the Food and Drug Administration's policy that bans men who have had sex with men (MSM) even once since 1977 from ever donating blood.

A Donor Deferred: The Lifetime Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men

Robert Valadez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Valadez

A heterosexual person who has sex with an HIV-positive partner is eligible to donate blood after only 12 months. Yet all gay and bisexual men, even those who are HIV-negative, practice safe sex, or in monogamous relationships, are permanently banned.