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Blood Donation

Why Won't the FDA Let Me Donate Blood?

Daniel Penchina | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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?

It's Time to Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood

Otávio Dias | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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?

Liquid Gold

David G. Dodge | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay 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.

Open Letter to the FDA: Stop Discriminating Against Gay Men

Ben Spielberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | Gay 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 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.

Blood Donation: Giving the Gift of Life This Holiday Season

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

As a former ICU patient, I experienced this first hand by observing the love and support from my parents, family, friends, and medical team. In my darkest moments in the hospital, they were there to help guide me through, and they did.

Participated in the Malibu Triathlon in Honor of My Blood Donors

Brian Boyle | Posted 09.13.2013 | Good News
Brian Boyle

This past weekend I participated in the Malibu triathlon, which is a race that I've always wanted to do ever since I entered the sport.

Just One Republican Calls For End To Blood Donation Ban For Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) stood out last week as the only Republican to support a call on President Barack Obama's administration to end a longstanding ...

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...

Giving Blood, Giving Life

Brian Boyle | Posted 09.09.2013 | DC
Brian Boyle

I am 27 years old, and I am the National Volunteer Spokesperson for the American Red Cross. But nine years ago on July 6, 2004, I was a blood recipient after being involved in a near fatal car accident that caused catastrophic injuries.

Will Gay Men Finally Be Allowed To Donate Blood?

Posted 06.20.2013 | Gay 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. ...

Blood, Guts and Money

Dave Dubin | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Dave Dubin

During times of national and international disasters, people donate. But most don't realize that it's the day-to-day needs of transfusion patients that takes up the majority of blood needs.

The Importance of Donating Blood

Brian Boyle | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

You don't need a special reason to give blood; you just need your own reason. Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do.

Blood Donation: The Gift of Life

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

Every two seconds, somebody in our country needs blood. My name is Brian Boyle, I am 26 years old, and in the summer of 2004, I was one of these people.

After Dying 8 Times, Triathlete Accomplishes Amazing Feat For Charity

Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact

Brian Boyle died eight times after a dump truck sidelined him on his way home from swim practice, but the resilient athlete just wouldn't let go. ...

Doing This For 10 Minutes Could Save 3 Lives

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

Blood donations transcend gender, political affiliation, celebrity, status, and religion. It's interesting. People may be giving or receiving blood from those they might not even want to shake hands with. And my renewed appreciation is sending me to the nearest blood donation center.

On New Hips, Old Habits and the Inestimable Value of Giving Blood

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

I'm happy to announce that I've just returned home from the hospital with a new arrival. I'm not sure how much it weighs, but it seems to be healthy, and it's already walking -- albeit unsteadily and with a cane. I'm talking about my brand-new hip, which was swapped in last Tuesday. The surgery -- as well as my blood transfusion the day after -- has opened my eyes and my heart to the issue of blood donations. It's a very humbling -- even overwhelming -- experience having someone else's generosity literally being pumped into your veins. READ MORE

If a Debate Happens Without Twitter, Does Anybody Hear It? Debates are much better with Twitter. And in case you missed the final one last night, instead of rewatching the actual debate, save yourself some time by just rerunning Twitter. Here are my tweets from last night to give you a quick snapshot of the Battle in Boca. READ MORE

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

The Atlantic | Tara Sun Vanacore and Abigail Barnes | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay 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...

FDA: Blood From Bio Waste Bin Used In Transfusion

Posted 08.16.2012 | Miami

The FDA sent a stern warning to a large South Florida blood bank after finding multiple cases of unsafe practices -- including the use of platelets st...

WATCH: Eat, Drink, Give Blood At Donation Drive Parties!

Posted 08.01.2012 | Impact

Instead of mulling over its alarmingly low blood supply, the American Red Cross is throwing parties. To help boost a blood supply that’s dipped t...

Red Cross Urgently Requesting Blood Donations

Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living

Blood donations are down and are urgently needed, the Red Cross reported today. The organization is on par to be 50,000 donations short of the exp...

Blood Donations Urged Among Blacks. Why The Push?

Posted 03.01.2012 | Black Voices

While high rates of sickle cell anemia and lupus prevail in the black community, often requiring blood transfusions, experts say African Americans cur...

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

Emily Horowitz | Posted 05.01.2012 | Gay 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.