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Blood Donations

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

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 09.26.2014 | 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.

Why Allowing Gay Men To Donate Blood Could Have A MASSIVE Impact

Reuters | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices

By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of ava...

Blood Donors and Breast Milk Donors: Lifesavers

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

The literature demonstrates that the safest, healthiest option for premature and vulnerable infants is an exclusive human-milk diet. Our fragile infants cannot wait around for more evidence, they need human milk now.

Social Blood: Building The World's Largest Network Of Blood Donors

Karthik Naralasetty | Posted 04.16.2014 | Good News
Karthik Naralasetty

The entire blood donation system is broken. It's old and archaic and very little has been done to change or fix it for past 50 years -- but it's not just a problem in India.

Give Blood, Get Pampered

Jen Reeder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jen Reeder

Instead of donating whole blood today, would you like to donate double red blood cells instead? It's just as safe." With those words, he introduced my new favorite indulgence. Some people need acupuncture, TV or a massage to unwind. These pursuits have their plusses, but for complete pampering, there's nothing like donating blood.

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...

Warren Take Action Against MSM Blood Ban

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday asking the agency to pick up the pace in addr...

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.

FDA: Gay Men Still Banned From Donating Blood

Anai Rhoads | Posted 07.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Anai Rhoads

For decades the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has had a strict policy against retrieving blood from gay men. This fear is mostly based on sexuall...

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...

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. ...

Man Donates 100th Gallon Of Blood!

AP | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

LAKE PARK, Fla. -- A South Florida man has reached a rare milestone, being credited with donating 100 gallons of blood. The Palm Beach Post (http://b...

Gay Men Can Donate Blood In Canada

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Canada is lifting a lifetime ban that had prevented gay men from donating blood; but some restrictions will still be enforced. The non-profit Cana...

Dear White House: End the Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood. Now. Please?

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 05.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Ken Schneck, PhD

Almost two decades later, I still cringe when I walk by a blood drive poster on the bulletin board outside my office. I feel degraded to be constantly dehumanized by this ban. I feel embarrassed to want to save lives and be told that I am not capable of such acts.

New York Blood Drives Need Your Help Now

Posted 02.20.2013 | New York

The New York Blood Center has issued an emergency appeal for New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves and give blood. Although New York City was spare...

Big News For Mexico's Gay Community

Posted 12.27.2012 | Gay 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...

New York Movie Fans Can Help Recovery Efforts by Giving Much-Needed Blood at Lincoln Center on 11/13

Michael Vazquez | Posted 01.12.2013 | New York
Michael Vazquez

One pint of blood can save three lives. Three hundred blood-drives were cancelled due to Tropical Storm-slash-Hurricane (type correct term to satisfy ...

Where To Give Blood

Posted 11.02.2012 | New York

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York Blood Center is urgently looking for spaces where they can host blood drives, as many of the drives have been...

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...

Why Gay Blood, Kidneys and Sperm are Just as Helpful as Anyone Else's

Allison Hope | Posted 10.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Gay men are not banned from donating vital organs, and shouldn't be for any other body parts that have proven most helpful to saving the lives of others. The sociopolitical and homophobic implications are more than skin deep.

Red Cross: Blood Supply Lowest In 15 Years (What You Can Do)

Posted 07.31.2012 | Impact

The American Red Cross’ blood supply has hit a 15-year low, USA Today reports. According to the nonprofit’s website, it got 50,000 fewer donati...

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Drops One Of His Guns During Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

A Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives who once posted a comment on Facebook about shooting at police officers accidentally...

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...