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Gay Blood Ban

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On July 12, 2013, documentarian Ryan James Yezak championed the first National Gay Blood Drive in order to combat the outdated and antiquated FDA guidance document that has banned men who have sex with men (MSM) -- and women who have sex with MSM -- from donating blood for life.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

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. ...

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.

Why Isn't My Blood Good Enough?

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.10.2012 | Gay 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.

Josh Zepps

LIVE DISCUSSION: Should The Gay Blood Ban Be Lifted?

HuffingtonPost.com | Josh Zepps | Posted 06.27.2012 | Gay Voices

Gay men have been prohibited from donating blood in the U.S. since the 1980s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Earlier this month, France annou...

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.

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

Robert Valadez | Posted 12.14.2011 | Gay 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.

Suburban Anti-Gay Group Wants To Keep Gay Blood Donor Ban

Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

Though the Naperville, Ill.-based anti-gay group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) recently lost their 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizationa...

Man Claims Indiana Blood Center Rejected Him For 'Appearing' Gay

Posted 09.16.2011 | Chicago

A straight man who tried donating blood at a Gary, Indiana blood center was reportedly turned away recently--because employees of the center thought h...