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Gay Blood Donation

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...

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?

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.

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.

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.

Please, Please Stop Equating 'Ultimate Victory' With 'Marriage Equality'

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 10.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Ken Schneck, PhD

I fear that marriage equality is a more palatable issue to discuss than the disproportionate impact of deadly violence for people of color, transgender women, transgender people of color and gay men. And it terrifies me that the idea of "ultimate victory" will leave some of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters behind.

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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.

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...

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 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.

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.

Rome Hospital Accused Of Turning Away Lesbian Blood Donor

La Stampa/Worldcrunch | Posted 12.31.2011 | Gay Voices

Donating blood is one more civic act that Italian gay rights activists now say must be explicitly protected by law. The latest controversy comes afte...

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.