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Gay Blood Donation Ban

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.

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 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. ...

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.

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.