National Gay Blood Drive On Friday To Urge FDA To Lift Ban

  • metta

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    Jul 11, 2014 12:32 AM GMT
    NATIONAL GAY BLOOD DRIVE ON FRIDAY TO URGE FDA TO LIFT BAN: VIDEO





    http://www.towleroad.com/2014/07/national-gay-blood-drive-on-friday-to-urge-fda-to-lift-ban.html

    White House Petition:
    Call On HHS & The FDA To End Their Ban Against Gay & Bisexual Male Blood Donors

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/call-hhs-fda-end-their-ban-against-gay-bisexual-male-blood-donors/7mcCpPxl
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    Jul 11, 2014 1:25 AM GMT
    Don't tell the feds but back when i was in denial I donated blood. icon_twisted.gif
  • Apparition

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    Jul 11, 2014 1:30 AM GMT
    i dont want to...please stop. it is like not being able to be drafted. i was okay with that.
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    Jul 11, 2014 1:35 AM GMT
    A change by the FDA would be rather surprising. Most major blood agencies in the US have been arguing against continuation of the gay ban for years, without success. It has nothing to do with the medical science, but the politics.

    There are still powerful political forces that want gays to remain officially demonized and marginalized. Saying we're unfit to donate blood, like lepers, is a very effective way. It fits the Right Wing agenda's playbook that we are diseased & infectious, to be avoided like the plague.
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    Jul 11, 2014 2:13 AM GMT
    Wyndahoi saidDon't tell the feds but back when i was in denial I donated blood. icon_twisted.gif
    Me too.
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    Jul 11, 2014 4:25 AM GMT
    What

    Lol
    I've donated blood and said I'm gay hahahaha

    This law should be demolished anyway.. I'd be surprised it is given credence beyond cobwebs.
  • metta

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    Jul 11, 2014 5:46 AM GMT
    ^
    They can't use it.
  • metta

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    Jul 13, 2014 5:57 PM GMT
    ‘Gay Blood Drive’ events held across US to protest blood ban

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/07/12/us-gay-blood-drive-events-held-across-us-to-protest-blood-ban/
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    Jul 13, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
    A story I've told here before. I had donated blood many, many times during my military career. I even organized campus blood drives when I taught college ROTC.

    When 9/11 happened, myself now retired, I rode my motorcycle to the nearest blood bank. I sat down for the screening, and the guy at the computer in a cubicle asked me questions. He got to the one if I was homosexual. I don't lie, I'm not ashamed, totally out. I answered yes.

    "No, you don't understand. A homosexual is someone who has sex with other men."

    "Yes, I'm a homosexual." I think my leather Harley jacket and helmet may have thrown him off. I could see him changing computer screens, for a different series of questions, clearly flustered. I don't think he'd had that reply before.

    "Have you ever had sex with a man?"

    "Yes."

    "Have you had sex with a man in the last 6 months?"

    "Yes."

    He said he needed to consult with his supervisor and left. When he returned a bit later he started typing away at his computer, and finally turned to me.

    "You are barred for life from donating blood in the United States. Your Social Security number has been entered into a national database. If you ever attempt to donate blood anywhere you will be turned away."

    "Do I have have any appeal options?"

    "No."

    I have never donated blood since. Despite my blood being a rare type, and completely infection-free to this day. I've never had an STI, nothing that would make me ineligible. But I cannot donate because I'm an admitted gay man. That's the United States for you.