Topics :: blood donations

Europe Court of Justice Calls for End to Gay Blood Ban

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Jul 17, 2014
Europe's Court of Justice is putting its foot down: being a gay man should not mean you are banned from ever giving blood.

National Gay Blood Drive Slated for July 11

By Mike Halterman | Friday Jul 4, 2014
As many gay men are well aware, nearly all of us are banned from donating blood as dictated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At Least One in Japan Gets HIV From Donated Blood

Tuesday Nov 26, 2013
At least one person in Japan has been infected with HIV from a blood transfusion. A spokesman for the Japanese Red Cross Society said Tuesday that a male donor tested positive for HIV this month.

As Demand Dwindles, U.S. Blood Banks Make Changes

By Tom Coyne | Friday Oct 11, 2013
Blood banks are declaring fewer critical shortages these days and in some cases cutting staff in response to dwindling demand for blood -- the result of fewer elective surgeries being performed and medical advances that curb bleeding.

Russia Casts Wider Homophobic Net, Targets Gay Blood Donors

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Aug 26, 2013
A Russian lawmaker has proposed a measure that would effectively widen that government’s recent anti-gay legislative activity to include another area of civic life: Blood donations.

Gay Men Plan Des Moines Blood Donation Protest

Friday Jul 12, 2013
A Des Moines blood donation center is 1 of 53 sites targeted for a nationwide protest by gay men.

Banned 4Life Fights FDA Blood Ban

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Jul 4, 2013
After being turned away from donating blood because of his sexual orientation, Blake Lynch formed Banned4Life, an organization set on ending the ban on MSM donating blood.

Ban on Gay Blood Donors Lifted in Canada; Restrictions Remain

By Sergio N. Candido | Thursday May 23, 2013
Gay men in Canada can now donate blood, but there’s a catch: You must not have had sex with another man in the last five years. The Canadian Blood Services have approved the measure, and are hoping to implement it as soon as mid-summer.

Healthy Gay Men Must Be Allowed to Donate Blood, Says GMHC

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Mar 8, 2013
Via a We The People online petition, GMHC will force President Barack Obama to pressure the FDA to reform their policy against gay men donating blood.

FDA Must Lift Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood, Say So. Florida Activists

By Megan Barnes | Sunday Feb 3, 2013
On Jan. 16, activists in South Florida launched a campaign to urge the Food and Drug Administration to rethink its nearly 30-year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.