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After Gay Teen's Suicide, Tissue Donation Rejected Due to FDA Policy

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Aug 14, 2014
Some of a dead gay teen's organs were not accepted for donation, thanks to a longstanding policy by the Food and Drug Administration barring certain tissue donations from men who have sex with men.

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).

Banned4Life Holds San Francisco Blood Drive at Rainbow Grocery

By Winnie McCroy | Saturday Feb 22, 2014
In their ongoing effort to highlight the FDA’s anti-gay blood donation policy that bars men who have sex with men, regardless of their risk level, the group Banned4Life will hold a blood drive on February 23 at San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery.

Despite Pressure, Ban on Gay Blood Donors Endures

By David Crary | Monday Sep 16, 2013
The U.S. gay-rights movement has achieved many victories in recent years; on marriage, military service and other fronts. Yet one vestige of an earlier, more wary era remains firmly in place: the 30-year-old nationwide ban on blood donations by gay men.

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.

Wis. Senator Pushes to End Ban on Gay Blood Donors

Monday Aug 5, 2013
Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a push in Washington to allow gay men to donate blood.

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.