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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).

South Africa Ends Gay Blood Donation Ban

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday May 20, 2014
South Africa has now changed their policy on blood donations, to allow all people, gay or straight, to donate blood if they have been monogamous.

U.S. Rep Mike Quigley Discusses MSM Blood Ban with OutLaw

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Apr 8, 2014
On March 31, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke to OutLaw, an organization for LGBT students at the University of Chicago Law School, highlighting the need to reevaluate the FDA’s blood donation criteria.

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.

U.S. Representatives Push to End Gay Blood Ban

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Feb 5, 2014
On Jan. 30, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) observed National Blood Donor Month with a call for the need to reevaluate the donation criteria that prevents men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood for life.

Top Ten HIV Stories of 2013

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Dec 31, 2013
EDGE looks at the top 10 HIV health stories of the year.

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.

Canada Lifts Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Aug 15, 2013
Canada has lifted its 30-year band on blood donations from gay men, but some restrictions will still be enforced.