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Legislators Urge HHS Secretary to Reassess Blood Donation Policy

By Winnie McCroy | Monday Sep 15, 2014
Legislators have asked HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to review their outdated blood donation policy.

Iowa Woman Calls for Lift of FDA Donation Ban

Monday Aug 18, 2014
An Iowa mom is speaking out against the Food and Drug Administration's ban on donations of some tissue from gay men after her son died and some of his organs were rejected.

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.

Seattle City Council Backs End to Gay Blood Donation Ban

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Aug 7, 2014
The City Council of Seattle, Washington, unanimously backed a repeal of America's longstanding ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

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.