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February 25, 2014 By Kristina Bravo Kristina Bravo is a Los Angeles–based
“Banned4Life” Blood Drive Aims To Highlight FDA’s Anti-Gay Donation Policy
On December 5th, 2013, Zach Spoehr-Labutta represented the Banned4Life Project
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”This was the hardest thing I had to hear. I went to donate blood and after I answered the questionnaire, the nurse said, oh you’ve had sex with a man. I will [...]”
Anthony. Apple Valley, MN.
”Growing up, my Dad always donated blood through his work. He told me that it was the right thing to do and it could help up to three people with a single [...]”
Ryan. St. Louis.
”Back when I first tried to donate blood I was dating a bisexual man. He had had sex with another man before our relationship started and I was aware that he couldn’t [...]”
Jaycee. Port Hope.
”Great video! Thank you for your efforts to change the FDA policy. I live in Canada and Canadian Blood Services also turns away male donors who have had sex with another man [...]”
Katrina P., Turner Valley, AB.
”My blood type is O negative. I regularly received calls from my local blood bank asking for donations and I was always happy to give. In fact I was one donation away [...]”
Rob. Houston, TX.
”I was banned from donating blood because I lived more than 5yrs in Spain, my hometown country, even tough I lived in New York for the past 3yrs of my life. Their [...]”
Berta. New York.
”I can’t donate blood because I was living in London (studied there on a semester-abroad program in college) when Mad Cow Disease was a “thing.” So dumb.”
”The sad reality is that women who have had sex with men who have had sex with men are also banned from donating blood by this FDA regulation. That alone vastly increases [...]”
Scott K., Florence, KY.
”I donated blood every 8 weeks before I moved to the UK in 1998. Once there, I continued to donate blood regularly. When I moved back to the US in 2007, I [...]”
Hope E., Clearwater, FL.
”Did you know that they have also banned people who have lived in Europe in certain years because we might have Mad Cow Decease. I used to be a donor but now [...]”
”I’m from Spain but live in Ireland and have lived in the UK. Back in Spain, I often went to give blood with one of my best friends – no problem. We [...]”
”If I were to attempt to give blood right now, I’d be denied because I’ve had sex with a man whose had sex with another man. I’ve had friends in loving relationships [...]”
”Last time I checked O positive blood was only deadly to O negative people, sadly the FDA doesn’t see it that way. I lied about my sexual origination the last time I [...]”
Evan. Henderson, KY.
”I am a gay rancher who has only ever been with my one life partner. I was shocked when I was turned away from giving blood for being gay. I felt dirty [...]”
David K., Trenton, FL
”My college was doing a walk-in blood drive and I was looking forward to it all week. I walked into the room all excited because Im giving my life blood to people [...]”
Joshua. Ballwin, MO.
”I am an honest man, i always have been. When I was in high school they held a blood drive, which I tried to participate in. Well, I answered the questionnaire truthfully [...]”
Chaz C., Lake Whales, FL
”This is an absolute travesty and the most blatant form of discrimination that NO ONE knows about or is talking about. I work in the Peds ICU and I know first hand [...]”
Elise P., Denver, CO.
”Hi I’m laurel and I have a newly named autoimmune desease PLAID. This disease is the cause of the failure of my immune system. I am dependent on weekly human blood products [...]”
”This is such an outdated, offensive, and discriminatory policy! Your risk of acquiring HIV isn’t based on your sexual orientation, it’s based on your sexual behavior. Women who participate in risky sexual [...]”
John T., Des Moines, IA
”I am bisexual and I’d grudgingly resigned any hope of donating blood again after I learned of this law. I’m healthy enough to run a mile easily, lift weights, and have received [...]”
Daniel, Cortlandt Manor
”My name is Emmy and I have sickle cell anemia. Doctors are not completely sure of how to treat sickle cell, so for now the treatments are to provide fluids to prevent [...]”
”It is awful to think individuals are immediately turned away solely based on their relationship status. I feel science has come too far to still be stuck on the idea that blood [...]”
”Prohibiting homosexuals from donating blood without any scientific basis serves no purpose other than limiting the number of potential blood donors. If I needed blood, the last thing I would be worrying [...]”
”I think that this policy is ridiculous. The FDA needs to make a change to this policy ASAP. There are many people who are gay and would love to donate blood.”
”I don’t understand why someone should be banned from donating blood based on who they love.”
”I find it repulsive to believe that homosexual men are not allowed to donate blood. Gay men’s blood can save lives, just like any other blood. Sexual orientation should not even be [...]”
”I can’t believe they are banning something that cannot be logically supported. I believe that since each person is tested, there should be no reason for denying blood.”
”This is a ridiculous ban. I had no idea that this was a rule. I am baffled by the fact that the ban is still in play. We can get this changed!”
”“It is not fair to be denied the right to give blood because of who you LOVE.””
”Our blood can save lives. Our hearts can change the world.”
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