When the most ridiculous laws in the country make more sense than current blood donation policies.
Discrimination has no borders. We took battling the blood bans, and the bias, international.
What happened when gay men tried to donate desperately needed blood during the pandemic? Guess.
Our call for Blood Equality has taken us from the steps of City Halls to the National Civil Rights Museum gallery to the front door of the FDA.
And we’ve seen positive strides.
But there is still more to do.
Over the years, we’ve seen the biased lifetime ban lifted for gay and bi men. A lifetime ban became a 1-year celibacy ban, which became a 3-month celibacy requirement. Today, the FDA recently announced a risk-based assessment for all donors -- a huge step, and something we've been fighting for.
Much has changed. But we have not eliminated discrimination just yet. Today, many gay and bi men are still prevented from donating. Until the same criteria are used for EVERY blood donor, we'll keep fighting. And we won't stop until every pint of blood receives the same respect it deserves.
We won’t stop until science defeats stigma.
ABOUT BLOOD EQUALITY