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Panel recommends ending lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men

Thursday, November 13, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. -- A panel of doctors and blood donor advocates who advise the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services voted Thursday to recommend that the federal government end its lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

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Teen activist files lawsuit challenging FDA ban on gay blood donors

Sunday, October 12, 2014
WASHINGTON – A young gay rights activist has filed what is believed to be the first federal lawsuit challenging the U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Virginia resident Caleb Laieski, 19, filed his suit Thursday in U.S. District Court, and alleges that the FDA ban is discriminatory and unconstitutional...

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National Gay Blood Drive urges FDA to end ban on gay male blood donors

Friday, July 11, 2014
A National Gay Blood Drive is taking place in more than 60 U.S. cities on Friday to call attention to the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s longstanding ban prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The drive – which is open to everyone – is organized by filmmaker and activist Ryan James Yezak with the help of local leaders and volunteers from ...

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South Africa ends blood donor ban on gay men

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
PRETORIA, South Africa – South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has dropped a ban that prohibited gay men from donating blood.

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Despite years of pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures

Sunday, September 15, 2013
NEW YORK — 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 and bisexual men.

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Russian MP proposes gay blood ban, free gay-to-straight conversion therapy

Monday, August 26, 2013
Mikhail Degtyarev
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A Russian lawmaker is proposing a bill that would ban blood and organ donations from gay men, while offering them free gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

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Baldwin leads 85 lawmakers calling for end to blood donation ban for gay men

Friday, August 2, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a group of 85 House and Senate lawmakers criticizing what she's says is the sluggish pace the nation's top health officials have taken at reevaluating blood donation policies for gay men.

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Nationwide blood drive to call attention to FDA ban on gay, bisexual male donors

Thursday, July 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Gay rights activists are planning protests at blood donation centers across the nation on Friday to combat the Food and Drug Administration's ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

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AMA says it opposes FDA lifetime ban on gay men as blood donors

Thursday, June 20, 2013
The American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians in the U.S., voted Tuesday to oppose a decades long ban by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which prohibits gay men from donating blood, reported ABC News.

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United Kingdom to lift lifetime ban on gay, bisexual men donating blood

Friday, September 9, 2011
The United Kingdom will become the latest country to lift the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, relaxing a policy that officials said does not improve the safety of the blood supply.

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