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04/19/2007


Filmmaker Launches National Gay Blood Drive to Make Statement About Discriminatory Ban: VIDEO

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Ryan James Yezak, the filmmaker behind the in-progress documentary Second Class Citizens (remember 'The Gay Rights Movement' video?) is launching a national gay blood drive, a peaceful demonstration that he's going to capture for his documentary. Yezak writes:

The
 drive
 will
 take
 place 
nationally
 from
 9am
 PST 
(which 
marks 
the
 demonstration’s “universal 
rallying
 point”)
 to 
5pm
 PST 
that 
Friday 
and
 will 
consist
 of 
eligible 
gay 
and
 bisexual 
male 
donors,
 most 
commonly 
referred 
to
 as
 MSM 
donors,
 showing 
up
 to 
get 
tested
 at 
a
 specified 
donation 
center 
in 
their
 respective
 city
 and 
then 
attempting 
to
 donate 
their
 blood. 
As 
each 
donor 
is 
rejected,
 their 
test 
result
 will 
be
 collected,
 compiled, 
and
 delivered
 to
 the 
FDA 
–
 Visually 
conveying 
to 
them 
on 
a 
national 
level
 how 
much
 blood
 the
 gay
 community
 could 
contribute
 to
 the 
blood
 supply 
should
 they
 lift 
their
 current
 policy.

While 
it
 is
 anticipated
 that
 1,000 
rejected 
MSM
 donors 
will
 be
 exceeded – It’s
 also
 pertinent to 
note
 that
 on‐site
 mobile 
rapid
 HIV 
testing 
will 
be
 provided
 at
 each
 location 
for
 participants
 to
 confirm
 their 
statuses 
before 
attempting
 to 
donate.


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Stephen Colbert Warns of the Dangers of Gay Blood: VIDEO

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In his "Big Gay Roundup", Stephen Colbert expresses his dismay over the American Medical Association's push for an end to the ban on gays donating blood.

Says Colbert : "Letting gay people donate blood is an endorsement of the gay lifestyle. In fact, I'm pretty sure a gay blood transfusion is how you get gay. It's like being bitten by a radioactive spider - you get all the gay superpowers: super strength, web-slinging, and the desire to wear skin-tight spandex on Broadway."

Colbert also weighs in on the Disney Channel's introduction of a same-sex couple.

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American Medical Association Opposes FDA Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

The American Medical Association voted on Tuesday to oppose the FDA ban on gay men donating blood, ABC News reports:

Blood"The lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men is discriminatory and not based on sound science," AMA board member Dr. William Kobler said in a statement. "This new policy urges a federal policy change to ensure blood donation bans or deferrals are applied to donors according to their individual level of risk and are not based on sexual orientation alone."

The AMA recommends that the FDA change its policy so that gay men are evaluated on an individual level rather than being lumped together in a high-risk category, in addition to crafting a policy that more accurately represents scientific research.

Said Robert Valadez, policy analyst for the HIV/AIDS advocacy group Gay Men's Health Crisis: "The policy was formed at a time in our history when we didn't have a name for AIDS or HIV. Our technology has advanced to the point where … it is antiquated to keep this policy in place and to keep those units of blood from entering the blood supply."


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1284

NO PANTS SUBWAY RIDE: Improv Everywhere on the 12th annual event.

THEY CAN EXPLAIN: A supercut.

LET GAYS GIVE: A plea for blood donation reform.

BIG FREEDIA: The Queen Diva.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


Mexico Lifts Anti-Gay Blood Ban: REPORT

MexicanflagIf Andres Duque at Blabbeando is correct, then Mexico just bested the United States in the race to lift an archaic and homophobic ban on gay men and men who have sex with men from donating much-needed plasma:

A little noticed Mexican health norm first approved in August and then published in the country's regulatory Official Federation Diary on October 26th has gone into effect today essentially doing away with a two-decade ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men....

The old norm (NOM 003-SSA2) explicitly banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood based on their "practices" and their "increased probability of acquiring HIV or hepatitis infection".

The new norm (NOM 253) eliminates specific bans on gay and bisexual men and instead bans blood donations from people with HIV or hepatitis and their partners and people who engage in "risky sexual practices" regardless of their sexual identity.

First striking down a ban on marriage equality and now this? Mexico's really coming into its own on LGBT inclusion.

[Via JMG; image via Martintoy's Flickr.]


China Lifts Ban On Lesbian Blood, But MSM Still Prohibited

PlasmaChina's communist government quietly lifted its ban on lesbians giving blood this week. Men who are sexually active with other men, however, are still prohibited from donating life saving plasma.

Via CNN:

The Chinese Ministry of Health has lifted a 14-year-old ban on lesbians donating blood in effect as of July 1.

The ban still applies to men who are sexually active with other men, but celibate homosexuals are permitted to give blood, according to the Ministry of Health's website.

The original ban, enacted in 1998, barred homosexuals of both genders from donating blood out of a fear of spreading HIV and AIDS.

"It's scientific that the policy doesn't mention homosexual identity but only fences off some who have certain sex behaviors, because AIDS is not caused by one's homosexual identity but improper sexual behavior," [lesbian activist] Xian told the Global Times.

The United States, as we know, still bans men who have sex with men from giving blood.


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