Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gay, Bisexual Men May Be Able to Start Donating Blood; ACLU Still Isn't Happy

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM

For the past 31 years, gay and bisexual men have been banned from donating blood.

Today, the Food and Drug Administration said they wouldn't oppose replacing the rule with a new policy that would make it OK for gay and bisexual men to donate IF they haven't had sex in the past year. Hmmm...What if you're in a long-term relationship? It's still assumed you may have a disease?

It sounds pretty discriminatory to me. Continuing to dwell into people's sexual orientation and all.

  • Centers for Disease Control
The American Civil Liberties Union wasn't happy about the celibacy request, either.

An ACLU press release said:

"The FDA’s proposal must be seen as part of an ongoing process and not an end point," said Ian Thompson, a legislative representative in the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. "The reality for most gay and bisexual men – including those in committed, monogamous relationships – is that this proposal will continue to function as a de facto lifetime ban. Criteria for determining blood donor eligibility should be based on science, not outdated, discriminatory stereotypes and assumptions."

LGBT advocacy groups have called the one-year no sex rule a "de facto lifetime ban."

The ban became official in 1983 - when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was in full swing.  

The FDA is going to submit the changes next year, and people will get to comment on the proposal before it's set in stone.

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