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Nontheist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people & friends.

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Comment by Sentient Biped on September 16, 2011 at 10:20pm
Damn, Richard!  Watch what you post - a Texan might see that.  Poor cowboy might lose his lunch!  Well, all in the name of health, so no harm done. :-)
Comment by Richard Healy on September 16, 2011 at 8:07pm
Wait for it....


Comment by Sentient Biped on September 16, 2011 at 7:10pm

A little bit Cindi Lauper, a little bit Madonna, a little bit Janice Joplin even....
Comment by Richard Healy on September 12, 2011 at 2:02am
No giving my blood for me for another whole year.  Damn my proclivities.  :-)
Comment by A Former Member on September 8, 2011 at 9:12am
It is pure discrimination / stigmatization. Donated blood is tested for HIV anyhow before it goes into the system. To suggest that a gay man is more likely to have HIV than anyone else is just ridiculous. It implies that gay men can't control their sexuality or take steps to protect their health, and that straight people always do.
Comment by Marx on September 8, 2011 at 9:04am
Yes, all blood is tested and yes, heteros are as likely to transmit HIV through a blood donation as anyone else, if they are infected. There is no rational or scientific rationale for the ban.  It is blatant discrimination based on fear.  It makes my blood boil - so to speak.
Comment by Richard Healy on September 8, 2011 at 6:29am
Before I came out, a local meetup group organised a blood drive/pizza event.

I'd have loved to go do something positive and social like that but didn't go in the end since I didn't need the hassle or the confrontation with my still closeted sexuality -  'why aren't you donating Richard?'

It's probably the first time in memory I can recall feeling directly discriminated against for my sexuality.  You can't give blood becuase you had sex with a man once (or indeed several times).

It was a very nasty feeling to know my blood was unwanted in-spite of not bearing any disease at all.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on September 8, 2011 at 6:28am
That's too bad.  I'm sure the person whose life your blood saved would not give a dam*.  I can't believe they turn away perfectly good blood donors for such a stupid reason.  Don't they screen all the blood anyway?  Being hetro doesn't make a person aids proof.
Comment by Marx on September 8, 2011 at 6:18am
Unfortunately, it will probably take a lot longer to get this policy changed in the USA. I was a regular blood donor for many years before the ban was put in place. I am a universal donor (O+), so my blood would be in great demand if the policy were based on science instead of prejudice and fear. Since I have been tested repeatedly throughout my life for HIV and I know I am no longer at risk, I have thought about donating in spite of the ban, but they have now made it a felony to falsify information on the donor questionnaire. As much as I would love to donate again, and as strongly as I feel about this issue, I am not willing to risk going to prison.
Comment by Richard Healy on September 8, 2011 at 1:12am
A good news story:

Gay blood ban likely to be lifted (UK)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14824310
 

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