Blood donations needed, but many gay, bi, trans people banned from giving
The FDA bans many LGBT persons from donating blood at a time it is urgently needed.
In 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration lifted its three-decade lifetime ban on all men who have ever had sex with men, as well as transgender women, from donating blood.
The ban, however, wasn’t completely lifted: instead of the lifetime ban, it now stands for men who have had sex with another man in the previous year. This classification is also applied to transgender women, which has been a distinct fight all its own.
Women who have sex with a man who has had sex with another man in the last year are also banned from donating…
Even the nation’s biggest blood banks, the American Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers, have called the bans “medically and scientifically unwarranted.”