The Gay Alliance is in the news again- this time discussing the revised regulations regarding donating blood to the Red Cross. The FDA is remvoing its lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men’s ability to donate blood, but still requires them to be abstinent for a full year before being allowed to donate. Several media outlets spoke with our Executive Director, Scott Fearing, to get the Gay Alliance’s perspective: “So we’re telling married couples that they must remain celibate for an entire year before they give blood,” Fearing said. “If we’re going to say that, then we should say that to all married couples, then.” He also commented: “It’s a pretty feeble half-step into bringing policies in line with current scientific understanding,” and calls the new guidelines ‘insufficient and discriminatory.’

Read more by clicking the links below:

“Head of Gay Alliance Says New US Policy on Blood Donations Still Discriminates”  -WXXI News

“FDA Lifts Lifetime Ban for Gay, Bisexual Men”–  Time Warner Cable News

“Not all impressed with blood donor policy shift”  – Democrat and Chronicle