Congressional Democrats Seek HHS Update on Gay Blood Ban

86 members of Congress have sent a second letter to the fed urging it to speed up its re-evaluation of the lifetime blood ban on blood donated by men who have sex with men.

Prompting this new letter was the recent rejection of donated eyes after the death of a gay 16-year-old who committed suicide. They were rejected because his mother could not confirm her son had not been sexually active.

So far, only one Republican has signed on.

Sabe quando aquela pessoa que você tanto ama te ignora e faz questão de demonstrar que qualquer coisa é melhor do que estar com você? Então. É doloroso, é destruidor. Isso machuca, dói a alma, por que você sempre fez tudo que pode, você sempre se deu ao máximo e olha só o que recebe, desprezo. Mas é uma pena, é lamentável que as pessoas sejam assim tão injustas. Elas correm atrás de quem não dão a mínima pra elas e que só as procura quando precisam de algo e se esquecem de quem tanto deu carinho e atenção o tempo inteiro. Porém, eu estou aprendendo. Estou me adaptando as poucos, eu vou mudar. Vou dar tudo de igual pra igual.
—  Você não merece um terço do que sinto por ti.

I’m almost 100% sure I shared this already a while before, but I’m going to re-share it, considering I have more followers and blog viewers now, to show what type of things the media tries to pull against any opposition.

Don’t underestimate the power of the media.

It’ll be like slavery.” Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history. So here’s an example:

One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years. Thistlewood was the son of a tenant farmer who arrived on the island of Jamaica in April 1750, and assumed the position of overseer at a major plantation. What is most shocking about Thistlewood’s diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but is the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime.

In 1756, he records that “A slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.” This became known as Darby’s dose, a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owners savagery and inhumanity.

And he mentions a similar incident again in 1756, this time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch. “Flogged Punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper; made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth.” I could go on, but you get the point.

When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.

Martin Bashir did not actually say someone should deficate in Sarah Palin’s mouth, yet he was fired -I mean, “resigned” for his insightful commentary. It should be noted that Bashir’s comments were in response to Sarah Palin’s outlandishly ignorant comparison of slavery to the national debt

When a reporter asked if she wanted to dial it back, since millions had died, been tortured and raped in slavery, “Nope,” she replied, saying she is not one to be “politically  correct”  

It should also be noted that when Mark Halperin called the President of The United States “a dick" on national television, a simple apology and a few days suspension was enough for MSNBC. It seems that having a White man directly and unambiguously insult Barack Obama is somehow a whole lot less offensive than a non-White man even hinting at what a racist ignoramus Palin is. If you look closely, you can see what White privilege and White Supremacy look like

National Gay Blood Drive

Post submitted by Ryan James Yezak, founder of National Gay Blood Drive 

Despite a constant need for blood, and the essential role donors play  in replenishing the supply, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

My personal journey with this ban began three years ago. There had been a natural disaster in the Midwest and my boss at the time asked me if I wanted to go donate blood with her. Without hesitation, I said yes.

I got up to grab my stuff when all of a sudden I had this vague memory of donating blood in high school – there had been this one particular question that more or less asked if I was gay.  A quick Google search confirmed my memory. A gay blood ban, also known as the MSM deferral, bans any man who has had sex with another man since 1977, from giving blood— for life.

I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t feel real. I had to tell my boss that while I was healthy as could be, I could not donate due to the fact that I was gay. I had to explain the situation to everyone in my department. For the first time in my life, I felt like I was being treated differently solely on the basis of my sexual orientation - it felt alienating, it felt wrong, but above all - it felt unnecessary. I was not okay with it and so I set off to make a documentary about it.

I spent the next two years trying to figure out why this ban was still in place.  I could not find a sound answer.  The FDA refused my request for an interview. I called, I emailed, and as a last, unsuccessful, attempt I even went to Washington, D.C. to try to talk to them in person - but was turned away by their security.

I was ready to accept defeat and throw in the towel. Then I thought to myself: if they won’t let us be a part of this life-saving process, then we’ll organize a blood drive of our own. It was at that moment that the National Gay Blood Drive was born.

Last year, we organized the blood drive for the very first time and had hundreds of people participate throughout the country. Gay and bisexual men got tested to show their eligibility to donate and were then permanently deferred. We wanted to show the FDA that our community has something to contribute to the nation’s blood supply, so, afterwards, I delivered all of the negative test results to the FDA. I ended up receiving a generic response from Health and Human Services linking me to the MSM section of the FDA’s website - the same information I had been sent many times before.

What surprised me most about last year’s drive was the nearly equivalent amount of support and participation from our allies - people I didn’t even think this ban impacted. But the truth is that this ban affects everyone. 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.  Someone needs a blood donation every two seconds in the U.S., and you never know when that someone is going to be you. People who need blood don’t care whether it’s straight blood or gay blood - blood is blood. They want safe blood and that is something that our community has to offer them.

I have organized the National Gay Blood Drive again this year, this time in a way that more people can get involved with, including eligible ally donors. On July 11, gay and bisexual men will come out in 61 cities around the country to show their willingness to contribute to the nation’s blood supply by bringing eligible allies to donate in their place. We will be raising awareness, we will be helping save lives, and we hope to see you there.

In addition to the drive, we have launched a White House petition calling on the FDA to end its ban against gay and bisexual male blood donors. If we can get 100,000 signatures by July 30, President Obama’s administration will issue a response to the ban. This has yet to happen, and signing the petition is another action that you can take at this time. 

Young Black Gays in Atlanta Getting HIV at Breakneck Pace

A staggering 12% of young gay black men in Atlanta are contracting HIV each year, an incidence rate exceeding that of almost all other previously recorded figures in the world’s wealthier nations. At this rate, a sexually active black man who becomes sexually active at age 18 has a 60% chance of becoming HIV positive by the time he hits 30.