Blood Donation Ban Is Only The First Barrier To Medical Equality For Gay Men

Blood Donation Ban Is Only The First Barrier To Medical Equality For Gay Men

Some gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood will be able to once the Food and Drug Administration's new recommendations take effect. The revised policy will overturn the current lifelong ban on blood from men who have sex with other men and permit donations from men who have abstained from sexual contact with another man for at least 12 months.

Detractors argue that even this 12-month period is not medically sensible and potentially harmful to the large number of people who need blood donations. But the anticipated change in policy also highlights inequities in other areas of medical donation -- namely, tissue and organ donation. Read more »

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Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

It’s painful to feel like an outsider -- especially during Christmas.

However, it’s a feeling that LGBT members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may experience during the holidays. While the church insists that gay and lesbian Mormons should be treated with kindness, it sees acting out on same-sex attractions as a sin. As a result, LGBT Mormons who have grown up celebrating Christmas with their church communities may be hesitant to come back.

But there’s a growing number of people within the Mormon church who aren’t afraid to show their support for their LGBT brothers and sisters. Read more »

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Justice Department Will Now Support Transgender Discrimination Claims In Litigation

Justice Department Will Now Support Transgender Discrimination Claims In Litigation

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department’s position going forward in litigation will be that discrimination against transgender people is covered under the sex discrimination prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The decision is a reversal of the department’s prior position on the matter. Read more »

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Studies Show Voters Can Be Swayed on Gay Marriage, Abortion

Studies Show Voters Can Be Swayed on Gay Marriage, Abortion

Holidays bring family gatherings, snug pants and arguments. If you live in a family with divided political views (and who doesn’t?), you probably know the kind: Sides are taken in an ever-extending battle encompassing logic, data, news coverage, experiences and values – the latter most of all.

Values – cemented from years of life experiences and often intertwined with religion – are nearly impossible to change. And they motivate stances on hot-button issues, particularly same-sex marriage and abortion access. Read more »

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Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South

Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South

Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday.

The amount of Cook’s contribution to the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign wasn’t disclosed, but the advocacy organization called it “substantial.” Organizers said it would help fund a three-year, $8.5 million campaign launched in April in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Read more »

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Lesbians earn more than straight women - but gay men are penalised

Lesbians earn more than straight women - but gay men are penalised

Lesbians earn significantly more than their heterosexual colleagues while gay men earn less, according to a World Bank study exposing unexpected links between sexuality and salary.

In Britain, lesbians are paid an average of eight per cent more than straight women, with the trend even more extreme in other western countries. In the US, the difference is 20 per cent.

Conversely gay men face a pay penalty, earning five per cent less than heterosexual men in the UK - rising to nine per cent in Germany and 12 per cent in Canada.

Dr Nick Drydakis, senior lecturer in economics at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK who authored the World Bank report, said pay differentials were explained by the career and lifestyle choices that gay women were more likely make. Read more »

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