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FDA Considers Lifting Antiquated Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

In 1983, the FDA put a policy in place that forbids any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The policy, which still stands today, was implemented at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The LGBT community was devastated by the virus, and gay men were at a higher statistical risk of contracting it despite the fact that any person, no matter their orientation or gender, could become infected. There were no reliable methods for screening blood donations for what was then often called “gay-related immune deficiency” (ugh), so the FDA opted to prevent gay men from contributing to the national blood supply altogether. People were dying left and right with no solution in sight, and the decision seemingly came from a panicked need to take any kind of preventative action within health officials’ realm of control. Still, at the time, it was prejudiced and hit the LGBT community with yet another socially acceptable form of discrimination. Today, this policy is downright egregious. Keep reading »

Phil Robertson Of “Duck Dynasty” Says STIs Are A “Penalty” From God For Homosexuality

Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” paid a visit to Family Research Council president Tony Perkins’ radio show yesterday to promote his new book — and to let us know he believes that STIs are God’s punishment for homosexuality and promiscuity. Seriously. I guess he was worried that we’d forgotten about his previous homophobic remarks and felt the need to stir the pot a little more. Robertson believes that political correctness and ”cultural bullies” have destroyed the country. He told Perkins:

“I’ve asked a lot of people, ‘Do you think its a coincidence that all of these debilitating, and — literally that can cause death — diseases follow that kind of conduct.’ God says, one woman, one man and everybody says ‘oh that’s old hat’ … But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy — a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman — they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them. They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe. Now to me, either it’s the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct or it’s God saying that there’s a penalty for that kind of conduct.”

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New Jersey Middle School Refuses To Let Trans Girl Come Back To Classes

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  • Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, told a 13-year-old trans girl named Rachel Pepe that she is not allowed back in school unless she goes by her previous identity of “Brian.” [Asbury Park Press]
  • Here are seven Black women to follow for updates on the aftermath of Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson, Missouri. [For Harriet]
  • Girls outperformed boys on New York State’s standardized math tests this year. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »

Lesbian City Council Member Gets Harassed By Her Constituents

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  • “I’m going to keep coming up here and tell you how gays have no morality. … You’re filth. You’re dirt. Because I have the constitutional right to say it.” That’s a man speaking to Jovanka Beckles, the vice mayor of the Richmond City Council in California’s Bay Area. She’s the city’s first openly lesbian councilwoman and damn, does she put up with some shit. A fellow councilman (who also says that Beckles is not really Black) said none of the weekly harassment is meant to be homophobic, but that she “takes [the harassment] in a homophobic way.” It’s really her own fault, you see. [San Francisco Gate via Queerty]

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Nebraska Won’t Recognize Driver’s License From Lesbian With Wife’s Last Name

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  • Nebraska won’t recognize a driver’s license — or more specifically, the name on a license — because the woman it belongs to, Sue Stroesser, is married to another woman and the state does not recognize same-sex marriage. Stroesser has been with her partner for 30 years. Seriously, Nebraska, do you realize how stupid you look right now?  [Omaha.com]
  • A judge ruled yesterday that an Alabama law which would have shut down three of the state’s five abortion clinics is unconstitutional. [Reuters]
  • The San Antonio Spurs have hired former WNBA player Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Hammon will be the second woman to coach for the NBA. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Italian Mayor Wants To Ban Same-Sex Kissing In Public

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  • The mayor of Borgosesia, Italy, wants to ban gay couples from kissing in public because — pearl clutch — think of the children! He is proposing a ban that would fine couples 500 Euros for kissing in public. “I don’t like two people of the same sex making public displays of affection,” he told an Italian newspaper. “It’s a question of respect. And I’m convinced that it’s also morally harmful for children.” [Huffington Post]
  • Last week, while looking for his ex-wife, Ronald Lee Haskell killed his former sister-in-law, her husband, and four of their children. The sole survivor of this rampage was a 15-year-old girl who played dead until she could call the police. Haskell had a record for domestic violence. How is it possible he was able to own guns? [Mother Jones]
  • I’m not sure I can even bear to watch the ladies of “The View” interview Jada, the 16-year-old girl whose rape went viral on social media. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
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