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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 »

Jillian Michaels Wishes She’d Been Born Straight

“I’ve been approached about having mutual approval over everything to do a reality show. It’s interesting because we can talk about parenting, relationships, health—all the things that are important to me. But then I think, What if I open up and people attack us just because we’re a gay family? It scares the hell out of me….I don’t know that I am [comfortable talking openly about being gay] now, to be honest with you. The gay thing has always been hard for me. When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, ‘Are you sisters?’ I say, ‘We’re friends.’ I guess it comes from thinking that they will be shocked or disturbed. Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that, but I’m just not.”

Fitness guru Jillian Michaels came out as bisexual in 2011 and struggles with discrimination just like anyone else. She told Health magazine about the fears that she and her partner Heidi Rhoades face simply for being who they are and their desire to fit in. The couple has two kids together. It’ll be a happy day when her family is considered just as “normal” as any other — or better yet, when society’s obsession with normalcy fades away altogether. Keep reading »

Lesbian Couple Asked To Leave A Store For Kissing On National Coming Out Day

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On Saturday (which was National Coming Out Day, making this story even more bleak), a lesbian couple was kicked out of a UK grocery store for sharing a “light kiss.” Ugh. Annabelle Paige, a Sussex University student, stopped by a Sainsbury’s store in Brighton with her girlfriend. A security guard approached the pair and told them they’d have to either stop showing affection or “take it outside” (though the store is still attempting to deny that the couple was actually asked to leave). Paige initially thought the woman was joking, because she’d never experienced such a thing and saw plenty of straight couples in the store being equally as affectionate. The security guard apologetically told Paige that she had received a complaint from a customer who saw Paige give her girlfriend the kiss. The customer said that she was worried for the safety of her child because the couple’s actions were “disgusting.” Keep reading »

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 »

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 »

Pennsylvania Police Accused Of Discriminating Against Women In Physical Fitness Test

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  • The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by the Justice Department over the allegation that its physical fitness test discriminates against women. . [ [Huffington Post; CBS Local]
  • One Chinese city is paying families about $161 to give their daughters the mother’s last name in order to encourage the idea that girls can carry on a family bloodline. [Market Watch]
  • Emma Watson posted a picture of herself laughing in response to a Turkish politician’s comment that women who laugh in public are not chaste. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
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