LGBTQ+ folk can now give blood

I found this article today and it really made my day.

Dr. Robbie Goldstein donated blood two weeks ago for the first time in his life.

On Thursday, Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld did the same.

Both have devoted their lives to medicine and public service. But until recently Goldstein, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association, were barred from perhaps the simplest way they could help.

They couldn’t donate their own blood.

Both men are gay, and gay men in America have been banned from blood donations since the mid-1980s.

Back then, it made some scientific sense to keep gay men from donating. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, had entered the blood supply and was passing to people who received transfusions. There was no way back then to rapidly screen donated blood to ensure the virus wasn’t present. The fear of HIV, then a certain death sentence, also affected public policy.

By 2005, the science had been transformed. Testing could rapidly identify HIV in blood with more than 99% certainty. The disease was readily preventable and treatable.

Yet the policy remained unchanged for nearly two decades.

“It’s hurtful when you should be able to do something so selfless and so important and you can’t because of a bad policy decision that is based in old evidence, stigma and discrimination,” Ehrenfeld said.

Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY

Personally, I’ve only given blood twice in my life. First, it was primarily because of the old policy itself, but over the last decade it’s been because I refused to try in protest. Better late than never, I guess.

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SiriusXM: Always Proud

In honor of the strides and sacrifices made by members of the LGBTQIA+ community, SiriusXM is celebrating Pride Month throughout June with special programming. You’ll hear celebrity music takeovers, pop-up channels, exclusive Town Hall interviews, and much more.

Feel the energy this Pride Month on Andy Cohen’s Kiki Lounge, where Andy invites you to discover songs you may not know from his favorite artists. Hear a personally crafted mix of music from Andy that he loves to chill with – and party to. The channel will be featured June 1-8 on channel 105 (but always available on channel 312!).

Senator Raphael Warnock on Kentanji Brown Jackson confirmation

Today is a bright spot in a week and month of darkness in Ukraine and more mass shootings in Sacramento. Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to sit on the highest court of the land. After 108 straight white male judges have been confirmed and served on the U.S. Supreme Court, we now have the first African American woman in history to do so!

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., spoke in support of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during her Senate confirmation vote on April 7. He said he was “beyond thrilled” to vote for her confirmation.

“I know what it has taken for Judge Jackson to get to this moment, and nobody’s going to steal my joy. Yes I’m a senator, I’m a pastor. But beyond all of that, I’m the father of a young Black girl. I know how much it means for Judge Jackson to have navigated the double jeopardy of racism and sexism to now stand in the glory of this moment, in all of her excellence,” Warnock said.

Jackson was nominated by President Joe Biden in February to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, Jackson will be the first Black woman on the high court.

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Calling all college interns

As we continue to build the site and populate the city directory with current links to gay resources and places to be this much is true: We’ll need help keeping the site current and flowing with relevant content. There will also always be back-end tasks and light programming that will need to be done. Is it just me or do all of these things sound perfect for a college student needing work experience or an internship?

In the state of California I know you need at least 6 hours of internship hours to complete any Bachelor’s degree course of study. Whether you are seeking a formal, traditional internship that earns you credit hours or just want some work experience credits for volunteering…we can help! We’re happy to sign any paperwork or forms and we’ll even given status or progress reports if that is what your program requires.

If you are interested in this opportunity then just drop us a note at lgbtq@gaylandia.com today.