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FDA Agrees to ‘Re-Examine’ Ban on Fag Blood

Under pressure from a slew of U.S. senators, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday said it would re-examine, or whatever, its policy on banning blood donations from men who diddled other men even once since 1977. Of course, the FDA also re-examined the AIDS-crazed policy in 2006 … and did nothing.

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By:           editor editor
On:           Mar 13, 2010
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  • 16 Comments
    • Kamikapse
      Kamikapse

      I hate how edgy Queery thinks it is lately to use the word “Fag” in every 2nd headline in a sad attempt at sarcasm.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James Stone
      James Stone

      I agree with the first comment. I don’t think using that word in a headline is “cute” or “funny” at all.
      If it were related to African Americans would the headline then be..”FDA Agrees to Re-examine Ban on Ni–er Blood?”

      Mar 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • guydads
      guydads

      Unfortunately it is politics and not science that is a partner to the US blood policy. Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950) was an African-American physician and medical researcher. His research was in the field of blood transfusions, blood storage, and developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II. He protested against the practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood from donors of different races since it lacked scientific foundation. In 1941, Dr Drew was chosen to lead the American Red Cross blood bank program. However, a War Department directive stated that, “It is not advisable to indiscriminately mix Caucasian and Negro blood for use in blood transfusions for the U.S. Military”. Dr Drew protested against this blood segregation, which has no basis in scientific fact, and as a result was forced to resign his position. The United States Military did not end segregation of its blood supplies until 1949. Politics and bigotry of blood still continues today.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisM
      ChrisM

      They won’t change it. They probably won’t even give it a second glance. They’re just pretending to consider it to placate everyone.

      And when they announce they’ve re-examined it and find it is reasonable, the straight senators will feel accomplished for having made the FDA ‘reconsider,’ and it will be deemed a win for our equality that we were even given the chance to be considered as worthy as heterosexuals.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • damon459
      damon459

      Fine by me I don’t want hetero blood who knows where it’s been. I guess I’ll have to make sure to plan ahead or hope simple saline will be enough to keep me going while I make more of my own queer blood. It’s funny when “grid” first appeared nobody wanted to do a damn thing to protect the blood supply now we are doing the wrong things to protect it.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      The guy in the picture next to the blood bag above doesn’t look like the typical donor. He looks more like a drug-fucked queen who just entered the clinic after an all night party dancing to Kylie or Britney.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 1:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg
      Greg

      “Fag” blood? C’mon guys, grow up.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 1:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FFP-FTW
      FFP-FTW

      @jason: Aside from that, hanging a bag of translucent red fluid from an IV pole doesn’t seem the best way to harness gravity during a blood draw. It looks more like he’s being infused a cranberry-vodka.

      Agree with the above. Queerty, grow up. “Fag blood”? Really?

      Mar 14, 2010 at 6:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason [Different person #1 using similar name]

      I think I’ll come to the defense of queerty editors here. I think the use of the word “fag” in the headline was designed to indicate the perspective of those who want our blood banned. The word is used to demonstrate the sentiments of homophobes who think our blood is “diseased”.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 7:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gomez
      gomez

      there’s a way to indicate sarcasm about homophobia but this constant gimmicky use of the word “fag” is not it. it’s cheap, offensive and gives permission for others to use it against us.

      knock it off.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 10:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gomez
      gomez

      and what’s up with the picture? sometimes this site is so fuckin juvie. it’s embarrassing

      Mar 14, 2010 at 10:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sumbody
      sumbody

      There are certain aspects of Queerty I like, or else I’d be somewhere else. The layout is clean, it’s easy to navigate, and they give the Comments section lotsa play.

      HOWEVER.

      The headline writing is nothing short of abysmal, and as many writers above have pointed out, it is done intentionally.

      Fag blood? Hmm.

      Fag blood.

      How impaired was this writer at the time?

      Mar 14, 2010 at 11:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PopSnap
      PopSnap

      Picture this.

      The Internet was around in the year 1955; as well as the blogosphere. One of those blogs was called “Blackty”, and it was focused on African American issues. How would you feel if you saw this headline:

      “Restaurant to Re-Examine Ban on N*ggers”

      Would you cringe?

      Because I just did at “FDA Agrees to Re-Examine Ban on F*g Blood”.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt
      Hyhybt

      @damon459: “Grid?” What’s that?

      Mar 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan
      Jonathan

      GRID: Gay-related immune deficiency (an early suggested name for AIDS):

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay-related_immune_deficiency

      Mar 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt
      Hyhybt

      Ah. I’d probably have remembered, had it been capitalized.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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