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Video: New push to overturn old gay blood donor ban

On July 12th, Sam Gavzy helped organize a NY gay blood drive.

Men were tested for HIV, he said, then went to their local blood banks and were turned away.

“I think this is an important time to put pressure on the FDA,” said Gavzy.

The Director of NY Blood Center Special Donor Services, Debra Kessler, said they regularly turn away men who’ve had sex with men. The center supports a review of this policy.

“Sometimes we get pushback from college campuses where they don’t feel we should be collecting blood on college campuses,” said Kessler.

PIX11
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August 22, 2013
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Russia defends anti-gay law in letter to IOC

The Russian government assured the IOC on Thursday it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, while defending the law against gay "propaganda" that has provoked an international backlash.

US News & World Report
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August 22, 2013
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Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate Javier Gonzales: “accepting that you are gay is complicated”

Former state Democratic Party chair and prospective Santa Fe mayoral candidate Javier Gonzales posted in a blog today that he is gay.

Gonzales came out on the website Familia es Familia, which works to “build support among Latino communities for acceptance of gay and lesbian family members,” according to the site. The headline over the post is, “My Renewed Faith in Santa Fe.”

The New Mexican
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August 21, 2013

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