FDA Will Now Allow Blood Donations From Gay, Bisexual Men and Transgender Women

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Thursday that it will be ending a longstanding blood donation policy that discriminates against gay and bisexual men, as well as some transgender women. Restrictions on those groups have been in place for decades. In 1985, the FDA mandated an “indefinite deferral” of gay and bisexual men giving blood, citing the higher prevalence of HIV… Source Source / Read More: FDA Will Now Allow Blood Donations From Gay, Bisexual Men and Transgender Women

Queer and Trans Elders in Search of Safe Housing Face Barriers, Discrimination

As the baby boom generation enters its golden years and average lifespans increase, the U.S. is becoming home to more older adults. In 2019, there were over 74.6 million Americans over the age of 60, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS). The agency projects that there will be 80.8 million seniors in the U.S. by 2040, a demographic trend that has… Source Source / Read More: Queer and Trans Elders in Search of Safe Housing Face Barriers, Discrimination

Oklahoma Custody Battle Could Set Dangerous Precedent for LGBTQ Parental Rights

This story was originally published by The 19th. For the first two years of her son’s life, Kris Williams read him the book “Love You Forever” before bedtime most nights. She took him to the park every Saturday. In the middle of the pandemic, Williams cut out the cardboard babies on the front of diaper boxes and set them around the house — imaginary friends for W. when he couldn’t safely socialize. (The 19th has used only his first initial to protect his privacy.) Two years after their son’s birth, Williams and her wife, Rebekah Wilson, had started to split.…

Distraught over orders to investigate trans kids’ families, Texas child welfare workers are resigning

Morgan Davis, a transgender man, joined Texas’ child welfare agency as an investigator to be the advocate he never had growing up. Less than a year later, one of the first cases under Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to investigate parents of transgender children landed on his desk. His supervisors in the Travis County office of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offered to reassign the case, but maybe, he thought, he was the right person for the job. “If somebody was going to do it, I’m glad it was me,” Davis said. He hoped it would be reassuring to the family…

Anti-Trans Gov: “I Don’t Know” Why LGBTQ+ People Are Anxious, Depressed

Two weeks after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a law banning transgender students from joining sports teams that match their gender identity, the Republican came under fire Thursday for her apparent ignorance of difficulties faced by many LGBTQ+ people. During a press briefing, reporter Kyle Ireland asked Noem: “There’s a statistic circling around right now that 90% of South Dakota’s LGBTQ community is diagnosed with either anxiety or depression. Why do you think that is?” The governor responded: “I don’t know. That makes me sad and we should figure it out.” The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) shared…