Here’s Why Gay Men Can’t Give Blood

Although this story speaks about Australia’s laws particularly, I felt the need to leave that part out of the title because it’s an issue here in the US. This is the 21st Century we live in. That we still treat people like this because of something they will probably never get is unacceptable. Now that we’ve achieved marriage equality here in the US, it’s time to focus on a new goal and I believe lgbt healthcare is it, with blood donation at the forefront.

In Australia, gay men who wish to donate blood are still forbidden from doing so despite advances in technology making it much safer.

First thing’s first: The ban isn’t simply on ‘gay’ men, it’s on any man who’s had sexual contact with another man (MSM) in the last 12 months.

That means any man, whether they’re single or in a committed relationship, must avoid all sexual contact with another man for 12 months in order to legally give blood. It also doesn’t matter whether that man always uses a condom, is regularly tested for HIV and other STIs or has a note form his doctor. The same rule applies to women who have sexual contact with MSM. (ie a woman with a bisexual partner)

There are similar rules in place around the world. In the U.S., MSM face a lifetime ban. In Canada the deferral period is five years and in New Zealand it is one year. In some countries, like South Africa and South Korea, there is no deferral period.

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Dating App Aimed at Lesbians: Her

I’ve never used a dating app and thankfully won’t have to in the future. But why should there be any apps or dating sites for meeting people? I met my girlfriend through an online game we both enjoyed playing. I think there’s a greater success rate in doing what you like and finding someone else who enjoys doing that too. If in the future my girlfriend and I part ways, I still won’t use an app or website for dating. Still, I suppose some women and me (gay OR straight) prefer this kind of thing.

Robyn Exton was at the pub with a heartbroken friend when she realised there was a serious gap in the market for dating apps aimed at queer women.

“I was using some awful lesbian dating sites,” she told BuzzFeed News.

“I was in a pub with a friend, she had broken up with her girlfriend and I was telling her what I was using – I was embarrassed that that was the best thing I could give to her.”

Irritated by sites and apps that “took a site for guys, turned it pink, and called it ‘Lez on Lez’,” Exton decided to do something – and the “Her” app was born.

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Lesbian Drama Hidden Gem at Cannes

Film which debuted just 3 days before the end of the world renowned film festival is critical hit at Cannes.

Abdellatif Kechiche’s teen-lesbian coming-of-age story “Blue Is the Warmest Color” has won the 2013 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a jury headed by Steven Spielberg announced on Sunday.

Based on the graphic novel “Le Bleu est une couleur chaude” and titled “La vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2” in French, the film debuted only three days before the end of the festival and immediately became one of the biggest critical hits of Cannes — and the only real unexpected breakthrough among the competition titles.

It also drew attention because of its graphic and extended sex scenes between its unknown lead actress, Adele Exarchopoulos, and Lea Seydoux. It is both the most sexually explicit Palme winner and the first gay-themed love story to win.

The film was acquired for U.S. distribution by Sundance Selects, which will no doubt have its hands full with the MPAA ratings board.

The Right Wing Nutjobs are going to have a FIELD DAY with this film if it’s released here in the US. Even now they are spreading rumours about children being shown homosexual porn because the Boy Scouts of America is allowing openly gay scouts within their membership. This film will play right into that, especially because of the graphic and extended sex scenes. For this reason, I hope it doesn’t ever get released here. I am sure it’s a beautiful love story, but it doesn’t deserve the abuse that would be heaped on it by the RWN.

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