SHOWING OUR PRIDE
In my personal life, I serve as the vice-president for the board of DeLaCerda House, whose mission is to provide housing, advocacy services and progressive case management for persons with HIV/AIDS. I volunteer at as many Pride events as I can. In 2019, I drove my friend’s beautiful 1966 Chrysler 300 convertible in the Pride Parade (pictured) in Davenport, Iowa. I am proud to hold a position professionally with national recognition that allows me to advocate for this important change.
Kirby (left) and I had a great time volunteering and participating in the first ever Pride 5K for The Project of the Quad Cities. I was contacted early on to help consult on their inaugural race and then recruited Kirby to advise on their race route logistics. Day of, we helped with course set up and tear down. It was an awesome event, and we are looking forward to next year’s Pride 5K! - Emily
I am a strong ally for the LGBTQ community. This is at the first ever Paxton Pride parade before the pandemic. Teri (center) pictured with friends Michelle (left) and Nancy (right).
My family at St. Charles Pride June 2022. - Lindsay (right)
Donor Eligibility Criteria
Blood providers are often asked about the donor eligibility criteria for men who have had sexual contact with other men. While all donor eligibility criteria are set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), blood centers have opportunity to provide input that may help shape future changes to U.S. FDA policy. We have joined other blood centers across the country to actively work with U.S. FDA to update the existing deferral for men who have had sexual contact with other men during the 90 days prior to their desired date of donation. For a comprehensive overview, see ImpactLife Responds to Calls for Change to Donor Eligibility Criteria. To review frequently asked eligibility questions, click here
January 27, 2023: The Food and Drug Administration is expected to release draft guidance to change the blood donation deferral of males who have sex with another male. ImpactLife, along with America’s Blood Centers, the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies, and blood centers across the country are united in support of evidence-based change to an individual sexual-behavior-based screening process for all donors intended to expand blood availability while maintaining blood safety.
Once blood centers have been issued the FDA draft guidance, a finalized version will be available after a period of review. At that time, blood centers will have 6–12 months to implement the changes involving modification to donor management software, donor screening and questionnaire protocols that will allow for new donor eligibility. ImpactLife will update communications as information becomes available.
FDA News Release on New Draft Guidance (Jan. 27, 2023)
America's Blood Centers news release (Jan. 27, 2023)
Government of Canada United Kingdom Department of Health and Social Care Examining FDA’s policies on blood donations from gay and bisexual men
See ImpactLife Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Initiative
frequently asked eligibility questions
Scroll down to review frequently asked eligibility questions from the LGBQTIA+ community. See additional donor criteria here.