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Brothers In Blood Drive with Outlook Media
Columbus, OH 43201
Be a part of Brothers in Blood!
Join Outlook Media for a special blood drive with the LGBT community and their friends and family to help save lives together! This event, presented by Outlook Media, allows those affected by the MSM policy to be part of the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross by recruiting eligible family and friends to donate blood on their behalf. By doing so, we all partner to help save lives and show we are brothers in blood.
BROTHERS IN BLOOD DRIVE:
Gateway Film Center
1550 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Great food, gifts, and prizes for attendees!
Two ways to register:
1) Non-Donor = If you are not eligible to give blood but would like to attend the event you can bring someone with you to donate blood on your behalf. Also sign a form at the event saying you would have donated if you were eligible.
2) Donor = If you are eligible and plan to donate blood at this event, you can schedule your donation appointment by clicking the blue "donation appointment" button above and search by sponsor code "Outlook." Or you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
You can help by joining Brothers in Blood at this special blood drive to help local patients. If you have questions about this event, contact us at CentralOhioComm@redcross.org. You can also follow the Brothers in Blood Facebook page here: CLICK HERE.
About the Red Cross and Diversity
- The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 on the seven fundamental principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality. Through these principles, the Red Cross is committed to helping anyone in need regardless of politics, religion, ethnicity, beliefs, background, lifestyle, etc. All are welcome and needed in helping fulfill the mission of the Red Cross.
- The Red Cross is committed to diversity and inclusion of all people in our lifesaving mission and does not exclude or discriminate against anyone. At the same time, because the Red Cross is an internationally neutral organization, it does not lobby or advocate for or against any particular belief or ideology or political view.
About the Red Cross and the MSM policy
- The FDA currently has a lifetime deferral from giving blood on men who have had sex with other men since 1977. The Red Cross, along with the American Association of Blood Banks and America’s Blood Centers, have reviewed the medical evidence and all agree that this lifetime deferral is not medically or scientifically warranted.
- The Red Cross and the other blood banks mentioned above have petitioned the FDA to change the current MSM lifetime deferral to be fair and consistent with other lifestyle donor deferrals.
- The Red Cross wishes everyone who was willing and healthy would be able to donate blood. Unfortunately, FDA guidelines make a majority of the US population ineligible to donate blood.
- The FDA continually reviews current deferral policies and makes changes based on new medical evidence. The Red Cross is hopeful that in time, more people will become eligible as deferral policies change. Recent changes to allow more people to donate include a change to the tattoo policy, and certain forms of cancers.
About the Brothers in Blood Drive
- At all blood drives, including the Brothers in Blood Drive, the Red Cross will follow all FDA guidelines. Those affected by the MSM policy are invited to come to the event and bring eligible family and friends to donate on their behalf.
- Those ineligible due to the MSM policy can sign a form saying they would have donated if they were eligible.
- This event is a positive way for those who are currently ineligible to still participate in helping patients in need by recruiting other donors on their behalf.
- The Central Ohio Red Cross is excited and pleased to partner with the LGBT community on this event which will ultimately help patients.