January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month! In response to longstanding advocacy from the LGBTQIA+ community, the FDA and American Red Cross removed restrictions based on LGBTQIA+ identity! The more inclusive process started in August, 2023, and removed screening questions that asked about an individual's gender identity or sexual orientation. The Red Cross has an FAQ page that provides much more details on the change:
If you've never been a blood donor before, but would consider performing this amazing service to help people who desperately need it, please consider donating!
York Resources for donating blood: