Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Rhode Island Blood Center’s workforce and donor base includes diverse individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientation. We value diversity in our community, donors, and team members, and we work to treat all with fairness, equality and respect.
LGBTQ+ Blood Donor Eligibility Guidelines
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not allow men who have had sex with men (MSM) in the last three months to give blood. This change occurred in April of 2020 and was a positive step that reduced deferral periods, however there is more research to be done.
The FDA is currently doing studies to determine if gender neutral and other measures of risk would be achievable in revising the donor questionnaire. We stand in full support of this study and encourage the FDA to act quickly.
We believe in making blood donation more accessible to the LGBTQ+ community and are taking steps to advocate for change through ongoing research at the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and Project ACHIEVE.