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LGBTQ+ Donor Information

FDA regulations related to LGBTQ+ blood donors.

Donating Blood Information

LGBTQ+ Blood Donor Eligibility Guidelines


Versiti is committed to fostering an environment of support and inclusion and acting as an agent of change.

We believe in making blood donation more accessible to the LGBTQ+ community and are taking steps to advocate for change at the federal level through ongoing research at Versiti Blood Research Institute. We also stand in full support of efforts by our peers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make blood donation more inclusive.

Our top priority is the safety of our donors and the patients we serve. In 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA made changes to some of its donor eligibility requirements for the LGBTQ+ community. We are required by law to adhere to these guidelines.

FDA Guidelines: LGBTQ+ Blood Donor Eligibility

  • Gay and bisexual men who have sex with men

    In 2020, the FDA revised its criteria for men who have sex with other men (MSM). It states that these donors are deferred from donating blood for three months from the time of their most recent sexual contact with another man.

  • Lesbians and bisexual women who have sex with women

    There is no deferral for women who have sex with other women. However, women who have recently had sex with a gay or bisexual man may be deferred. Visit our Blood Donation FAQ page to learn more.

  • Asexual donors

    Individuals who do not have sex with other people may be eligible to donate. Visit our Blood Donation FAQ page to learn more.

  • Transgender donors

    The FDA guidance states, “In the context of the donor history questionnaire, FDA recommends that male or female gender be taken to be self-identified and self-reported.” This means that you can answer “male” or “female” on the donor questionnaire as you self-identify. Your eligibility is based on the donor criteria of your reported gender.

    Our staff members are required to confirm your demographic information, including gender, but if our records have the incorrect gender, you may ask for it to be changed. You do not need to tell Versiti staff that you are transgender.

    The deferral for men who have sex with men still applies to trans men and men who have trans men partners.

  • Intersex donors

    The FDA requires donors to select either male or female when completing their donor questionnaire. You do not need to tell Versiti staff that you are intersex.

  • Gender nonconforming/genderqueer/gender fluid/agender/non-binary donors

    We welcome all prospective blood donors and understand that there’s a difference between biological sex and gender. However, the FDA requires donors to select either “male” or “female” when completing their donor questionnaire.

Eligibility FAQs

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