Let's see. We're already shooting ourselves in the foot by hounding gays out of the military when we are short of recruits. We already are shooting ourselves in the foot by dismissing many Arabic linguists whom we are desperately short of, because they are gay. And we are shooting ourselves in the foot by the FDA excluding healthy gays from donating critically needed blood to alleviate blood shortages, giving them lifelong bans simply for being gay. Hmm. What price homophobia? Not just for the gays affected, but for the whole society? http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/256342/fda_insists_no_donations_of_gay_blood.html "FDA Insists: No Donations of Gay Blood; It's Too Icky Look Out Lesbians- You're Next! Homophobic members of the Food and Drug Administration have discovered a way to live forever; therefore they can stand behind their ignorant decision to disallow men with alternative lifestyles from donating blood. The decision was first made in 1983 as a means to prevent the spread of HIV through transfusions. A noble suggestion during a time when HIV / AIDS was an almost exclusive disease for gay, white males only. On Wednesday the FDA reminded the public of their policy, via their website, despite being criticized by the Red Cross in 2006 who called it "medically and scientifically unwarranted." "I am disappointed, I must confess," said Dr. Celso Bianco, executive vice president of America's Blood Centers, whose members provide nearly half the nation's blood supply. Since 1977, any male with the courage to donate blood has been asked a few pre-poke questions just as a formality. Among the questions- "Have you had sex, even once, with another man?" Answer "yes" and you'll be permanently banned from ever being a secret samaritan."