For gay and bi blood donors, new rules but same ban

If a blood transfusion could save your life, would the sexual orientation or gender identity of your donor matter?

According to our government, the answer is "yes." For over 30 years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintained a lifetime ban on blood donations from all gay and bisexual men, even if they had sex with another man just once in their lifetime.

UC San Diego Health System to host LGBTQ health forum at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- UC San Diego Health System and the San Diego LGBT Community Center will present a special forum, Ensuring the Health of the LGBTQ Community, on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at The Center.

At the forum, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about UCSD Health and its commitment to the community; UCSD’s Owen Clinic which is one of the nation’s top HIV care programs; and PrEP, the once-a-day medication that is used to prevent HIV infection.

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(Editor's note: Robert Espinoza is vice president of policy at PHI, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute and a blogger for our media partner Huffpost Gay Voices.)

"LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention" is focus of California conference

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the second annual Research to Practice Conference this weekend.

This year's conference will focus on "LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention." The day-long conference, to be held Saturday, March 28 at San Francisco State University, will bring leading researchers from around the country together to share their findings.

Will boxed water get San Diegans off the bottle?

SAN DIEGO, California – A Michigan-based company is thinking outside the box when it comes to bottled water. Now San Diegans are getting a chance to try out more environmentally friendly water that comes in a box, sold at places like BevMo and Costco and coming soon to Target and Vons.

At C's Ice Cream and Deli in Scripps Ranch, the specialty is root beer, but now there's some friendly competition sharing the shelf. "Almost immediately people started gravitating toward it, and were just like what's this?" Todd Scheideman of C's Ice Cream and Deli said.

Oregon House approves bill banning "gay conversion" therapy

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon House voted Tuesday to outlaw a therapy that purports to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people, with several lawmakers arguing the practice has been discredited and can cause irreparable mental and emotional damage. The bill now goes to the Senate for debate and a vote.

Gays report sex habits in prisons in England and Wales

Rape is extremely rare in prisons in England and Wales, whereas consensual gay sex, pornography and masturbation is widespread and accepted, according to the findings of the first systematic review of sex between inmates.

The two-year commission on sex in prison, set up by the Howard League for Penal Reform, warns of an “urgent health issue” and calls for “coherent and consistently applied policies which recognise and respond to the reality of consensual and coercive sex in prison.”

High need for treatment of transgender youth, study finds

SAN DIEGO, California -- A new study has confirmed that transgender youth often have mental health problems and that their depression and anxiety improve greatly with recognition and treatment of gender dysphoria.

The results will be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

Psychology Today agrees to reject listings from "ex-gay" therapy practitioners

WASHINGTON DC -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) welcomed as a much-needed step the decision by Psychology Today to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people.

In a letter last week to the leadership of Psychology Today, HRC requested that they stop publishing such listings, and, to build on the publication’s history of LGBT inclusion and affirmation, also post an article condemning the use of harmful “conversion therapy.”