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Join us for a Blood Drive!


082716_Lowes_FlyerJoin us at Lowe’s in Oviedo on Saturday, August 27th, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Get on the bus with us or just come by our tent and say hello.

Don’t wait in line! 
Make an appointment at
OneBlood.org (sponsor code 35308)

The outpouring of blood donor support after the Pulse tragedy was inspiring – let’s keep that continuity of blood supply going. Thank you for making a difference!


Humanist Response: Blood Drive

Update 6/19/16: THANK YOU to everyone who came out to show support and give blood at the CFFC & BE. #OrlandoUnited Blood Drive at Target yesterday!

We are grateful for the partnership of Target in Oviedo, the support and professionalism of the OneBlood medical staff, the efforts of 15 volunteers, the members of the community who came out to show support, and the donors who gave 27 units of blood – potentially impacting more than 80 lives!

Volunteers joined us from BE. Orlando, Central Florida Freethought Community, and the Secular Student Alliance at UCF.  Special thanks to Target management and employees for their continued support throughout the day – and their blood, too!

We had an amazing day and it was truly a heartwarming experience to be among members and friends who want to make a difference for the victims and families of last weekend’s tragedy at Pulse Orlando. Thank you, everyone!


Post: 6/16/16

The secular community stands united with Orlando and with our LGBTQ+ members and friends, the Muslim community, and others impacted by the tragedy last weekend.

Please come out to Target in Oviedo this Saturday to support our blood drive.  We need volunteers and of course, blood donors.

GET INVOLVED: Please contact us at BEOrlando@live.com to volunteer or to donate drinks and snacks to support the individuals waiting to donate.

target_rainbow_logoThank you to Target for their partnership and compassion.  Their open commitment to inclusion of, and respect for, the LGBTQ+ community continues to inspire.

pulseThank you to everyone who has donated blood and supported blood drives around the region.  Your involvement makes a difference and shows that our community is connected, strong, and can stand together when needed.


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A Humanist Response to the Orlando Tragedy

World Blood Donor Day: Blood Connects Us All

Update: Blood Connects Us All.

Update 6/18/2016

Today is World Blood Donor Day, and the theme this year is Blood Connects Us All.

On this day, we reflect on the blood supply challenges faced around the globe. Sadly, this week in Orlando we are working to uplift a community impacted by a terror attack targeting our LGBT friends and neighbors.  In response, blood donors have flooded the donation centers and bloodmobiles in an outpouring of kindness and love. The response of central Floridians to this tragedy has been inspirational.  Our community’s response of blood donorship illustrates how Blood Connects Us All.

We thank our community for their involvement and response.  We thank every blood donor, everyone who brings refreshments and other supplies to support the blood drives, and the volunteers who have been working around the clock to help our community come together.

We thank people around the world for your support and compassion on this World Blood Donor Day.

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Update: Blood Connects us all

Update 06/08/16 – #WBDD is next week!  Please join us in donating blood.  And take a moment to learn about the issues of blood donation around the world.  How do natural disasters impact blood donorship and the infrastructure of blood supply?  What blood donation and blood supply challenges are faced in third world countries?  With the privileges of convenience, safety, visibility, and even incentives, why do we have blood shortages in the United States?  Why is the World Health Organization (WHO) promoting global action to achieve 100 per cent voluntary blood donation in every country?



Source / full article: Blood connects us all.


FDA Recommendations on Gay Male Blood Donation Ban – and why you need to know.

banner - website 2Some of our members & readers may not know this: between now and July 14th, our voice can empower more individuals to donate life-saving blood – you CAN make a difference!

World Blood Donor Day was just this past weekend.  It is a global effort to raise awareness about the necessity of blood donation and the World Health Organization announced its goal of achieving 100% voluntary donors to support the global blood supply by 2020. This is a perfect time to be aware of this potential – and extremely impactful and empowering – change in FDA regulation.  A change, however, that needs to be stronger to be truly meaningful.

In 1983, the FDA enacted a life-long ban that prevented any man who had engaged in a same-sex encounter since 1977 from donating blood.  In May 2015, the FDA announced the draft of a recommendation to release of that life-long ban, with a new recommendation for a one-year abstinence. There is a 60 day public comment period; public comments are being accepted through July 14, 2015.

A one year abstinence is a step, but is still medically unwarranted discrimination.

If sexually transmitted diseases cannot be detected by testing, and a one-year period of abstinence is required to ensure that the blood supply is safe, then individuals should be abstinent for at least one year in order to be eligible to donate blood.

Heterosexuals and homosexuals potentially engage in promiscuous behavior, and as the blood of each can equally be tested, they should be treated the same.

How many adults do you know who have spent a year without physical human intimacy, including those with a monogamous life partner/spouse?  So… How many individuals who were not previously able to donate because of the life-long ban do you think will be able to donate blood if this recommendation goes through?

A one-year waiting period that discriminates against gay males is not good enough. The FDA should consider what the actual risk behavior is – e.g., number of partners over time – and without regard to sexual orientation, enact regulations that promote a safe blood supply while empowering more donors to save lives.

Read over the information in the links below, do some research of your own, and add your voice.  The deadline for responding is July 14, 2015.

A thought for personal reflection: Someone said to me today that “steps” toward equality can serve as reminders of inequality.  Do you think steps toward genuine respect for others are necessary? meaningful? Do they help inform positive change? What is the difference between making someone feel valued, and truly valuing them?


Also of note – SCOTUS decision will be “out” soon regarding gay marriage.  Join BE. Orlando and friends in celebrating the landmark decision – regardless of outcome – on June 29th.


World Blood Donors Day – June 14th


Every year on June 14th the World Health Organization sponsors a global outreach initiative to educate people everywhere about international issues related to blood donation and to recruit regular, voluntary blood donors.

Please join BE. Orlando & PintClub in supporting this effort by sharing the information about World Blood Donor Day and, if possible, by donating blood on the weekend of June 12-14.  Our neighbors in Central Florida can visit OneBlood.org to find the Big Red Bus locations and donation centers; everywhere else, do a Google search to find blood donation centers in your area or contact your local hospital for information.

Every two seconds in America, someone needs blood to survive.  A car accident victim could need 50 or even 100 units of blood – yet only 37% of the US population is eligible to donate blood, and only 10% donate regularly.  Visit PintClub.org and click on “Why Give Blood” for more reasons to save a life today.

We thank every member of BE. Orlando and our greater community who has donated blood or advocated for blood donorship.  Thank you for saving lives with us!

Picture1PintClub joined in a partnership with a fellow blood donor advocate in Kenya, John Ireri, and others to launch a new facebook forum page for blood donor advocates around the world to engage in dialogue that inspires, seeks solutions, and creates a community of international blood donor advocates. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/IBDAforum

Did you know:

  • Only 45% of the global blood supply is collected in developing countries, which are home to more than 80% of the world’s population
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than 3 million units of blood are collected each year for a population of more than 700 million people
  • Out of 80 countries that have donation rates of less than 1% of the population (fewer than 10 donations per thousand people), 79 are in developing regions.
  • The average number of blood donations per 1,000 population is 11 times higher in high-income countries than in low-income countries.


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