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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    Wasn't it Truman Capote who said we all have a little gay inside of us?
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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    Wasn't it Truman Capote who said we all have a little gay inside of us?
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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    Are you offended (like that one gay dean of that one particular university) when the blood bank arrives and disqualifies you from giving blood simply because you are gay? I personally think such prohibitions are necessary, but I would like to debate the topic with gay partisans. What are your thoughts?
    I'm not offended by the policy. There is rational behind it. It takes up to 6 months for HIV antibodies to show up on a test and so it only makes sense to exclude men who have sex with men from donating. The chance of coming in contact with an infected source is high.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    It takes up to 6 months for HIV antibodies to show up on a test and so it only makes sense to exclude men who have sex with men from donating. The chance of coming in contact with an infected source is high.
    That's true but a PCR test can detect viral RNA far sooner and that tends to be what they use on blood supplies in storage.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    That's true but a PCR test can detect viral RNA far sooner and that tends to be what they use on blood supplies in storage.
    I did not know that.

    It doesn't change my view though. The US blood supply does not suffer by excluding 5-8% of the population who carry up to half the HIV in the country.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    I did not know that.

    It doesn't change my view though. The US blood supply does not suffer by excluding 5-8% of the population who carry up to half the HIV in the country.
    Yes it does suffer. The standard set by the Red Cross is that all hospitals should have a three day supply based on maximum patient capacity. Most hospitals struggle to meet this standard and that affects emergency preparedness across the board. The situation for plasma is worse.

    We are constantly being told that there are growing blood shortages yet a perfectly viable segment of the population is being precluded for non-scientific reasons. A promiscuous heterosexual man is much higher risk than a monogamous gay man, yet the former is given a pass while the latter is automatically "deferred". People who have done IV drugs at all in their life get banned indefinitely, but people who knowingly were sexually involved with IV drug users only get deferred for 12 months based on the end date of their relationship.

    The blood bank policies make zero sense. I will say it again, the SMS blood ban is not based on scientific grounds.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    He didn't ask if it made sense, he asked if I was offended by it. I understand their rational. They want to reduce risk by isolating the segment of the population most likely to carry the virus. There are arguably better ways, but I can't say I blame them for the course of action they have chosen.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    I think gay couples are more likely to have a home atmosphere that is more open and accepting if their child comes up to them and admits to feelings of attraction for the same gender. I dont think gay couples are more likely to have gay children, I think children of gay parents have more room to take an honest look at their own sexuality.

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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    I know this is off subject but I'd like to point out the trend on this forum has been increasingly more gay friendly over the years. I also see this trend reflected in the world outside as well. This debate, while not ending soon, appears to be one of attrition. The younger generation is not tolerant of homosexuality. Instead they accept it as a fact of life that doesn't need to be tolerated. In the same manner that you accept someone is male or female , or you accept someone is of whatever national decent.


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    Re: Are gay parents more likely to raise gay children?

    Just some general points.

    All children are gay-ish at one point. It's the latency period where strong bonds are formed with your own gender and the other gender has 'cooties'. It's an important and necessary stage of human development. The sex drive hasn't yet formed pre-puberty, so that's why latency is gay-ish.

    Homosexuality is not and never has been contagious, so children cannot be infected with it nor is there any need to be immunized against it.

    My blood can kill you more efficiently than a transfusion from a gay man, due to the toxic mix of chemicals shot into me every week and that I take in pill form that are keeping me alive. So I think the ban against gay men donating is of no use whatsoever. The ban against those using biologic drugs is crucial, obviously.

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