Joel Burns is YouTube Gold

Joel Burns

Joel Burns hit the top of the YouTube charts with his anti-bullying video and it’s having an impact, as we wrote in this week’s Dallas Voice.

On Thursday, the two-week-old “It Gets Better” video hit 2 million views. It continues to receive more than 2,000 views per hour.

For the month it is the most discussed video in News & Politics and received the most votes as favorite video this month as well.

And the video is popular around the world.

It’s the No.1 1 News & Politics video this month in Sweden.

In News & Politics, it’s No. 2 in Canada and the United Kingdom, and in Australia and Ireland, it’s No. 3.

It’s in the top 10 in India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and France. Although not as popular in Russia, it’s still ranks No. 105 there and it hasn’t been translated into Russian, as far as I know.

In all, the video gets 46 YouTube honors.

According to the YouTube map, it’s been seen in every country in the world except a couple in central Africa.

Through yesterday, the daily number of viewers has continued to steadily grow. The YouTube page has gotten more than 27,000 comments. Of the 2 million views, only 525 clicked dislike before leaving the page.

—  David Taffet

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—  John Wright

Sweden ends ban on gay blood donors

I thought it appropriate that this announcement came on World AIDS Day: Sweden has announced that it is lifting its ban on blood donations by gay men, effective March 1, 2010.

Blood donations by any man who has ever had sex with another man were first banned in 1985, although some countries have already lifted the ban, according to Monica Axelsson, a spokeswoman for Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. The ban is still in effect in the United States.

But Sweden has decided to take the reasonable step of basing the blood donation ban not on orientation, but on risky sexual behavior, although apparently male-to-male sex is still considered somewhat risky in terms of HIV transmission, since Sweden will still not accept blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man in the last year.

Donors have to fill in a detailed form about their health, including their sexual history, before being approved as donors. All donated blood is then tested before being used, Axelsson said.

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