Frequently Asked Questions


Get answers to your questions about organ, eye and tissue donation and the LGBTQIA+ community. You can also contact your Donate Life State Team Leader to learn about how you can get involved on a local level and see if Donate Life has a presence at local Pride and community events.

A person’s sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression does not prevent them from becoming an organ donor (deceased or living). Everyone is encouraged to register their decision to be an organ donor at

Organ donation policy is regulated by Health and Human Services (HHS)

A national system matches available organs from the donor with people on the waiting list based on blood type, body size, how sick they are, donor distance, tissue type and time on the list. Sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, race, income, celebrity and social status are never considered.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) serves as the nation’s transplant system under contract with the federal government.