What it would take to end the ban on queer blood donation
In the aftermath of the massacre of 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday, city officials urged residents to donate blood. There was just one problem: Queer men can’t give blood. While they’re no longer totally blocked from blood donation, the Food and Drug Administration requires that a blood donor who fits into this category wait a year from last sexual contact to donate. Effectively, this blocks many of the men who desperately want to help their own community during a time of need.

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