In face of mass shooting, gay blood ban remains true tragedy

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Following the mass shooting an Orlando gay nightclub that killed 50 and left scores injured, officials and medical staff underscored the need for blood donations – unless you’re gay.┬áThe US Food and Drug Administration prohibits men who’ve had sex with men within the last year from donating blood.

Social media lit up earlier today with a rumor that an Orlando blood bank was rebelling and allowing gay men to donate blood, the donation center tweeted that it was still enforcing the ban.

Many expressed outrage that the ban was still in place after being proven medically unnecessary years ago. Modern screening processes make the ban redundant since all blood is screened for the virus that causes AIDS automatically.

Openly gay Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) expressed his outrage on Twitter, pointing out that a gay man wouldn’t be able to donate blood that would save his husband’s life.

Actress Mia Farrow also joined the chorus pointing out the absurdity of the discriminatory rule…

…as did Dallas Voice reporter Bobby Blanchard.

Until late 2015, any man who had ever had sex with another man was banned from donating blood entirely.

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