It's time to get a little more real about donating blood, FDA.
Currently you are not allowed to donate blood for your entire LIFETIME if you are a man who has had sex with another man.
Your entire LIFE!
Even the American Medical Association disagrees:
The American Medical Association opposes the ban saying it isn’t based on sound science. The blood donation organizations believe the rule should be modified to reflect the deferrals for other similar high-risk sexual behavior. 85 members of Congress have written to HHS to encourage its end.
The HHS mentioned above is Health and Human Services, by the way.
Here's a petition happening at Whitehouse.gov! Please sign it and share it as widely as you feel comfortable sharing it. Know that there are people, young and old, all over the USA who die because the blood they need is not available. Mostly, in undeveloped countries, mothers die in childbirth because they hemorrhage and there is no safe blood available.
This is definitely something that needs to change, just as the antiquated and discriminatory attitudes about same sex marriage continue to change all across the United States.
And thanks to R.Y. in West Hollywood, CA who started this petition. You ROCK - WeHo!!! You know how to do Halloween!