Even among a nation wide shortage, and a terrible notion that gay folks' shouldn't be donating, the LA Pride Blood Drive collected 2,085 pints!
2,100 attendees were informed or reminded that since 1985, the Food and Drug Administration has banned, for life, sexually active gay men from donating blood.
They were given detailed information about this policy and then signed a petition in support of efforts to lift the ban — so each of those signatures represented one pint of blood collected… which could have saved over 6,000 lives!
All of this is in effort to get the FDA to revise their policy, like England, Scotland, and Wales just did.
They removed the ban, and said that gay men who haven't had sex with another man for at least one year could donate!
Here's what John Kerry had to say about it:
"In the 27 years since (the FDA ban was enacted), we have seen vast advances in blood screening technology, policy changes in other nations, and staunch opposition from the nation's blood banks who have called the current ban medically and scientifically unwarranted. Our current policies turn away healthy, willing donors, even when we face serious blood shortages."
According to the American Red Cross, each pint of donated blood can save three lives.
Each person that signed up during LA PRIDE was directed to a change.org petition on LAPRIDE.org which provided more information — but you can go there right now even without having attended!
It's for SUCH a good cause!
We are so proud of this, let's all stand up and get the FDA to listen!
Lives are at stake!
[Image via AP Images.]
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