I (Blake Lynch) created the Banned4Life campaign with my partner Brett Donnelly to help raise awareness on this outdated policy. Our main goal is to end this policy by encouraging eligible donors to donate blood in place of those who are Banned4Life.
My friend Emmy Derisbrun has sickle cell anemia and relies on blood transfusions to save her life. It's my job to make sure that she will always be guaranteed a blood transfusion.
How you can help
When Blake went to donate blood for his friend Emmy (who has sickle cell anemia) he was turned away because he is gay. That's when he and and his partner Brett decided to do something about it. At first thought the FDA's policy that bans gay men from donating blood appears to discriminate against a small minority of citizens. In reality, it affects not just those targeted by the…
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, and his voice is well respected throughout the medical community. With a specialized knowledge of HIV/AIDS and an awareness of the blood shortages in the US, Gupta must recognize that lifting the gay blood ban would not only help to save lives, but would also put an end to a discriminatory policy. The American Red Cross, the…
Every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. By making this pledge you are going to help save lives. While gay and bisexual men are BANNED for donating blood, it is incredibly powerful to have eligible donors donate blood in our place. By donating blood for a gay and bisexual man you are also supporting LGBT equality and calling for an end of the Gay Blood Ban. While donating blood be…
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