Update #7 ·

#EndTheBan Twitterstorm Update. Decision Made.

Thank you all so much for participating in the #EndTheBan Twitterstorm during yesterdays Dept. HHS Blood Safety Meeting. It was definitely a success! I was inspired by all the tweets and personal stories you shared. Keep it going by tweeting #EndTheBan.

Banned4Life Representative Zach spoke during the meeting - Click Here To Watch His Inspiring Speech! 

Unfortunately, the Dept. of HHS voted to take no action on the gay blood ban, keeping the current discriminatory policy in place. 

Here is the Banned4Life Statement on the HHS recommendation: 

"We at Banned4Life are very disappointed in the decision by the HHS Blood Product Safety Committee to not recommend the necessary changes to the FDA's donor questionnaire to focus on high-risk sexual behavior instead of sexual orientation. The simple fact is that the current MSM Blood Donor Policy focuses solely on an individual's sexual orientation with absolutely no regard for sexual behavior," says Brett Donnelly, co-founder of Banned4Life. "It is inexcusable to hide behind statistics that highlight a percentage of gay men who do participate in risky behavior...and then to ignore the sexual behavior of everyone else. This policy is not just discriminatory, but it puts every American who needs blood transfusions at risk."

Keep in mind that their decision is ONLY a recommendation. The fight is NOT over and we will NEED your continued support as we move forward. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates as we have more exciting events in place to make our voices heard!!!

In the meantime:

1. Invite your friends to sign the petition.

2. Once you have already signed the petition please start your own   Banned4Life Causes campaign by clicking here. 

3. Be sure to follow Banned4Life on Facebook and Twitter

4. SHARE SHARE SHARE the YouTube Speech.

 Thanks again,

Blake Lynch & Brett Donnelly

Founders of Banned4Life 

How you can help

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