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Update #9 ·

We're headed West

Hey Everyone,

We are thrilled to announce that Banned4Life will be hosting a Blood Drive and Rally in San Francisco on Sunday, February 23rd! 

Live in the Bay Area? If so, RSVP to support the Banned4Life campaign, be in our #EndTheBan group photo, and potentially donate blood in the place of someone who is banned.  

No matter where you live there are two important ways you can help:

  • Forward this email to the people you know in SF and invite them to RSVP to the rally.
  • Join our online twitterstorm on the 23rd to show the FDA just how many people stand against this ban! Stay tuned for more updates on the Twitterstorm. 

We're going to make sure the FDA hears our voices loud on the 23rd: It's time to #EndTheBan!  

Thank you,  

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…

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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…

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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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