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Our mission is to raise awareness of the FDA’s policy that permanently bans gay men from donating blood. Together, we can bring an end to... Read more

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CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien, Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN documentaries, and anchors the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta, MD. Gupta…Read More
"The Banned4Life organization just celebrated their one-year anniversary and continues to work for change that would save countless lives with a simple but profound change in policy." Thanks BuzzFeed!!!

Community Post: The Gay Blood Ban Still Exists. Really.

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Ever since I was rejected from donating blood by the American Red Cross because I classify myself as a gay man who has had sex with a man since 1977 (I was born in 1984), I have been a fierce advocate of changing the policy ban in the United States that is arbitrary, based on disproved science, and rooted in a fear from decades past. Since I…Read More
Footage from the University of Massachusetts Banned4Life Blood Drive on March 4th! Thank you Matt Martel, UMASS Red Cross Club, Stonewall Center, American Red Cross and the Greeno Sub Shop for all your help and support!

Students at UMass Amherst Fight FDA Blood Donation Ban

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Students at UMass Amherst Fight FDA Blood Donation Ban AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — UMass Amherst students sat patiently waiting for their turn, standing against the FDA banning blood donations from men who have slept with other men at any point since 1977. The FDA says the group is at a higher risk for having HIV. Those men are “deferred…Read More
Thanks to your support we made the homepage on TakePart!

Why the FDA Bans Gays From Donating Blood—Despite All Medical Evidence

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Motivated to donate blood after a sick friend with a rare blood type put out a plea, Blake Lynch tried to help but ended up walking out of a clinic, embarrassed. After asking if he'd ever prostituted himself for money or drugs, the clinic's survey asked, “[Have you] had sexual contact with another male, even once?” These States Are Fighting to…Read More
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