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Red Cross faces critical blood shortage, still won’t allow homosexuals to donate

Red Cross faces critical blood shortage, still won’t allow homosexuals to donate

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The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage. To get people to donate, they’re even giving out Amazon gift cards. However, there is still a ban on gay and bi men donating blood if they’ve had sex with a man in the last year.

Other countries’ policies

While countries such as the United Kingdom have relaxed their deferral process from a year down to three months, the United States has yet to do so. Even countries like Israel have realized a year-long ban on blood donations from gay and bi men is ‘irrelevant’ and ‘unrealistic.’

Gay men in the US can’t donate for a year

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting last fall, Lance Bass blasted these regulations, which basically require gay and bi men to be celibate for a year before donating.

Social media reactions

LGBTI people on social media are calling out the American Red Cross for their policy on donations from gay and bi men, especially during this critical blood shortage.

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