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Bloggers tackle the blood ban

June 10, 2010

The Task Force joined congressional leaders and other LGBT organizations yesterday at a press conference to call for an end to the FDA’s lifetime ban on blood donations from all men who have had sex with men since 1977.

Today, bloggers are joining together to add their voices to the fight.

Spearheaded by Adam Bink of OpenLeft.com, today’s blogswarm channels the voices of more than a dozen LGBT and progressive bloggers calling for their readers to take action and push for a revision of the ban.

From Adam’s post on OpenLeft:

The NYC and DC City Councils have recently passed resolutions by votes of 42-1 and 13-0, respectively, urging a revision of the ban. Sen. Kerry and 17 other Democratic Senators urged the same in a letter to the FDA. Today, we are asking that you join their voices in calling for a more sensible policy.

Dr. Jerry Holmberg is the Executive Secretary of the Advisory Committee, and is tasked with accepting formal public comments from both organizations and individuals. He has made his e-mail available for this purpose. Please take a minute to e-mail Dr. Holmberg viajerry.holmberg@hhs.gov and urge him and the committee to revise the ban on blood donations from MSM.

Check OpenLeft for more details, or any of the other participants’ posts. We’ll keep this list updated as more people blog throughout the day:

One Comment leave one →
  1. NYAlly permalink
    June 11, 2010 6:12 pm

    Hmmmm, I wonder if they have a legitimate reason for doing so?

    Maybe that reason is that gay men compose less than 5% of the population, but make up over half of the US’s AIDS cases, and they’re playing it safe.

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