Tammy Baldwin and 84 Democrats Demand FDA Repeal Gay Blood Ban

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The United States’ first openly lesbian senator, Tammy Baldwin, along with 84 Democrats sent a strongly worded letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demanding that the government lift the discriminatory ban on gay men from donating blood. “Our current policies turn away healthy, willing donors, even when we face serious blood shortages…Furthermore, the existing lifetime ban continues to perpetuate inaccurate stereotypes against gay and bisexual men, and fosters an atmosphere that promotes discrimination and discourages individuals from seeking HIV and treatment services.”

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