US: Why Gay & Bisexual Men Are Banned From Donating Blood To Las Vegas Shooting Survivors

In the wake of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas over the weekend, many of us derived hope from the fact that hundreds of volunteers lined up for blocks at blood banks to donate blood to survivors. However, sexually active gay and bisexual men were excluded from donating, sparking outrage over the FDA's policies about blood donations from men who have sex with men.

After the shooting, plenty of people, including NSYNC's Lance Bass, expressed their frustration about not being able to donate blood.

For 32 years, the FDA banned blood donations from gay and bisexual men in response to the AIDs crisis. However, the policy had been the target of criticism — in 2014, the American Medical Association came out in opposition of the ban, calling it outdated. Read more via the Refinery29