Do you think gays should be allowed to donate blood?
Hundreds of Orlando residents looking for ways to help victims of the tragic LGBT nightclub shooting lined up to donate blood and plasma outside of a blood bank Sunday morning.
OneBlood and the Orlando Regional Medical Center urgently requested people to donate blood following the shooting at Pulse nightclub that left at least 50 dead and 53 others injured and fighting for their lives.
Gay men are not able to donate however despite the need, with the federal Food and Drug Administration legally prohibiting any man who has had sex with another man in the past year from giving blood.
That policy was put in place just last year, and actually loosened the agency’s original ban issued in 1985 which prohibited any man who had engaged in sexual relations with another man at any point after 1977 from donating blood.
The ban angered many on Sunday given the nature of the tragedy, with some speaking out about the need for a change.