COVID cases have fueled the worst blood shortage in more than a decade, and yet multiple members of LGBTQ+ communities are still banned from donating blood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tests all blood donations for infectious disease pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis C, and according to The American Red Cross, the estimated risk of getting an HIV-positive blood donation is 1 in 1.5 million for U.S. patients. “One LGBTQ+ advocate, Jay Franzone, remained abstinent for a year just so he could donate blood in January 2017,” reports advocacy. The policy continues to restrict and categorically single out the LGBTQ+ community and is just plain discriminatory.

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Amid a national blood shortage, it is more important than ever to change the outrageous policy. Safety technology and blood screening have advanced well past the science of time-based restrictions– now, the only thing that is standing in the way of change is pure bigotry. Sign this petition to add your name to call for an end to the discriminatory policy that prevents gay and bisexual men, as well as others in the LGBTQ+ community, from giving blood!

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