WATCH: What led to the gay blood ban

Queerty
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July 10, 2013
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From gay rights activist and filmmaker Ryan James Yezak, comes the follow up to last year’s viral video “The Gay Rights Movement.”

Following repeal on Prop 8. and DOMA, Yezak sets the next fight for equality against the lifetime FDA ban on gay/bisexual men from donating blood, and has put together the (soon-to-be viral) montage video “The Gay Rights Movement Part 2: National Gay Blood Drive”; which includes a mix of inspirational, honest and horrific clips from the states and overseas over the past years, and even recent days.

As a newswoman in the video says, “There isn’t enough blood to go around.” So why does this ban, which was installed 30 years ago, still exist?

“Studies have shown that it’s no longer necessary,” says Yezak on a Facebook event for the National Gay Blood Drive.”We are having a nation-wide blood drive to bring attention to the ban and to increase pressure on the FDA to lift it.”