Some survivors of the Orlando nightclub shooting were prohibited from donating blood to their friends who were shot.
Why? Under the Reagan administration, the FDA prohibited gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the Progressive Change Institute, the Equality Federation, and the National Gay Blood Drive are teaming up with over 130 members of Congress to ask the FDA to lift this ban. Please sign our petition:
PETITION TO THE FDA: "Lift the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Scientific evidence does not support this ban. Screen based on behavior, not sexual orientation."
Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are leading the effort in the Senate and Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Mike Quigley (D-IL) are leading the effort in the House.
Rep. Polis tells us, "The more people we have behind us, the stronger our hand will be as we urge the FDA to look at good science and finally lift the ban on blood donations from gay men -- and screen based on behavior, not orientation."
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) says, "We need blood donation policies that are based on individual risk factors, that don’t unfairly single out one group of individuals, and that allow all healthy Americans to donate."
Sign the petition today -- then please tell others.