Petition urges repeal of restrictions on gay donors amid blood shortage

Cedars-Sinai charge nurse Lorraine McPherson works as employees donate blood during a blood drive held in a blood mobile outside Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on March 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, Calif. | Mario Tama / Getty Images

By Nico Lang

LGBTQ advocates are calling on the U.S. government to allow gay and bisexual men to give lifesaving blood without restriction to address donation shortages amid the global outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Last week, the nationwide nonprofit GLAAD launched a petition claiming the current policy set in place by the Food and Drug Administration, which mandates that men who have sex with men abstain from sexual contact for 12 months […]

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