FDA to Weigh Lifting Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

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Advisers for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will meet next week to discuss lifting a 30-year-old ban that prohibits gay men from donating blood.

Long-time critics of the ban, including some members of Congress, say the Dec. 2 meeting is a step in the right direction.

“We’ve got the ball rolling. I feel like this is a tide-turning vote,” Ryan James Yessak, an LGBT activist who founded the National Gay Blood Drive and will speak at before the Blood Products Advisory Committee, told The Hill. “There’s been a lot of feet dragging and I think they’re realizing it now.”

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