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West Hollywood blood drive protests FDA exclusion of gays as donors
West Hollywood blood drive protests FDA exclusion of gays as donors

As the group outside the Red Cross blood donation bus on Santa Monica Boulevard huddled together for a photo, the man holding the camera yelled: "Everybody, say blood!" Then: "Everybody, say, 'I wish they accepted my blood!'" At the blood drive in West Hollywood on Friday, most of the volunteers could not donate. Gay and bisexual men — and any man who has had sex, even one time, with another man since 1977 — are banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from giving blood for life. The West Hollywood blood drive was one of dozens of National Gay Blood Drive events Friday in which gay and bisexual men brought heterosexual friends to donate in their place. The straight people...