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Ban on gay blood donors is a civil rights issue, activists say
Ban on gay blood donors is a civil rights issue, activists say

When Ryan James Yezak's workplace hosted a blood drive a few years back, he told his boss he would be happy to donate. Then the West Hollywood resident found out that as a gay man, he was banned for life from giving blood under a federal regulation put in place before he was born. "I felt like a different species," he said of having to tell co-workers that he alone would be unable to participate. "I was completely alienated for no reason, because I was completely healthy." The experience prompted Yezak, now 27, to join the growing ranks of those fighting to end the ban instituted in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when there was fear that HIV-infected...

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