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FDA Committee Inches Closer Toward Repealing Gay Blood Donor Ban

Picture 7The FDA Committee is meeting today to discuss proposals of removing the ban that prohibits gay men from donating blood reports The New Civil Rights Movement. Talks of repealing the ban appeared last month when The Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood & Tissue Safety & Availability voted to drop the ban for any man who has not had sex with another man in at least a year. A Williams Institute study finds that repealing the ban would save over 1.8 million lives.

However, the one-year abstinence stipulation is still considered discriminatory, and the few gay men that are eligible to donate would yield little increase in the amount of blood donated. Ryan James Yezak, found of the National Gay Blood Drive, finds the new stipulation discriminatory and absurd.

Said Yezak:

"The policies that are in place, the lifetime ban, perpetuates negative stereotypes and stigma. It assumes that all gay and bisexual men are likely to have HIV and therefore must be blanket banned and that's just not necessary in this day and age when they have the testing and other countries have moved to deferral time period."

Although Yezak is disappointed with the methods of the new stipulation, he agrees that it's at least a step in the right direction toward repealing the ban completely. Of course, the anti-gay right wing disagrees. Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera, the head of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, staunchly affirmed his position on keeping the ban.

Said LaBarbera:

"First of all, HIV rates and sexually transmitted diseases are rising among homosexual-practicing men. So why would we be talking about softening the blood ban at a time when [STDs] are on the rise among men who have sex with men?"

The ACLU disagrees, saying criteria for becoming a blood donor should be based on science, not misinformed assumptions and discriminatory stereotypes. LaBarbera and his fellow constituents choose to ignore the fact that HIV is as much an issue for heterosexual people as it is the LGBT community. Fortunately, President Obama reaffirmed his support of those living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS in a speech the day before the observance of World AIDS Day this year. 


Gay Rights Triumph in Ryan James Yezak's Olympic Disco Anthem: VIDEO

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Kylie Minogue's anthem "Your Disco Needs You" is the centerpiece of Ryan James Yezak's latest YouTube opus highlighting the Sochi Olympics and the need for human rights in Russia.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

You may remember Yezak's moving clips previewing his work-in-progress documentary The Gay Rights Movement, here.

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Ryan James Yezak is Tired of Being Told to 'Be Masculine' on Grindr: VIDEO

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The Gay Rights Movement documentarian has a few things to say about his recent visit to the world of Grindr.

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Was the National Gay Blood Drive a Success? - VIDEO

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Was last week's National Gay Blood Drive, spearheaded by gay filmmaker Ryan James Yezak a success? Yes, according to Yezak.

He explains why, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Gay Rights Movement Part II: VIDEO

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DriveRyan James Yezak, who you know from his super-viral clip in support of this forthcoming documentary, The Gay Rights Movement, has released another spectacularly edited montage of vintage news clips that weaves the narrative of the federal ban on blood donation by gay men into a larger picture of the LGBT civil rights struggle.

It's in support of a National Gay Blood Drive taking place tomorrow to draw attention to the issue.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Filmmaker Launches National Gay Blood Drive to Make Statement About Discriminatory Ban: VIDEO

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Ryan James Yezak, the filmmaker behind the in-progress documentary Second Class Citizens (remember 'The Gay Rights Movement' video?) is launching a national gay blood drive, a peaceful demonstration that he's going to capture for his documentary. Yezak writes:

The
 drive
 will
 take
 place 
nationally
 from
 9am
 PST 
(which 
marks 
the
 demonstration’s “universal 
rallying
 point”)
 to 
5pm
 PST 
that 
Friday 
and
 will 
consist
 of 
eligible 
gay 
and
 bisexual 
male 
donors,
 most 
commonly 
referred 
to
 as
 MSM 
donors,
 showing 
up
 to 
get 
tested
 at 
a
 specified 
donation 
center 
in 
their
 respective
 city
 and 
then 
attempting 
to
 donate 
their
 blood. 
As 
each 
donor 
is 
rejected,
 their 
test 
result
 will 
be
 collected,
 compiled, 
and
 delivered
 to
 the 
FDA 
–
 Visually 
conveying 
to 
them 
on 
a 
national 
level
 how 
much
 blood
 the
 gay
 community
 could 
contribute
 to
 the 
blood
 supply 
should
 they
 lift 
their
 current
 policy.

While 
it
 is
 anticipated
 that
 1,000 
rejected 
MSM
 donors 
will
 be
 exceeded – It’s
 also
 pertinent to 
note
 that
 on‐site
 mobile 
rapid
 HIV 
testing 
will 
be
 provided
 at
 each
 location 
for
 participants
 to
 confirm
 their 
statuses 
before 
attempting
 to 
donate.


Watch his video about the event, AFTER THE JUMP...

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