Legislators to Attempt to Participate in Blood Drive; Call on Federal Government to End Discriminatory Policy on Gay and Bisexual Men
SACRAMENTO – Last week, AJR 16, authored by Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia, Richard Bloom and Evan Low, and sponsored by Equality California, was introduced in the State Assembly in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new blood donor guidelines that continue to discriminate against gay and bisexual men. The new proposed guidelines would prohibit blood donation from all sexually active gay and bisexual men. Specifically, all men who have had sex with another man within the past 12 months would be prohibited from donating blood. The resolution calls on President Barack Obama to encourage the Secretary of Health and Human services to direct the FDA to develop science-based guidelines that focus on risk-assessment of individuals instead of discriminatory standards that discriminate against gay and bisexual men.