Lance Bass blasted the FDA’s ban on donations from gay men in frustration over not being allowed to donate blood to victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting.
“How is it STILL illegal for gays to donate blood??!!” Bass tweeted. “I want to donate and I’m not allowed.”
How is it STILL illegal for gays to donate blood??!! I want to donate and I’m not allowed. ?
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) October 3, 2017
FDA guidelines state that men can only donate blood 12 months after his last sexual contact with another man. The law came into effect in December 2015 to replace a lifetime ban against gay men donating blood.
Other gay men criticized the ban on Twitter in the wake of the tragedy which left 59 people dead and 527 injured.
It infuriates me that gay & bisexual men can be turned away from donating blood in Las Vegas because of the @US_FDA‘s discriminatory policy.
— Shane Bitney Crone (@ShaneBitney) October 2, 2017
Just a reminder that I wanted to donate my O+ universal blood today for Vegas but can’t bc I’m gay ???
— Gilbert Romero☀️?? (@GilbertRomeroAZ) October 3, 2017
It is 2017.
We’ve had multiple humanitarian crises and mass shootings.
And gay folks still cannot immediately donate blood.
It is 2017. https://t.co/RC5LDTxI3r
— Mario (@mtehuitz) October 3, 2017
That awkward moment you want to donate blood to victims in Vegas, but remember you can’t because you’re gay….
— Nick Silva (@NICKBSILVA) October 2, 2017