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To: United States Food and Drug Administration, Lisa Barclay, Chief of Staff, Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Secretary Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Angela Hoague, Assistant to...

Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood and Save a Life

Commissioner Hamburg and FDA Leadership,

I am urging you to uplift the ban on gay men from donating blood and I am writing in support of Mr. Laieski's letter that was sent to FDA and HHS leadership a few weeks ago -- which may be found below. I look forward to your response and this policy being repealed.

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Dear Honorable Commissioner Hamburg,

As someone that is 19 years old, works in public safety and a young gay adult, I am writing in reference to the FDA’s ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

The American Blood Centers, American Red Cross, American Medical Association, several Members of Congress and dozens of organizations have called on the Food and Drug Administration to change its policy and allow members of the gay community to donate blood to people in need. A recent study that was on Yahoo! News also found that the gay ban costs hospitals 219,000 pints of blood each year.

Furthermore, The United Kingdom and several other countries lifted their ban on members of the gay community from donating blood years ago and it is time for our country to do the same and continue to show leadership.

Myself and thousands of other members of the gay community are interested in donating blood and simply would like to save a life, however your current policy does not allow for us to do that. As several doctors, scientist and organizations have pointed out, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) exists in every community and everyone is a potential risk. The FDA already screens donated blood to ensure sure it is as safe for the receiving party.

In conclusion, the ban on allowing gay men from donating blood is not supported by some of the largest organizations and most importantly it is decreasing our chance to save someone’s life. Please make the right decision and lift the ban on members of the gay community from donating blood.

I thank you very much for your time and all you do. I did attempt to set-up a meeting with you and your staff but unfortunately that meeting request was denied. Should you have any questions or need anything at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

All my best,

Caleb Laieski
9-1-1 Dispatcher / Advocate for the LGBT Community
Caleb_M_Laieski@yahoo.com

cc: The White House
United States Department of Health and Human Services

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Please Note: This message was not sent on behalf of my agency and I do not represent my agency at any point in this letter. I am simply just identifying that I work in public safety and as a citizen, gay man and public safety employee, feel that this ban needs to immediately be lifted.

Why is this important?

Tell the FDA to uplift it's ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The American Blood Centers, American Red Cross, American Medical Association, several Members of Congress and dozens of organizations have called on the Food and Drug Administration to change its policy and allow members of the gay community to donate blood to people in need. A recent study that was on Yahoo! News also found that the gay ban costs hospitals 219,000 pints of blood each year. Furthermore, The United Kingdom and several other countries lifted their ban on members of the gay community from donating blood years ago and it is time for our country to do the same and continue to show leadership. The FDA already screens donated blood to ensure sure it is as safe for the receiving party and gay men should be able to donate their blood and save a life -- just like anyone else.

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Reasons for signing

  • I believe Caleb has already made the salient points, but I absolutely agree that it is utterly absurd in this day and age to go against science and uphold a ban that from the moment of its implementation was tainted with discriminatory intent.
  • We have the necessary precautions in place for people to donate safely. End this discrimination!
  • It’s so regressive that in a time where a man with HIV can have no viral load detected AND have next to 0 risk of transmitting HIV that the Red Cross still have these restrictive policies. End discrimination in the name of safety!

Updates

2020-06-15 11:05:38 -0400

500 signatures reached