PubliCola: Seattle City Council calls for end to gay blood ban

Casey Jaywork

Yesterday, the Seattle City Council sent a letter to the federal Food and Drug Administration calling for an end to a three-decade federal ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

The letter called the ban, which has been in place since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the early 1980s, “an outdated and discriminatory practice” and called for gay and bisexual men to be screened “based on a risk assessment of behaviors, rather than on sexual orientation.” Other cities including New York and Washington, DC have already issued similar resolutions.

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