Gay Man Finally Gives Blood After Year of Celibacy

On January 10, 2017, 21-year-old Jay Franzone gave blood. What made this noteworthy is that Franzone, as a gay man, had to abstain from sex for an entire year in order to be eligible as a blood donor as per federal policy. He took the deliberate and drastic step to qualify in order to create broader awareness of the draconian requirement, itself an attempt to amend a previous lifetime ban on gay blood donors.

“It’s been an immense pleasure to take a stand against the FDA’s outdated...


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