In Wake Of Vegas Tragedy, Lance Bass Slams Gay Blood Donor Ban


ThoughLance Basswanted to help out the victims ofSunday’s mass shootingin Las Vegas by donating blood, he faced a frustrating reality.  

Unfortunately for the *NSYNC star, the Food and Drug Administration prohibits him, along with many other gay and bisexual men, from giving blood. Though theFDA lifted its lifetime banon gay and bisexual male blood donors in 2015,their revised policy still barsany man who has had sex with another man in the past year from donating. Sexually active gay men who are married or in monogamous relationshipsremain banned under the policy. 

Bass, whocame out as gayin 2006 andmarriedhis husband,Michael Turchin, in 2014, blasted the FDA’s regulations in a tweet Monday.   

A day later, the 38-year-old pop star reiterated that stanceon Instagram. After Bass posted a photo of the Las Vegas Strip alongside a poignant quote attributed to Pulse nightclub ownerBarbara Poma, a fan suggested he donate blood.  

“I can’t. I’m gay,” Bass wrote in the comments. 

A post shared by Lance Bass (@lancebass)on Oct 2, 2017 at 3:50pm PDT

Bass wasn’t the only LGBTQ celebrity to speak out against the FDA’s restrictions on gay blood donations in the wake ofSunday’s massacre, which leftat least 59 people deadand more than 500 people wounded. Actor-authorJeffery Self(“Search Party,” “30 Rock”) was similarly vocal in his opposition ... 

... as was LGBTQ rights activistShane Bitney Crone, who happens to be aHuffPost blogger.

Other users joined in, too. 

These restrictions don’t just reinforceoutdated stereotypesaround gay and bisexual men and HIV/AIDS.A 2014 Williams Institute reportfound that completely lifting the ban could lead to more than 600,000 additional pints of blood being donated per year.

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CLARIFICATION:Additional language has been added to the original version of this article to clarify the Williams Institute statistics. 

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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