In the wake of the Orlando shooting that left at least 50 people dead at a gay night club, health officials pleaded for community members to donate blood to help the injured.
While hundreds of people were reported to have lined up donate blood, many gay and bisexual men, who appeared to be the target of the shooting, were unable to donate due to a federal ban barring men who have sex with men to give blood unless they abstain from sex for one year.
The need for blood was critical with at least 53 injured, according to police. A report that the OneBlood donation bank was allowing gay, bisexual men to donate has also drawn attention to the issue. The blood bank later issued a statement on twitter that they were still following all guidelines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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