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Fight for gay equality shifts to blood donations
San Francisco Chronicle

On the heels of the Supreme Court victory on marriage equality, supporters of lifting the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men want blood-donor equality.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed lifting the 32-year ban but with a hitch: The agency’s new rules would still bar men who’ve had sex with men within the past year from donating blood. The 60-day public comment period for the proposal ends Tuesday.

“We’re getting equality in other areas, but donor equality is still missing,” said Nathan Svoboda, president of the Project More Foundation, a Santa Clara nonprofit that supports outreach, education and advocacy efforts for the LGBT community.