Barton Lynch, a bisexual man, donated his kidney because once he started dating men, he could no longer donate blood.
The FDA bans men who have sex with men from donating blood, a policy that rights groups say is homophobic, according to LGBTQ Nation. But they can still donate organs and bone marrow.
The policy “frustrates me to no end, because I think it’s based on outdated science and outdated [HIV] scares,” Lynch told theWashingtonian. “Other countries have changed their collection procedures and they’re not showing adverse effects, so it just seemed like this was one more reason to do it.”
Lynch wrote a letter to the secretary of health and human services asking for the gay blood ban to end.