Justin Flippen, Vice Mayor Wilton Manors, FL

Resolution supports Senator Kerry’s Letter to Lift the Lifetime Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood & Urging the FDA to Modify the Current Law

Vice Mayor Justin Flippen, candidate for Florida State House Representatives in District 92, has introduced a resolution to the Wilton Manors City Commission to support a letter sent by Senator John Kerry and over a dozen other Senators that the FDA lift the lifetime ban on gay men from being able to donate blood.

City Resolution No. 3546 would show unequivocal support for the letter urging the Food and Drug Administration to review and modify the current discriminatory law that bans gay men in America from donating blood.

All donated blood is mandated to be tested for HIV with two different, highly accurate tests. Between these two tests, the risk of tainted blood entering the blood supply undetected is virtually zero.

“Hospitals and emergency rooms are in urgent need of blood products, and in 2006 the American Red Cross, America’s Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks reported that the ban is medically and scientifically unwarranted,” said Flippen. “The modification of this discriminatory law would be in the best interests of the residents and businesses of the City of Wilton Manors, the State of Florida, and the United States of America. It was ignorance, fear, and prejudice that helped to create this policy, and it is knowledge, truth, and reason that should see to its elimination.”

The resolution directs City Administration to transmit a certified copy of the resolution to U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL], Kathy Castor [D-FL], Alcee Hastings [D-FL], Debbie Wasserman-Schultz [D-FL], Ron Klein [D-FL], The President of the United States, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, the Broward League of Cities, the Florida League of Cities, the Broward County Legislative Delegation and any other interested parties. Resolution 3546 will be taken up at the city commission’s meeting Tuesday, April 26th.