America was shaken on October 1st, when Stephen Paddock shot and killed nearly 60 people and injured more than 515 people in Las Vegas—now the deadliest shooting in history. After the 64-year-old gunman opened fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay, too many loved ones were lost, leaving hearts broken across the nation.
The attack was aimed below at a country music festival, containing several parents, couples, friends, and children. Paddock shot and killed himself before authorities arrived at his location.
With hundreds of people severely injured and some at risk of losing their lives, blood was a huge need immediately following the mass murder. In the midst of a tragedy, it was truly amazing how the community came together to help those in need.
Multiple local Nevada medical centers were accepting blood donations, and the media released photos that showed long lines of blood donors flowing a ways outside the doors of these locations.
However, one former pop star was furious when he realized he couldn’t donate blood because of his sexuality. Lance Bass, a previous member of the famous 1990’s boyband NSYNC, expressed his frustrations in a video to TMZ, shaming the Red Cross and touching on his views about gun control.
38-year-old Bass, who is married to another man, stated, “Every time a tragedy like this happens, I get reminded that I can’t donate blood. People just don’t know that there is a ban on my blood and we have to educate people out there that there is this stigma on my blood, my gay blood, and it needs to change. This tragedy has brought us together, and I honestly don’t have faith that this country is going to come together and make any common sense gun laws right now, so I would love, out of this tragedy, to have something good come from it.”
He continued, “I think this ban on blood should be the easiest thing to pass. Shame on the Red Cross for not being a leader in this over the last 20 years to help relieve the stigma of HIV in gay man’s blood and donating. They should really be the ones at the forefront of this movement.”
Fox News pointed out that the FDA prohibits gay men who have been sexually active within the past 12 months from donating blood. The concerns stem from possibly spreading HIV, since gay men are potentially the “highest carriers.”
The day after the attack, Bass also took to social media, “How is it STILL illegal for gays to donate blood??!! I want to donate and I’m not allowed.”
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