Campbell Mayor Pushes to Lift Ban on Gay Blood Donors

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    Campbell Mayor Evan Low is callling for the American Red Cross to end its ban on gay blood donors. George Kiriyama reports. (Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013)

    An openly gay Bay Area mayor is calling for an end to a ban that prevents him from donating blood.

    Campbell Mayor Evan Low was barred from giving blood at a blood drive he hosted on Wednesday because of the fact he is gay.

    The FDA has imposed a lifetime ban on gay donors since 1983 in response to the AIDS scare -- a ban Low calls discrimination.

    "I am disappointed that I am not able to donate blood, certainly the criteria that was determined to figure out whether or not I would be an eligible candidate is faulty," Low said. "One could simply lie on the form and you can still test the blood."

    More details in George Kiriyama's video report above.