The Banned4Life Project
Even the Red Cross doesn't believe that a lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men is warranted, but the FDA refuses to look at the facts.
My best friend from middle school is gay and HIV+. He obviously should be banned from giving blood until we find a cure, but not every gay man is at high risk of HIV+, it's all about behavior and a more complex and accurate set of questions should determine deferral length or ban. Monogamous homosexual men are considered by the FDA to be a higher risk than heterosexual men who regularly engages in unprotected sex with multiple prostitutes.
The risks you take and the threat that you pose should determine your ability to donate DESPERATELY needed blood.
As someone who might need blood one day, it scares me that stereotypes will determine the quality of blood that I get, instead of the actual risk.