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Lance Bass condemns the US for not allowing him to give blood to Las Vegas victims

Josh Jackman October 5, 2017
attends the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lance Bass has hit out at US authorities for stopping countless gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

On Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and injured another 527 in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

After the 273rd mass shooting in the US this year was over, as the death toll was still being counted, thousands in Nevada headed for the nearest blood bank.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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But men who have had sex with men in the last year are banned from giving blood in the US, in accordance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

In the UK, the rules surrounding blood donations from men who have sex with men were relaxed earlier this year.

From early 2018, the deferral period will shrink to 12 weeks.

The US has made no such move, and Bass, a former NSYNC star who came out in 2006, opened up about his frustration with the current rules.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “How is it STILL illegal for gays to donate blood??!! I want to donate and I’m not allowed. ”

(Twitter/Lance Bass)
(Twitter/Lance Bass)

And Bass, who married his partner of four years, Michael Turchin, in 2014, also responded to a fan who pleaded with him on Instagram to donate blood.

“I can’t. I’m gay. ” he replied, sparking a wave of outrage from fans who had no idea the US restricted blood donations in this way.

The US lifted its blanket ban on men who have sex with men donating blood in 2015.

It had previously been estimated that such a move would save 1.8 million lives.

Bass admitted in 2010 that he made fun of gay kids in high school to hide his own secret sexuality.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23:  Lance Bass with his dog Dale at Natural Balance Pet Foods announce new formula with Lance Bass and Downward Dogs - Literally - at The DEN Meditation on August 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Natural Balance)
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Last year, he opened up about his unsuccessful solo career, suggesting that radio stations may have not played his music because of his sexuality.

The singer released his single ‘Walking on Air’ with Snoop Dogg in 2014, but it failed to chart in the US.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23: Lance Bass with his dog Chip at Natural Balance Pet Foods announce new formula with Lance Bass and Downward Dogs - Literally - at The DEN Meditation on August 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Natural Balance)
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“It went number one everywhere…except America,” he explained.

“The radio stations wouldn’t play my songs…I don’t know if it’s because I’m gay or if it’s because I’m from NSYNC, but the politics around it is so crazy”.

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