Today the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood & Tissue Safety & Availability (I hope they shortened that for the letterhead) voted to relax the current federal policies on gay men donating blood.

As BuzzFeed reports, in a 16-2 decision, they voted to allow men who haven't had sex with another man in the past year to donate blood—a change from the 1977 policy that banned men who have had sex with another man at any point in their lives from donating.

The Gay Blood Drive seems to be happy with decision calling it a step in the right direction:

The new ruling is certainly better than the old standard, but it still seems rather limiting and is not exactly what I would call equality.