Hundreds of gay men eager to give blood in the of the Orlando nightclub have been turned away by blood centers. Despite a clinic urging people to donate blood, it was prevented by law from accepting from gay men who had been sexually in the past year. The shooting on Sunday morning left 50 people dead and 53 injured, some . The killer, Omar Mateen, 29, used a semi-automatic assault to create the carnage, which is now the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. Mateen, a New York native, supposedly targeted the LGBT at the club after being angered at seeing two men kissing in Miami.
Many in the LGBT community are now protesting against the federal of barring gay men from donating blood they had been celibate in the year. Dr Ryan Stanton said donated blood must be tested for HIV and other diseases before it could be used. The testing typically takes about 24 hours. He said: "Anybody who meets the qualifications, whether homosexual or , should be able to donate blood." The Atlantic said: "Even after the most deadly against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in American , the built-in homophobia of American public health keeps the country from mounting the most effective possible ."