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Ryan James Yezak, Documentary Filmmaker, Offers Look At Gay Blood Donation Ban's History (VIDEO)

07/10/2013 01:33 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

The filmmaker behind the forthcoming documentary "Second Class Citizens" is offering another sneak peek at the project with his latest video.

Ryan James Yezak, who is organizing the National Gay Blood Drive on July 12, takes a look at the history of the ban on gay blood donors in this new clip.

"The
 ban 
is 
outdated, 
and 
as 
a 
result,
 countless
 otherwise 
eligible 
gay 
and 
bisexual 
men 
are 
unable 
to 
contribute 
to 
the
nation’s
 blood 
supply 
and 
help 
save 
live," Yezak said in a press release about the upcoming blood drive. 
"Especially a 
time 
when 
blood 
shortages 
are 
increasingly
 common.
 Not 
only 
that,
 but
 the
 ban 
perpetuates 
negative 
stereotypes 
and 
stigma. 
Whether
 intentional 
or 
not, 
it
 is 
discrimination
 based 
on 
sexual 
orientation.”

Yezak's previous clips include "2012 in 4 Minutes," as well as "What Homosexuality Is Not."

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