Ohio Blood Drive Advocates for Gay Blood
In protest of the archaic and discriminatory policy prohibiting gay men from donating blood, Ohio-based “Brothers in Blood” is hosting a blood drive of its own. As an alternative to boycotting blood drives all together, the event, taking place in Columbus on Saturday, September 28, calls for local gay men to recruit their eligible friends to donate on their behalf, noting with each pint of plasma that this contribution would have been doubled if only the FDA would remove the ban, which prevents all men who’ve engaged in sexual activity with another man since 1977 from donating. Participants are also encouraged to sign a petition opposing the discriminatory policy and promising to donate as soon as the ban is lifted. The American Red Cross and other blood banks agree that this 30-year-old policy has no relevant medical or scientific backing and have been placing increasing pressure on the FDA to eradicate it.