National Gay Blood Drive Coming July 11
People across the United States will be taking part in the National Gay Blood Drive on July 11!
Gay men have been banned from blood donation since 1983 despite the American Medical Association denouncing the ban as unnecessary.
The people behind the National Gay Blood Drive, which will happen nationally on Friday, July 11, hope people across the country will come out and do their part to help throw this outdated policy in the garbage where it belongs.
On July 11, gay men across the country are going to show their willingness to donate blood by bringing an ally in their place to donate for them. The ally should get a name tag or a piece of paper and write the name of the person who wishes to donate but cannot, then have a photograph taken of the both of them together. The photographs (and where applicable, the nametags) will be collected and sent to the Food and Drug Administration to show them just how many people are united against their outdated and discriminatory policy.
The organizers of the National Gay Blood Drive believe the policy should be changed from banning donations based on sexual orientation to sexual behavior and risk factors as determined on a case-by-case basis.
Head over to the National Gay Blood Drive's website for more information!