First-Ever Gay Blood Drive Demonstration to Take Place Nationally and Locally in Hopes of Lifting FDA Ban

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First-Ever Gay Blood Drive Demonstration to Take Place Nationally and Locally in Hopes of Lifting FDA Ban

On July 12th, the first-ever nationwide gay blood drive will take place to increase pressure on the FDA to lift the ban against MSM blood donors.

Kansas City, Missouri (July 12th, 2013) - Since 1977, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied gay and bisexual men from donating blood. On Friday, July 12th, the first-ever nationwide blood drive will take place to bring attention to the ban and increase pressure on the FDA to lift it.

The ban is outdated, and as a result countless otherwise eligible gay and bisexual men are unable to contribute to the nation’s blood supply and help save lives - Especially a time when blood shortages are increasingly common. Not only that, but the ban perpetuates negative stereotypes and stigmas. Whether intentional or not, it is discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The drive will take place nationally from 9am PST (which makes the demonstration’s “universal rallying point”) to 5pm PST Friday and will consist of eligible gay and bisexual male donors, most commonly referred to as MSM donors, showing up with their HIV- test results and attempting to donate their blood. As each donor is rejected their test result will be collected, compiled, and delivered to the FDA - Visually conveying to them on a national level how much blood the gay community could contribute to the blood supply should they lift their current policy.

It goes without saying that the FDA needs to revise its policy so it focuses on sexual behaviour instead. Help shed a light on this ban - Be a part of the defining civil rights movement of our time and help end discrimination based on sexual orientation by participating in this peaceful discrimination.

"This is a matter of life and death and we are turning away over 50,000 healthy men who want to donate blood,"said local organizer Caleb-Michael Files. "A straight person who has unsafe sex with multiple partners can give blood, and that creates a greater risk than a gay person in a monogamous relationship."

About the National Gay Blood Drive The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood. On Friday, July 12th, 2013, the first-ever nationwide blood drive demonstration will take place to bring attention to the ban and increase pressure on the FDA to uplift it. For more information, please visit www.gayblooddrivecom or email info@gayblooddrive.com

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