Speak Out : Homosexual And Blood Donation
This subject is not talked about enough. With all this debate on gay marriage and “equality” there is one rule in particular that makes me think of the ‘Black Codes’ (institutional racism) in the U.S. South. This rule is the FDA ban on homosexuals donating blood. This rule goes as far as to state that if you’ve ever engaged in gay sex ONCE, or had sex with a man who had sex with a man before, that you are not eligible to donate blood.
What good is equality if you are still subject to institutionalized discrimination against your sexual preference? Having a practitioner tell you you’re not eligible to donate blood is akin to having gone back to Jim Crow U.S. south and being denied access to businesses and activities soley based on your skin color (only this time it’s sexual preference). What happened to equal protection under the law (9th & 14th Amendment U.S. Constitution). Not all gays (or “homosexual” in their words) are high-risk. I know many gays who are conservative by nature, wholesome, and overall very good people.
People want to talk about the barbaric laws against gays in Africa? How about the regressive unspoken rules against gays in the U.S. Like I stated before, what good is equality if we’re not seen as equals while being charitable and donating blood? I would like thoughts on this subject, because I feel that no matter how many states we get gay marriage passed in, we’ll never be considered equal by the same government implementing rules saying we’re not equal.