On November 18th, the Red Cross accepted blood donations from students at my college. I refused to take part in the blood drive. I refused to take part in the blood drive because a few weeks before I learned that gay men cannot donate blood. Gay men cannot donate blood because they are gay and the FDA feels as though they would be a high risk donation despite the fact that all blood gets screened for HIV, viral hepatitis and any other disease in which could be transferred via. a blood transfusion.
I was ridiculed for this decision but I stand behind my beliefs. The FDA created this ban because they wanted to prevent the spread of HIV. In 2006, the Red Cross stated that they feel as though the ban is “unwarranted” but as an organization they have not pushed for the ban to be lifted. Despite the shortage of blood donations, the organization has done little to fight for the gay man’s right to donate blood. According to MSNBC, the Red Cross provides nearly half of America’s blood supply and so I feel as though if they truly wanted this ban to be lifted, then they could lobby for it to be so. Prior to donating blood, all men are asked if they have had sexual intercourse with a man since 1977. If the man answers “yes,” he is sent home. That is disgraceful.
The FDA considers a gay man’s blood a liability and that is not right. The truth is, that anybody’s blood can be infected and so no one should be treated any differently than another person despite their sexual orientation.
I am not saying that people should not donate blood – I just felt that I did not want to donate because if I were to donate my blood, then I would still be participating while supporting an organization whom I feel participates in discrimination. I was not willing to be a part of that and while I asked others to respect my decision, that was not granted to me. Some called me a “killer” and other said that I along with my opinions were “stupid”. It was hard remaining calm throughout the day and some will no longer speak to me due to my decision. However, I am proud of myself because I did what I felt was right. I intend to take this no further but I hope that others will respect my decision from now on. I feel that donating blood is a generous thing to do and I both support and respect anybody who decides to participate in a blood drive but until every healthy American can participate in this voluntary act of generosity, I will not participate myself.
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You know what I like about the whole M.O.D (Model Off Duty) look? The fact that the looks in which are often seen on a female “off duty” model is often simple yet when you see her there is no mistaking that she is indeed a Model Off Duty. Your average runway model is usually much skinnier than a regular woman but other than that, they’re usually in attire that could easily be obtained which I think is so cool. Here’s an example:
Model Off Duty, Jac Jagaciak:
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Sources: thecw.com, msnbc.com, redcross.org, objectfashionblog.com