When Blake was turned away from donating blood for his friend Emmy (who has sickle cell anemia) because he is gay, he decided to do something about it. At first thought the FDA’s policy that bans gay men from donating blood appears to discriminate against a small minority of citizens. In reality it affects not just those targeted by the discrimination, but everyone who is in a time of need, desperate to receive a blood transfusion.
Banned4Life is more than a rights movement. It is a reminder that everyone can be affected by simple policies put forth by those who fear change. Those of us who have been touched by the message are donating blood, not just for all of those who are Banned4Life for being gay, but rather for the individuals who need the blood. The overwhelmingly positive message of Banned4Life not only encourages social equality, but saves lives as well.
Banned4Life mission is to raise awareness of the FDA’s policy that permanently bans gay men from donating blood. Together, we can bring an end to this discriminatory policy and save lives.
National Donate 4 All Day
Banned4Life has coined October 19 as “National Donate 4 All Day.” This is the day where businesses, organizations and universities will host community blood drive events around the nation. We need YOU, to bring your family, co-workers, and friends out to an event for a day of fun, awareness and saving lives. Check out the website banned4life.org and go to the “Events” tab to find a community event near you.
Campus Pride is proud to to have Banned4Life as a partner in our efforts to raise awareness.