This afternoon I had the opportunity of donating blood at RHA/Delta Sig’s annual Blood Drive! While there, I learned about an awesome campaign that I would love to share with you, #Donate4Me. The mission of this campaign is to “Raise awareness of the discriminatory ban enacted by the FDA that prohibits people who identify as gay, bisexual, questioning, and/or transgender from donating blood for 1-year.” The ban is based on orientation and identification of the individual rather than promiscuity, therefore making it discriminatory. To help fight this ban, you can:
- Donate in the place of someone who identifies as such by taking a picture and tagging it #Donate4Me and explain why you are donating in the place of someone who cannot.\
- Try to find petitions revolved around the ban (like this one).
- Promote Donate4Me and the National Gay Blood Drive to your friends or through social media.
- Contact your legislatures to revisit the ban.