Spring Blood Drive

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Hi, ladies! Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take part in the UW-Platteville spring blood drive, hosted by RHA and Delta Sig. It is a great volunteer opportunity, and a great way to learn about the Donate for Me campaign, which is trying to fight the ban against homosexual men donating blood. As one man put it:

“As a gay man, I do not fit the stereotype of the promiscuous guy obsessed with sex. As a gay man, I am faced with a decision every day of my life to do what feels naturally in my relationship or still keep myself eligible to donate blood.  Even though in 2003, the Supreme Court of the United States eliminated the sodomy laws in Lawrance v. Texas, the policy set out by the U.S. F.D.A. still criminalizes an act of love between two consenting adults because of the old fear that gay men are infected with HIV/AIDS.  I do not want to have to continue to choose between being able to donate blood over love.”

Next time you donate blood, hashtag #Donate4Me, sign this petition, or visit this website to find more ways to help the cause!

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