NYC may have failed to make the gayest cities in America list, but we’re here at NYU, we’re still chanting, “We’re here! We’re queer! Get used to it.” Today, the NYU Queer Union and the New York Blood Center will be hosting a combination blood drive and protest against the regulation that bans men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) and women-who-have-sex-with-men-who-have-sex-with-men (WSMSM) from donating blood.
“This ban is informed by a heterosexist discourse from the HIV/AIDS crisis that designated the queer body as the diseased, the contaminated, the unwanted body. The FDA implemented this ban in 1983,and it continues to this day–despite the fact that most folks view this ban as an anachronism in modern LGBTQ social contexts. Both the New York City Council and Washington, D.C. City Councils have passed resolutions to the FDA to change this policy in 2010, but we’ve yet so see any proactive response from the FDA.”
The protest is to raise awareness about this specific policy and other blanket bans that prevent whole populations from donating blood.