Filmmaker Launches National Gay Blood Drive to Make Statement About Discriminatory Ban: VIDEO
Ryan James Yezak, the filmmaker behind the in-progress documentary Second Class Citizens (remember 'The Gay Rights Movement' video?) is launching a national gay blood drive, a peaceful demonstration that he's going to capture for his documentary. Yezak writes:
The drive will take place nationally from 9am PST (which marks the demonstration’s “universal rallying point”) to 5pm PST that Friday and will consist of eligible gay and bisexual male donors, most commonly referred to as MSM donors, showing up to get tested at a specified donation center in their respective city and then attempting to donate their blood. As each donor is rejected, their test result will be collected, compiled, and delivered to the FDA – Visually conveying to them on a national level how much blood the gay community could contribute to the blood supply should they lift their current policy.
While it is anticipated that 1,000 rejected MSM donors will be exceeded – It’s also pertinent to note that on‐site mobile rapid HIV testing will be provided at each location for participants to confirm their statuses before attempting to donate.
Watch his video about the event, AFTER THE JUMP...