The early AIDS epidemic of the 1980s has had a lasting effect on government policy, including the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on blood, organ, and tissue donations from men who have had sex with men. Then last year, the FDA changed their policy. Men who have sex with men can now donate blood – if they have been celibate for at least one year.
While the new policy is an improvement over the previous one of a lifetime ban against all men who have sex with men, it still maintains the notion that homosexual sex is inherently more risky than heterosexual sex. Now, GLAAD and the Gay Men’s Health Alliance are leading a coalition of organizations to campaign against the policy, releasing a hilarious PSA staring Alan Cumming that skewers the FDA’s new policy and calls on viewers to sign a petition to convince the FDA to change its policy to one that screens all donors for risk and doesn’t focus on sexuality or gender of the donor.
View it here.