Cleveland’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center and the AIDS Taskforce teamed up last week for “Blood Ban Action,” a demonstration against the Food and Drug Administration’s 27-year-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
In the intervening years, Magic Johnson has inexplicably continued to hold down an NBA analyst gig and scientists have determined that the FDA’s rule is grounded mostly in AIDS-epidemic nonsense.
So gay and bi men were invited to donate blood, which was then pitched in a trash can to symbolize the needless waste. The theatrics were timed to coincide with the FDA’s June 10 sitdown to discuss the ban.
“I’d like to throw it right down the drain to show what a waste it is,” says Jan Cline, the center’s executive director. “But we’ll treat it as any other medical waste product.”