by David Mendez
On July 12, Ryan James Yezak hopes that gay and bisexual men around the country will donate blood.
He also hopes that they'll be turned away, simply because they've had sex with another man.
It sounds confusing and contradictory, but the idea is that he wants to discard a ban on blood donations by gay men by proving that the ban on gay blood is discriminatory.
In a National Gay Blood Drive press release, via the Huffington Post:
"The ban is outdated, and as a result, countless otherwise eligible gay and bisexual men are unable to contribute to the nation’s blood supply and help save lives. Especially a time when blood shortages are increasingly common. Not only that, but the ban perpetuates negative stereotypes and stigma. Whether intentional or not, it is discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
Unfortunately, there isn't an affiliated National Gay Blood Drive donation site in Tucson — the closest location appears to be in Phoenix — but for more information, head to the National Gay Blood Drive website or Facebook page.