A stigma of another era, the FDA claims that the blood of men who have had sex with men in the last 12 months is “too risky” to donate. Instead of making the call based on real risk-factors, the regulation discriminates based on sexual orientation alone. Straight donors who may have been exposed to HIV are allowed, as are queer women. Without the ban, more than 600,000 additional pints of blood could be collected each year.
In celebration of World Blood Donor Day and Pride, we collected the blood of our gay employees, and with the help of artist Stuart Semple, created the world’s first blood based textile ink to print the Blood Is Blood tee in partnership with Callen-Lorde and The Phluid Project.