See Art Made from the Blood of Gay Men to Protest FDA Ban on Gay Blood

Screen Shot via YouTube

Screen Shot via YouTube

Blood that could have been used to save lives was used to create a beautiful piece of art. In protest of the FDA’s ban on gay men who have had sex with men from donating their blood, Jordan Eagles had gay men from all walks of life to donate their blood to create an art installation called “Blood Mirror.” The artwork will be on display at American University Museum at The Katzen Arts Center in D.C. from September 12-October 18.

Watch a video and find out who donated to the project after the jump…

The men who donated their blood to this project include: An 88-year-old openly gay priest; A Nigerian gay rights activist on political asylum in the U.S.; A Co-Founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC); The CEO of GMHC; An identical gay twin whose straight brother is eligible to donate; A captain in the Army who served two terms in Iraq and was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (reinstated to service in 2014); A married transgender male couple, and; A bisexual father of two. Dr. Howard Grossman, former director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, was the medical supervisor on the project, as well as a blood donor. Each man is currently ineligible to donate blood under the FDA’s current policy—but since they cannot donate their blood to save lives, they’ve chosen to donate their blood for art.

 

 

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