British blood drive highlights ‘discriminatory’ policy on gay and bisexual men

A lingering controversy…


A blood drive meant to counter negative stereotypes about a British immigrant group has inadvertently resurfaced tensions over restrictions against gay and bisexual men donating.

Polish nationals living in the U.K. began donating blood en masse this week as part of a campaign to highlight their “contribution to Great Britain,” The Independent reports. Many participants documented their donation (and smiling, somewhat woozy-looking faces) with the hashtag #polishblood on Twitter.

Conservative Party MP Michael Fabricant has seized on the opportunity to call attention to the National Health Service’s “discriminatory” policy regarding gay and bisexual men. Speaking to Pink News, he said:

This has got to end. Not just for the sake of the gay community, but for those who urgently need blood transfusions… It cannot be logical that a gay man [practicing] safe sex with a single partner is banned from giving blood while a straight man having…

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