Last year, Ryan James Yezak released a video, The Gay Rights Movement, in support of his first documentary “Second Class Citizens.” Now, Yezak has launched the first ever National Gay Blood Drive taking place today, Friday, July 12, in order to draw attention to the discriminatory and unnecessary nature of the ban national ban on of gay men donating blood.
Yezak has spliced together another inspirational video as a follow-up to his first video, which takes a look back at how the ban on gay blood donors in the United States came to be.
With a blood supply shortage, the gay blood drive’s intent is to ask why this ban still exists given the medical technological advances since the ban was first implemented over 30 years ago.
According to Ryan James Yezak:
The drive will take place this Friday across all 50 states, and is asking for all eligible gay/bisexual donors to show up at blood donation centers in their respective city, get tested at an onsite mobile HIV testing unit, and then attempt to donate their perfectly HIV-free blood. If you get tested & attempt to donate on your own, send your rejected test result to the following address by July 20th, 2013:
PO Box 461990
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Watch The Gay Rights Movement II below: