There are fifty people dead. There is lots to be angry about.
One thing doesn’t belong on this list, though, and that’s the rules about gay men donating blood. In several places on social media, folks are outraged at the FDA, because the FDA says that men who have had sex with other men within the last year cannot donate blood. “It’s just bigotry!” they say. “It’s just another way of making gay men be ‘the other.’ Gay men have as much right to donate blood as anyone else.”
Let’s untangle these objections. . .
image by By Staff Sgt. Stephanie Rubi, U.S. Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons