Gary, Indiana – Aaron Pace, 22, wanted to donate blood at his local blood and plasma center. However; after undergoing the usual interview and screening process, Pace says he was told by staff members of the blood center that he appeared to be a homosexual” and therefore couldn’t donate.
Because the kind of GAYDAR the highly trained Gay Detection Unit At the blood center uses is unknown and the striped shirt Aaron Pace is wearing in the picture can only be seen as circumstantial evidence, it is unknown what about Pace’s “looks, character, and behavior” made him “appear” homosexual.
Neither the blood center owner, Bio-Blood Components Inc., nor the donation center has commented on the matter. Pace says he was “humiliated and embarrassed” by the experience. However; he was not clear on which part of the experience — being called gay or being denied the opportunity to donate blood — bothered him the most.
FYI, blood donation centers are allowed to turn away gay men because of a Food and Drug Administration policy—enacted in 1983 for HIV fear reasons — that prohibits men who have had sex with a man even once since 1977 from donating blood.